Hey guys! It’s the middle of the week already, which means it’s time for What Are You Reading Wednesday!
Here’s the guidelines for taking part! Scroll down to the page divider if you already know how it works!
What’s it all about?
The idea of What Are You Reading Wednesday is to create an online space for bookworms to chat, discuss and recommend their current reads. We do this by doing a short post based on the questions we’ve come up with, and then sharing our post’s links on other bloggers’ posts using the same tag!
Don’t worry if you’re still reading the same book for a few weeks in a row – that’s totally fine! Just be sure to include the answers to the five questions for What Are You Reading Wednesday in your post, then hop over to one of the host sites and share your link! (Host links are at the bottom of this post!)
Of course, this will be even more fun if you leave the host a comment, and then jump around to another post or two – or five! – and gush over your current read with them! Make sure to use the hashtag #whatareyoureadingwednesday, and tag some other bloggers if you’d like to get them involved!
We can’t wait to talk books with you!
Share the book or you are reading with their author, and the cover too if you’d like to. Then have fun answering these questions for at least one of them!
- Why did you decide to pick up this book – cover or content?
- Who is your favorite character so far, and why?
- Will you finish this one?
- Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of… (other books, movies, tv shows…)
- What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)
My current read
It’s been a very Maggie Stiefvater few weeks for me – I’ve gotten to book 3 of The Raven Cycle, and then started buddy reading The Scorpio Races with some of my wonderful Bookstagram friends, including my What Are You Reading Wednesday co-hosts!
This book is stressing me out. I say that in the most positive way – it’s so good that I want to just devour it, but I just haven’t had a lot of time recently. I started it on 1st November, and I usually take a week to read a book, but it’s the 15th November already and I’m barely 200 pages in! MUST finish it ASAP because I’m desperate to find out what happens.
So, from what I’ve read so far, I can tell you the story is told through the eyes of Kate “Puck” Connolly, and Sean Kendrick. They live on the island of Thisby, whose biggest selling point is the annual Scorpio Races, when people flock from far and wide to watch the islanders race on majestic but terrifying and deadly water horses, known as capaill uisce. Puck’s parents were killed gruesomely by these water horses, so she doesn’t follow the races, and despite being an avid rider of standard land horses, has never considered racing. However, when her older brother and family bread-winner tells her he’s leaving to live on the mainland, she blurts out that she’s entered the races in an attempt to keep what’s left of her family together.
When it turns out he still will only stay until after the races, Puck realises that to survive, she has to try to win the races, as the prize is more money than she could imagine.
However, she’s up against Sean, a four-time winner who’s known for his magic touch with water horses. On top of that, she doesn’t have a water horse, and even if she did, the creatures are so dangerous that if she’s not eaten by her own charge, she’ll probably be torn apart and trampled by the competitor horses during the race. There’s a little bit of a Hunger Games vibe to this – a sister enters deadly contest with odds stacked against her in order to save her family – so if you liked that, I reckon you’ll like this, too.
Stiefvater has an amazing way of making the capaill uisce terrifying. Originally, I thought “pah, big mermaid horses!”, but genuinely, from the descriptions of their mannerisms, deadly intentions, gruesome evidence of their predatory nature, and just their sheer size (I think they’re supposed to be about 5 times bigger than a normal horse or something like that) make for an eerie, powerful, and stunningly deadly villain. That, coupled with the fact that the horses possess a haunting kind of magic in connection with the sea, really makes me on edge when there’s a capall uisce on the scene.
1. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PICK UP THIS BOOK – COVER OR CONTENT?
More content than cover, but it was actually more because my book buddies were planning to start it on November 1st, as the races in the book start then. However, I would have turned down the offer if I didn’t like the sound of the content, so it was definitely more that than the cover.
2. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER SO FAR, AND WHY?
Hmm. This is a hard one. Sean reminds me a little of Kell in the Darker Shades of Magic series – somewhat conflicted, with an extraordinary ability that makes someone who would normally fly under the radar transform into a sought after expert that the “important” people want to know. So for that reason, I already have a soft spot for him.
But Kate/Puck is a strong character too – unlike Katniss in the comparison I made above, she wasn’t forced into the contest to save a sibling from certain death; she just had the front to go for it to get enough money to help them survive. Yes, in some ways, her hand was forced, but I feel that if that were me, I’d be too chicken and would probably just work 24/7 doing absolutely anything I could to keep the cash flowing. I also think Finn is underrated; he’s Puck’s younger brother and is caught in the middle of an increasingly absent brother who plans to leave, and a sister who plans to enter a deadly contest racing the creatures that killed their parents. I’m surprised he can stay composed!
3. WILL YOU FINISH THIS ONE?
Definitely! I’m stressed because I haven’t got time to finish it faster!
4. THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF…
You know what I’m gonna say! The Hunger Games. For the reasons I said above, but also because it’s a kind of strange setting – not necessarily dystopian like The Hunger Games, but in a world where a teenager can sign up to race on the back of an unpredictable, deadly, wild animal and the strongest response she gets is “mmm, maybe don’t do that.”
It’s also similar in the family situation; the daughter is forced to become the family’s means of survival, even if it means putting herself at risk.
5. WHAT TYPE OF READ IS THIS ONE? (SLOW BUT INTERESTING, CANNOT PUT IT DOWN…)
Somewhere in the middle! I was immediately hooked, but I wasn’t like “really must pick that back up right now” for the first few chapters – that said, there’s a very small number of books that are unputdownable from the first chapter, and this did have me interested right from page one.
So, if you’re still reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! It’s all about finding new bookish friends and chatting together, so please do leave me a comment answering these questions, or a link to your blog post with the questions. Just make sure you use the hashtag #whatareyoureadingwednesday so we can see all the posts and find other bookworms to talk to!