WWW Wednesday: July 25th, 2018

Hello, friends! How’s your reading coming along?
Some of you have shown concerns about the massive flooding and landslides in Western part of Japan caused by torrential rain, thank you so much! The area where I’m living is thankfully unaffected while there are still so many people either missing or living in emergency shelters in our neighboring prefectures.  The weather here in Japan is PURE INSANITY. It’s muggy and sweltering HOT. The record-high temperature is constantly renewed on almost a daily basis; our Meteorological Agency observed 41.1 C (about 105.98 F) in central parts of Japan a few days ago! Temperatures themselves might not come across so severe at a glance, but Japanese summers are notorious because of the humidity. If you ever plan on coming to Japan, just avoid the summertime, or you’ll be dead lol

All right, let get down to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.
To participate, just answer the three questions below and link back to her or put the link to your post in the comment section of her blog so that others can look at your answers!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? 

Now onto this week’s 3Ws…

I’m currently reading All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda and I’m getting closer to the end. Frankly speaking,  I’m in two minds about it right now. Compared to The Gift which I’ve just finished, the writing is solid and strong, and the writing style is dang clever.
That said though, it’s just HAZY and OBSCURE.  There are just too many secretes that the protagonist, Nic hasn’t let on, so much so, the impatient part of me is screaming right now, wanting to get down to the bottom of the whole thing. I’ve still got more than one third of the book to go and have I never felt 120 pages this daunting to get through lol  Quite honestly, I just want to get it over with as quickly as possible  BUT I find it hard to find the motivation to push myself. What a conundrum. 

I’m also listening to And Then You’re Dead. Man, this is hilarious. This is a book talking about hypotheses surrounding critical conditions that could lead you to death. I’ve just listened Chapter 1, in which the authors explain what’s going to happen if the window of an airplane pops out at a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft. The analogies and the narration is oh so funny and glorious to listen to! This episode was actually I’ve already familiar with because of my predilection of air disasters (mind you, not in a negative way; I’m basically interested in anything regarding aircraft from my previous job experience), but it was quite informative.  I’m not really strong on scientific things but this one is easy and manageable enough to follow, this audiobook is something you want to sit down and listen at normal speed rather than listen to it while you’re at something else.

Oh, by the way, it turned out the one I’m listening to is exactly (probably) the same as the one I put a picture above; completely different covers and even the subtitles are different. How confusing it is! I’ll bet there must be some readers who bought the both editions without knowing the difference.

I managed to finished these four books since last week.

Click the titles to read my thoughts.

The Secret Garden
The Wide Window
The Gift

My review for The Miserable Mill will be up in the next two days. I’ve just finished reading it this morning, and I haven’t sorted out my thoughts yet. Need some time to process, but let’s just say the fourth installment was personally a bit underwhelming. I still enjoyed it, but not as much as I did the previous books. I’ll talk about it more later.

Deciding this week’s favorite is very difficult, as it’s a toss-up between The Secret Garden and The Wide Window! They are both wonderful in their own way, so obviously, I cannot decide.

I picked up The Gift on Sunday on a whim because I knew I had to be out visiting my mom and didn’t want to damage my paperback by carrying it around in my bag. It turned out to be a quick read with a lot of intrigues (I’m putting it mildly here), my Twitter bookish friend who read this book before me said she had to read the sequel since she wanted to know how it goes down. I couldn’t agree more.

I’m still going to read from my summer TBR principally because I’ve got some big books!
Next week, I’m going to buddyread Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama with Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf.
We have had a book discussion on Little Fires Everywhere last Fall while we were respectively reading the ARC, her insight really helped me to sort out my thoughts afterwards!
This is my very first buddyread with Naty and I am so psyched for that!

Other than that, I have no plans right now. I think Lili@Lili’s Blissful Pages and I are going to hold our monthly 24-Hour Readathon sometime this weekend (as usual, I expect Lili to write up a beautiful announcement, thanks Lili in advance! :P), so I will think up my Readathon TBR first. Come next week, I’ll be reading Six Four! That’s my plan for now.

That’s it for today.
What are the books that you’re currently reading?
Have you finished any books recently? What books are you planning to read next?
Comment below and let me know!

Thank you so much for dropping by as always and I’ll see you all in my next post! 😉

26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: July 25th, 2018

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    1. I think your 35 C is much easier to get by than our 35 C lol I probably shouldn’t say this, but I honestly wonder if our government and the local Olympic organizers can ever come up with effective ways to beat the heat/prevent heatstroke… it’ll be dreadful!!

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        1. No wonder lol People have been taken to hospital for heatstroke treatment every day…. we should have pushed back the Olympics until October because it was in October when the last Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964!

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    1. Thanks, Inge! I’m pushing through All the Missing Girls and as you said, it picks up as I get closer and closer to the end. I’ve got another 50 pages to go and gets even more exciting!

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  1. Glad to hear you are doing well Noriko and sorry about the others who have been less fortunate. I have so many books going at once. This week I am participating in the 7in7 readathon so I’m reading like crazy. I’m still making my way through IT but I am so close to finishing it. I’m buddy reading The Elite by Kiera Cass Reading 6 chapters a day on that and last night I started Date Me by Logan Chance and made it about halfway through it. The only books I’ve finished this week are 2 children’s book that were less than 40 pages.

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  2. Okay, I’m going to one up you temperature wise: it’s gotten to around 109 degrees Farenheit where I live- which isn’t that big of a deal because I don’t spend much time outside. As for humidity, I’m so sorry, that sounds AWFUL. Where I am, it’s hot but dry. Hot and wet just feels suffocating. Oh, that is interesting! I’ve never seen a book with different subtitles. And the covers are very different too. The yellow one gives me a “this is a book of essays or poems” vibe, and the second one gives me a “this is one of those fun books that you can read a random page at a time” vibe. I finished A Monster Calls and now I’m reading Absolutely American.

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  3. I felt the same way when I read All The Missing Girls! Can’t wait to hear what you think when you finish! Right now I’m reading Twenty Boy Summer & before that, I DNF’d Girl, Interrupted & The Bell Jar!

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  4. And Then You’re Dead sounds ao interesting!! I’ll see if I can get the audiobook as well cause it seems like something I would absolutely LOVE to read!!
    p.s. i’m very darn glad you’re safe ✨✨

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    1. Thank you, Andie! And Then You’re Dead is something you want to sit down and savor — well, to be more precise, it’s pretty scientific (although it’s manageable enough), but I can be quite slow when it comes to science, so I can only manage a few chapters a day!

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