WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are invited to answer three questions:
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently rereading Think of England by KJ Charles, which is a gay romance about a man named Archie Curtis who was injured in an accident during World War I that he suspects to be sabotage. He goes to a house party being thrown by the suspected saboteur only to find a web of deceit and blackmail. I love this book to death.
I also started rereading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I caught part of the movie on Halloween and have been hankering to read it again, so I stopped inside a local used bookstore. I found and purchased it within two minutes.
Technically, I haven’t started My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and others, but I’m planning on it today, so I’ll say I’m currently reading this as well.
I feel like I’ve read another book beside A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, but I don’t know what it was. I really enjoyed this book and loved the twist on Sherlock Holmes. I can’t wait for the next book. I reviewed this one here.
I’m going to try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn next since it’s literally on the top of my TBR pile. I’m thinking I might also try the first in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and I might listen to Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer, because it looks intriguing.
That’s what I’m doing this week. What are you reading?
Oh, boy, has it been a week. Especially last night when ALL THE THINGS went wrong. But I’m not here to talk about all the things. I’m here to talk about books. It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants answer three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently listening to 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin, which is a companion to her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which I read earlier this year. I find myself relating to a lot of the things she says and recognize myself in a lot of the “Do any of these sound like you?” section. I hope that changes.
I’m reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. I read her The Happiness Project a few years ago, and this is a companion where she concentrates on how she can be happier at home (duh). It’s a nice, easy read.
I also started Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and I’m already hooked. I was so sad last night when my exhausted brain stopped understanding what was going on and I had to put it down.
I’m also sort of rereading Girl, Stop Apologizing, which I had listened to earlier this year. I’m just going through my copy and making notes.
What did you just finish?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I have no idea. I have a huge stack of books and I’m barely remembering to pull from it. Instead, I keep checking out books from the library. I might read My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, since that’s on top of the pile.
I am currently listening to Stepsisterby Jennifer Donnelly, which is about Cinderella’s stepsisters after Cinderella has her happily ever after and they don’t. It’s really enjoyable. Isabelle, the main character, is complex and strong and interesting. Her sister, Octavia, is too, but she’s not the focus. I like that they have more depth than just being mean and selfish. The author does a good job of making them sympathetic without excusing their behavior.
I’m also reading Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I really like the book and Verity continues to be awesome. She was a spy during World War I and is having trouble readjusting to civilian life. She’s also having trouble readjusting to her marriage with her declared dead and now returned husband. There’s a mystery involving her spying days and a medium and it’s all very interesting.
I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She once again lays out why vulnerability is so vital to Wholehearted living and how we can “dare greatly” to find our true selves.
Oh, I don’t know. Hopefully Mistress of Nothing, since ThriftBooks is sending me another copy. After that, I think I’ll try Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Also, I am tired and con’t concentrate on books for longer than ten minutes or so. It’s really cramping my style.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week’s topic is Top 5 Dystopians.
My first pick is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve talked before about how when I finally started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down even though I was at Disney’s California Adventures. My other story about the book is how I bought it. I was at Borders (RIP) and in the mood for a book that delivered 2 things: 1) It had to be a dystopian book and 2) the main character had to be a girl. I picked this book up and immediately knew it was the book I was looking for. I’ve often lamented how I wanted to read this book for the first time again; it was just that great of an experience.
The Giver by Lois Lowry may have been the first dystopian I ever read (although I may have read Animal Farm first). I loved how chilling and disturbing the world was. I loved Jonah and his journey. I hated the ending, because I was a very pessimistic child and was sure something bad had happened at the end, but I still loved the book.
I read Legend by Marie Lu when I was deep into my dystopian love. My sister recommended it to me, saying it was based on Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables but genderflipped and a romance. I loved Day and his quest to do what’s right, and I love June and her sense of duty. This trilogy devastated me, absolutely, completely killed me. But, there’s a fourth book coming out soon, so either I’ll have my heart ripped out again or will be happy. We’ll see.
I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman last year. I’ll admit: I’ve been a little burned out on dystopians, but this one sounded interesting. A world where death has been conquered and can only be delivered randomly by people assigned the job? Color me intrigued. And I’m so glad I read it, because this book is amazing. I loved all the characters, especially Scythe Faraday, and the villains were terrifying. I cannot wait for the next book.
So, I feel I have to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my last pick. I almost went with Divergent by Veronica Roth, but, honestly, I feel like that book is best read as a coming-of-age novel and doesn’t fully succeed as a dystopian. This book, however, does. It’s terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. I’ve read it twice,and each time it’s basically given me nightmares. It’s like something out of my worst dreams and, yet, somehow totally feasible. I haven’t see the TV show, but I think this is one of the best dystopian books out there.
And that’s my top 5 for the week?
What are some of your favorite dystopian novels? Drop me a comment below and let me know!
I’m currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce. I’m especially liking the second; it’s really well written and has great world building. It reminds me a little of Beauty by Robin McKinley, but slightly more sophisticated.
I just finished All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle and Fledgling by Molly Harper. I really liked both. Reviews will be up soon.
I think next I’ll read Changeling by Molly Harper, which is the first in the series. After that, I’m not sure. I see another trip to the library in my future!
What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!
Hi everyone! It’s been a bit longer than I was intending. Last week, I had my dream vacation of kayaking with killer whales up in British Columbia. I first read about it when I was in high school and when the company I had targeted to do it through added a tour called “Whales, Wilderness, and Glamping”, I knew it was time to bite the bullet. I meant to get back to my regular posting schedule on Sunday, but, honestly, the trip wiped me out and I am exhausted. All I want to do is sit on my couch and watch YouTube videos. I’m almost too tired to read.
However, I want to try and get back to some semblance of normalcy, so, since it’s Wednesday, I’d figure I’d dive back in.
I am currently reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. I’ve kept a bullet journal for about two years now, but have been a little burned out on it lately. I thought it might help to go back to the basics and read about the how and why from the creator himself.
I’m also reading Fledgling by Molly Harper. I requested the eARC from NetGalley, not realizing that it’s the second in a series. I do plan to go back and read the first, but I’m not lost because there’s a lot of exposition and backstory that keeps me afloat. It’s a cute story about a girl who was born into a non-magical family only to discover that she has magic. She’s sent to an exclusive finishing school for girls with magic and shenanigans happen. I’m really enjoying it.
The most recent book I finished was Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, which I was listening to on audio. I’m not sure audio format was the best way for me to digest the story, because I kept forgetting minor characters, but I really enjoyed the story a lot. I can’t wait for the next book.
I also read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because my Kindle broke while I was in Canada and I lost everything I had brought to read. Luckily, my B&B had a little library and this book was on the shelf. I can’t say I would have ever read it had I not been desperate, but I enjoyed it. It didn’t change my life and I definitely don’t want to follow her journey across the world, but it was an interesting read.
On the plane to Canada, I finished the book Jack of Thorn: Inheritance by Amelia Faulkner, which was an eARC from NetGalley. I really liked this book. One of the characters, Quentin, was just so interesting. Weird and unearthly, but interesting. I’ll post my review soon.
So, technically, I’m almost done with All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle, but it was lost in the Great Kindle Disaster of 2019. What happened was my water bottle came open in my purse and soaked my Kindle. It has since dried out and rebooted and works. I have all my books, except anything I transferred over to my Kindle via the cable. I also lost all my collections. The publisher sent me this book directly because she accidentally deleted my request but wanted me to read it. So, I need to redownload it and then swipe until I get to where I was. But, it’s an excellent book, so I will definitely do that. When I have some energy.
I also am going to read A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, which is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, because I love her books.
How is your week going? Read anything good while I was gone? Drop me a comment below and let me know!
I’m currently reading Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon, which is the 9th novel in her Dark-Hunter series. I’ve only ever read one Dark-Hunter book before, but I thought I’d give it another chance because I wanted a quick, easy read before my trip next week. The book is okay, but the writing style doesn’t quite flow easily. I’m struggling through some of the scenes, especially when she switches POVs between paragraphs with no warning.
Because I’m struggling so much, I decided to start Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner, which is an eARC I got from NetGalley. It’s about a drug addict Laurence who has future sight and during an overdose has a vision about a man. Fast forward three years and he runs into that man, an Earl from England. There’s also a stalker ex-boyfriend thrown into the mix. Once again, the writing style isn’t quite gelling with me, but that may have been because I was exhausted last night when I started reading. It’s interesting and I look forward to seeing how it’ll unfold.
I’m also listening to Heart of Iron by Ashely Poston, which I’m really enjoying. I can’t listen to it as much as I’d like, since I’m totally fried after therapy all day and can’t concentrate on my drive home, but I’m liking all the characters and the plot and the little romance that’s going on.
A Case of Possession by KJ Charles was a bit of a struggle to read. I really love the characters, but there are giant, murderous rats in this and I was a little squicked. But it did have a couple of very romantic scenes and what may be my favorite line ever, so it was worth it.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann was utterly charming. The main character, Alice, is just a delight and so joyful. I would love to be more like her.
On my trip, I plan to read Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles and Fledgling by Molly Harper. I just realized that Fledgling is the second in the series (it didn’t say that on NetGalley, and I wish it had… or maybe it did and I just missed it), so I might buy the first and read that. We’ll see. I’m also going to read All The Better Parts of Me by Molly Ringle, which is also an ARC. I was actually declined for that one, but the publisher contacted me and said it was an accident and sent it to me personally, which is just so cool! I guess it pays to have a good rating on NetGalley. Can you review a book you haven’t been approved for on NetGalley?
That’s my reading week. What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!
I’m currently reading A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles, which is the second in the Charm of Magpies books. I remember this book was a little more difficult to read than the first; the ending was a lot darker, but I still really love the characters and like seeing how they negotiate their relationship in such a restrictive environment.
I loved all three of these books. I read Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer in one evening. It was incredibly good and I just couldn’t put it down. Spellbound by Allie Therin was also very well done. It was an ARC from NetGalley and I cannot wait for it to come out. It’s a great story.
I have no idea. I’m leaving for a trip in about 13 days, and don’t really want to go to the library and check out a bunch of things. I’ll have time to read them, but it’ll be one less thing on my mind as to what I need to do. So, I’m playing it by ear. Any suggestions for Kindle books?
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. In it, participants answer three questions:
What are you reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
While I’m happy to be reading this, I’m sad that this is the only book I’m reading. I brought another book to read on my trip, but finished it on the plane! Braving the Wilderness is an interesting book on belonging, loneliness, and being authentic.I really like Brene Brown and her writing style.
Some Kind of Magic was a very quick read about a werewolf detective who is in love with a fairy. It’s got a bit of a mystery, but to be honest, a lot of it went over my head. I don’t know if it’s because I was traveling or because it wasn’t that well written, but it fell kind of flat for me.
G is for Gumshoe was really entertaining. The mystery wasn’t the main focus this time; a hit is put out on Kinsey’s life and she gets a bodyguard whom I really liked.
And I finally got to read Clockwork Princess, which I enjoyed. It was a solid ending to the trilogy and very satisfying.
I am not sure what I’ll read next. I need to get to the library. Yay!
How is your reading week going? Let me know in the comments!
I just started The Elite by Kiera Cass yesterday. I enjoyed The Selection enough to continue the series, even though I don’t know how to review it. It’s just so floofy and kind of silly that I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s fun, though. Sadly, my library doesn’t seem to have the whole series, so I’m not sure how I’m going to proceed after this one.
I also started Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. I really like her books and I like reading about decluttering and organizing, so it seems to be a match made in heaven. Right now, though, it just seems to be a list of how you should choose what to declutter and not much else. It did inspire me to start looking at my bookshelf again, but since I started this at one thirty in the morning (damn you, insomnia), I decided not to start unhauling just yet. Gotta save something for summer vacation.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo was really good. I loved Emoni and her passion of cooking. I liked the relationship between the characters, especially Emoni and her abuela. It was a really fun read and it made me hungry.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust was surprising. I didn’t realize it was a Snow White retelling when I picked it up. It had amazing female characters and wonderful and complicated relationships among all of them. I really enjoyed it a lot.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a kid’s book about a self-contained city that is running out of food and power. Lina is a twelve year old girl who discovers a message left by the builders. Unfortunately, her baby sister eats most of the message. She and her friend Doon manage to decode it and realize that it holds the salvation of the city. This book was tense and exciting. I loved watching Lina and Doon decoding the message and the tension of whether they’d do it in time.
I swear to all holy heaven that if Clockwork Princess doesn’t arrive in my mailbox sometime this week, I will do some damage to someone somewhere. I know the delivery date said June 3 – June 10, but was it really too much to hope that it’d be June 3? Apparently so. *sigh* In the meantime, I got the other books from the library to tide me over.
What are your reading plans this Wednesday? Drop a comment below and let me know!