WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 17, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. You can also see what others are reading and check out many more on Sam’s site.

WWW

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get right to it!


What did I just finish reading?

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro were both books I had on my list to be read from my last WWW. Lockwood is a fantastic middle grade book about kids who fight ghosts and it was terrifically scary. It was set in an alternative historical London and I loved, absolutely adored one of the characters, George. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

I reviewed Awkward for my latest Non-Fiction Friday. This book has really stuck with me and I keep talking to people about it and recommending it over and over again. This is what I love about non-fiction, the good ones are just epiphanies on paper.

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon was a library e-book I borrowed in the middle of the night when spooky Lockwood kept me from sleeping. This is a sweet romance story about how differently our familial traditions can affect our perceptions of the world. I enjoyed this book for the fairly innocent romance but I will recommend it because of the delightful look at the Indian traditions.


What am I currently reading?

I have lost my mind. Seriously. I am studying like crazy and I cannot seem to find a book I don’t adore. So, I have them stashed everywhere which is why my list is a bit long right now.

I started with the best of intentions with 1066 What Fates Impose and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street because they were both on my to be read shelf and would fulfill some of my “When Are You Reading?” challenge slots. But, you want to know the problem with adult fiction? It is slow to get into. I am sure that these books will be well worth my attention but my brain is everywhere right now. So, I started listening to Fahrenheit 451 on my drives and alternating reading Every Day and WarbringerMs. Marvel is the graphic novel I read while I wait for my coffee to brew. See? I have books everywhere.


What do I think I will read next?

Let’s be honest here. Your guess is as good as mine. I need to add back more non-fiction for Non-Fiction Friday and I am relishing my graphic novels for my new Sunday Morning Cartoons so any recommendations are appreciated!

Sunday Morning Comics

Sunday Morning Comics 1/14/18

I loved the Sunday morning comics in the newspaper. But, all of my favorites have slowly but surely disappeared. Still, I miss sitting on Sunday mornings absorbed in the art and story of a nice comic.

I realize I could get an app on my phone and read comics from all over the world but it is just not the same. So, I have decided to start a Sunday Morning Comics tradition with graphic novels. I’ll let you know what I enjoyed and if you are looking to get into graphic novels you can join me. If you have any recommendations or you want to link up, please do!

 

I had Victoria Jamieson’s graphic novels on my to be read list for a while now. Her Roller Girl garnered her a Newberry Honor and it was well deserved. The main character, Astrid’s, journey to self-discovery has to be done, for the first time, without the aid of her best friend. And, in finding out more about herself she learns how to be a better friend.

This theme was also present in All’s Faire in Middle School also by Victoria Jamieson but I just loved this story and the characters so much that I had to read it twice. Imogene has been homeschooled her whole life until middle school. Her family works at the Renaissance Faire and she aspires to be a squire to her Dad, the knight. But, “Its not easy being brave and honorable knight in the complicated world of middle school.” I appreciated this message of how difficult being kind is in middle school through the eyes of Imogene far more than anything I found in Wonder.

When I ran out of Victoria Jamieson I turned to a book recommended to me by an eight year old, Dream Jumper by Greg Grunberg & Lucas Turnbloom. This was a sweet story and I am looking forward to the other stories. Since this was the first book there was a lot of back story and set up but I liked the main character and I am extremely curious so many story threads left untied.

So there we have it. The new Sunday Morning Comic review! Next week, I’ll try to have it published actually in the morning!


Tell me, please!

Are you interested in Graphic Novels?


nonfiction

Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro

I am awkward. I don’t mean to be and I certainly don’t want to be, but I am. One of the worst things I do is talk to much. If I’m in a situation where I don’t want to be or I’m nervous I…blather. I will also talk too much when I am excited about a subject matter. And I have a lot of things that excite me. Then, I get home and I re-imagine the whole thing and I physically cringe. For days. I have developed mechanisms and mantras to try and control it but, sometimes, I just cannot. It is one of my many, but most certainly my most obvious awkward feature.

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So, when I saw Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro I had to read it. In the book the author covers many of his own awkward tendencies and the awkward mannerisms of some his friends. And he explains, for some people, why these awkward tendencies happen. And, more importantly, why some people are just more awkward than others.

I think the thing I have most in common with the author is my intense self-reflection. I have had a running commentary happening in my mind my whole life. I wonder about all kinds of things about myself and other people all of the time. And, many times, without asking for guidance I have tried to be less socially awkward only to fail miserably. Truthfully, as the book explains, while I was wondering about things I was probably missing the social information people were giving me. For those that don’t know what awkward feel like, the author’s was able to recall and willing to share his own personal awkward shameful moments to help the reader understand.

And, as the author points out several times throughout the book, being awkward has its rewards. Many (but not all!) awkward people are gifted individuals driven in their field. For me, my awkwardness and lack of social success has given me loads of time to read and study and take on a ridiculous number of hobbies. While I don’t consider myself an introvert, I would probably always rather stay home and work on something that interests me than meet up with friend. And, when I do meet up with friends I know I need to take a minute before I walk into a social situation to try and stay calm to avoid talking too much.

That is where the book really shines. Unlike many books about subsections of our society, the author clearly states that while being awkward can be seen in a positive light, awkwardness is not an excuse for anti-social or abnormal behavior. You can embrace the awesomeness of your awkward personality up to the point that it inhibits your ability to be part of society.

If you are awkward or you know someone who is awkward or you work with awkward children, this book is a revelation.


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 3, 2018

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WWW Wednesday – the weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words is (as anyone who frequents SilverButtonBooks knows) my favorite meme for staying organized. And, since one of my biggest resolutions this year was to stay on top of my book logging and organization, it will continue to be a favorite! You just have to answer:

What did you finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did I just finish reading?

I actually listened to Flora and Ulysses as an audiobook and while I enjoyed the book tremendously, the narrator was hard for me to listen to for long periods of time. I did so love the characters though.

The Royal Wedding was cute and enjoyable. The third book in the trilogy is due out in 2018 but I will have to get through my physical TBR before I will be able to lift the book buying ban and get myself a copy!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was my favorite of last week and you can read my review here. Technically, it is the only book I have read on the 2018 calendar, the rest I completed in December.

The Dream Thieves is book two of four in the Raven Boys Books. I really liked this book as it featured one of my favorite characters and I hope to review them as a collection later this year.


What am I Currently Reading?

Lockwood & Co. is a book that I (embarrassingly) purchased as a physical book and on my Kindle. Hence the book buying ban! When you have so many books you don’t even remember what you own, something needs to change.

My local library was kind enough to let me keep Awkward for a few more weeks and I am tearing though it. I find so much of it fascinating!


What will I Read Next?

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The only book I know for sure I would like to read next is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. I have it on my shelf and just the cover brings me happiness. I cannot wait to see what wisdom these two have to share.


And there we have it! My WWW Wednesday for January 3, 2017 2018. That is going to take me until March to get right! Tell me, please, what’s on your WWW list?

 

all ages · historical fiction

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

trueconfessionsofcharlotteI picked up The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi from a used bookstore after I started seeing it everything. It was on display in bookstores, at the library and on required reading lists at the local schools. I must confess, while I hated required reading when I was in school I have grown almost fanatical in my desire to read everything on those lists in my adulthood. This might just be my “adult” reason for reading excellent children’s literature.

Charlotte is not a book I would have chosen without other encouragement. Frankly, I might still not have read it except for the lure of the used book store price. Even then it sat on my shelf for close to a year before I finally started the story. My reluctance stems directly from my fear of boats and more specifically being stuck on boats.  And the synopsis only added to my fear.

“An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences.”

“Not every thirteen-year old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guiltygbv. But, I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as lived it.”

I was as terrified for Charlotte the whole story long as I was enchanted by the prior owner of this books use of sparkly pens to circle unknown vocabulary. Charlotte is stuck on a boat, friendless and at sea and we know someone will be murdered. I just kept thinking, “if sparkly pen can see this to the end so can I!” Otherwise, I may have stopped reading when the boat first left the shore.

And Charlotte is more than a historical fiction story about murder at sea. I was once a thirteen-year old girl myself. Charlotte’s voice and experiences may have happened nearly 200 years ago but all thirteen-year old girls struggle to emerge into womanhood the way Charlotte did. We want to be treated like adult women and admired in our society in one way or another but the illusions from our childhood and nativity can twist our understanding of our role. For most young women awkwardness is the paramount sensation. For Charlotte, her life was at stake.

This is an beautifully written story that I found terrifying and lovely all at once. I grew to adore Charlotte and the crew and I was elated to discover that the author has put Charlotte in other books. All in all, I am thrilled that it is my first book of 2018!


 

not a review

2017’s Year of Reading and 2018’s Bookish Resolutions

There are some beautiful end of the year posts out there. And, a big thanks must be given to The Perpetual Page Turner for creating the survey that helps blogger and writers look back on their year of reading. Unfortunately, as I have lamented in the past, I am terrible at keeping track of my reading. So, my stats are no where near a true reflection of my book reading experience. Still, lets see the numbers!


Number of Books I read: 70. Mid-year I opened a Goodreads account for Silverbuttonbooks and deleted a very old and rarely used personal account. I was aiming for 100 and, while I think I reached it, we will accept Goodreads’ 70 as my final count.

Number of Re-Reads: Um, none because it didn’t occur to me to log these. Shoot.

Genre I enjoyed the most: Non-fiction!


Now, not only am I woefully unprepared to answer the 30 questions proffered by Jamie, but I’m not even organized enough to look it up. This is a travesty. But, one I plan to rectify next year. Still, I know enough to answer this question.

Best book I read in 2017

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I love this book. I borrowed this one from the library and I loved it so much that I purchased it and then I (annoyingly) read parts of it aloud to people. This book is the physical manifestation of the reasons I should not worry so darn much. In this book is enumerated the reasons to stop trying to control everything and just enjoy the mess.

 

 

 


As I read through the other questions and the wonderful end of the year posts put together by:

Maxxesbooktopia

PocketFullofPages

BookBakingandBlogging

AWhisperofPages

AdventuresofaBibliophile – holy infographics!

MudandStars

and

WhatCathyReadNext

I couldn’t help but realize that no matter how much I loved books, and regardless of my overwhelming desire to spread the good word of amazing stories, if I didn’t stay organized it was all for nothing. Sigh.


So, I move from my embarrassingly scanty 2017 statistics to my 2018 Reading Resolutions!

  1. I am committed to being more organized in my reading. I worry about using Goodreads because I don’t participate in negative reviews. But, there is a big difference between negative reviews on my site and logging what I read and my thoughts. Goodreads is now my go-to.
  2. I am committed to a Book Buying Ban for 2018 until I finish reading my huge physical TBR. Now, I must admit I already pre-purchased two books I am dying to read in 2018 and I have an emergency gift card ready to go. But, other than those two things, I MEAN IT.
  3. I want to read a wider variety of books. I want to read books that challenge me and expand my knowledge. To that end, I will participate in several different challenges.

My 2018 Reading Challenges:

I want to hit the Stenographer (10-15) level for the audiobook challenge put out by hotlistens.com

Obviously, I want to beat the backlist. This is a dual goal because it will also help me conquer that physical TBR! Thanks, NovelKnight!

The BookRiot Read Harder Challenge which will, hopefully, help me add diversity.

I’d like to participate in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge for 2018. I mean to every year because they are just too beautiful but I really feel this might be my year.

Finally, I tried this year, but I mean to successfully complete the When Were You Reading Challenge from Sam at Taking on a World of Words.


None of this will happen without carefully keeping track of my reading. Honestly, I would rather read another book then take the time to log the one I just read. But, I know I need to get over it and keep track. So, here is to my 2018 super organized end of the year post. Let’s have a wonderful, book filled 2018!


 

 

 

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday December 27

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WWW Wednesday is swiftly becoming my reset button for organization and posting! This wonderful meme is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Thanks to this meme I am able to become just a little more organized with my reading and blogging because it forces me to answer:

What did I just finish reading?

What am I currently reading?

What do I think I will read next?

I know these aren’t in the same order as everyone else’s WWW but I can’t bear to not work chronologically!


What did I just finish reading?

I don’t even know. Things have been chaotic with the holidays and the inevitable sickness of winter. I know I have been reading everyday because I can’t fall asleep without it but for the life of me I have no idea what I was reading.


What am I currently reading?

Now, see, here is where this meme is inspired. Theoretically, what I post here will turn into “What did I just finish reading” next week. Boom. Organized. Sadly, it never seems to work out that way but one of my New Year’s Resolutions hopes to change this.

I’m listening to Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo as an audiobook. The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers is the second in a trilogy of of books that are a slightly more grown up version Princess DiariesThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is a day-time reading book for me because I am that worried about Charlotte. And, I am tearing through Maggie Stiefvater’s second Raven Boys book The Dream Thieves.


What do I think I will read next?

I need more non-fiction in my life but with my studying it is hard. But, I have read the first three chapters of Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro and I am hooked. And, judging by the pace and story of the second Raven Boys I will probably move directly to the third book in the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue.


So, what’s on your WWW list? If you don’t have one or you want to check out more lists, make sure and stop by Sam’s site and you can see many other bloggers complications. If you are a blogger, feel free to leave yours in the comments – I would love to see them!


 

not a review

My Massive TBR Bookshelf

Recently, I admitted that my currently reading shelf on Goodreads is an utter sham. I use that designation to remind me which books are borrowed from the library in an attempt to prioritize reading them. Now I have another admission. The scanning capability on the Goodreads app and my total lack of self control has created a real problem on my TBR list and on my Un-Read Shelf at home.

Here is how it happens. I walk into one of my locally owned bookstores or a mega chain and I just started scanning all the books that look good to me. Those all go onto my TBR list. Additionally, I will see books in magazines or on the book blogs I follow and those go onto my TBR list. Then, family and friends give me books (or money for books, thank you people!) and I buy straight off this list.

Which brings me to the physical manifestation of this mess. It is an embarrassment of riches. I have nearly a full bookshelf of books I have purchased, were given to me or I liberated from somewhere all sitting and waiting to be read. But, when I can’t sleep at night do I reach for one of these books? NO. No, I do not. I go onto my Kindle and I buy another book. No self control at all.

I’ve brought this bookshelf up here before. I have told friends and family about it. But, I just keep adding to it! As I look at all of these books – they are so pretty – I vow they need to be read. But, I don’t. What to do?


Publicly shame myself.


Here they are, the nearly 100 books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.

So, readers, where should I start? I mean, obviously I have to finish the $.99 book I bought last night…but then, how do I chip away at this massive pile? And, more importantly, how to do it quickly enough to reasonably ask for more books for the holidays?!?

 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 11-8-17

Sam at Taking on a World of Words is the host for this weekly peek into what everyone is, has and will be reading. You just have to answer three questions:

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


What am I currently reading?

If you follow my blog I have a Goodreads link that gives you a peek into my “currently reading” list. This is a total sham. That list is actually just the books I have borrowed from the library and have at home so I don’t forget to prioritize them and avoid paying fines. I actually have a whole bookshelf in my workspace and a giant bookcase full of books that are waiting. Sometimes, I get a lot of things from the library that are all one type of book (see my non-fiction heavy pile below) and I balance that out with books that I have on hand.

So, what is the true? Truthfully, I am currently reading these books.

So, Scott Pilgrim (volume 1)The Fangirl’s Guide to the GalaxyEliza and Her Monsters….I wonder why I picked up Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro? Goodness, sometimes these WWW Wednesdays do more that get my book stacks organized – they make me just a little more self-aware!

What did I recently finish reading?

Now that I am finished with my Frighteningly Good Reads of October 2017 I am trying to put away all of my spooky, scary and mysterious stories. But, I find myself craving some of the good ‘ol what-will-happen-next. So, I have been reading some mysteries. My favorite of the last week is absolutely The Good Byline by Jill Orr. It was a sweet story that reminded me of that television show Heart of Dixie – set in the south, sweet girl and a couple of cute boys except for there is a dead girl. I am just so thrilled that there is already a sequel!

And then there was the scrumptious Geekerella. You can read my full review here but I will just take a moment to say – loved it. The whole thing is 100% huggable.

What do I think I will read next?

These three books are on the top of my physical stack of TBR books. I really need to start cracking through my When are you Reading books for my the 2017 challenge (also from Taking on a World of Words) or I am not going to come anywhere near completing everything. So, The Last Days of Night will fill in my 1800-1899 nicely as it covers the legal battle between Edison and Westinghouse over the patent of the lightbulb.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is a tome and I am concerned that I will not successfully get through the whole thing. Not that I am a quitter! It is a library book and new and they only let you keep them here for two measly weeks. It is my hope that my fascination with Da Vinci will give me the dedication I will need for all 524 pages, quickly.

And The Paper Trail, An Unexpected History of A Revolutionary Invention by Alexander Monro is a book after my own heart. Without paper there would be no books. When people cite the wheel as the most important invention I can accept that, I supposed. For me, it has always been paper.

Now, this is a very non-fiction heavy stack so I know that I will probably also bust into some fun fiction books to balance things out.


Thanks for reading my WWW Wednesday! I would love to hear what you are currently reading and make sure and head over to Taking on a World of Words to see what so many other bloggers have put on their WWW lists!


 

fiction · Romantic · YA

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book made me happy cry…three times. Now, maybe it is because the book reached directly into my geeky little heart and plucked at my fan-fiction loving heartstrings. Or, perhaps this delightful little re-telling of Cinderella was just swoon worthy enough to push my frazzled emotions over the edge. Either way, I love this book!

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston is a modern re-telling of the classic Cinderella. Danielle is our princess, Darien the prince. Our Prince and Princess are trying to get to the Con – the ExcelsiCon that revolves around their favorite television show Starfield. Danielle’s Father created the wildly popular ExcelsiCon before he died and their shared love of Starfield is all that she has left of him that brings her comfort. Darien is a day time soap actor chosen to star as the lead in the movie re-make of Starfield. His love of Starfield is bringing him nothing but anxiety as he tries to simultaneously live his dream of inhabiting his favorite character and prove himself to the fans.

Geekerella has been well reviewed and many great points have been made about the deeply likable characters, the plot development and the lack of a truly horrible villain. But the unique aspect of this book that really spoke to me was the desire to belong. Cinderella has always been looking for family. The Prince has always been seeking a loving relationship. Danielle and Damien are trying to find these things in a modern world made more complicated by social media and technology.

Danielle has turned inward after the death of her Father. We saw that with Cinderella. But Cinderella had devoted servants (or vermin) to bring her comfort. Danielle has no one to rely on or even someone she feels she can ask for help. Watching her find the strength to put herself out into the real world was what brought me happy cry numero uno.

Darien is a teen heartthrob whose Dad would rather be his Agent and Manager than his Father. We see this everywhere in modern American – parents who want something other than to parent their children. That leaves Darien like our Prince – constantly on guard against user friends, crazy fans and people who want to profit from him. In the end, he is looking for someone who loves him. Just him.

This book really spoke to me about believing in yourself and finding the strength to fit into this chaotic world. There is a place we all belong if we are brave enough to try again and again to find it.


Tell me, please!

Have you read Geekerella? What are your thoughts?