WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 31, 2018

Last Wednesday I was hopping around (as I do) and checking out everyone’s WWW lists. I commented that Lili’s art from LilisBlissfulPages was so beautiful and she generously said I could use it. So I give you today’s WWW Wednesday complete with this cutie! Some day I will figure out how to create my own graphics but until that day I really appreciate the generosity of my fellow book bloggers.

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So, you all know the drill but in case you do not, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. In it, you answer three questions: What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? and What do you think you will read next? Almost everyone else follows directions as to the order but I just have to be chronological.


What did you just finish reading?

The Witch Boy and Pashmina were both for my Sunday Morning Comics. They also helped me check off a couple of to-dos on my 2018 Challenges. I really appreciate that the challenges are helping me select some books that I may not have instinctively chosen.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street I completed just yesterday. Sigh. You can read my full review here but in case you don’t have time – I loved it.


What am I currently reading?

I am almost finished with Fahrenheit 451. I am already gasping to discuss it with someone so, please, let me know if this is a book you have read and any thoughts you have about the story. I expect the review to be done sometime this week.

I started Iron Gold by Pierce Brown last night. I have been anticipated reading Iron Gold for months because I love the world of the Red Rising series. Anticipated reads always make me nervous because there is danger in building a book up too much in your mind. Still, Brown’s books have never let me down before so, fingers crossed!


What do you think you will read next?

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I have The Book of Joy cued up on my next-to-read pile. The cover alone makes me happy. I think I will need the uplifting message during this long cold February.


There we have it! I cannot wait to see everyone else’s list. Feel free to leave comments on your books below or a link to your WWW. And, make sure and head over to Taking on a World of Words to check out everyone else’s lists.

fiction · historical fiction

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Some books are so well written that I find myself transported to another place or another time. When I finish the story, I always close the book, hold it in both hands and look back to the cover. I smile because just a few days ago this book was a stranger to me and now it is a friend.

watchmakerThe Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley was a beautiful unknown stranger when I started reading it last week. I always say that a book should be given at least three chapters and by the end of chapter three this book had me mesmerized. I was transported to Victorian England and Japan through the eyes of Thaniel, Grace and Mori. Now that the story has ended I have been abruptly thrust back into the reality of today and find that these characters are not here. Thankfully, a good book is a friend that is always there for me so I can visit them again.

Thaniel, short for Nathaniel, is a clerk. One evening a bomb threat is telegraphed in to Home Office. That same evening he returns home to find a pocket watch in his solitary dwelling on his bed with no explanation. When the bomb eventually does go off, the watch saves his life. And so begins Thaniel’s investigation into the mysterious watch and its more deliciously curious maker, Kieta Mori. Grace Carrow is a reluctant socialite pulled into the story slowly at first until she is completely intertwined with Thaniel and the Watchmaker.

I loved this story. This book was like looking at a place on Google map. At first, everything was general and far away and I couldn’t quite make sense of it all. But, as I kept reading the picture zoomed in slowly until little details because so clear and inviting that I couldn’t stop and I wanted to live there forever. I want desperately to speak in more detail but I had the great joy of reading it without the damper of other’s opinions or any plot spoilers and I will not take this experience from anyone else.

I highly recommend The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. This novel’s complex, yet enjoyable characters and delightful story made for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure on this cold wet January week.


Tell me, please!

Have you read or are you interested in The Watchmaker?


Sunday Morning Comics

Sunday Morning Comics 1/28/18

This week and the next one promises to be extra busy but I look forward all week to my Sunday Morning Comics and a whole pot of coffee to give either up. Sadly, this week I only managed to read two but at least they were both fabulous.

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag I picked up for the cover. That’s right, I judged the book on its cover. I feel that this is permissible when you are giving a book the benefit of the doubt rather than using the cover to rejecting a whole story. The Witch Boy did not disappoint. It is the story of a community of magical families. The males are all shape shifters and the women are all witches. Aster is thrilled by the idea of spells and become a witch. However, Aster is a boy and so this kind of major is forbidden to him. I appreciated the fact that this was a boy wanted to perform a “traditional female” role and how his people dealt with this conundrum.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani is an extension of my enjoyment of When Dimple met Rishi and my desire to learn more about Indian culture. This story features Priyanka who lives with her Mom in America. She is dealing with a couple of things changing in her life like a typical teenager – rather poorly. But, then she finds a Pashmina that, when she puts it on, allows her to see India in all its glory and suddenly travel to India and experience everything she feels her Mother gave up. But, maybe her Mother knows some things that she doesn’t…

I vastly enjoyed both of these graphic novels. However, as I am new to the medium I keep making what I am coming to find is a beginners mistake – I read them too quickly. To really enjoy both of these books (and so many graphic novels) you have to absorb the message the art is giving you as well as the words. And, both of these wonderful stories deserve me taking the time to enjoy them properly. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make another pot of coffee and read them both again.


Tell me, please!

Do you enjoy graphic novels or comic books? If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below or link to your own site!


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 1/24/18

It’s that time again! Many thanks to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting the WWW Wednesday and helping all of us organize, prioritize, and share our reading. Let’s get right to the big questions of the day! (in chronological order because I’m just like that)

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What did I just finish reading?

El Deafo, Ms. Marvel – No Normal, and Nimona were all for my Sunday Morning Comics series and they were quick and fun. A delightful start to my week! I finished Every Day by David Levihthan. I also wrapped up Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and I loved it. You can check out my rave review here. I had to give 1066 back to my library and it, sadly, went back on my to-be-read list. Ah well!


What am I reading now?

I am still working on The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley and Fahrenheit 451. I am more than halfway through Fahrenheit but I am only a few chapters into The Watchmaker.


What will I read next?

The only books I know for certain I am putting into my immediate to-read pile is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. The Book of Joy has been on my physical TBR shelf for a while and I am excited to finally read it. And, I preordered Iron Gold last year to prethwart my 2018 book buying ban because I was just that excited to read it. Also, a bit devious because I basically broke my book buying ban before it began. But, I think of it like eating three donuts the night before you start working out. It happens.


So, what’s on your WWW list? Have you read any of the books on my list?

Please, leave a link or names in the comments and make sure and check out all of the other WWW lists on Sam’s site!

fiction

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I will be honest, as a kid I was never a fan of Wonder Woman. Before the fabulous Gal Gadot, the different variations of Diana Prince were underwhelming for me. She had so many things going for her but I was really stuck on the cleavage bearing outfit and the invisible plane. Both made me embarrassed on her behalf.

And then Gal Gadot made me believe.

So, when I heard there was a book written about Diana Prince’s early years and experiences (holy origin story, my favorite!) I had to check it out.

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Diana is growing up surrounding by battle tested Amazonian sisters. More than anything, she wishes to prove herself. When she saves a mortal she brings peril to her home, her sisters and perhaps the world because the mortal she has saved is Alia Keralis – a Warbringer. Now, Alia and Diana must work together to save both of their worlds.

I loved everything about this book. Clearly, I love a good origin story and Bardugo delivers in spades. Also, I am a fan of any book with a beautiful cast of characters. Alia’s best friend Nim has my heart forever and ever and I rooted for their friend Theo like he belonged to me. Bardugo also mentions a number of myths and stories that I enjoyed long ago and some that I was unfamiliar with but intrigued by all the same that gave the story an unexpected depth.

But the shifting perspectives of Alia and Diana were what made this story really come alive. The seamless flipping back and forth not only gave me insight into Diana’s thoughts and fears but being able to see her through Alia’s eyes made the character so real to me in a way that Wonder Woman never has been before. And, by weaving their narrative perspectives together Bardugo brought me right to the center of the action and I loved every minute of it.


Tell me, please!

Are you a Wonder Woman fan? Have you read Warbringer? I’d love to know!


Graphic Novels · Sunday Morning Comics

Sunday Morning Cartoons 1/21/18

Happy Sunday Morning! This morning my cup of coffee and I were joined by some powerful ladies.

Nimona by Noella Stevenson was my first graphic novel. Immediately I was drawn into the whole twist on the superhero / villian story featuring Nimona, the shapeshifting young wanna-be-villan, trying to find her mentor. Before Nimona I struggled to embrace the graphic novel platform. I had trouble with the set up. I blame adulthood. I had grown unaccustomed to the art. But Nimona worked for me and it was like a magic key into the wonderful world of graphic novels. I received a copy for Christmas this year and I just had to give it a re-read. It is my go-to recommendation for anyone interested in getting into graphic novels and it was even better the second (or fourth) time.

Ms. Marvel Volume 1, No Normal by Wilson and Alphona came highly recommended and did not disappoint! After reading Awkward I have become hyper-aware of the fact that Superheroes are just big ‘ol awkward people flying through the world. Also, I am a sucker for origin stories. I think its because I just assume I’m in the middle of mine right now and when I get my superpowers this party is really going to start. I enjoyed a peek at Kamala Kahn’s regular pre-powers life with all her awkward feels but the highlight for me was the awesome depiction of Captain America. Kamala figuring our her powers and place in the world is a ride I cannot wait to continue.

El Deafo by Cece Bell is a elementary level grade book about Cece’s experiences with hearing loss at a young age. While some of the technology and terminology is clearly from Cece’s youth in the 70’s, her story is timeless. Kids struggle through so many things but having an accessible graphic novel that really illuminates this point is priceless. And, of course, I love how Cece turns her difference into her superpower.

Happy Sunday Comics!


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.

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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?