WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday November 28, 2018

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It has been a long start to the week but now it is Wednesday!! Time to start looking forward to the weekend and planning what I will be reading. Thanks (as always) to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I have been deep (DEEP) into NonFiction November and it has made me ever so slightly crazy because I cannot seem to get organized or stick to any one book. But, I know that I recently finished these three fantastic audiobooks while I was driving around town. I highly recommend them all and I will be reviewing them soon.

Jon Cryer’s book, So that Happened has become my celebrity memoir to beat. With his frank conversational style and the sheer amount of weird experiences he has had during his life / acting career his book felt far too short even at 9 hours.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple was another five start audiobook. If you loved Where’d You Go Bernadette I feel confident that you will want to go on the adventure that is this book. Maria Semple just has a way of capturing how complex women’s lives can become. The narrator delivered the story so beautifully I just need someone to listen to it so they can agree with me already.

The Princess Diarist by the late great Carrie Fisher covers some things about Carrie Fischer’s experiences filming Star Wars that were new to me. I have always been a devoted fan of Carrie and the book is worth a look just to languish in how beautifully her journal entries from her youth were written. If there was ever a doubt of her talent, this book extinguishes it. This audiobook is read by Carrie and her daughter and made me miss the Princess a little more.


What am I currently Reading?

I’m a bit of a mess right now. I think I have 40 NonFiction Books going but I am planning to focus on these three books this week. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn became a forgotten book (one you drop, can’t find, find later, dust off and start again). I am approximately half way through this novel and I love the shifting perspective.

The Two Towers will not defeat me!!! I refuse to welcome the New Year until the damn Ring is destroyed. I have a cunning plan to get it done but my friends have started taking bets.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson came highly recommended and I grabbed the audiobook version. It vacillates between making me laugh so hard its not safe to drive and desperately sad for those struggling with mental illness. I am also half way through this book but with my new extended commute I am ready to go!!


What Will I Read Next?

These are the five books that the library wants back from me in the next two weeks. I feel strongly that two of them will go back on the shelf unread. But, if anyone has a suggestion on where I should start, please let me know!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday November 14, 2018

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Between taking down the Halloween decorations and pondering when precisely was too early to put up the Christmas decorations I have made an absolute mess of my book piles. I spent the last week trying to re-organize everything using the Libib.com app and I found three (THREE) books I didn’t even realize I was still in the middle of reading.

Now it’s WWW Wednesday to the rescue. Thank goodness for Sam at Taking on the World of Words for this post and its ability to get me back on track!


What did I just finish reading?

insicknessandinhealthThe only book I can say I have finished is In Sickness and in Health by Ben Mattlin. It is a frank discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of a interability relationships. Ben Mattlin himself is in an interabled marriage. His insight into what issues arise and face couples in a similar situation made for an extremely interesting read. I highly recommend it and you can read (slightly) more on my post here.  I know I read more but this is how unorganized I have been.


What am I currently reading?

It is more like, “what aren’t I currently reading?” Here are my books.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart was found abandoned with only 20 pages remaining. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn I left only half completed. And, I think everyone knows I stopped helping the Hobbits get to Morder when Galdalf the White returned. Meanwhile, I started reading The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd because I lack self control.


What do I plan to read next?

I have Paperback Crush, the Totally Radical History of 80’s and 90’s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss and The Radium Girls by Kate Moss. I have been trying to prioritize nonfiction for Nonfiction November and I have really been enjoying the wonder that is nonfiction publishing lately. I cannot wait to finish some of my current reading and get started on these two books.


Tell me, please!

What books made your list this week?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday October 24, 2018

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It’s time! Make sure and check Taking on a World of Words to see all of the other participants in this weekly meme which answers the questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan to read next?


What did I just finish reading?

I have had an excellent past two weeks of reading. I finished Scythe by Neal Shusterman which I have owned and shelved for at least two years. This first book in a series introduces the reader to a world without pain, hunger or death. The overpopulation issue is handled by Scythes, individuals with the power of death. Two young people have been chosen as Scythe apprentices and their lives are forever altered by the entrance of death into their existence. I had no intention of enjoying this book and it won me over completely. For a more comprehensive review, check here.

I also found this adorable non fiction book, Black Cats and Evil Eyes, a Book of Old Fashioned Superstition by Chloe Rhodes. This slender book holds the history for phrases and actions that are based on superstition. Some are absolutely weird (drinking out of an animal skull will cure epilepsy) and some I do all of the time (see a penny, pick it up!). This book is perfect for stocking your brain full of fun tidbits and my review is here.

My last book has probably been read by everyone save me, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Another book that I have owned for years but hadn’t read, this book is wondrous. I loved the story of Bod, the boy growing up in the graveyard, and the circumstances surrounding his unusual life. This book is a five star, 100% huggable book and I cannot stop talking about it. My review is here if you are interested.

I also consumed all 8 issues of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. If you have run out of Riverdale episodes or are wanting to get a jump on Sabrina related works before the show debuts on Netflix, this are fantastic. They are NOT the Sabrina the Teenage Witch of my childhood. These are horror comics and they are dark. But, since I am consumed this month by Frighteningly Good Reads they were utterly perfect reading.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am nearly half way through the sequel to Hocus Pocus. It is a very light read which does not keep my attention very long but is still fun for an end-of-October middle grade book. I am obsessed with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. This book tells the story of a magical girl who can raise the dead. She discovers her powers when she accidentally brings her brother back from the grave and the action doesn’t stop there. I only have 100 pages remaining.


What do I plan to read next?

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The only book I have left for Frightening Good Reads is Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerry Maniscalco. I did not realize that it was a sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper and so the conundrum is: do I read this book or save it until after I read the first in the series? If anyone is familiar with the books I would love some advice!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday October 10, 2018

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Today is the day we see whether I have been reading a lot or binging on-demand television too much. It’s WWW Wednesday! Brought to you by Sam at Taking on a World of Words we will cover the books you just finished, the ones you are currently reading and what you plan to read next.


What did I just finish reading?

I whipped through The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs and loved it. I saw the movie this weekend and it was a lot scarier than the book but still within the parameters of family fun. I continue to wish that they cast a child that looked like the book version Lewis (who was mocked for being overweight) because I think it would have brought a unique perspective to the movie. My full review is here.

I finished The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as well. It is now haunting me. I cannot stop thinking about it. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it but, beware, it is terrifying. My full review is here.

I also started on the new comic book series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the first one was fantastic. I hope to finish the series and post a review for my Sunday Morning Comics.


What am I currently reading?

Heap House is very weird. I am only about 30-40 pages in and it hasn’t grabbed me yet but I carry on because of the level of weirdness.

I am working through the Hercule Poirot Puzzle Collection. It was supposed to be fun but it is making me feel like an idiot.

Scythe has long been on my to be read shelf and it seemed thematically perfect for a Frighteningly Good Read. I am tearing through it much more quickly than Heap House.

And, I have the second Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So dark, I love it!


What do I plan to read next?

Here be Monsters remains in my “next” pile this week. I have also added The Hound of the Baskervilles because I don’t think I have ever read it.


Tell me, please!

WWW are you reading this week?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 3, 2018

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It has been far too long since I have participated in my favorite of social blogging opportunities – the WWW Wednesday! Hosted (as always) by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Make sure and check out her post from today and as many of the other participants as your time or to be read shelf allows!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I am deep into my Frighteningly Good Reads for 2018 and so I have just finished two fantastic spooky stories to kick off October. The first was Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente and the second was the middle grade spooky tale, City of Ghosts by the fantastic Victoria Schwab. You can see my full reviews in the links but I am having a blast reading my scary and spooky books as I gear up for my favorite of all holidays – Halloween!


What am I Currently Reading?

I am mere pages from finishing The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs and it is a sweet spooky tale. I plan on seeing the new film featuring Jack Black on Friday and I am looking forward to comparing the book and the movie. I am also finally reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and it is horrifying.


What do I Plan to Read Next?

As I continue reading books through October sometimes the frightening takes backseat to the weird and only tangentially related to the season but I feel like Heap House has a very Victorian haunted house feel. Poirot is almost always Halloween related to me because of that glorious mustache. And Here be Monsters (the basis for the movie Boxtrolls) seems like a perfect read.

But, it is a long month so…


Tell me, please!

Do you have and spooky, scary, frightening or fun reads to recommend?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday August 15, 2018

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It is time for WWW Wednesday! This week I’ve done a lot of reading, no reviewing and very little interacting. Thank goodness for Sam and Taking on a World of Words to help me hit the reset button mid-week. Make sure and check out her site for loads of other blog’s wonderful WWW posts. Also, feel free to leave your WWW below in my comments section!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

This week I carved out a huge chunk of time for reading and finished several books. Daughter of a Pirate King and The Last Unicorn were utter delights. I also finished the audiobook of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales. This was a very good narration of the classic tales done by a cast. Some of the voices were grating but they matched the characters perfectly. There were a few new ones for me and one I just cannot stop thinking about called The Rags. I also finished Preludes and Nocturnes and loved it. I cannot wait to read the next book. Finally, one night of insomnia I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. There were things I liked, things I was confused about but in the end the story hooked me enough to warrant reading the next two.

All in all it was a great week of reading with everything landing in the good pile! Unfortunately, that puts me seriously behind with reviews.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am still chipping away at The Two Towers and, honestly, at this point I want to scream, “Just give me the damn ring and I’ll take it to Mordor!!!” I am also in the middle of two audiobooks, Homey Don’t Play That! and How to Train Your Dragon, How to be a Pirate. The story of In Living Color is fascinating and a great look at the history and rise of black comedy in America. However, I have ten chapters left in the book and it is starting to drag just a little as the cast and crew begin in-fighting. So, I started weaving in How to Train Your Dragon on audiobook. Finally, I am really enjoying Front Cover which goes through the history of cover designs. History, books and art combined makes for delightful reading!


What Will I Read Next?

I am trying to work through my physical TBR and so I have selected the next two to reflect the coming fall. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the story of Junior who lives on a reservation but attends an all-white school. The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen is a mix of historical fiction and mystery and I cannot wait to read it. This type of book all but screams fall to me.


Tell me, please!

How was your week?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday August 8, 2018

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Sam from Taking on a World of Words is back from her vacation! If you are curious about what she read for the past few weeks make sure and check out her site! If you want to participate, simply answer three questions: What are you currently reading, what did you just finish and what do you plan to read next. Or, if you are into chronology (like myself) you will go in order.


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

Ummm….not much. The upside of reading lots of books at the same time is that some weeks you finish 10 and other weeks you finish a measly little two. This week was a small finish for me with only Black Panther, The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith and Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid landing in my finish pile.


What am I currently Reading?

Oh Lord. Look what I have done. I am still working through The Two Towers and I started Daughter of the Pirate King and The Last Unicorn. I have had an erratic schedule this week and that means books all over everywhere and audiobooks in between. So, I have Homey Don’t Play That running while I commute and exercise and Hans Christen Andersen’s Fairytales playing while I clean, fold laundry, etc. I lost track of The Sandman for a few days and relocated it yesterday morning so that should be finished soon. As for the rest, we shall see what the schedule allows!


What Will I Read Next?

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The only book I know for certain I will be reading next is Front Cover, Great Book Jackets and Cover Design by Alan Powers. We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but we all do it anyway. This book goes through the history of the art that catches our eye.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday August 1, 2018

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It is time for WWW Wednesday, my favorite meme! The gracious Sam from Taking On a World of Words continues to host even when she is on vacation! So, without further adieu, I give you…


What Did I Just Finished Reading?

 

I had a doozie of a week! Thanks to the Dewey’s 24 Hour (Reverse) Readathon I had a fire lit under me and I made reading a priority all week long. If you want to see how very poorly and erroneously my participation was you can read about it here. The above are the physical fiction books I read this week. The standouts are, hands down, Circe by Madeline Miller which I gushed about here and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin which I reviewed here. I also enjoyed Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella and that review will be up on Saturday.

As for audiobooks, I finished Stuff Matters by Mike Miodownik and loved it. If you are looking for a non-fiction book narrated in a crisp British accent that uses everyday objects to explain quantum mechanics this one is for you. I will give this gem a more thorough review in my Non-Fiction Friday segment soon.

I am also on the hunt for more Graphic Novels for my Sunday Comics section. I read The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. It was a sweet short story graphic novel about accepting yourself and others through cosplay. I checked out Robot Dreams by Sara Aaron. And, finally, I got my hands on the second in a children’s series I love called Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke.


What am I Currently Reading?

 

This week I continue to journey through The Two Towers. I am approximately one-third of the way through the book and still enjoying it. Those Ents, even though they are a favorite of mine from the movies, take forever to make a decision and that passage slowed me down. But, I plan to get back to around 20 pages a day.

I am also in the middle of both the graphic novel The Sandman Vol 1, Preludes and Nocturns by Neil Gaiman and the middle-grade book, Black Panther the Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith. Finally, just this morning I started listening to the audiobook of Homey Don’t Play That: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution by David Peisner.


What Will I Read Next

 

I need to read a western for my Read Harder Challenge and instead of a cowboy perspective I thought I would go with the Native American viewpoint. Yesterday I saw a post by Amanda from Literary Weaponry raving about Daughter of the Pirate King and since I have it waiting on my shelf I decided it was up next.


Tell me, please!

How is your reading this week? You can list your books below or, as always, feel free to link to your WWW post.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday July 25, 2018

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We all know it and love it – its WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted, as always, by the lovely Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I am so happy to hear she is on vacation and I hope she’s having as wonderful a time as I did on mine. I just returned from almost two weeks in Canada where I soaked up the beautiful scenery, learned to say exactly three things in French and ate because, damn… Canada has great food. I read a lot of books and I still don’t know how to properly pronounce Quebec. Let’s do this!


What Did I Just Finish?

I had a fantastic time reading the past few weeks. The books I finished came in three categories: physical books off my TBR shelf, audiobooks and kindle downloads. First, the physical books I read on vacation.

I was determined to finish The Fellowship of the Ring while away and I did! I had difficulties paying attention to the story so I just broke it down into a daily amount. Twenty pages a day (sometimes more if the mood struck me) and it became my wonderful quiet time with Hobbits everyday. I tried to pair my journey through the first book with a nice cup of tea at elevensies. Loved it!

I have had a copy of Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills sitting on my shelf for far too long and so I took it with me for the trip. In the story, Claudia accidentally overhears the epic breakup of Paige and Iris and is thrown into various intense friendships, possible romances and situations outside of her comfort zone. I don’t normally enjoy books written about high school but this one was fantastic. Review coming soon!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertini is a book I knew I would enjoy and frankly, I was saving it. But, with Leah On the Offbeat out I felt it was safe to use up my lone remaining Albertini. Also, I want to watch the movie. Simon was, as expected, a great story. Review also coming soon.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang has become a highly recommended book for those who enjoy contemporary romance. In the book Stella Lane has Asperger’s and a perchance for algorithms. When an associate accuses her of being bad at sex she is determined to rectify that in the only way she knows how to – through lessons. So, she hires Michael Phan to teach her. This gender swap of Pretty Woman was very enjoyable and I consumed it along with the two cups of tea I had to drink to avoid taking a poutine-induced nap.

I also read Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Perhaps it was my vacation fatigue but this one did not hit the spot. I know many people enjoy this book but it was not for me.

Now, onto kindle books.

I vastly under-estimated the time I would have to read and found myself running low on physical books quickly. And, I had two nights of insomnia due to a bed that was apparently filled with sawdust. So, I turned to my trusty kindle.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor was the first kindle book I finished. This science fiction / time traveling / historical fiction book is amazing and I have already purchased the second in the series. I actually started the second book one late night when I couldn’t sleep but her encounter with Jack the Ripper terrified me. So, I did what I always do and turned to the inexpensive romance books. So soothing…. Review (you guessed it) coming soon!

Wish by Deborah Bladon and Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey kept me company on separate nights when I couldn’t sleep. They are sweet books. 69 Million Things I Hate About You is by Kira Archer and has, undeniably, the worst cover ever. However, the story of a much abused secretary winning the lottery and torturing her boss was, at times, hilarious. Cute book.

And then, the audiobooks.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is the only audiobook I finished while on my trip. I downloaded and completed Mike Myers’ Canada after I returned home but finished it yesterday. Both are wonderful books that I loved listening to and will be reviewing just as soon as I finish all the stuff that piled up while I was gone.


What am I Currently Reading

I am currently burning through Circe by Madeline Miller. I continue my journey to Mordor with The Two Towers and my twenty pages (or so) a day continues to keep me going. On my kindle I have Kill the Farm Boy which I have anxiously awaited all summer and is proving to be fine enough but I am hopeful that it will swing into awesome soon. And, finally, I am listening to Stuff Matters as an audiobook.


What I Plan to Read Next

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I have so many books currently going the only one I know for sure I want to start next is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is another on my physical TBR that I hope to clear by the end of the year.


Tell me, please!

How was your reading these past few weeks? Post your link or list below!

Also, how do you pronounce Quebec?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday July 4, 2018

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. Beyond helping me stay organized and introducing me to other wonderful blogs, this meme is becoming more and more about giving me the longest to be read list ever. But, when you love books this is more blessing than curse, am I right? So, here goes!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I finished Grit by Angela Duckworth and I have a lot of positive thoughts about this book. The review will be up on Friday for Non-Fiction Fridays.

I also finished Just One Damned Thing After Another which is book one in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor. Hello time traveling historians! Fantastic characters, loads of historical references, drama, subterfuge so very British come together for a fast paced ride. I am over the moon that there are at least eight more in the series for me to enjoy.

I also purchased and read Cock Tales, the Cocky Collective by various romance writers. If you haven’t heard already, a self-published romance writer trademarked the word “cocky” and began sending cease and desist letters to any authors using the word “cocky” in the title of their books. She also contacted Amazon and had them take down books with cocky in the title and they did. Her aggressive tactics lead to massive backlash from authors, Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Authors Guild, and the public. If you want more information you can start here and here. And, if you think this is limited to romance there is another author trying to copywriter “dragon slayer” so this is an issue that affects publishing in general.

Then, romance writers came together to sell an un-edited collection of “cocky” stories to raise money to fund their fight against the trademark. It is only available until August 26th and it is approximately 1000 pages of short stories from an enormous variety of romance authors. Some I loved and quickly added the author to my TBR list. Some were too much for my taste (I can be a little prudish when it comes to sex scenes.) In the end, I cannot overstate my disgust with this author’s attempt to use the law to manipulate herself into a position of power enough. I consider the $7.99 a donation well spent. Just two weeks ago a judge called it a “weak trademark” and denied the author an injunction. I will be watching curiously to see if the author attempts to continue on the merits of her ridiculous case.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am almost finished with Trollhunters. I put it down somewhere super safe in my house and I lost it for about a week. It has been found and I should finish it today or tomorrow.

The Fellowship of the Ring is coming along nicely. I am half way through the book and I am going to have to immediately launch into the second book if I am to finish all three by the end of summer.

I am listening to Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer as an audiobook. I am only a few chapter in but the narrator does such a lovely Irish accent I have already found myself twice just sitting and listening in the parking lot.


What do I Plan on Reading Next?

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The only book I have absolutely on my next shelf is The Two Towers. I need to add more audiobooks but I struggle with finding one that I don’t just tune out. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!


Tell me, please!

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books?