WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 1, 2020

It is so easy in the middle of all of this to forget which day of the week it is. Everyday here feels the same. Thankfully, I just realized that it is Wednesday mid-morning. Time for my favorite meme.

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I am nearly 60% of the way through Emma and, while I am really enjoying it, honestly there are whole sections that feel repeated. Thank goodness Mr. Elston’s wife has finally arrived to liven things up!

Tap is my NonFiction pick this week and, I’m afraid, this one hasn’t gotten much attention. Perhaps today I will finally sit down and get farther than the introduction.

Finally, I have been reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie on my kindle. I’m pretty excited for all these terrible people to die already.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

This week I finished To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin which was an enjoyable contemporary romance but nothing that thrilled me completely. I just absolutely hated her Mom and I felt like I didn’t get enough closure on that one.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli gets my March away for the book that made me the maddest. This is not a romantic comedy (as advertised) but instead a book about culture and tradition. I would have loved that except the main character pretends to be Gay to avoid matchmaking and the length and breadth of this subterfuge made me irate.

Finally, I finished A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Her books are well recognized as slow burning and this one did the same. She lays an intricate platform to build onto and I really enjoyed it! I am waiting for the second in the series to arrive from the digital library.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

For once, I know exactly what I will read next because it is April and that means MAGICAL READATHON! I am trying to qualify as a potioneer and my whole post can be found here. Of my stack of books I think I will start with the shortest first because it is on Canada. I was scheduled to travel to Toronto next week and will have to be happy to just read about my country crush.

soyouwantobecanadian


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 25, 2020

Shelter at home here in Illinois continues. The first few days I really spent far too much time on my phone and computer just checking the news. Finally I set limits on my devices and have found myself reading more and more. I don’t know about the rest of you but it takes a significant amount of self control to keep my mind on my reading. Still, I swore that I would have some progress for this week’s WWW!

My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I’m cracking into Tap! by Rusty E. Frank. I love reading nonfiction, especially during the daytime, and I am intrigued by this book that showcases “the greatest tap dance stars and their stories from 1900-1955.:

I continue listening to Emma every chance I get. But, I am trying to follow directions and keep my distance from people so my dog is only getting bathroom walks and not the longer ones I usually take her on. Perhaps today I will lay on my yoga mat and listen!

I also downloaded The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli after participating in 5 On My TBR on Monday. The prompt for this week is RomComs on your TBR and I saw this book and decided to start reading it. Thank goodness my library’s online catalog is still active! If you are interested in participating in this new bookish meme the information is here.

Finally, I pulled A Darker Shade of Magic off of my fabulous physical TBR shelf and started reading it. I am about 40% into it and it is getting really good.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Since I shut off my unfettered access to media I have actually finished reading some books! I loved the second Flavia de Luce, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag even more than the first. I never completely know how to review a series with so many books so I am playing with a new format on this one.

Meanwhile, the second Austenland book Midnight at Austenland by Shannon Hale was even better than the first book and those two I have already reviewed here. If you are looking for a perfectly paced romance book these two are ideal!

I also finished Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen. This book combines dark humor, history, science, and the obscure / ridiculous ways people have tried to extend their lives into one fantastic book. The full review will be up Friday but briefly: it was awesome.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George has sat idly on my bookshelf for far too long and the 5 On My TBR has reminded me of its adorable premise.


“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. from Goodreads.


Similarly, The Poison Squad is written by one of my favorite nonfiction author’s, Deborah Blum.

From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change

By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. “Milk” might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and borax, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by “embalmed milk” every year. Citizens–activists, journalists, scientists, and women’s groups–began agitating for change. But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations. Then, in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, “The Poison Squad.”

Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and fascinating Dr. Wiley campaigning indefatigably for food safety and consumer protection. Together with a gallant cast, including the muckraking reporter Upton Sinclair, whose fiction revealed the horrific truth about the Chicago stockyards; Fannie Farmer, then the most famous cookbook author in the country; and Henry J. Heinz, one of the few food producers who actively advocated for pure food, Dr. Wiley changed history. When the landmark 1906 Food and Drug Act was finally passed, it was known across the land, as “Dr. Wiley’s Law.”

Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying “David and Goliath” tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today. from Goodreads.


Tell me, please!

Everyone okay out there? And, what’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 18, 2020

Even in the middle of a pandemic, I can count on WWW Wednesday to ground me. Here in Chicago we are practicing social distancing, but judging by the way many in my city are taking this advice we will be quarantined like Italy in no time. St. Patrick’s Day brought out the ridiculous, I swear. I’m thankfully for numerous things at this time but I’m especially grateful for this meme for bringing me back to my blog and for all the participants for making sure I never run out of bookish conversation and books.

My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

Sooooo, poison and romance. Perfect for these trying times! I am either filled to the brim with love and concern for my friends and family or I am pondering the quickest way to make them quiet down and leave me to read in peace.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley is the second in the Flavia de Luce series and I am consuming it like a bag of my favorite chips. Flavia has lost none of her appeal and the mystery has been keeping me company at night on my faithful Ken (my kindle).

My audiobook this week is still Emma. Like most people, I have lost the commute time that I usually dedicate to audiobooks and there is only so much vacuuming a person can do. I need to find another time to make it “audiobook” time.

I am more than half way through Quackery and this book is awesome. I love the dark humor and the historical look at medicines attempts to keep us alive. Bonus: I have learned the basis for the both sayings, “Blow smoke up my ass” and “like a hole in my head.”

Finally, I started the second Austenland book, Midnight at Austenland by Shannon Hale. The first one was made into a movie and I am absolutely adoring this second book. She said on twitter that she has two more outlined and I can only hope that her children allow her the time and energy to write them during this crisis.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH?

Nothing! I feel like I have been in stasis since last Wednesday. If I hadn’t already scheduled a post for Cary Grant: A Class Apart nothing new would be on the blog at all.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

When the COVID virus started to look truly serious I did what any sane person would do – I ordered a few extra books. Never mind that I already have FOUR shelves of unread books, I needed a few more to stockpile! I don’t know what my fascination with poison is but here is a peak at my immediate TBR shelf.

So, I have Poison, Tap Dancing, and Picard. I think it is pretty clear that I am not struggling with my social distancing.


Tell me, please!

Everyone okay out there? (And what’s on your WWW?)


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 11, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

The delightful pairing of Quackery and the second Flavia de Luce mystery has made my week full to the brim of smart humor and poison. Quackery is much funnier than I thought it would be and I am becoming, once again, insufferable in sharing tidbits of information to everyone. And, as you’ll see below, I have become a huge fan of Alan Bradley’s books.

Also, I watched the new Emma movie last week and enjoyed it so much that I immediately borrowed and audiobook from the library. I am already 30% of the way in and loving it. For someone who professed to be uninterested in Jane Austen for so long I am quickly shaping up to be a massive fan.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH?

While I didn’t get any posts up this week, I did have a great week of reading. I finished the first Flavia de Luce mystery, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This adult mystery features the brilliant and incorrigible 11-year old Flavia and I loved every single page. Clearly, since I couldn’t wait even two minutes before jumping into book two. Review soon!

I picked up The Duff after watching the movie. Unfortunately, the movie did a lot of improving on this story and I didn’t enjoy the book much at all.

The Dark Lord Clementine was great fun! This middle grade fantasy features Clementine, the daughter of the Dark Lord, who is trying to hold their castle together when her father is cursed. A sweet adventure about self-discovery and finding your place in the world and in your home. A full review will be coming soon!

Finally, I finished listening to Cary Grant, A Class Apart. Graham McCann’s autobiography of Cary Grant carries the reader through his life from birth to death with intimate looks at every stage. I have loved Cary Grant since the first time I laid eyes on him and this book did nothing to shake that love. You guessed it – full review soon!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I received Picard as a gift this month and I am barely restraining myself from starting it so I know it will be next. I also want to continue my Austen parade and I have Persuasion on my physical TBR. But, all of this might be changed when I finally work out my TBR for the 2020 Magical Readathon. I cannot wait to participate again this year!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 4, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: February 26, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

 

This week is all new! I cracked into How to be a Lady in audiobook format mostly to mock it. I am not ashamed to admit that I was wrong. This book is full to the brim of sensible advice on how to be considerable, kind, and thoughtful. It does say the word “Lady” far too frequently and is like listening to a list being read. Still, I am left really thinking long and hard about how wonderful our world would be if we all agreed on a set pattern of social expectations.

I also started The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz. This middle grade book stars Clementine. Her dad, The Dark Lord, has been cursed. Will Clementine be able to save him? Or, will she have to take over Dark Lord duties?

Finally, I started reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This, the first of the Flavia de Luce mysteries, is my March bookclub pick.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

austenland

I picked up and finished Austenland by Shannon Hale this week. I have been a big fan of Hale and the movie but I never realized that there was a book! What JOY! She had a major part in writing the screenplay so, as suspected, the book was very close to the movie. However, I don’t think anything can compare to Jennifer Coolidge. Movie wins!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

 

I picked up the second in the Austenland series and I plan to start that next. However, I also need some nonfiction in my life so I think I will start Quakery which looks like a fun one.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: February 19, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

Australia
A Rainbow in the background of the Australian landscape with three kangaroos in the foreground.

It is unbelievable but I managed to clear all of my books off my “currently reading” shelf from prior weeks and I have only this romance anthology currently in the works. I picked up Australia in the middle of the night (thanks insomnia!) because it features a number of romance novelists I enjoy. Bonus: 50% of all royalties will go to a firefighter charity and 50% will go towards wildlife charity.


RECENTLY FINISHED READING

I didn’t post last week because last week was stupid. So, these are my books from the past two weeks.

I finished Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. This book reimagines the last days of the Romanovs with dragons. Even though I think Jane Yolen is a treasure, this book didn’t capture my imagination enough to warrant continuing with the series. But, if you are in the mood for altered Russian history you might really enjoy this quick story.

I finally found and finished I Hate Fairyland, Madly Ever After. It is ridiculous and I mean that as a compliment. Super irreverent and violent, it was enjoyable. I am going to wait until I’m in a more vicious mood to pick up the second in this four-part series.

I am supposed to be reading Burnout as a weekly buddy read but the insomnia mentioned above had me finishing it ahead of schedule. It is so good. A full review is coming soon!

I also picked up and finished The Plus One by Sarah Archer which I didn’t enjoy. If you are going to build a robot in two days that is a fully functioning human being (and I do mean fully functioning) then you have to make me believe that it is possible. Or, at least, help me become attached to the main character or the robot! This one will not get a full review. It was poo.

Anne of Green Gables is a delightful classic that I had never previously enjoyed. I read it for a book club and so many of us work with gifted kids that we were laughing historically at how well Anne would fit in with gifted kids today. While it does include a number of racist and culturally offensive remarks I just couldn’t shake how much I enjoyed Anne’s effortless positive nature. That little dash of snark made Anne perfect for me.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

The beauty of having finally cleared my bedside table is that I get to go shopping on my beautiful bookshelves. I am not 100% sure what else I will read but I know I need to start The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It the first Flavia de Luce mystery and my book club’s next pick.

I’ve also had a really hard time finding an audiobook that I enjoy but I think that Kevin Smith’s Tough Sh*t shows promise. Either way, I am excited to build a new stack!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: February 5, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I am still really enjoying doing a chapter by chapter read through with a few blogger friends of Burnout, The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Every single chapter has one (if not dozens) of eye opening a-ha moments.

I am also approximately 60% of the way into The Zookeeper’s WifeThis has been an excellent audiobook and I always forget how much of the terror of Nazi Germany existed before the concentration camps. I am in awe of this family and their efforts to save both people and animals through the brutality of occupation.

I picked up a bunch of graphic novels this weekend and the only one still remaining on my “currently reading” list is I Hate Fairyland, Volume One. Oh.My.Goodness. This book is such a mood and I am loving every page.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I am finally clearing my backlog of Netgalley books! I finished Scot Under the Covers and put up a full review here. The second in this historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch is sure to make you feel Scot under the collar. A strong hero, a smart heroine, and a truly despicable villain make this regency romance a true delight!

I also finished How to Outline My Novel and Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon! I need to write reviews for them both but I have to say, if you are writing a YA book, How to Outline My Novel had a ton of tips for organizing your novel and accompanying examples from popular YA books. I hope to have full reviews up soon!

I also finished The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. This historical science fiction book had me absolutely mesmerized and I just needed a few days to let my thoughts simmer before I write a review.

I also gathered up the strength to head to the book store and apparently when I’m tired I cannot resist graphic novels. I bought and immediately read Best Friends, Fake Blood, and The Okay Witch. I also couldn’t resist Rabbit Princess – look at that cover! The book was amazing. Amazing. All in all it was a perfect pile of purchases.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

New plan! I want to finish a Netgalley ARC, Hearing Happiness but I am also going to start with my most recently purchased books because they are shiny and new and I want to read them all now!

Plus One is contemporary romance where the protagonist designs her perfect mate. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a middle grade scary book and, honestly, they are my favorite kind of spooky books to read. Finally, I couldn’t resist Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple’s Last Tsar’s Dragons because Jane Yolen is a freaking treasure.

Also: if you are just getting over a horrible sickness and you muster u the courage to walk to a bookstore just know, you will have no remaining energy for self control. I would say I feel bad but I don’t AT ALL.


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 22, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


What am I Currently Reading?

 

I am still sucking down Burnout which seems to be written with my very soul in mind. This book. Oh man. I’m supposed to be reading it chapter by chapter but I sometimes can’t stop.

How to Outline My Novel, Chapter by Chapter is proving to be excellent if formatted a little….weird. I cannot tell if that is because I have an ARC copy of if this is just how it will be presented to the world. It is full to the brim of advice and examples from popular YA of how to outline but it manages to both simultaneously be very organized and slightly scattered.

I started The Philosopher’s Flight yesterday and it is so so good. I am a little distracted by the gender / power flip but I am hopeful that this is a minor detail. I mean, the whole historical fiction with magic woven into it is so fascinating that I find reason upon reason to just squeeze in one more chapter. PS: you can read a lot if you get up an hour earlier than you need to!

Finally, I have The Zookeeper’s Wife playing as an audiobook. I am more than 30% into the story and I just downloaded it Monday. I’m just blown away by how people survived and supported each other through WWII. I can’t help but wonder how I would cope in the same situation.


What did I Recently Finish?

I spent all of last week completely sucking into the world of The Toll and then A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Heart so Fierce and Broken. I actually loved A Curse so much that when I finished it I popped right up and walked a mile through a snowstorm to buy the second book. Now I am bereft because I have to wait until 2021 for book three.

When I wasn’t reading, I was listening to The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. All in all, it was an absolutely stellar week of books.


What Will I Read Next?

I make no plans this week! I have listed the same three or four books for the last month of WWWs so I am just going to admit that I have no plan at all.


Tell me, please!

What’s on Your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 8, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ 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. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I have five books on my currently reading list. This would normally be one more than I find works for me but Burnout, The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amber Nagoski is a chapter-a-week buddy read. I have to say though: I am obsessed with this book. From the first chapter I felt like this was going to be an incredible useful and wonderful book and each chapter has me nodding my head and marking sections like mad.

Atomic Habits is similarly stress-less because it is a re-read. It was one of my favorite books of 2019 and it is my January book club pick. It is having a huge impact on again as I go back and refresh my memory on the different ways to build and break habits. This book was great for building habits last year. This year I hope it can help me break a few.

I am a third of the way through my audiobook of The Alchemyst and enjoying it tremendously. Denis O’Hare is the narrator and he is doing an impressive job with the huge cast of characters and all their different regional and historic accents.

I am also loving my way through an ARC copy of How to Outline Your Novel Chapter by Chapter by Sussu Leclerc. I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2019 somewhere on the evening of October 31st and, suffice to say, I could have used an outline. While I did technically “win” by finishing, the book I wrote is a big old stinker. Reading this book has given me loads of organizational ideas.

Finally, I could resist no longer and I cracked into The Toll. I love this series and I am so happy to finally have the third book in my hands!

WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?


I just finished Me by Elton John and, you guys, it is so good. I have always enjoyed Elton John’s popular music but I don’t own a single album. I was more intrigued by him as a person. Much as Mercury made me an enormous fan of Freddie Mercury, Me has made me a die-hard Elton John fan. His world view and growth mindset are a thing of envy and listening to the history that he lived through was jaw-dropping interesting. I listened to the audiobook and Taron Egerton was as delightful to listen to as you would suspect. My full review is here for NonFiction Friday.

Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin was a spontaneous purchase and an enormously enjoyable YA book. If you think gallows humor is funny, this book is for you. You can read my full review here.

I also read Red, WhiteRoyal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This was Goodreads Best Romance of 2019 and I found that I just couldn’t resist it. I am pretty desperate to chat about this book because I have a LOT of thoughts. Short comments: I really enjoyed it as a young adult book. If you want to know what that means to me, check out my full review here.

WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?


The same three books are still just waiting for their turn this week. I did start Hearing Happiness but not enough to move it from “next” to “currently reading.” Am I the only person that does this?


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?