WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 16, 2019

Usually, if I don’t finish anything in a week I feel too embarrassed or disorganized to post a WWW but, the more I socialize with other bloggers, the more I see this is just the cyclical reality of reading and blogging. And, really, nothing is quite as inspiring as seeing what everyone else has been reading this week.

Don’t forget, WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

Ahhh, now I see why this is buried in the middle instead of being chronological! I have finished nothing this week.


What am I Currently Reading?

See, whenever I go over my four book plan it is just chaos! And, none of these are on my trusty Ken (Kindle) so I’m not getting anything done at night.

The cold I had has become trapped in my ears so I cannot read on the L or the busses without becoming motion sick but I have the audio of Obsidio to keep me going.

I’m in the early stages still of Frankenstein and loving it but I have put it somewhere….safe. (I can’t find it)

I’m also smack dab in the middle of Tunnel of Bones and loving it just as much as the first book in this series.

I am also about 25% of the way into Here be Monsters. This one is a cutie and the basis for the sweet movie, Boxtrolls.


What Will I Read Next?

In addition to my currently reading list, these are the only three books I would like to finish before the end of October for Frighteningly Good Reads.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 9, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Just answer the following three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I feel like I have posted so many reviews this week and I have been doing nothing but reading but, for some reason, I only finished four books this week and almost all of them middle grade reads.

The Ghost Knight was surprisingly enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart books, I have read a few of her other books and I consider myself a fan. But I liked this book far more than I thought I would. My full review is here but let me just say, great story and amazing characters make this book perfect for middle grade readers for the Halloween season.

I also finished Gemina and while I haven’t posted about it yet…good LORD this book was good.

I finished two other middle grade books this week. The Jumbies was new to me and The Witches was a re-read. I wanted to love The Jumbies but I didn’t. I knew I loved The Witches but it gets better with every re-read. My full review of The Witches is here.


What am I Currently Reading?

The only new book on the list this week is Obsidio, the third in the Illuminae series. I’m making progress on Frankenstein and Hand Reading but not as much as I hoped I would this week. Still, these are three fantastic books!


What Will I Read Next?

Frighteningly Good Reads continues with Tunnel of Bones and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I hope to start one, if not both, this week.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 2, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Just answer the following three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. This week I am going to try to pop into every other participant’s WWW and really ruin my to be read list.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

As it is now October I am deep into Frighteningly Good Reads 2019. If you enjoy reading spooky, scary or chilling books, join me! Because of that theme I am letting go of my usual reads and embracing everything frightening.

Last week I did finish The Dugout by Meghan Quinn. This was an insomnia and accidental-kindle-unlimited situation. The cover is….not great. But, I had read Meghan Quinn before and liked her romances. The Dugout did not disappoint. It was a great story,  likable and complex characters and a fairly realistic story (tricky in romances, right?). I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also read The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton. This was one creepy and scary story. Additionally, it had the worst fictional mother I have encountered in years. I featured it as my FrighteningGoodReads #1 and you can read a full review here.

I also did a quick re-read of one of my favorite books, The Witches by Roald Dahl. It will be my FGR#3 and the full review will be up later today.


What am I Currently Reading?

Here Be Monsters! is the story that the movie Boxtrolls is based upon. That, and Ghost Knight, are the middle grade books I am reading in lieu of my lighter reading at night (and in the middle of the night should insomnia strike).

I am listening and tandem reading Gemina, the second in the fabulous Illuminae Files and loving every minute. I am nearly half way through the story and it has me on the edge of my seat.

I continue to work through The Art and Science of Hand Reading. At this rate, I will be happy to finish it by the end of 2019.

Finally, I have started Frankenstein! This is the book I am most excited to read this week.


What Will I Read Next?

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The Legend of Sleepy Hallow is still on my immediate TBR. But, I am also waiting for a lot of books to come into the library so the only thing I can guarantee is that it will be spooky!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: September 25, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. My poor overflowing TBR…


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

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It is sad, but true. Illuminae is the only book that shifted into the finished pile this week. What everyone said is true though: this book is excellent. I listened the the audio and had a physical copy and felt totally spoiled. The editing on this book is stunning. And the full cast audio was such a treat. I have been listening while working out and I got a lot of extra meters on the rowing machine due to the suspenseful final hours of this story. And then I returned to the book to re-read certain sections. Whew.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am still working my way through the meticulously detailed The Art and Science of Hand Reading. This one will probably be on my currently-reading list for months.

Of course, I immediately started Gemina, the second the The Illuminae Files series. I feel fortunate that the library had an audio copy available so I am able to continue listening and reading in tandem.

I also downloaded The Dugout on my kindle. Apparently, I accidentally signed up for Kindle Unlimited for a month and so I am taking full advantage of the service. I had read Meghan Quinn work before so I downloaded this in the middle of the night. The cover is….unfortunate. I’m half way through the story and, so far, the combination of a strong female competing in a male-dominated field and a sweet guy is in direct discord with the  pink monstrosity that is that cover.

I did put Furyborn back onto the TBR pile. It looks like it will be a wonderful story but I am not in the mood for another magical princess in hiding.


What Will I Read Next?

As I put away the sequels for September I start to plan for my Frightening Good Reads. Every year I spend October reading spooky, suspenseful, and scary stories for the month of October. Halloween is my favorite holiday and reading these thematic books helps me relish every moment of the month. If you want to join, you can read the plan here. It is so simple and is more of a social event so, if you enjoy these kind of stories, join for some Frightening Good Fun!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: September 11, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer three questions and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. It is my favorite meme of the week and even though I haven’t posted anything since the last WWW, I have been reading! I promise!


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I am focusing on series stories for September Series and it is shocking how easy it is to bend this theme to my will. While I did finish a book from my series TBR, Dragonwatch, I had a little tiny bit of insomnia and immediately felt validated in downloading Jock Road by Sara New because, after all, it is part of a series.

Dragonwatch is part of world of Fablehaven which is one of my favorite middle grade series of all time. Brandon Mull is an excellent storyteller and I can feel that he is building toward something huge for the remaining books. While he introduced new characters that intrigue me, there were others that I really do not like and the story plodded a little. Just a little though! In the end, I am counting down the days until October 1st when Book 3 becomes available.

I really enjoy Sara Ney’s stories. They are fun and frequently naughty. She crafts wonderful characters and brings them together in a variety of interesting ways. This particular story featured the tightly wound Jackson and athlete-hating Charlotte. The best part of this story was the showcasing of the jocks as more than just meat-heads. The book as a whole fell a little short though and I wanted the characters to bond further. It went a bit too quickly from “I hate you” to “Let’s be together always.” It felt more like a novella than a novel but leaving me wanting more isn’t the worst thing a book can do.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am more than 50% into Illuminae and I am obsessed with this story. I love the format which is odd for me because typically I hate books that are just e-mails or notes. This one looks and feels like a journal. I don’t know who gave me this piece of advice but having a physical copy and listening to the full cast audiobook is a wonderful tip. Both are fantastic ways to consume this story but together the experience is really heightened.

I am working my way through my giant Art and Science of Hand Reading and I find myself looking at everyone’s hands everywhere I go. Sorry. I’m staring and learning how to figure you out without talking to you.

I have started Furyborn but I am too early in the book to form an opinion beyond admiring the beautiful cover. Similarly, I am enjoying ArchEnemy, the third in the Looking Glass Wars series, but I don’t have a feel for the storyline yet. I am please to see that my two favorite characters, Alyss and Dodge, are spending significant time together in this book! Sigh. Alyss and Dodge forever.


What Will I Read Next?

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I want to start The Heart Forger before all the details of The Bone Witch fade from my memory. Focusing on the series books this month has certainly driven home the fact that reading a series closer together is preferable to years in-between books.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: September 4, 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. It is my favorite meme of the week and I am so glad to be now that I am finally moved!

The Three Ws are:

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

I’ve attempted doing them in the prescribed order but my brain only works in a past-present-future way.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I am participating in September Sequels hosted by Kathy at Books and Munches which has helped me focus on finishing up all those sequels sitting around on my TBR shelf. I’ve already finished reading The Raven Cycle with the fourth and final book, The Raven King. I have a lot of thoughts on this final book that I need to organize before posting a review of the series.

Similarly, I finished The Queen of the Tearling series. I loved the first two books since they featured a collection of strong women (both good and evil) and an amazing cast of characters. The third book was just as good but, as you can read in my full review here, the ending left me stunned.


What am I Currently Reading?

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull is the second book in the new series set in the world of Fablehaven. Fablehaven is one of my all-time favorite series and I am happily enjoying these new books.

The Art of Science and Hand Reading is not a series per se but I have changed my learn-something-new goal for the year to palmistry. I have been dabbling in reading palms for years and years and now I am seriously (series pun: intended) digging into the subject. This one will be on my currently reading for quite some time. Not only is it a huge tome, but I am taking notes as I go along.

Finally, I am listening to Illuminae as my audiobook. This is a full cast audiobook and, so far, is incredibly enjoyable.


What Will I Read Next?

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As I continue with finishing my series books I hope to read ArchEnemy, the final book in The Looking Glass Wars and dive back into Harry Potter for my 2019 re-read challenge.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: August 7, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your own WWW post or a feel free to comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. It is my favorite meme of the week!

The Three Ws are:

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


What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m trying desperately to maintain some semblance of control as moving week is next week so I am reverting to my tried-and-true four book policy.

I’m listening to A Man Called Ove as an audiobook. It is as wonderful as everyone promised. I am about 80% through and loving it.

I am still only a few chapters into Dragonwatch, Wrath of the Dragon King because I couldn’t remember what happened in the previous book. Now I am ready to sit down and enjoy the story.

I started English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them this week. It is a short nonfiction work with each grammatical error on a single page. I think it will be a quick read.

Finally, I have Parental Guidance on my kindle. Thankfully I selected this one yesterday since my fire alarms went off at 2:00 and 3:00 this morning. I got quite a bit of this one read in the small hours of this morning! It is setting up to be a sweet reluctant lovers contemporary romance.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I finished both The Extraordinary Series by Mary Frame and Artemis Fowl, The Eternity Code. Mary Frame’s contemporary romance series was fine but I was consumed by the third book in the Artemis Fowl series. This book has some serious excitement and humor in it and kept me entertained the entire time. I cannot wait to listen the next book.


What Will I Read Next?

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I still need to start and finish Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry to round out my middle grade required reading for the summer. I’ll be interested to see how differently I view this book as an adult than when I read it last.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 31, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your own WWW post or a comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. It is my favorite meme of the week!

The Three Ws are:

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

Note: I cannot help but list them in chronological order. It’s the history enthusiast in me.


What did I Recently Finish Reading?

I don’t know if it’s the move or my inability to focus but I have been deep into middle grade books lately. I finished Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly as an audiobook and it was an incredibly interesting middle grade book. It was a familiar story line of self discovery but the layers of culture and the added perspective of the bully was a fresh take for me.

I have also been working my way through the 6-8th grade required reading for my current area and for my new town. This is how I found When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. If you want to see the issues in a community (or lack of awareness of those issues!) check out the required reading list for your local schools.

I also stumbled across Einstein, a graphic nonfiction book while at the library this week. It was cute and is a good primer on all things Einstein but, like most graphic novels, is limited in depth. This is also a good example of how a book can look appropriate for children but has mature themes.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am listening to two audiobooks, A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman which I am loving. I am approximately 40% of the way through and it is really helping me when I have to do menial tasks around the house to keep it clean. Artemis Fowl, The Eternity Code (Book 3) is my car audiobook. I am maybe 20% into that one and I love it as much as the first two.

I have finally started reading Dragonwatch, Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven is one of my favorite series of all time and so I am trying to make the book last but it is so difficult because I just want to sit down and read it all.


What Will I Read Next?

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Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry is another required reading book for a local public school. I haven’t read this book for years and years but last year I volunteered with a mock trial team and the problem was based on this story. Of course, they change the facts so now I cannot remember which is which! I am going to do a quick re-read.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 24, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your own WWW post or a comment with your responses. The best part is visiting other participants to see what they are reading. It is my favorite meme of the week!

The Three Ws are:

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

Note: I cannot help but list them in chronological order. It’s the history enthusiast in me. Let’s see what I have been reading!


What did you recently finish reading?

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I was lamenting my lack of blogging this week. I have been reading so much and not writing at all. I did get two posts up this week, one about Factfulness and one on Norse Mythology but, apparently, that cut into my reading time. Ah well, at least I was doing something!

The only book I finished this week was Pinned by Sharon G. Flake. I volunteer with various groups of kids and I like to read books off of the required summer reading list. Pinned is for a local school for seventh grade. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I will enjoy talking about it with the students I hope to see soon. It was a unique story of two students trying to overcome internal adversity and had some wonderful themes about perseverance.


What are you currently reading?

I started Ghostanother required reading for a local school. I am only a few chapters into the book so I haven’t formed an opinion quite yet.

I am so close to finishing the audiobook of Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly and I have so many thoughts about this middle grade book.

I am slowly reading The Extraordinary Series by Mary Frame. I am happy to say that I haven’t read it for two days. This is a good thing as it is my designated insomnia book. That’s two nights of sleep – in a row!

I also started listening to A Man Called Ove as an audiobook. I am a few chapters into it and my inner old-person is really enjoying the character of Ove.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have been holding onto this book because I know once I start it I won’t be able to put it down. Fablehaven is one of my favorite series of all time.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 17, 2019

I have sat down to write a couple of reviews this week and gotten less accomplished than I wanted to. I never like to do back-to-back WWW’s with nothing in-between but, sometimes, good enough is all you can do. Plus, WWW Wednesday is my favorite for keeping me organized and I am a HOT mess this week as the move approaches.

WWW Wednesday is graciously hosted 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. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I wrapped up Factfulness by Hans Rosling. I tried, really tried, to write a review of this book. This is my favorite book I have read this year. It will take the place of honor next to The Poisoner’s Handbook. It is an amazing work of nonfiction. This fascinating book of nonfiction gives you ten reasons why the world is better than you think. It reached right into my anxiety riddled brain and soothed it. It deserves a perfect review. I’m working on it.

I finished the audiobook version of Yes, Please by Amy Poehler this morning. I think she is hilarious but, for some reason, the cover of this book evoked a “yes, please, another drink over here” vibe to me and I skipped it when it was new. I wish I hadn’t. Instead, the book is bursting with profoundly deep thoughts, hilarious observations, and funny stories. I was a fan, now I’m a massive fan.

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is another audiobook I finished this week. This book is a middle grade book with a message we all need to hear over and over again. “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” Ally cannot read. She is twelve. Since her father is in the military, she has moved and hidden her inability to read for years. But now, she has a new teacher. Mr. Daniels sees her and recognizes her problem as dyslexia. I love this book.

Norse Mythology is a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. I tried, years ago, to listen to this as an audiobook but I couldn’t keep the Norse characters straight in my head. I’m so glad I bought the physical copy. It is excellent.

Ridorkulous by Mary Frame is a sweet contemporary romance that I purchased in the middle of the night when insomnia stopped by for a visit. Super cute romance blossoms between two college students forced to compete for the last rentable room in their college town. It was highly implausible and just as highly entertaining.


What am I Currently Reading?

I was at my local library and saw that Ghost and Pinned were required reading for seventh graders this year. I had already read the required reading for the other grades so I wanted to tackle these two before school starts. I like to have a jumping off point when talking to kids about books.

I am also listening to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly as an audiobook and it is good. Told from shifting perspectives of four middle schoolers I was sucked right into the story. I am especially in love with Lola, the grandmother of the protagonist. I am also fascinated with the author’s choice to make the bully a character with a voice.

Finally, after finishing Ridorkulous I downloaded another of Mary Frame’s books on my Kindle. I like having a romance to read in the middle of the night when my thoughts keep   me awake.


What Will I Read Next?

I have Brene Brown’s highly acclaimed book Rising Strong cued up as my next audiobook. I was also recommended The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle when I was talking to a student about marvelous middle grade books.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?