WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 17, 2019

Last Wednesday got away from me but I’m back for this week and ready to stay on top of my reading (I need a push to get back on track with my posting though!). As always, a big thank you to Sam at Taking on A World of Words for hosting this meme which asks the big three questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

This is two weeks worth of reading! I loved the enemies to friends romance of Meet Cute by Helena Hunting. I got it from my local library because the cover was just too cute and inhaled it in a day. It is a sweet story with enough depth to keep it out of fluff territory.

I also listened to the audiobook of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while simultaneously following along in my gorgeous illustrated copy. At a short two hours the experience was as good as watching a movie. I put a full review up here. 

I also wrapped up this week with the wonderfully weird Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Guess what? Review coming soon!

I managed to clear all of my ARC books (well, sort of / kind of / not really). I finished Highland Crown by Mary McCormick which I loved. It is a romantic historical fiction set in Scotland. I am having trouble writing a review that doesn’t compare it to Outlander but it is nearly impossible to avoid since the parallels are so strong and only the time traveling component is missing. But it felt like a completely different book! I need to make that clear in my review but I am, obviously, having a bit of a reviewing-block.

I also finished Solving for M by Jennifer Swender which I expected to be a middle grade book about math but turned out to be a middle grade book about melanoma. It is very well written and I am glad it exists but it would require some serious thought before handing it to a 10-14 year old. When I can figure out how to explain that a review will be up.

Finally, I put Dreaming in Code in the DNF pile. It is not bad but it didn’t catch my interest after the first three chapters and I already missed reviewing it before it came out so I only DNFed it for the sake of time. Does that count as clearing my ARC list?!?


What am I Currently Reading?

I am almost finished with Eon by Alison Goodman. This is my selected book for my Charms OWL as part of  my OWL Readathon. I am going to need to focus if I have any hope of getting through all of my OWLs but this has been a great place to start because Eon is an exciting fantasy read about a sixteen-year old girl posing as a boy in order to become a Dragon Magic user. Additionally, both Eon and another character have disabilities and the author (so far) has handled this issue perfectly.

Hamlet I have barely begun but since it is for my History of Magic OWL I know I need to keep working on it. I am hoping that I can attack it the same was I did LOTR, a little bit everyday.

I am listening to and reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. It is read by Kieran Culkan and he does a wonderful job. This book also has an excellent portrayal of a Deaf character in it and (hopefully) finishing it will help me with my non-OWL April reading list.

Finally, insomnia is baaaacccckkk! Thankfully, one of my favorite authors, Wendy Holden, has put out two new books. I started the first one, Last of the Summer Moet, a few nights ago and it is as delightful as all her other books. They are light romances with loads of intrigue and British (a perfect combination for me!). Reading on my Kindle is my favorite kind of insomnia reading. It is reminiscent of reading under the covers.


What Will I Read Next?

This is one book off my Non-OWL reading list and one from my OWL list. If I can clear my currently reading I will be thrilled to start both of these books this week!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 3, 2019

When I was in my reading funk Wednesdays made me so sad because I knew I should be posting but I didn’t have anything to write about or organize. Today I feel great and I am so happy to say – it’s Wednesday!!! Time for WWW Wednesday. Thanks, as always, goes to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting and to all the participants who help me add to my endless TBR every week with their wonderful posts.


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

This week I finished One Day in December by Josie Silver. This is one of the books I bought when I was sad and, while I enjoyed it, I had a couple of problems with the ridiculousness of the love story. Girl sees boy and instantly falls in love. Later, her best friend brings him home and presents him as her own true love. Ten years of missed opportunities follow. There was an excellent friend component and some deep feelings there but the romance itself missed for me. While I enjoyed the book I didn’t love it enough to recommend it.

As a white Catholic American I am clueless about many of the issues around the world. I don’t mean to be but American news is very American-centric. I try to consume world news but sometimes I don’t have the backstory to help me understand. Enter Against Our Better Judgment by Alison Weir. I have a decent grasp on what is happening regarding the Gaza Strip from the Israeli point of view but I have never been able to access the Palestinian perspective. A friend gave me Against Our Better Judgment to read and it was interesting. It was incredibly short, written like a college paper, and certain sections felt very conspiracy theorist but its reference section was twice as long as the book and it made some credible (if not at all popular) points. I want to continue to look into this until I can figure out more precisely the nuances of what has happened and continues to happen over the land many consider to be holy.

I finished Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson in audiobook form and I loved it all the way to the end and then I was livid! Did everyone know this was a cliffhanger ending except me?!? I didn’t even realize it was a series until it just clicked off. It was still an excellent murder mystery and a review will be posted soon.

Finally, I finished The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe this morning. I have been obsessed with Canada for years now and I really enjoyed reading the fish out of water experience of Norris moving from Montreal to Texas. A review will be up shortly for this book as well!


What am I Currently Reading?

I need to clear the decks on my currently reading. The Wonderling was….misplaced in the house (this is clearly code for I forgot I was reading it) and I need to get back into and through this cute story. I am three fourths of the way through Good Omens and I will probably finish it this evening. Whatever good and awesome things you have heard about this book probably fall short. It is a must read.

The three remaining books are all ARCs from Netgalley that I requested when I was not reading and then just let sit on my shelf. This is not ok! I need to read them and review them like a good little blogger.


What Will I Read Next?

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I took stock of my reading with my first quarter update and realized that I wasn’t making equal progress with my goals – especially with getting through my massive physical TBR. So, I did something I’ve never done before and made an actual list to work off of. I am also participating in the O.W.L. Readathon and so I made a list for that as well that is completely from my own bookshelves. So, the only book I know for sure I will be cracking into after I clear my currently reading is Hamlet. I have never read it and it will fulfill my History of Magic O.W.L. as a book that was published more than 10 years ago.

 

 


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 27, 2019

It has been FAR too long! After weeks of reading either (1) nothing or (2) books that I didn’t love, I have finally gotten my book reading mojo back! This is the first week in forever that I felt like I had enough momentum to need to organize my books and participate in WWW Wednesday. Thanks, as always, to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this meme.


What did you recently finish reading?

I had every intention of waiting for all three parts of Penny Reid’s new Laws of Physics to be published before I started Motion but I was traveling and became desperate and downloaded it in the middle of the night. I wish I had waited – this book is just the first third of the story and it is supposed to have a cliffhanger at the end but it just kind of stopped. It felt like reading a very long free preview from Amazon.

I also listened to two audiobooks: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson and A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken. Manson’s book made a couple of good points but fell short of a book I would recommend widely but A New Hope was the spark that exploded me back into my reading. You can see my full review here.

I also read Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller which is the second in this series. Both of these books are fun and interesting and I am looking forward to the third book being published. I need to post my review but I have such a hard time reviewing incomplete series without

As you can see, it has been a ridiculously slow month of reading for me. During this time I picked up and DNFed so many books – I just couldn’t seem to finish anything! I put them all back on my TBR because I knew that it wasn’t the books, it was me. I tried everything – even ruining my buying ban – to snap out of it. Life has been chaos here and my brain just wouldn’t let me relax enough to read. Perhaps it is the precious few sunny days we are having here or the proximity of actual Spring, but I am feeling calmer and my reading has come back to life. THANK GOD.


What are you currently reading?


Now see? This big old load of books brings me joy. Two weeks ago I would have given them the side eye and felt overwhelmed but now I just feel surrounded by possible friends.

I am nearly finished with The Field Guide to the North American Teenager and about a third of the way through The Wonderling. I recently started Truly Devious as an audiobook, Good Omens on my Kindle and One Day in December as a physical copy. All of them together are balancing out to bring me joy!


What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’ve had this book for quite some time on my shelf and just looking at it makes me feel happy and inspired. I’m going to crack into it this weekend and earn some badges.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: February 13, 2019

It is time for my favorite meme of the week: WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words this has become my go-to for staying organized and making sure my TBR on Goodreads is always growing. So, if you want, join! Just answer the following three questions.

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

What Am I Currently Reading?

What Will I Read Next?

And, make sure to hop over to our host’s site and check out all of the other participants. I have found some of my best books (and favorite bloggers!) through this weekly check-in.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I had a very up and down week. I had books I absolutely adored and others that infuriated me. I hate to speak poorly of books but In Praise of Wasting Time was just a short book about how you should walk around in nature more and get off your phone. Ash Princess (which I honestly thought was part of the Red Queen story arch) was an audiobook I finished that felt like a 13 hour inner monologue by someone with terrible Stockholm Syndrome.

BUT, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone saved my sanity this week. As part of the read-a-long this year that is hosted by the fabulous Noura at The Perks of Being Noura I have friends to help me with that 2019 total HP re-read through goal. I got a bit behind by not finishing the first book in January so I need to read two this month. I have the illustrated copy and I was flat out obnoxious about making people look at the illustrations. I cannot wait to read The Chamber of Secrets next!

My library also delivered on getting me a copy of The Wicked King. This is the second in The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black following The Cruel Prince. I really enjoyed the first book but I loved the second one! My full review is here.

Finally, I read Con Artist by Fred Van Lente. This is a fantastic murder mystery that takes place at San Diego’s Comic Con. I finished it last night around 1:00 in the morning so the full review will be posted tomorrow. I couldn’t sleep until I finished it and then I re-read the ending this morning.


What Am I Currently Reading?

Well. I think we can see by my list that I am keeping any seasonal sadness away with the help of middle grade books! I find them perfect for when I need a pick-me-up.

I am 90% of the way finished with Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident as an audiobook. The narrative does an absolute divine job with all the different accents! I am loving it.

I am a few chapters into my other three books. The Wonderling by Mira Bartock I picked up because of the gorgeous cover and I am really enjoying the story of the little orphan animals. Similarly, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge I chose for the cover and was delighted to find that it is almost half told through drawings. Very Brian Selznick but with elves and gnomes and historians. Finally, I have decided to learn more about Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle for my 2019 Learn Something New Challenge. This Challenge is hosted by Kathleen at SMS Nonfiction Books and I am excited to get started on it.


What Will I Read Next?

Obviously I need more Harry Potter. I also received a physical copy of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager from my library and a notification that The Man Who Would be Sherlock is ready for me to enjoy as an audiobook. This week – only ONE audiobook at a time!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: February 7, 2019

I had a long weekend absolutely stuffed full of ridiculousness and so arriving at this moment – beautiful Wednesday – feels even better than usual. Make sure and check out Sam’s website, Taking on a World of Words, as she graciously hosts this meme each week. There you will find so many other wonderful blogs all listing the three W’s for the week: What did I just finish reading? What am I reading now? and What do I think I will read next?


What did I just finish reading?

I had a weird week. I read two very short books, Drawn Together and …And Then You Die of Dysentery. I requested and received Drawn Together from the library but I didn’t realize it was a children’s book until I picked it up. It is short but has breathtakingly gorgeous illustrations. Just stunning. I could have flipped through the whole thing in 2 minutes but I spend more like 20 marveling at the details of the drawings.

…And Then You Die of Dysentery is an extremely short book about adulting as told through the lens of the Oregon Trail. This was an extremely popular game when I was a kid and has found a second surge of popularity lately (much to my joy). This book looks like a fun gift but has very little substance and is really only funny if you’re a huge fan of both the struggles of “adulting” and the Oregon Trail. As much as I love the Oregon Trail, this was just too short. Like, I brewed a cup of coffee in my Tassimo in the time it took me to read it cover to cover.

I had to put Before Tomorrowland into my DNF pile because a character in chapter two has a brain tumor. This is a no fly zone for me since I lost my sister to a brain tumor in 2015.

I also finish Un Lun Dun. This is an odd book. I’m still processing all of my thoughts but as I closed the final pages and placed the book into my finished pile I found myself saying aloud, “oooooooookay, then.”

Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Mike Reiss’ Springfield Confidential which will be featured this coming week for NonFiction Friday! If you’ve seen The Simpsons, you’re interesting in television writing, or you just want to laugh, this is the book for you.


What am I Reading Now?

Last week I had three (three!) audiobooks that I thought I would be listening to but none of them struck my fancy. It happens sometimes with audiobooks doesn’t it? Or, maybe it is just me. Either way, I scrapped that plan and started listening to Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer and Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I am loving them both! I am 24% of the way into The Arctic Incident and more than 50% through Ash Princess.

I am also reading the delightful In Praise of Wasting Time which is fairly self-explanatory and the library came through for me this week with The Wicked King. YES!


What Will I Read Next

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I won’t let anything get between me and my trip back to Hogwarts this coming week!


Tell me, please!

What do you have on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 30, 2019

It is COLD here! But, I have my books (and a space heater) to keep me warm. Also, it is time for my favorite meme of them all….WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, this is the answer to what we have all been reading. Please join in and put your links below or just add your books in the comments!


What Did I Finish Reading?

I finished Romancing His Rival by Jennifer Shirk right after posting last week’s WWW. It was cute, but I did not realize that it was the third in the series. I wondered why the beginning felt so hurried and abrupt – the author assumed I knew the backstory! It was a very light romance and short but cute.

I also finish Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi which is loved and highly recommend. It is also short but packed full of advice on how to live your life full of joy. The full review will be up on Friday for NonFiction Friday.

I tore through Thunderhead and if you enjoyed Scythe you will love Thunderhead. If you have not read them then please do so so you can join me in petitioning for the third book to just come out already! This YA book begins where the first left off and fills the pages with characters known and new and I just loved the pace. I also enjoyed that this book was less about killing and more about living. You can read my full review of this book here.

I finally finish The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It was extremely weird and all I know for sure is that there is Roland (The Gunslinger), the Man in Black (bad guy), and Jake (real boy). There is also a Dark Tower which is the nexus of time and space and…did I mention that this book was weird? Still, I look forward to reading the next one. I don’t know that I loved it, but even Stephen King has said this one was not written well and so I reserve judgement until I have read a few more.

Late last night while driving through the blinding snow I was so pleased to be forced to take my time so I could relish the last few minutes of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This audiobook was far superior to anything I thought it would be and the review will be up either later today or tomorrow. Loved it!


What am I Currently Reading?

I am about 100 pages into the fun-to-read Springfield Confidential. I have just started all the other books. I am literally on page 4 in all of them. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville, Before Tomorrowland come from my own shelves and In Praise of Wasting Time I grabbed from a recent run to the library.


What Will I Read Next

The two books I am certain I will read next are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, …And Then You Die of Dysentery.  I have vowed to read the whole Harry Potter collection on my 2019 Goals and one of my favorite new blogs, The Perks of Being Noura, has a fantastic read-a-long planned! I will be late finishing the second book but I hope to read #1 and #2 in February and find myself all caught up.

I also found …And Then You Die at the library and I will always grab anything related to The Oregon Trail (game, of course). It’s a life-long obsession.

I also have these three audiobooks cued cued up and ready to go and I am not sure which one will strike my fancy this week. If anyone has any advice, let me know!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 23, 2019

After a long weekend full of weird weather and a beginning of the week with even odder inclement weather patterns, I am fully embracing the beauty of Wednesday! Better yet, it is time for WWW Wednesday my favorite meme! Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words these posts are always full of books sure to swell your TBR lists. Make sure and check out the other participants and feel free to leave your own WWW in the comments below!


What I Finished Reading

I had an interesting collection of books I finished this week. The first, Conan Doyle for the Defense was my nonfiction read for the week. While there were some things I long to edit about the book, overall I really enjoyed it. The review will be up Friday for NonFiction Friday.

I also finished the audiobook version of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz which was so enjoyable. I loved Odd and the cast of characters in Pico Mundo and I cannot wait to go back and see what mysteries and ghosts Odd will deal with next. I forgot that Dean Koontz is such a fantastic writer! My full review is here.

Yesterday I turned the final page on The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani and immediately shut the book, turned it over, and hugged it. The remarkable story of twelve year old Nisha and her tumultuous experience during the 1947 Partitioning of India will stay with me for a long time. The book is now safely tucked into the special bookshelf I reserve for my favorite books. You can read the full glowing review here.


What am I Currently Reading

Oh dear. The four books at once has been working so well for me but five feels like one too many. I am halfway through Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi and really starting to understand how finding joy and purpose will work for me. Since Ikigai and Thunderhead are both physical books from my massive TBR shelf I feel like I am doing well trying to prioritize my owned books. But, then, my magical library comes along and lets me know that both Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and The Gunslinger are ready for me to listen to! The tipping point was finding that Netgalley had approved my request for Romancing his Rival. At least the weird weather has caused it to rain good books over here! I am almost 75% finished with Romancing his Rival and then I will return to my more manageable 4-at-once. Whew!


What do I Plan to Read Next?

These two remained in my future pile from last week and so they are the most likely candidates. I tried listening to Springfield Confidential as an audiobook but the narration wasn’t working for me. I was very pleased to come across a physical copy at my library. And, Un Lun Dun has sat far too long on my TBR. I am excited to read this re-telling of Alice in Wonderland.


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW list?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 16, 2019

This week feel exceptionally long for some reason and so I am more glad than usual to be writing the answers to my WWW post: What did I just finish? What am I currently reading? And, of course, What will read next? As always, thanks to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this weekly roundup and to all who participate. You keep me organized while ensuring that my TBR never stops growing!


What did I just finish reading?

I finished the fabulous Atomic Habits by James Clear and I am obsessed with his simple and proven habit building technique. The full review will be featured here for NonFiction Friday but if you want more information now you can head over to his website. I loved it and I have already seen huge improvements in my habit formation in the two weeks I have been following his advice.

I also finished listening to the audiobook version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. The adventures and mysteries of 15 year old Christopher made me so happy. I highly recommend it. If you want more information, my full review is here.

I also finished Kevin Kwan’s fun Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. All three of these books are pure undiluted fun and give you have the opportunity to see how the insanely rich live. I highly recommend them and I will have a series review up soon.

I also started and finished The Similars by Rebecca Hanover this weekend.


What am I currently reading?

I just started reading Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Hogi yesterday and I am only one chapter into the book. I am excited by the idea of waking up each day to joy and purpose without having to fold my socks a la Marie Kondo.

I am more than half way through listening to the audiobook version of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas. I watched the movie years ago without realizing it was a book and the series has been languishing on my TBR for far too long. So far, I am really enjoying it.

In a rare double nonfiction week I am also reading Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox. This is a book I discovered during nonfiction November that came highly recommended by a number of bloggers and I was excited to be able to borrow it from my library. In this book a man is aided by the real Arthur Conan Doyle in his murder defense. The first few chapters were a little too tightly packed full of information on the murder and involvement of Conan Doyle but at about 20% in, the story has started rolling along nicely.


What will I read next?

I already have Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss cued up on my library app, ready to listen to when I am finished with Odd Thomas. I really need to get back to working through my huge physical TBR and so I have randomly selected Before TomorrowlandThe Night Diary, and Un Lun Dun off my shelf. If you have read any of these and have a recommendation on where to start – let me know!


Tell me, please!

What are you reading this week?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Welcome to the middle of the week! Thanks, as always to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this mid-week update. If you want to participate, feel free to let me know what you have been reading in the comments! Also, make sure and head over to Taking on a World of Words to read what everyone else has been reading this week.


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I tore through Another Find Myth by Robert Asprin! It is the first in a 20 book series and it was a fun and delightful fantasy read. I am looking forward to working through the rest of the series this year.

I also listened to You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero as my first audiobook of the year. It is read by the author and it is a fantastic six hour pep talk. Whether the information that Ms. Sincero presents to you is new or not you will enjoy her telling you repeatedly, “you can do it.” A full review will appear on Friday for Non Fiction Friday.

Finally, I finished The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. It was nearly as good as The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (my favorite book of 2018) and I enjoyed it immensely. You can read the full review here.


What am I Currently Reading?

I have nearly 100 pages remaining in Atomic Habits by James Clear. So far it is a great re-framing for how to achieve my goals. I cannot wait to put the advice into action.

I was at the library this weekend and I spotted the second and third Kevin Kwan books. Since they are both on my TBR list I grabbed them and so far, China Rich Girlfriend is just as good as Crazy Rich Asians. I am more than halfway through and loving it!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon has been on my TBR for too too long so when I saw the audiobook available at the library I checked it out immediately. I am only a few chapters into the story but I am already deeply attached to the main character.


What Will I Read Next?

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The only book I have sitting ready to be read is Rich People Problems. I will certainly grab something off of my physical TBR shelf as well! I need to read at least four more books before January 29th when 99% Mine, the new Sally Thorne book, comes out. My new incentive program (read five books I own before I buy a new one) will hopefully keep me working through my already-owned treasures.


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW list?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 2, 2019

It is the first Wednesday of the New Year! A perfect time to participate in the WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Please add your links below or participate by just letting me know what you have been reading! Happy New Year!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

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Of all the challenges I made for myself for 2018, the goal of reading The Lord of the Rings Trilogy proved to be the most difficult and the most satisfying to finish. I finished the trilogy with the gripping final The Return of the King. I found it as thrilling and wonderful as the second instillation was annoying and boring. If you can make it through The Two Towers this book is the reward. My review of the trilogy is here.


What am I Currently Reading?

Last year one of my biggest mistakes was not reading several books at once, it was the erratic organization to my…um, system. I almost always read on my Kindle in night but if I don’t have something selected I read whatever I find on Kindle Unlimited. So, I am hoping a little better organization will help me not only read great books but also work through my TBR. So, at any time I will have a physical book, an electronic book, an audiobook and perhaps a nonfiction book working. All of this is in an effort to successfully complete my challenges. This week I loaded Bedlam Stacks onto my kindle (through my library app – double points!) and rented You are a Badass through the same library app (triple points!!!) as an audiobook. There is nothing like a New Year to make you feel hyper organized. Let us see how things continue around March.


What Do I Plan to Read Next?

I have a LOT on my physical TBR shelf to choose from. Oddly, I have more childrens book than anything else. So, I will probably start there! Or, I will leap right into my Harry Potter re-read and complete Potter consumption.