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?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: January 1, 2020

Well, Happy New Year! With all the festivities and the planning and posting of the 2020 Challenges I nearly forgot that today was Wednesday! That means it is time for WWW Wednesday. Thanks go to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for hosting this meme again – it’s an absolute miracle for keeping me organized! Make sure and pop over to all the other participants – you will have a fully stocked TBR forever.

One of my 2020 Challenges to myself was to more fully participate in everything and that means I am even going to list these books in the order requested. I’m so wild.

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 two audiobooks going which is a bit difficult but I started The Alchemyst by Michael Scott during a drive home to visit family. Then, suddenly, Me, by Elton John became available on my Libby app. I couldn’t forsake The Alchemyst and I cannot stop listening to Me. Both are amazing and the tiny bit of confusion I have in listening to two audiobooks feels completely worth it. Also, my house is staying very clean and my dog is getting twice as many walks.

I also started Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski this morning in preparation for a blog tour. Ummm, it is jaw dropping good. Like, I immediately made my best friend sit down while I regurgitated everything I have already read. I can only hope it continues to be this good and insightful because so far I am just blown away.

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a re-read for my January book club meeting. It was my favorite nonfiction book of 2019. Even reading it the second time I am struck by how good his tips are for forming and breaking habits.

Finally, I couldn’t help myself. I jumped with both feet into Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. It was on top of so many lists for 2019 so I am excited to read it. Alex and Henry are amazing characters and I cannot wait for the romance to bloom!


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I finished Don’t Panic, Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman. I really enjoyed Hitchhiker’s Guide but I had no idea at all how many different mediums the story had been through. The book is fascinating and a true fan will get much more out of it than I did (and I loved it). A full review is coming asap.

Christmas Australis is a short story collection set in Australia that is both holiday themed and scary. I was surprised by how much fun it was to read scary stories at Christmas time! If you are the kind of person that enjoys Die Hard as a Christmas movie, this book might be for you.

Finally, I may not have finished my Harry Potter re-read-through but I did finish the fourth book in illustrated form. I think this is my favorite illustrated book so far. It is just stunning.


What Will I Read Next?

These are all ARC books I need to get on before the pile becomes insane. I am excited about each one and I am trying to get them all done by the end of the Month. Any suggestions?


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: December 18, 2019

If last week seemed to drag by, this week is passing at lightening speed. Christmas is next week! I have almost everything ready to celebrate the holidays (this is a total lie but just go with me please).

No matter how much I want to slow the season down, it is already Wednesday and that means it is time to check in with the WWW Wednesday gang. Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, this the meme that keeps me organized. You too can participate by just answering the following three W questions:

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

Make sure and pop over to Sam’s site and check out all of the participants. This is the meme that is sure to fill your to-be-read list forever.

A note: This nerd can’t help but listing the books in chronological order.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

I could not put down The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons. I only regret that this book sat on my shelf for this long! Described as a mix between Pretty Little Liars and Oceans Eleven, this book features Brynn a streetwise character who has just been admitted to Vale Hall, a school for con artists. You can read my full review here.

I am also working through my ARCs. I finally figured out how to access the non-PDF, non-Kindle format of these two graphic novels / comic books. It was….easy, but I was being obtuse. Update your apps everyone!

How I Broke Up With My Colon is from the Akward Yeti, Nick Seluk. I am a big fan of these comics and I consumed this new book in one sitting and immediately went back to laugh at the highlights. This book comes out March 24, 2020.

I also read the cute Alien Nate by Dave Whamond. This is an emerging reader graphic novel perfect for any kid obsessed with aliens. Or pizza. This book will be available April 7, 2020.


What am I Currently Reading?

I am feeling (decently) organized in my reading. I have been enjoying the illustrated Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire over coffee in the morning. This book is huge and unwieldy but so worth it. The illustrations bring the story to life in a whole new way for me.

I have two kindle books running right now. Christmas Australis and Don’t Panic, Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyChristmas Australis might not be something I would normally pick up but a book blogger I follow, Emily Wrayburn, wrote one of the short stories. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you’re a book blogger and you write a book I will read your book.

Finally, I needed something fun to listen to while I wrapped presents and Look Alive Twenty-Five was immediately available. I had grown a little tired of Stephanie Plum’s adventures a few years back but the break was exactly what I needed to make these stories feel fresh and fun again.


What do I Think I Will Read Next?

These are the next books up on my list. I’m still thinking I might not finish my Harry Potter read through but I won’t give up! Meanwhile, The Toll is staring at me just begging to be read. And, I have an ARC copy of Snoopy First Beagle in Space that I would like to read soon.


Tell me, please!

What’s on Your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: December 11, 2019

This has already been a long week! Not a bad week, just one of those where you do so much that the days seem unnaturally long. But now it is Wednesday! That means it is time for WWW Wednesday. This is my “clean slate” day where I gather up all the books that have wandered around the home and see what is going on in my reading life. It is also the day I say thank you to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for hosting the meme that keeps me organized and to all the participants who keep my TBR overflowing.

If you want to participate, just answer these three questions.

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What will you read next? 

And, if you are a history nerd (like me), you can answer them in chronological order!


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I finished The Black Count, Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss and it was as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Sadly, between finishing that and finishing NaNoWriMo, I fell into a bit of a funk. I still need to write the review.

This funk led me to insomnia (cue ugly cycle) and had me reading romance through the wee hours of the morning. I started with one of the new books written in the Penny Reid universe, Weight Expectations, and it was cute cute cute!!! That led me (as Kindle recommendations do) to Meghan Quinn’s My Best Friend’s Ex, which was equally good but a shade naughtier. Then, I landed on In The Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen which was not to my taste.

So, I put romance aside and tried to find a different genre to keep me company at night. You can see my fun finds below.

Similarly, after several failed audiobook attempts I stumbled across Betty White’s absolutely delightful If You Ask Me. If you find yourself in a funk, get yourself a Betty White book!


What Am I Currently Reading?

The Art and Science of Hand Reading is still a work in progress! And, I refuse to give up on trying to finish the Harry Potter series for my 2019 goals.

Christmas Australis is a collection of scary Christmas stories from Australia. This is not usually my style by one of the writers is book blogger Emily Wrayburn from A Keyboard and an Open Mind. I love Emily’s blog and so when she announced she had contributed I pre-ordered the book. Because, if you are a book blogger and you write a book I will read your book.

I’ve also pulled The Deceivers off my massive physical TBR and it is so enjoyable. I love the main character and I am looking forward to reading it today during my lunch.

Finally, after going too deep down the romance rabbit hole on my Kindle I found Don’t Panic, Douglas Adams and the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman. It is funny and wonderful and filling me in on all the things I never knew about Adams and The Guide.


What Will I Read Next?

Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter!! I am ridiculously far behind on that goal but, somehow, I feel close enough to finish it. Plus, Harry Potter always feels right to me this time of year. That’s a lie. Harry Potter feels especially right to me this time of year. It is never a wrong time to read Harry Potter.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: November 20, 2019

Yahoo! It’s Wednesday! That means it is time for WWW Wednesday and, as always, a big thanks goes to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for hosting this weekly meme that asks the four questions that keep me (decently) organized.


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

kindnessandwonderThe only book I finished this week was Kindness and Wonder; Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever by Gavin Edwards. You can read my full review by clicking the title but it is easy to gush about this book. If you need to be reminded of the wonder that was Mister Rogers, this book will do it for you.

 

 

 


What Am I Currently Reading?

Five is one too many for me!! I just cannot seen to get back into The Heart Forger after putting it aside to focus on nonfiction. The parts I have read are too good and I need to just let it rest and start again fresh. Meanwhile, just a touch of insomnia has me diving into the new selection of Smartypants Romance selections with Weight Expectations and it is cute!


What Will I Read Next?

These are all the nonfiction books I have waiting for me. I think Empire of the Summer Moon is probably going to be next but if anyone has any other suggestions, let me know!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: November 13, 2019

This week has been too long already so I’m doubly thrilled that it is Wednesday. Not only are we half way through the week but it is also time for my favorite meme of them all, WWW Wednesday! If you want to join it – please do! Just answer the following questions:

What did you just Finish Reading?

What are you Currently Reading?

What will you Read Next?

Thanks (as always) goes to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for taking the time to host the meme that keeps me as organized as possible.


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

I am having a wonderful time focusing on my giant stack of nonfiction books for NonFiction November!

I finished Snacks: A Canadian Food History.  It was excellent and a true test of my healthy eating plan. Thankfully, most of the snacks highlighted are only available to ship from Canada at an exorbitant rate but the next time I am there I plan on buying all the Old Dutch chips, Cheezies, and locally made chocolates. Yum. My review should be up either today or tomorrow.

The Time Chunking Method by Damon Zahariades was a fast read (less than an hour) and has some good tips and tricks for getting things done. None of the information was new to me as it relies on the Pomodoro technique that I’ve been using for years. But if you are looking to increase productivity, this is a great primer on one way to get stuff done.

I also finished Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon. I love this book and the premise is so freeing: there is never a time when it is too late to start a working on your dream. You can read my full review here.

I also read Beard Necessities by Penny Reid and Geektastic by Mary Frame. Both are authors that I adore and both books were wonderful! If you are in the market for a new contemporary romance author – I highly recommend both of these.


What am I Currently Reading?

I offer my formal apology to The Heart Forger by Ron Chupeco. I was reading this book in October and I got so excited about my nonfiction stuff I put it aside. But, if I have time to read new romance books, I have time to finish this story! I hope to complete it this week.

As expected, I’m still working through Hand Reading. This is the longest and most details palmistry book I own and I just want to finish it by the end of 2019.

I am reading and listening to Black Countthe story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. The audiobook is really helping me keep the pace with this historically rich adventure and I am almost 30% into it.

Finally, this morning I started Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is one of my 2019 Resolutions and, gulp, the year is really starting to close in on me.

Sadly, the library demanded Haben back before I could finish it. I put my name back on the list through because I really want to know her story.


What Will I Read Next?

I have a stack of nonfiction left to choose from and these are on top. I’m especially drawn to Have You Eaten Grandma? because I could use all the punctuation help in the world and look at the cute Grandma!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: November 7, 2019

I don’t know what it is about the start of November but I feel totally invigorated! Perhaps it is just the magic of “the first” or because NaNoWriMo has me sitting in front of my computer more frequently but I have been reading and posting. I mean, I haven’t been reviewing quite on schedule like I should but, no one is perfect right?

There is nothing like posting a WWW when you feel good about yourself though is there? It feels so good to thank Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting the meme that, this week, adds to my momentum instead of just resetting it. To participate, just answer three questions:

The Three Ws are:

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

Feel free to link to your blog below so I can see how your week has been or just comment with what you have been reading. Please note: I just cannot bring myself to answer the questions unless they are in chronological order.


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

In November I participate in Nonfiction November. I love the wonderful group of people who take turns hosting this event and I always find so many NonFiction books for my shelves.

This week I have already enjoyed the delightful ethical journey James M. Russell takes us on in The Forking Trolley. If you enjoy watching The Good Place you might also enjoy this fun look at all the ethical theories presented on the popular television show. You don’t need to have seen the show to enjoy the book but there are spoilers included and, honestly, it all just makes so much more sense when you understand the show. My full review is here.

I also read and reviewed The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. I cannot stop thinking about this book and I desperately want to sit and talk through the whole thing with someone. Has anyone else read it? Thoughts?? My full review is here.


What am I Currently Reading?

This is one more book than I like to have going at one time but I lost any measure of self control and downloaded Beard Necessities onto my kindle early this morning. The darn time change had me awake too early! It won’t be on my list for long though because I have been waiting to hear the story of Billy and Scarlet forever.

I am three chapters in Snacks, A Canadian Food History and I desperately wish I had pre-ordered all of the snacks covered in the book before I started reading. This will be yet another excuse for me to visit Canada (I’m still embarrassingly obsessed with everything Canada).

I am nearly half way through The Heart Forger by Ron Chupeco. This is the second book in the series and it is excellent. It was supposed to be one of my last books for Frighteningly Good Reads but I didn’t finish it by the end of October. Now, admittedly, I am struggling to finish the book because I am far more fascinated by my NonFiction Stack.

I have finally, after putting Black Count on my list last year, getting around the reading the story of the true Count of Monte Cristo. I managed to get a copy of the audiobook and I am loving it. This is one of the gems I discovered during 2018’s NonFiction November!

As was expected, I am still working through The Art and Science of Hand Reading.


What Will I Read Next?

I cannot wait to start reading A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon. It is a collection of stories of women who started a new business or hit their personal / professional stride after 50.

Haben the true story of Haben Girma is going to be wanted back by the library soon. I really need to start reading it before I run out of time.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW list?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 30, 2019

Well, another week, another lull in posting. But….this week I have been reading my little heart out! Thanks as always to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting the meme that keeps me organized and brings me back time and time again!


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

Whew!! Thanks to my Dewey’s 24-hour-Readathon I set aside a huge chunk of time this weekend to read. I finished Obsidio (amazing – a thousand stars for the whole trilogy), Here Be Monsters (loved loved loved this weird middle grade book!), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which I really enjoyed…far more than I thought I would) and Frankenstein (I have a lot of thoughts on this book).

I may have been another week without posting, but I finally feel like I am back in the swing of things on reading and it feels so very very good.


What am I Currently Reading?

Not only did I finish four books last week, I am nearly finished with two more and progress is being made on The Art and Science of Hand Reading. I hope all of you will forgive me this blatant bragging but I have been in a reading slump a bit here and there (and there again) and this is the first time in a while I feel like I am reading at my normal level. It is like running into an old friend – so comforting. I want this feeling for everyone.


What Will I Read Next?

If I can finish all of my currently reading books I will finished with my Frightening Good Reads list. That means I can actually (without guilt!) turn to my NonFiction November Reads. I am so excited about all of the wonderful NonFiction books I have lined up for the next month!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: October 23, 2019

Well, another week has gone by and I haven’t posted anything to my blog since the last WWW. But, at least this week, I HAVE been reading. Yahoo! Thanks to Sam @ Taking on a World of Words for hosting my favorite meme and to everyone who participates because WWW always brings me back!


What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

tunnelofbones

One is better than none right? This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the series and I was so pleased to see there will be a third! I love that this one is set in Paris and has Cass and her ghost BFF Jacob running through the city from a particularly dangerous spirit. Spooky, full of historical facts and just plan frighteningly fun.


What am I Currently Reading?

For everyone last week that was worried about Frankenstein, I found it! It was…..in a pile on my bedside table. Safe, but buried. I have made really good progress on this beautiful book. I relishing the writing style and the gorgeous imagery it evokes.

I am deeply into Obsidio as well and it is heart thumping! I can hardly wait to get the time to turn the audiobook on again everyday. My home has never been vacuumed so frequently!

Chapter by chapter I am working through The Art and Science of Hand Reading. It is truly fascinating and I am even taking notes. That makes the work slower but I am hopeful that I will retain more information that way.

Here be Monsters is simply delightful. It is the perfect book to read at the end of a long day and the illustrations are a delight. I shouldn’t have been so daunted by the size of the book because, many times, the pages are short blurbs.


What Will I Read Next?

It is the same list as last week. But, I am participating in this Friday’s 24-hour Readathon so I hope that I will make some serious progress on several fronts this weekend.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?