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.


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday November 28, 2018

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


What Did I Just Finish Reading?

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

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

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

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


What am I currently Reading?

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

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

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


What Will I Read Next?

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


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday November 14, 2018

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

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


What did I just finish reading?

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


What am I currently reading?

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

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


What do I plan to read next?

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


Tell me, please!

What books made your list this week?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday October 24, 2018

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

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan to read next?


What did I just finish reading?

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

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

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

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


What am I Currently Reading?

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


What do I plan to read next?

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


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW list?