WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday June 13, 2018

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It is Wednesday! I have not participated in a WWW Wednesday for a while but it is always a great way to jump start my reading organization. And, as I head into the end of June and start thinking of my 2018 challenges, I know I need to be more organized! So, thanks as always goes to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this so I can have some semblance of organization. Here we go!


What did I just finish reading?

Well, since I haven’t participated in a WWW for a month I’m not sure what qualifies as “just” finished so I just update you all! Here are the books I read in the past month. I hit the jackpot in that almost every book I read I loved enough to review.

For non-fiction I started reading a chapter a day (at least) and that took me through Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell and The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. I finally finished The Book of Joy! It has been featured on my WWW list for far too long.

I also enjoyed a bunch of graphic novels including BrazenAmerican Born Chinese, The Prince and the Dressmaker and Be Prepared. I am loving the graphic novels and how incredibly diverse they are.

I also read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyumi, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and both Love books by Jenna Evans Welch. Whew!


What am I currently reading?

I am still using my one chapter a day tactic to work through non-fiction. I am currently really enjoying Grit by Angela Duckworth. It is a fascinating examination of a facet of our personality that I never really thought about before. I started Stiff by Mary Roach at least a year ago and never finished it so I am determined to get to the end of the interesting look at how we use human cadavers. Since I am also knee deep in iZombie on Netflix it feels like a natural connection. I just started A Problematic Paradox this week because I am determined to work through my physical TBR!


What do I plan to read next?

Speaking of that physical TBR….it is still in a shameful state. I have made a summer challenge for myself to help reinvigorate my 2018 beat the backlist challenge. Both Stiff and A Problematic Paradox are books I purchased and then stuck on my shelf. It is a bad habit. I do have a collection of Captain Marvel books from the library that I am working through but my next reads will definitely be off my home library shelf. If you want head on over to see my big (alphabetized) TBR list and let me know what you think I should crack into next!


Tell me, please!

What is on your WWW for this week / month / summer?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday May 9, 2018

It’s Wednesday! In May the weeks seem far too long as summer is not officially upon us and every single week is crammed full of activities and end of the school year shenanigans. So, I fall deeper in love with Wednesday as this is the day that rolls us closer to the weekend and summer.

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Sam generously continues to host the WWW Wednesday meme which gives us all a chance to get organized. Please check out her website and all the other fantastic WWW lists. So, without further adieu….


What did I just finish reading?

 

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris is an adult, Victorian romance themed, choose your own adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you can read my full review here.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead is an all ages read that had me smiling on full beam. I loved Bob and Livvy and you can read my full review here.

I also finished BatmanNightwalker by Marie Lu. Marie wrote Batman true to character and filled the book with interesting sidekicks, friends and foes. However, I must admit, I really do not like Batman. I find him deeply annoying. His parent’s death aside, he needs additional therapy for his inability to believe that a gorgeous woman could be capable of evil deeds. Pretty ladies get him every single time and it makes me want to bat-slap him. However, if this doesn’t bother you about Batman you might enjoy this story. Nightwalker finds Bruce at the end of his high school experience stepping into his role in Wayne Enterprises (and into his slick Bat-suit.).


What am I Currently Reading?

I think the more important question might be, “Have I lost my mind?” Actually, I seem to have lost my attention span. I am struggling to get through The Book of Joy even though it is excellent. It has a lot of deep thoughts and rather than speed through them all I am challenging myself to slow down and absorb the wisdom. Therefore, I decided to read just one chapter a day.

The same is true of all the other books on this list with the exception of Good in Bed. Each of these books is proving to be a unique and interesting book that I have gotten sucked into one chapter at a time. Check back next week to see if this weird attention problem proves to help or hinder my reading log. Good in Bed is just a cute romance someone recommended to me that I am burning through right before bed.


What do I plan to read next?

The only firm plans I have is to get my Sunday Comics back on track. So I have these two graphic novels sitting at the ready!


Tell me, please!

Have you read any of my books? And, how excited are you for the longer days of summer?!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday April 25th

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WWW Wednesday, as always, is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Join the fun by either checking out all of the other amazing WWW posts or answering the following three questions yourself!


What did you just finish reading?

Oh my bookish friends, things have been ugly here. A strange combination of books that failed to keep my interest and a free 30 day subscription to Hulu has resulted in me not reading very much at all. Still, I finished a couple of books and placed a few more firmly into the dreaded did not finish pile.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston was in my April OwlCrate. It was such a pretty book and I love (love) this author so I was pretty excited. Sadly, this book will not be receiving a SilverButton review. It was a retelling of Princess Anastasia told from four (four!) different points of view and it was a bit of a mess. Apparently it is also Book 1 in a series so perhaps the fabulous Poston will make it all work in the sequels.

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan was delightful! You can read my review here.

All four of these books went back to the library unfinished. Perhaps it is my mood but I couldn’t get into any of them. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules was a wonderful premise but the translation made the story stilted and boring. The Case of the Missing Books featured a main character that I hated and I couldn’t stick with him. The Book Jumper was another I-have-super-powers-and-we-move-a-lot-and-I-call-my-Mom-by-her-first-name story. And The Wish Granter was just overdue. I didn’t even crack into it.

See? It might be me! I could be in a true book funk.


What am I currently reading?

I am trying to limit myself a little bit this week to only three books: One fiction, one non-fiction, one graphic novel. So, this week I am a couple of chapters into the inspirational book The Book of Joy. So far, I am deeply moved by the profound words and the loving relationship of these two spiritual leaders.

I either love Rainbow Rowell books or….not. Attachments is from 2011 but I am halfway through it and really enjoying it.

Brazen is the graphic novel to pique your interest in learning more about Brazen women who rocked the world. I have already enjoyed half of the book and I cannot wait to see the rest of the ladies!


What do I plan to read next?

I picked up The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell because the cover reads “Tales of a 6’4”, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and proud, Blerd, Mam’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-up Comedian. SOLD.

Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu is part of the DC Icons series. I love Warbringer and so I was curious enough to check out Batman even though Batman is my least favorite superhero. Maybe Marie Lu can bring me to the bat-side.

I first saw Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Franklin reviewed on Ryan’s site Muse With Me. His review is here and if you read it you’ll see why it piqued my interest. After The Book of Joy I really want to explore resilience and this book seems like a fine place to start.


Tell me, please!

Have you read any of these? Thoughts? Also, let me know what’s on your WWW list in the comments section below!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday, March 28th

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Happy Wednesday! The week has tipped toward the weekend and it is time to check in on what everyone has read, is reading and will be reading. Thanks, as always, to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting. Please check out her WWW post here and the other fantastic people’s lists in the comments section. If you want to participate, please do so! You can leave a link or a list in the comments below.


What did I just finish reading?

So many books! I have been on jury duty so I have been sitting in a room waiting to serve my civic duty for hours and hours (I’m on day three!) and I have filled them with books. There is limited internet connectivity which I why I have read so many and reviewed so little.

Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid was everything I was hoping Dan and Kat’s story would be and more. The review is coming soon!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was delightfully dark and weird. I enjoyed it and it’s review is also coming soon!

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown I actually finished late last week and you can find the review here. It was a great read and everything I have come to expect from Pierce Brown.

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan was a quick and hilarious collection of stories from a public librarian. The review is scheduled to appear this Friday for Non-Fiction Friday.

The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan was several hundred pages of ridiculousness. I believe that gratitude is key to choosing happiness but Janice acts as though she invented the concept while filling the book with one brag after the other. Or, as a dear friend of mine calls them “humblebrags.” No review for this one!

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearshall is a late elementary school to middle school book that I consumed like a bag of delicious chips. After the Gratitude Diaries it was such a refreshing and beautiful story and I look forward to telling everyone more about it in…you guessed it, a review that is coming soon!

Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell is a book from the library I grabbed in the off-chance I would be stuck for a long period of time for jury duty. Well into my second day I was thrilled to discover that this cutie is a British countryside story with multiple perspectives. It was so cute! Review coming soon!


What am I Currently Reading?

The Case of the Missing Library Books by Ian Sansom is incredibly enjoyable so far. A nice fish out of water story set in Ireland, what’s not to like?

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman Sundberg is an enormously popular book about a group of elderly individuals who break out of the retirement home and orchestrate a crime spree. It is a book in translation and I struggle occasionally with some of the phrasing but I just can’t help but love the whole idea!

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is on my desk because I really want to return to Sunday Morning Comics. I need a couple more for a weekly roundup so please let me know if you have other graphic novels or comic recommendations.


What do I Plan on Reading Next?

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Honestly, this is getting embarrassing. Why didn’t I bring this with me to jury duty?!?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday March 7, 2018

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I LOVE Wednesdays and I j’adore WWW Wednesdays. This is not only my most social day, checking in on other participants, but I come out the other side of my post organized and enthusiastic about reading and blogging. What’s not to love?

So, in the off chance you aren’t familiar (or because I haven’t gotten to participate in too long!) here is how it works. You just post about the three Ws:

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

Then you can link your post or post your reading list in my comments section and then head over to Taking on a World of Words to see the host Sam’s WWW list and all the other participant’s great posts.

So, here we go (in chronological order because….I can’t help myself)


What did I recently finish reading?

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! After my massive reading dry spell due to my giant test I finally got to read the book everyone seems to be talking about. You can read my review here.


What am I currently reading?

I am still working through the massive Iron Gold which I had put aside to study. So far, I am really enjoying the thrill of being back with Darrow and the crew but I am having trouble not being sad that they are, once again, at war (not a spoiler, I swear the fighting started at the beginning of the book).

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert I started recently to alleviate the stress Darrow was putting me through but this book is terrifying! I cannot wait to see how it all ends but it is too scary for me to read at night.

Thank goodness the ever delightful Penny Reid released Marriage of Inconvenience! I love her books and have been waiting forever to read the story of Dan and Kat.


What do I think I will read next?

I have a pile of books almost as tall as my dog sitting right next to my desk. There is nothing quite as thrilling as a huge pile of books I am looking forward to reading. So, I picked up the top two, The Book Jumper and The Wish Granter to try first. I also know that The Book of Joy has been featured on my “next” list for far too long and I am determined to start it this week.


Tell me, please!

Have you read anything on my lists? Any thoughts?

Feel free to share your WWW or anything else in the comments below!


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 31, 2018

Last Wednesday I was hopping around (as I do) and checking out everyone’s WWW lists. I commented that Lili’s art from LilisBlissfulPages was so beautiful and she generously said I could use it. So I give you today’s WWW Wednesday complete with this cutie! Some day I will figure out how to create my own graphics but until that day I really appreciate the generosity of my fellow book bloggers.

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So, you all know the drill but in case you do not, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. In it, you answer three questions: What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? and What do you think you will read next? Almost everyone else follows directions as to the order but I just have to be chronological.


What did you just finish reading?

The Witch Boy and Pashmina were both for my Sunday Morning Comics. They also helped me check off a couple of to-dos on my 2018 Challenges. I really appreciate that the challenges are helping me select some books that I may not have instinctively chosen.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street I completed just yesterday. Sigh. You can read my full review here but in case you don’t have time – I loved it.


What am I currently reading?

I am almost finished with Fahrenheit 451. I am already gasping to discuss it with someone so, please, let me know if this is a book you have read and any thoughts you have about the story. I expect the review to be done sometime this week.

I started Iron Gold by Pierce Brown last night. I have been anticipated reading Iron Gold for months because I love the world of the Red Rising series. Anticipated reads always make me nervous because there is danger in building a book up too much in your mind. Still, Brown’s books have never let me down before so, fingers crossed!


What do you think you will read next?

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I have The Book of Joy cued up on my next-to-read pile. The cover alone makes me happy. I think I will need the uplifting message during this long cold February.


There we have it! I cannot wait to see everyone else’s list. Feel free to leave comments on your books below or a link to your WWW. And, make sure and head over to Taking on a World of Words to check out everyone else’s lists.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 1/24/18

It’s that time again! Many thanks to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting the WWW Wednesday and helping all of us organize, prioritize, and share our reading. Let’s get right to the big questions of the day! (in chronological order because I’m just like that)

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What did I just finish reading?

El Deafo, Ms. Marvel – No Normal, and Nimona were all for my Sunday Morning Comics series and they were quick and fun. A delightful start to my week! I finished Every Day by David Levihthan. I also wrapped up Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and I loved it. You can check out my rave review here. I had to give 1066 back to my library and it, sadly, went back on my to-be-read list. Ah well!


What am I reading now?

I am still working on The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley and Fahrenheit 451. I am more than halfway through Fahrenheit but I am only a few chapters into The Watchmaker.


What will I read next?

The only books I know for certain I am putting into my immediate to-read pile is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. The Book of Joy has been on my physical TBR shelf for a while and I am excited to finally read it. And, I preordered Iron Gold last year to prethwart my 2018 book buying ban because I was just that excited to read it. Also, a bit devious because I basically broke my book buying ban before it began. But, I think of it like eating three donuts the night before you start working out. It happens.


So, what’s on your WWW list? Have you read any of the books on my list?

Please, leave a link or names in the comments and make sure and check out all of the other WWW lists on Sam’s site!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 17, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived 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. You can also see what others are reading and check out many more on Sam’s site.

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The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get right to it!


What did I just finish reading?

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro were both books I had on my list to be read from my last WWW. Lockwood is a fantastic middle grade book about kids who fight ghosts and it was terrifically scary. It was set in an alternative historical London and I loved, absolutely adored one of the characters, George. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

I reviewed Awkward for my latest Non-Fiction Friday. This book has really stuck with me and I keep talking to people about it and recommending it over and over again. This is what I love about non-fiction, the good ones are just epiphanies on paper.

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon was a library e-book I borrowed in the middle of the night when spooky Lockwood kept me from sleeping. This is a sweet romance story about how differently our familial traditions can affect our perceptions of the world. I enjoyed this book for the fairly innocent romance but I will recommend it because of the delightful look at the Indian traditions.


What am I currently reading?

I have lost my mind. Seriously. I am studying like crazy and I cannot seem to find a book I don’t adore. So, I have them stashed everywhere which is why my list is a bit long right now.

I started with the best of intentions with 1066 What Fates Impose and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street because they were both on my to be read shelf and would fulfill some of my “When Are You Reading?” challenge slots. But, you want to know the problem with adult fiction? It is slow to get into. I am sure that these books will be well worth my attention but my brain is everywhere right now. So, I started listening to Fahrenheit 451 on my drives and alternating reading Every Day and WarbringerMs. Marvel is the graphic novel I read while I wait for my coffee to brew. See? I have books everywhere.


What do I think I will read next?

Let’s be honest here. Your guess is as good as mine. I need to add back more non-fiction for Non-Fiction Friday and I am relishing my graphic novels for my new Sunday Morning Cartoons so any recommendations are appreciated!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday January 3, 2018

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WWW Wednesday – the weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words is (as anyone who frequents SilverButtonBooks knows) my favorite meme for staying organized. And, since one of my biggest resolutions this year was to stay on top of my book logging and organization, it will continue to be a favorite! You just have to answer:

What did you finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did I just finish reading?

I actually listened to Flora and Ulysses as an audiobook and while I enjoyed the book tremendously, the narrator was hard for me to listen to for long periods of time. I did so love the characters though.

The Royal Wedding was cute and enjoyable. The third book in the trilogy is due out in 2018 but I will have to get through my physical TBR before I will be able to lift the book buying ban and get myself a copy!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was my favorite of last week and you can read my review here. Technically, it is the only book I have read on the 2018 calendar, the rest I completed in December.

The Dream Thieves is book two of four in the Raven Boys Books. I really liked this book as it featured one of my favorite characters and I hope to review them as a collection later this year.


What am I Currently Reading?

Lockwood & Co. is a book that I (embarrassingly) purchased as a physical book and on my Kindle. Hence the book buying ban! When you have so many books you don’t even remember what you own, something needs to change.

My local library was kind enough to let me keep Awkward for a few more weeks and I am tearing though it. I find so much of it fascinating!


What will I Read Next?

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The only book I know for sure I would like to read next is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. I have it on my shelf and just the cover brings me happiness. I cannot wait to see what wisdom these two have to share.


And there we have it! My WWW Wednesday for January 3, 2017 2018. That is going to take me until March to get right! Tell me, please, what’s on your WWW list?

 

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WWW Wednesday December 27

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WWW Wednesday is swiftly becoming my reset button for organization and posting! This wonderful meme is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Thanks to this meme I am able to become just a little more organized with my reading and blogging because it forces me to answer:

What did I just finish reading?

What am I currently reading?

What do I think I will read next?

I know these aren’t in the same order as everyone else’s WWW but I can’t bear to not work chronologically!


What did I just finish reading?

I don’t even know. Things have been chaotic with the holidays and the inevitable sickness of winter. I know I have been reading everyday because I can’t fall asleep without it but for the life of me I have no idea what I was reading.


What am I currently reading?

Now, see, here is where this meme is inspired. Theoretically, what I post here will turn into “What did I just finish reading” next week. Boom. Organized. Sadly, it never seems to work out that way but one of my New Year’s Resolutions hopes to change this.

I’m listening to Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo as an audiobook. The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers is the second in a trilogy of of books that are a slightly more grown up version Princess DiariesThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is a day-time reading book for me because I am that worried about Charlotte. And, I am tearing through Maggie Stiefvater’s second Raven Boys book The Dream Thieves.


What do I think I will read next?

I need more non-fiction in my life but with my studying it is hard. But, I have read the first three chapters of Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro and I am hooked. And, judging by the pace and story of the second Raven Boys I will probably move directly to the third book in the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue.


So, what’s on your WWW list? If you don’t have one or you want to check out more lists, make sure and stop by Sam’s site and you can see many other bloggers complications. If you are a blogger, feel free to leave yours in the comments – I would love to see them!