WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: August 5, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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’m going for total honesty here and exposing the ridiculousness that is my Goodreads “currently reading” list. I hope that by exposing my truth here maybe I will actually finish up some of these books!

The Silent PatientWayside School, The Pen Commandments, and 100 Objects are all books I’m in the middle of already, why won’t I finish them??

I just started City of Beasts for book club, The Dutch House as an audiobook and I picked The Whispering Skull up from the library this week.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I did manage to finish the delightful, fun, and totally consuming Engagement and Espionage this weekend. My full review is here but, let me just say, I loved this newest romance from Penny Reid.

I also finished The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum and, even though it started a bit slowly, I found myself riveted by this nonfiction book. The full review will be up Friday for my NonFiction Friday.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

No! I cannot add anything new until I get my currently reading list under control!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 28, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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?

Wow! ALL nonfiction! I am more than half way through The Poison Squad and nearly finished with The Pen Commandments and still loving them both. And, I am 75% finished with the audiobook version of Code Girls which is equally excellent.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished reading The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate and Aurora Burning this week. Both were excellent books and I even got my reviews posted! I think it was the review I did for Notes on a Nervous Planet that set me back upright again and I took stock of what was working (and all the things that weren’t) and made some big changes this week. I even managed to write up a compilation of all my favorite Disability Awareness Books for July since this month is Disability Pride Month.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

The Silent Patient is a book I read half of for book club and never finished. The library wanted my copy back but I managed to get a physical copy so I wanted to finish it. I also have my eye on A Woman of No Importance and, of course, I am still planning to get around to reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mockingbird.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 22, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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?

Well, I managed to get nothing read this week and yet I still managed to add another book to my currently reading. I’m listening to Code Girls as an audiobook and, at least, I am actually listening to it! I can’t seem to crack past my 100 page minimum on books….I don’t quit reading, I just add another one to the pile. This is mood reading taken to 11 everyone.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Nothing! A great big nada!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

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I still plan on starting To Kill a Mockingbird but I really (seriously) need to stop opening new books and finishing nothing.


Tell me, please!

Any tips on getting over their weird reading slump?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 15, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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 tearing through The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum. She peppers the history with just enough I-can’t-believe-it facts that you just don’t want to stop reading.

The Pen Commandments will be finished this week and I have really enjoyed this book. It is clear, concise, and easy to apply advice for beginning writers of any age.

And I have just started Aurora Burning. I am a little afraid based on the response from other readers that I will be devastated by the ending of this one but I feel strong enough to take it!


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished both Winterwood and Undefeated this week. Winterwood was not for me. This is no reflection on the book or the writing, I was just in no mood for how long it took for the main character to stand up for herself. In another mood it might have been a great coming of age / powers story but not right now.

Undefeated, however, is the story of the Carlise Indian School’s Football Team. Jim Thorpe was the first biography I ever read in elementary school and I will always pick up any book featuring him. I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this middle grade book that was, at its core, about the history of football. That review will be up Friday for NonFiction Friday!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

Every summer I look through summer reading lists and pick a few that I have never heard of and classics that I somehow missed reading. Both A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mockingbird were books I wasn’t required to read in my youth and so…I just haven’t. I have a copy of each book and I think I will crack into one of them this week.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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?

This weekend I looked at my toppling pile of currently reading and vowed to not add more until at least one was completed! I managed to finish two books this week so, of course, I reached onto my shelf and immediately replaced them.

I loved Wayside School when I was a kid. I started the new book in the series a few weeks ago until I lost it in the abyss that is my current book “organization”. I started it back up this morning and I will finish it quickly. It is just as silly and humorous as the originals and I’m glad to be back in the sideways school.

I am also still working through The Pen Commandments and The Poison Squad. Both are great and I’m loving having so much nonfiction in my life right now.

I also started Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin. Jim Thorpe’s biography was the first one I ever read as a child and I cannot wait to read more about this amazing athlete.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished two books this week. That doesn’t sound like much but I also managed to write reviews for them both. That’s right! I have been so terrible about reviewing books for weeks (months) now and I vowed to get myself organized this week.

If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner was a hilarious memoire but one of my favorite comedians. My full review will be up Friday for nonfiction Friday but let me just say, I laughed so hard I choked.

I also finished Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and thoroughly enjoyed it. My full review is here.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I will certainly start reading the next in the Aurora Cycle series with Aurora Burning. I’m really enjoying sci-fi right now and so The Razor is looking promising. Similarly, I need all the nonfiction in my life that I can so I have Thank You for Arguing cued up.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: July 1, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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?

Actually, according to Goodreads I have ten (TEN) books in my currently reading pile. But, actually, I’m only putting my hands on two books right now. The Pen Commandments has been a fantastic book to pick up, read a chapter, and try one of the prompts. Meanwhile, I started The Poison Squad yesterday and I am already completely consumed by this book.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finally started with my own shelf when looking for a book this week (kind of) and read both Flunked by Jen Calonita and Picard, The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack. Both were wonderful but Picard especially makes me want to go back and re-watch season one of Picard.

I also borrowed Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes as an e-book from my library and absolutely loved it. It was a fairly unique contemporary romance that I enjoyed thoroughly. Just take a read at the description!

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean’s future.

When he moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken—and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts—the friendships they’ve damaged, the secrets they’ve kept—but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance—up until the last out.

A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes. from Goodreads


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

Lately nonfiction has been the reading that has captured my attention. So, I think I will crack into one of these two books languishing on my shelf next.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: June 17, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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’ll be honest. I am not reading the books on my “currently reading list” as much as I am avoiding them. I am thoroughly sick of A History of the World in 100 Objects and need to either power through or take a break. I’m starting to feel like I’m stuck in the IKEA of history with no clear exits.

I am also studiously avoiding listening to American Dirt. I’m not even trying here. Any tips would be appreciated.

A book club member has lent me her physical copy of The Silent Patient and I really appreciate it because I was struggling with the audiobook.

Now Picard, I am loving. I’m trying to put aside all that I know from the show and just enjoy spending time with Captain Picard again.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I did finish a few books this week. I loved my No Fear copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was much easier to read than Hamlet for me and has encouraged me to continue working through The Bard’s plays.

I also finished both Untouchable and Twisted Twenty-Six. Both were light and easy reads and kept me company during my long nights of not sleeping this week. Grandma Mazur is, and always will be, The Queen!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

After participating in my 5 On My TBR this Monday I have pulled several nonfictions off my shelf. I would love to start reading either of these this week.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: June 10, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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?

Woohoo! It doesn’t look nearly as disorganized as I was worried it would! I continue to work through A History of the World in 100 Objects. My audiobook library loan of The Silent Patient was taken away from me this week but a book club buddy has offered to lend me her physical copy. I am relived, this was not the best audiobook I have listened to this year.

I also purchased the newest Wayside School, Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar. I loved the Wayside School kids and, after 25 years, I am happy to revise their crazy classroom.

As our libraries return to work (I can’t imagine the mess they are encountering) my library loans have become easier even though I am still sticking to e-books for now. I borrowed Janet Evanovich’s Twisted Twenty-Six because I heard Grandma Mazur was front and center. I am nearly half-way through and Grandma does not disappoint!

I’ve also found a new romance author that I am quickly becoming obsessed with: Talia Hibbert. A Girl Like Her is the second book I’ve borrowed from this author this week and they are so good.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Woohoo! I finally moved Tap off my “currently reading” stack! This book was so tricky because it was really two books smashed together. One was a history of Tap, which was concisely written and informative. The other was a series of interviews with the dancers themselves. This is where the book became repetitive for me since each interview sounded exactly the same. My guess is that the author recorded the interviews and transcribed them but that left each person sounding like this, “I learned to tap watching other people! I worked with all the greats! Oooooh, it was a time!” I only wish that the interviews were available to watch or listen to because I think the subtle nuances and differences would bring life back to their stories.

I also listened to The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. This book has been making the rounds lately as people strive to make their lives more meaningful (and probably as we all look around our homes at all the….stuff). If you pick this book up with the mindset that you will be learning how Cait changed from someone looking to fill / avoid her life with alcohol, drugs, food, and eventually things you will enjoy it. Perhaps 5% of it is actual tips and tricks she used to avoid purchasing consumer goods. It is not a how-to book and once I got past that disappointment I enjoyed it.

Finally, Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert landed in my hands in the middle of a night of insomnia and I am obsessed with this author. An absolutely swoon-worthy contemporary romance!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

American Dirt is one of my book club picks. I have zero interest in reading this book but a good book club member participates. I’m going to give it a listen but I don’t know how to get around all that I already know about the author and the publisher.

In return, I am going to crack open Picard because Star Trek will make me feel better.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: June 3, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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 reading Tap and A History of the World in 100 Things. I’m getting tired of including Tap in this category since there is no reason I haven’t finished it yet. Maybe this is the week!

I am working my way through my day with the help of two audiobooks. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders is about the 12 month period the author stopped buying things and decluttered her life. It is short, only about 6 hours, and I am nearly 1/3 of the way through. She hasn’t quite gotten into how she felt not shopping but I am excited to hear about that journey.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is for a book club and I regret getting this as an audiobook. The narrator’s voice is amazing but I think the pace would be slightly quicker if I could just read it already. As it is, the main male character is coming off very whiny. I hope to get a written copy this week.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished both Explorers on Witch Mountain and Explorers on Black Ice Bridge this week. This is certainly one of my new favorite middle grade trilogies. The full review is here.

I picked up and quickly read A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan. It was a sweet middle grade book that really drove home the point that perfection is not a good thing and having an imagination can save your sanity. I couldn’t tell if the story didn’t hook me or if I just needed to take a break from middle grade for a little bit, but this wasn’t my favorite read this week.

I also started Things in Jars by Jess Kidd and finished the whole book in under 24 hours. I could not put this book down. This book had upwards of twenty words I had to look up in the first 100 pages and was richly packed with imagery. It also opens with a strange little girl eating snails. Forgive me. I’m having trouble formulating complete sentences about this book. It was just so (soooooo) good. Here is the synopsis for anyone who is interested.

Bridie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times. from Goodreads.

And, happily, I had Tweet Cute waiting for me when I finally came up for air from Things in Jars. My thanks to everyone who told me it was cute – you were all 100% right.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

This week I definitely plan to crack into A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I also have Stonewall by Martain Duberman and A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell cued up on my kindle.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: May 27, 2020

WWW Wednesday 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 about how your reading is going this week 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!

My last two weeks have been abnormal (yes, more so than usual) so I accidentally missed posting last week. These books are from the past two weeks.


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 working on Tap and A History of the World in 100 Objects. I’m starting to become very annoyed with Tap.

I am also listening to Twilight and The Silent Patient as audiobooks. Since Stephanie Meyer is releasing a new book I wanted to re-visit the original. Why do I not remember how many times Bella falls down? Or, for that matter, how many times she mentions the color of Edward’s eyes? The Silent Patient is a thriller and I am really enjoying it while I row.

Finally, Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell is part of a middle grade series that I have been enjoying.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Boy did I have fun these past two weeks reading! I finished another Matt Haig book, How to Stop Time and loved it.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty felt innapropriate to read, given that it is answering children’s questions about death, but I couldn’t help by enjoy every bit of it. It was such a fascinating mix of facts and humor!

Dead Voices is the sequel to Small Spaces and was just as well written. I found this one to be even scarier than Small Spaces.

I also read Finding Audrey which is Sophie Kinsella’s YA book. This book deals with some series issues, Audrey is recovering psychologically from extreme (and unexplained) bullying. But, paired with the mother’s hilarious attempts to thwart her son’s computer addiction the book felt lighter than the subject matter.

Finally, I flew through The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot during a particularly long night with insomnia. Love Meg Cabot and I enjoy all of her books.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I know I will want to start reading Explorers on Black Ice Bridge when I finish the Witch Mountain and I have Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream cued up for my next Shakespearian adventure. Other than these two I am going to let my mood lead me!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?