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?

 

all ages · historical fiction

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

trueconfessionsofcharlotteI picked up The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi from a used bookstore after I started seeing it everything. It was on display in bookstores, at the library and on required reading lists at the local schools. I must confess, while I hated required reading when I was in school I have grown almost fanatical in my desire to read everything on those lists in my adulthood. This might just be my “adult” reason for reading excellent children’s literature.

Charlotte is not a book I would have chosen without other encouragement. Frankly, I might still not have read it except for the lure of the used book store price. Even then it sat on my shelf for close to a year before I finally started the story. My reluctance stems directly from my fear of boats and more specifically being stuck on boats.  And the synopsis only added to my fear.

“An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences.”

“Not every thirteen-year old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guiltygbv. But, I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as lived it.”

I was as terrified for Charlotte the whole story long as I was enchanted by the prior owner of this books use of sparkly pens to circle unknown vocabulary. Charlotte is stuck on a boat, friendless and at sea and we know someone will be murdered. I just kept thinking, “if sparkly pen can see this to the end so can I!” Otherwise, I may have stopped reading when the boat first left the shore.

And Charlotte is more than a historical fiction story about murder at sea. I was once a thirteen-year old girl myself. Charlotte’s voice and experiences may have happened nearly 200 years ago but all thirteen-year old girls struggle to emerge into womanhood the way Charlotte did. We want to be treated like adult women and admired in our society in one way or another but the illusions from our childhood and nativity can twist our understanding of our role. For most young women awkwardness is the paramount sensation. For Charlotte, her life was at stake.

This is an beautifully written story that I found terrifying and lovely all at once. I grew to adore Charlotte and the crew and I was elated to discover that the author has put Charlotte in other books. All in all, I am thrilled that it is my first book of 2018!


 

not a review

2017’s Year of Reading and 2018’s Bookish Resolutions

There are some beautiful end of the year posts out there. And, a big thanks must be given to The Perpetual Page Turner for creating the survey that helps blogger and writers look back on their year of reading. Unfortunately, as I have lamented in the past, I am terrible at keeping track of my reading. So, my stats are no where near a true reflection of my book reading experience. Still, lets see the numbers!


Number of Books I read: 70. Mid-year I opened a Goodreads account for Silverbuttonbooks and deleted a very old and rarely used personal account. I was aiming for 100 and, while I think I reached it, we will accept Goodreads’ 70 as my final count.

Number of Re-Reads: Um, none because it didn’t occur to me to log these. Shoot.

Genre I enjoyed the most: Non-fiction!


Now, not only am I woefully unprepared to answer the 30 questions proffered by Jamie, but I’m not even organized enough to look it up. This is a travesty. But, one I plan to rectify next year. Still, I know enough to answer this question.

Best book I read in 2017

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I love this book. I borrowed this one from the library and I loved it so much that I purchased it and then I (annoyingly) read parts of it aloud to people. This book is the physical manifestation of the reasons I should not worry so darn much. In this book is enumerated the reasons to stop trying to control everything and just enjoy the mess.

 

 

 


As I read through the other questions and the wonderful end of the year posts put together by:

Maxxesbooktopia

PocketFullofPages

BookBakingandBlogging

AWhisperofPages

AdventuresofaBibliophile – holy infographics!

MudandStars

and

WhatCathyReadNext

I couldn’t help but realize that no matter how much I loved books, and regardless of my overwhelming desire to spread the good word of amazing stories, if I didn’t stay organized it was all for nothing. Sigh.


So, I move from my embarrassingly scanty 2017 statistics to my 2018 Reading Resolutions!

  1. I am committed to being more organized in my reading. I worry about using Goodreads because I don’t participate in negative reviews. But, there is a big difference between negative reviews on my site and logging what I read and my thoughts. Goodreads is now my go-to.
  2. I am committed to a Book Buying Ban for 2018 until I finish reading my huge physical TBR. Now, I must admit I already pre-purchased two books I am dying to read in 2018 and I have an emergency gift card ready to go. But, other than those two things, I MEAN IT.
  3. I want to read a wider variety of books. I want to read books that challenge me and expand my knowledge. To that end, I will participate in several different challenges.

My 2018 Reading Challenges:

I want to hit the Stenographer (10-15) level for the audiobook challenge put out by hotlistens.com

Obviously, I want to beat the backlist. This is a dual goal because it will also help me conquer that physical TBR! Thanks, NovelKnight!

The BookRiot Read Harder Challenge which will, hopefully, help me add diversity.

I’d like to participate in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge for 2018. I mean to every year because they are just too beautiful but I really feel this might be my year.

Finally, I tried this year, but I mean to successfully complete the When Were You Reading Challenge from Sam at Taking on a World of Words.


None of this will happen without carefully keeping track of my reading. Honestly, I would rather read another book then take the time to log the one I just read. But, I know I need to get over it and keep track. So, here is to my 2018 super organized end of the year post. Let’s have a wonderful, book filled 2018!


 

 

 

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday

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!


 

not a review

My Massive TBR Bookshelf

Recently, I admitted that my currently reading shelf on Goodreads is an utter sham. I use that designation to remind me which books are borrowed from the library in an attempt to prioritize reading them. Now I have another admission. The scanning capability on the Goodreads app and my total lack of self control has created a real problem on my TBR list and on my Un-Read Shelf at home.

Here is how it happens. I walk into one of my locally owned bookstores or a mega chain and I just started scanning all the books that look good to me. Those all go onto my TBR list. Additionally, I will see books in magazines or on the book blogs I follow and those go onto my TBR list. Then, family and friends give me books (or money for books, thank you people!) and I buy straight off this list.

Which brings me to the physical manifestation of this mess. It is an embarrassment of riches. I have nearly a full bookshelf of books I have purchased, were given to me or I liberated from somewhere all sitting and waiting to be read. But, when I can’t sleep at night do I reach for one of these books? NO. No, I do not. I go onto my Kindle and I buy another book. No self control at all.

I’ve brought this bookshelf up here before. I have told friends and family about it. But, I just keep adding to it! As I look at all of these books – they are so pretty – I vow they need to be read. But, I don’t. What to do?


Publicly shame myself.


Here they are, the nearly 100 books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.

So, readers, where should I start? I mean, obviously I have to finish the $.99 book I bought last night…but then, how do I chip away at this massive pile? And, more importantly, how to do it quickly enough to reasonably ask for more books for the holidays?!?

 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 11-8-17

Sam at Taking on a World of Words is the host for this weekly peek into what everyone is, has and will be reading. You just have to answer three questions:

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


What am I currently reading?

If you follow my blog I have a Goodreads link that gives you a peek into my “currently reading” list. This is a total sham. That list is actually just the books I have borrowed from the library and have at home so I don’t forget to prioritize them and avoid paying fines. I actually have a whole bookshelf in my workspace and a giant bookcase full of books that are waiting. Sometimes, I get a lot of things from the library that are all one type of book (see my non-fiction heavy pile below) and I balance that out with books that I have on hand.

So, what is the true? Truthfully, I am currently reading these books.

So, Scott Pilgrim (volume 1)The Fangirl’s Guide to the GalaxyEliza and Her Monsters….I wonder why I picked up Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro? Goodness, sometimes these WWW Wednesdays do more that get my book stacks organized – they make me just a little more self-aware!

What did I recently finish reading?

Now that I am finished with my Frighteningly Good Reads of October 2017 I am trying to put away all of my spooky, scary and mysterious stories. But, I find myself craving some of the good ‘ol what-will-happen-next. So, I have been reading some mysteries. My favorite of the last week is absolutely The Good Byline by Jill Orr. It was a sweet story that reminded me of that television show Heart of Dixie – set in the south, sweet girl and a couple of cute boys except for there is a dead girl. I am just so thrilled that there is already a sequel!

And then there was the scrumptious Geekerella. You can read my full review here but I will just take a moment to say – loved it. The whole thing is 100% huggable.

What do I think I will read next?

These three books are on the top of my physical stack of TBR books. I really need to start cracking through my When are you Reading books for my the 2017 challenge (also from Taking on a World of Words) or I am not going to come anywhere near completing everything. So, The Last Days of Night will fill in my 1800-1899 nicely as it covers the legal battle between Edison and Westinghouse over the patent of the lightbulb.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is a tome and I am concerned that I will not successfully get through the whole thing. Not that I am a quitter! It is a library book and new and they only let you keep them here for two measly weeks. It is my hope that my fascination with Da Vinci will give me the dedication I will need for all 524 pages, quickly.

And The Paper Trail, An Unexpected History of A Revolutionary Invention by Alexander Monro is a book after my own heart. Without paper there would be no books. When people cite the wheel as the most important invention I can accept that, I supposed. For me, it has always been paper.

Now, this is a very non-fiction heavy stack so I know that I will probably also bust into some fun fiction books to balance things out.


Thanks for reading my WWW Wednesday! I would love to hear what you are currently reading and make sure and head over to Taking on a World of Words to see what so many other bloggers have put on their WWW lists!


 

fiction · Romantic · YA

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book made me happy cry…three times. Now, maybe it is because the book reached directly into my geeky little heart and plucked at my fan-fiction loving heartstrings. Or, perhaps this delightful little re-telling of Cinderella was just swoon worthy enough to push my frazzled emotions over the edge. Either way, I love this book!

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston is a modern re-telling of the classic Cinderella. Danielle is our princess, Darien the prince. Our Prince and Princess are trying to get to the Con – the ExcelsiCon that revolves around their favorite television show Starfield. Danielle’s Father created the wildly popular ExcelsiCon before he died and their shared love of Starfield is all that she has left of him that brings her comfort. Darien is a day time soap actor chosen to star as the lead in the movie re-make of Starfield. His love of Starfield is bringing him nothing but anxiety as he tries to simultaneously live his dream of inhabiting his favorite character and prove himself to the fans.

Geekerella has been well reviewed and many great points have been made about the deeply likable characters, the plot development and the lack of a truly horrible villain. But the unique aspect of this book that really spoke to me was the desire to belong. Cinderella has always been looking for family. The Prince has always been seeking a loving relationship. Danielle and Damien are trying to find these things in a modern world made more complicated by social media and technology.

Danielle has turned inward after the death of her Father. We saw that with Cinderella. But Cinderella had devoted servants (or vermin) to bring her comfort. Danielle has no one to rely on or even someone she feels she can ask for help. Watching her find the strength to put herself out into the real world was what brought me happy cry numero uno.

Darien is a teen heartthrob whose Dad would rather be his Agent and Manager than his Father. We see this everywhere in modern American – parents who want something other than to parent their children. That leaves Darien like our Prince – constantly on guard against user friends, crazy fans and people who want to profit from him. In the end, he is looking for someone who loves him. Just him.

This book really spoke to me about believing in yourself and finding the strength to fit into this chaotic world. There is a place we all belong if we are brave enough to try again and again to find it.


Tell me, please!

Have you read Geekerella? What are your thoughts?


 

FrighteninglyGoodRead · Halloween2017

Frighteningly Good Read #18

Happy Halloween!!! October is coming to a close with the celebration that is near and dear to my heart – eating all the good candy out of the mix bags before the Trick or Treaters arrive. But, before I send my body into sugar shock I wanted to do one last FGR post.

When I was a kid my Dad would tell me Edgar Allen Poe’s tales. Sometimes he just explained the premise or he and my Mom would take turns retelling The Telltale Heart, The Premature Burial, The Pit and the Pendulum and quoting that stinkin’ Raven. Either way, through the years Poe’s tales have become woven into my subconscious like a family member you hear about but never meet.

When I finally took the time to read them I enjoyed them immensely but probably because I already had the skeleton of each story in my mind. They are not easy to read. And, while recounting the tales certainly made it is easier for me, not everyone has parents as stellar as mine.

edgarallanHowever, there is a children’s series called The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine and Sam Zuppardi. Edgar and Allan are identical twin geniuses and the great-great-great-great nephews of Poe himself. More importantly, the book weaves some Poe’s most important works into the story as well as Poe himself working in the afterlife as a fortune cookie fortune writer.

These books are cute and light children’s reading. But, like most things we give to children, these books serve two purposes. At the surface, they tell a lovely story about Edgar and Allan and their (mis)adventures through middle school. Underneath they are planting a seed in children’s minds everywhere. One day, they will go looking for Poe’s work and it won’t seem as unapproachable.

So, today, the last day of October for 2017 I thank my parents for making Poe’s work not just approachable but also enjoyable. I am happy and grateful to all of you who stopped by during this busy month of Frighteningly Good Reads and as to future plans for daily blogging I quote the Raven, “Nevermore!”

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FrighteninglyGoodRead · Halloween2017 · nonfiction · Uncategorized

Frighteningly Good Read #17

It is October 29th and the gimme-some-candy moment of Trick or Treat is almost upon us. I have been reading so very many books. Sadly, there have been none which I feel confident recommending at this time. Fortunately, I stumbled across this delightful book which we might all need either for a last minute labor intensive costume making session.

costumeThe Costume Making GuideCreating Armor & Props for Cosplay by Svetlana Quindt is a mind-blowing introduction to how people make cosplay accessories and armor. I have been to one or two events which involved Cosplay but I have never understood how people really put together their outfits. I mean, they sell pieces at the conventions but a single item can set you back $100 so I couldn’t imagine building a whole costume!

But, in The Costume Making Guide, Svetlana aka Kamui Cosplaygives steller tips on how to make cosplay excessories and weapons that look so incredibly real out of regular materials (think saran wrap and duct tape) that I feel anyone could make some armor given the time and the know how provided in this book. And, by this time in October you either have your costume, you are not wearing one this year, or you are regretting not putting one together. Honestly, I found myself just last night on Pinterest looking at, “last minute costumes, stuff around house.”

But with this book I am going to try and make some Wonder Woman arm shields and pair it with regular clothing for an under-the-cover WW. Actually, Kamui Cosplay’s website has a number of other amazing ideas and books but I am pretty tickled with the idea of the arm shields so I am going to try it!

With only two days left in Frighteningly Good Reads I need to put down the stacks and stacks of books (both good and bad) and take a minute to make some kind of costume and I am really thankful to have found this book in time!


Tell me, please!

Do you celebrate Halloween? Are you dressing up?


 

FrighteninglyGoodRead · Halloween2017

Frighteningly Good Reads #16

I have two books by Shirley Jackson peering at me from my bookshelf right now. The first, The Haunting of Hill House is an often sited scary book. The other, We Have Always Lived in the Castle I found while browsing and, admittedly, picked it up because the cover is bright orange. Happily, it is also a deliciously unsettling and thought provoking novel that is today’s FGR.

wehavealwayslivedWe Have Always Lived in the Castle is narrated by Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwell and tells the story of the Blackwell family’s tragic history and the torment that their small town plays inside the minds of the family members that remain. Merricat, her sister Constance and their Uncle Julian are all that remain of a family dinner laced with arsenic. Still, their quiet lives are spinning along in their isolated existence until their Cousin Charles comes to stay.

Mary Katherine has been cited as one of the most memorable narrators in 20th century fiction. She struck me as terrifying in both her inner monologue as well as in her small worldly interactions. Truthfully, I could not decide for quite some time whether Merricat was the villain or a victim. Likewise, Constance’s lighthearted commentary coupled with Uncle Julian’s rambling made me feel like a record was playing in the background at the wrong speed. Jackson’s ability to create so much upheaval in my mind within the confines of a mere 146 pages is awe-inspiring. Deeply unsettling doesn’t quite describe it.

This book is no “scarier” than any Agatha Cristie. Rather the story is so suspenseful that I find myself turning it over in my mind again and again. This is truly the best gothic suspense novel I have ever read and I cannot wait to compare it to The Haunting of Hill House.