WWW Wednesday – May 13

I don’t know how long it’s been for you all, but I’ve been self-isolating for 60 days now. That’s two whole months of being at home. Two months since I’ve seen my students in person. Two months since the world turned upside down.

But, it’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I’m thoroughly enjoying Sense and Sensibility. I don’t remember if being this funny the last time I read it! Marianne brings a lot of laughs, but so far, the hardest laugh I’ve had came from Mrs. Palmer about Colonel Brandon. I don’t have the book near me, but she basically said, “He’s so charming, it really is a pity that he’s so grave and dull.”

I’m listening to Anna Karenina, which is a thirty hour commitment. Definitely the longest book I’ve listened to. I’m really enjoying it; it’s not nearly as hard to understand as I thought it would be.

I just finished Middlemarch by George Eliot. I loved it, but I could not summarize it for the life of me. I’d have to write a short novel just to sum up what it’s about. But, it’s basically about the town of Middlemarch and the trials and tribulations of the members of the town. It definitely deserves its longevity it’s experienced as a classic.

The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss (who are married) was super cute. It’s about a hockey player who goes back to his hometown while recovering from an injury and meeting up with his old tutor. Both are blown away by the other, both have had long harbored crushes, and, of course, the tutor (now a third grade teacher) has had his heart broken and is hesitant to enter a relationship with a man who’s not only a famous hockey player, but his best friend’s brother. It was really sweet.

I am actually not sure. I don’t know if I’ll get something from my TBR or read another classic. I just ordered a new copy of Pride and Prejudice (and Sense and Sensibility, but it hasn’t come yet, so I’m reading an old copy), so I might read that. Or I might try something I haven’t read before. Any suggestions?

Top 5 Worst Rulers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Worst Rulers.

President Snow from The Hunger Games.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles.

The Silvers from The Red Queen.

The whole royal family, including Prince Charming, in Just Ella.

And, finally, she’s not exactly a ruler, but she definitely functions as one in Holes, so the Warden. She’s terrible.

Those are my top 5 worst rulers. What are some of yours? Drop a comment and let me know!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I only read the first Mary Poppins books, and I didn’t really like it.

I’ve really been in the mood to watch Sense and Sensibility lately, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve decided I’m going to read it first and then watch the movie.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday April 8, 20920

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still not getting quite as much reading done as I thought I would. My days are still pretty full with work and writing. And, I have to admit, mindless scrolling online. I need to stop that last bit and actually focus on reading. I did it yesterday and got a good deal into my book, so that was good. Here’s hoping I keep it up today.

I finally got to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which as been on my TBR forever. I wasn’t really interested in reading it, but my mom lent it to me and I figured I should give it a try. It was challenging at first because I don’t like either Nick or Amy, but the more I read, the more impressed I became by Amy’s planning, and now I’m completely engrossed. It’s not a light read, but it sure is fun.

I started The Mapmaker’s Apprentice by C.J. Archer on Monday and haven’t listened to very much yet. While I’m sure I’ll like the story, the narrator changed from the first book and I don’t like her as much. Well, I like her for India, but not for any of the other characters. It’ll be a challenge to get used to.

Both The Watchmaker’s Daughter and Red, White, & Royal Blue were exactly the fun, fluffy reads I needed right now.

And speaking of light, fluffy reads…. Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry will not be one of them. This is a reread and all I remember is there were sex slaves, rape, and other bad stuff. But, I loved the series and want to try and go back and put some pieces together that I missed the first time I read through.

What are you reading right now?

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors U to Z

Can you believe it’s the last day of the month? March has lasted about five years. But, it’s finally over and it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is authors U to Z.

I’m currently writing with a cat on my lap, so I’m just going to hop over to GoodReads and choose authors from my read list.

U – nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero

V -In this time of trouble and strife, it seems only fitting to put Brian K. Vaughn, author of Y: The Last Man which is a graphic novel about a plague that wipes out all men on Earth save one. I tore through this series when I discovered it and, one day, would like to own it and reread.

W – This is really hard, because I have a lot of W authors. I’m going to chose two: Patricia C. Wrede author of Dealing with Dragons and Brian Wood author of The DMZ. Both books were extremely engrossing. I remember reading Dealing with Dragons in middle school for some awards program and not being able to put it down. I have a vivid memory of sitting in History class, nose buried in the book, ignoring everything around me. The DMZ I discovered at Comic Con. I bought one issue then went back for ten more after ripping through it. I loved it so much and right now, I’m regretting unhauling it.

X– Nope

Y– The only thing I have for Y is Rick Yancey author of The 5th Wave. I enjoyed the book well enough to buy the second, but didn’t want to pay for the hardcover of the third and by the time it was in paperback, I’d forgotten about the other two.

Z There can only be on author for Z and that’s Timothy Zahn, the author who reignited my passion for Star Wars and sent it to new heights. I was in English class in middle school with nothing to read. Gershwin, a friend, passed me the hardcover of Heir to the Empire to read. I opened it and was done. It was like he’d given me drugs: I couldn’t think for the rest of the day and I was ruined for life. I still love that book and have my original copy, although it’s falling apart because I’ve read it so many times. It’s my Star Wars canon and always will be.

And that’s my literary life from A to Z! What a fun month (for this challenge, I mean. Not so much for real life). Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I had fun putting it together. And thanks, Shanah, for the fun challenge!

WWW Wednesday | March 18, 2020

Hi everyone! I am now on living under a shelter-in-place order. I panicked yesterday, not sure what that meant, but I can still leave for food or to go outside. They specify go outside for walks, but I assume I can still run. I don’t think I can go to the beach and run, though, which I did yesterday and it felt really good. We’re supposed to avoid unnecessary driving.

Things are scary, but there’s still books and reading and writing. I’m also vlogging my experience mostly to hear myself talk and process through. If you’re interested, my channel is here.

So, enough about me. Let’s talk about what I’m reading. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked to respond to the following questions:

What are you currently reading?\

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

I might have to stop reading Mrs. Sherlock Holmes for a bit. It’s heavy reading and I’m not quite in the mood for that. I’ll read some today and see what I think.

Recently finished

Reading next

How’s pandemic life treating you? Any great books this week? Let me know, I’m dying for company!

Top 5 Tuesday – Authors KLMNO

Hello everyone! It’s time for Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each weeks, Shanah gives us a topic and participants answer with their top 5 answers in that topic. This week is authors KLMNO!

This week, I’m doing one author for each letter. I’m only doing authors on my shelf or in my Kindle and I’m going by last name. Let’s get started.

K

This one was hard because I’ve got lots of K’s on my shelf, including Brigid Kemmerer who is a new favorite author. But, in the end, I had do go with Susan Kay author of Phantom.

I know the book has its flaws and Erik is just a little too good at everything, but I love it to death. This Erik is my Erik and just adds to my love of the Phantom of the Opera.

L

For L, I have chosen Ira Levin who wrote Rosemary’s Baby. I read this many, many years ago and just fell in love. It was probably the first true horror novel I read. I still have my Nana’s copy, which is being held together by tape and a prayer. I probably shouldn’t read it again and get a new copy. But I love it.

M

Who else can I put other than Jonathan Maberry, who is my (I think) my second most read author after Rick Riordan. I almost put the first book I read by him, Patient Zero down because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, was going to be a chauvinist pig. Turns out, he’s very sensitive and upholds feminist ideals. Plus, the books are suspenseful, horrifying, and a lot of fun.

N

I didn’t have many under the letter n, but then I realized that Ahab’s Wife was written by Sena Jeter Naslund. I read this in college and I was enchanted. Una is an amazing character and I loved her relationship with Ahab and everyone else. I haven’t read this in years, but it’s great.

O

I only have one author for O, but it’s an important one: Robert C. O’Brien, author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rat’s of NIHM. My fourth grade teacher first read this to me, and I fell in love hard. I wrote a sequel to it for her as my end of year gift (which was just a romance between Jonathan and Mrs. Frisby). I’ve read this so many times and it never grows old. It’s magica.

And that’s my list! It was a lot easier than just doing one book for each. That’s what I”m doing from now on.

Stay healthy and wash your hands!