WWW Wednesday April 1, 2020

Hey y’all. It’s Wednesday, and I am down in the dumps. I was watching the news last night and, out of nowhere, they announced that the schools in my county are closed for the rest of the year. Yes, we’re still doing distance learning and, yes, I’ll see at least some of my kids through that on my computer screen, but that’s it. No more going to school. In addition to being upset about that, I’m also upset about the way it was handled. They should have told the teachers and staff before it was announced on the news. I’m really angry about the way I found out. Also, I was/am trying to find a job closer to my parents for next year. If I succeed, I’ll never see my students in person again. I’ll never see my former students in person again. I’ll never get to say goodbye.

So, yeah. I’m a little down right now. But, onto the post.

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?

Right now, I’m reading 3 books, but WordPress is acting up again, so I can’t post all three pictures. I’m reading Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, a reread to get me through this difficult time. I’m also reading The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, an author I discovered last year who quickly became a favorite. Finally, I’m reading Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Joanthan Maberry, one of four Joe Ledger books I have bought this last week. This one is a collection of short stories set among the novels.

I just finished two books: The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry and Starcrossed by Allie Therin. I loved both books with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I actually reread The King of Plagues because I think there’s a mistake in it and I’ve been wanting to ask the author about it since the book came out in 2011. Now that he’s doing weekly Q&As on Facebook, I figured this was the time.

Honestly, I have no idea. Gone Girl is on top of my TBR pile, but I don’t know if I’ll read that or something else. I do have three more Joe Ledger books coming, so it might be one of those.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday 3/25/2020

Hi everyone! Is anyone else losing time with their quarantine? I’m trying very hard to keep track of my days, but even so, Wednesday surprised me. As did Sunday; I completely forgot to post my weekly wrap-up. I was busy Sunday shopping, meal-prepping and doing chores. It felt like a normal day.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked to answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

I started both these books yesterday and am completely in love. Starcrossed by Allie Therin is an e-ARC and a sequel to Spellbound. Arthur and Rory are navigating their relationship in the face of vast class differences, an ex-lover of Arthur, and even more magical problems. I’m so in love with this book and am already half way through.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer is equally magical. India Steele’s father has recently died and, before his death, left his watchmaking business to India’s fiance with the assurance the finance would marry her. Instead, on the day of the funeral, he breaks off the engagement and steals the business out from under her. Destitute and unable to secure employment, she goes to the shop to discredit him where she meets a mysterious American looking for a specific watchmaker. They join forces and…. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. But, like the Ministry of Curiosities series I listened to early this year, it’s completely engrossing with great characters and sizzling chemistry between the two mains. I walked an hour yesterday just so I could continue to listen.

Oh, man, was Archenemies by Marissa Meyer great! Hidden identities, secrets and lies, superheroes… it’s just so well written. And the romance is sweet and frustrating all at once, in the best way. I cannot wait to read Supernova.

I know Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca has been on my “currently reading” list for the past month, but, truth is, I haven’t read it in awhile. So, after I”m done with Starcrossed, I’m going to sit down and read it. Really. And then, as a treat in these troubled times, I’m rereading Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I definitely need something sweet and romantic right now.

What are you reading this week? Hope you’re staying healthy!

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!

WWW Wednesday – March 4

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each weeks, participants are invited to answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

…and loving it.

Recently finished

… and loved it.

Reading next…

… and looking forward to it.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday | February 19, 2020

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?

Currently reading:

I’ve started all of these, but I’m admittedly only really reading The Toll and The Chosen right now. The other two are on the back burner.

Recently Finished:

Loved it so much, I want to go back and reread both books now.

Reading Next:

Ummm… I kind of don’t want to get up right now and see what’s on my TBR pile next. I think it might be Gone Girl, but I’m not sure.

What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday | January 29, 2020

Look at me, actually doing a WWW Wednesday! Things aren’t quite back on track, but they’re getting there. 🙂

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

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

My main book at the moment is A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. It’s a sequel to A Touch of Death, which I read a few months ago. I’m enjoying this book a lot, although I’m sad that while the last book left Kitty in feeling strong, this book has reversed that. It’s understandable, but it’s still sad.

I’m also reading The Chosen by Chaim Potok for my book club. It’s about two Jewish boys who are from different sects and different ways of showing their religion, who become friends. Oh, boy, did this take me a bit to get into. It starts with a baseball games between the two boys, and there was a lot of poor sportsmanship and general jerk-iness, which is kind of a trigger for me. But, once I got past that, it got better. I’m really enjoying it.

I’m listening to The morning Mind by Dr. Rob Carter III. I’m really fascinated by morning habits, morning routines, and how to start your day off right, and I thought this book would hit that itch. It is, but… well, the narrator is really salesman-y. He’s too polished and sounds very weird. It kind of reminds me of the narrators from the old Goofy or Donald Duck (I think it was Goofy) how-to shorts. Like this, only even grander and more pompous. But, I do like the content, so I keep listening.

Recently finished

I recently read Crashing UPwards by S.C. Wynne and then promptly forgot I’d read it. To the point when I saw it on my content calendar, due for a review, I had no idea what it was talking about. Then I remembered. It’s an M/M contemporary romance about a bike messenger, Harper, who gets hit by a car. The driver, Sam, is the son of a Republican senator, and he has a crush on Harper. He also has a good heart and he takes care of Harper while he’s recovering. It was a find read, but I only read it because it won the Lambda Award for best M/M romance of 2019 and I wanted to see how good it was. It was fine. It just wasn’t better than Red, White, and Royal Blue, which was the actual best M/M romance of last year.

I also finished listening to Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan, which is a memoir of an introvert’s year of acting like an extrovert. In it, Pan faces her fears of speaking to strangers, traveling alone, doing stand-up, and throwing a dinner party. It was a fun listen and it did make me think about how I really need to try and get out of my comfort zone, especially around strangers.

Reading Next

These are the two that I’m going to start next. Unless I break down and buy A Heart so Fierce and Broken. We’ll see.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday – Jan. 8, 2020

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

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

So, this week is bumping along for me. I’m back to work and back to my writing routine, which means I’m up at 4:30 so I can get my journaling and breakfast done and start writing for an hour at 5:30 and still get to work on time. Basically, it means I’m exhausted today. But that’s okay, because my coffee will wake me up and everything will be great. Really.

Onto the meme.

Currently reading:

I’m finally reading The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, which I’ve been wanting to read forever. I’m not very far in yet, but I’m enjoying what I”m reading so far. I really like Celine and her spunk.

I’ve also started The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. It’s interesting, but kind of dry and not as readable as Atomic Habits and The Power of Habits were.

I’m listening to The Self-Care Solution by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, because I”m a sucker for books where someone does a series of month-long challenges. So far, it’s good. Dr. Ashton is narrating and she’s a lively narrator that keeps the pace flowing.

Recently finished:

I finished The Vampire Lestast on New Year’s day, which killed me because I really wanted to finish it last year. But, instead of staying home on New Year’s Eve and reading, I went to a party, which was only okay. The food was good, but some of the people were really crabby and I think I would have had more fun reading. Anyway, I really liked the book and can’t wait to read Queen of the Damned, which I got at a book sale for fifty cents.

I also finished reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown. It’s about a mother and daughter in 1935 who both find themselves pregnant at the same time, much to both their dismay. The book is how the deal with their problems and how they grow together while, at the same time, growing apart. It was very good, but sad.

Reading Next:

The only book I know for sure I’ll be reading next is The Chosen by Chaim Potok. It’s for my Jewish book club and as I didn’t read any of the books last year, I figure I should make more of an effort this year. (For the record… no one else read anything, either. It’s kind of a “book” club.)

What are you reading this week?