WWW Wednesday: May 22

This has been a long week! It’s been a better week than last week, but it’s still long. I think it’s a combination of being the end of the school year (and the kids going crazy) and being nervous about the field trip we’re taking on Friday. When we get there, it’ll be fine, but until then, it’s one long week of anxiety building up.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton. You may notice that, once again, I’m not reading either of the two books I said I was going to read for the past two weeks, but I have a really good reason. I’m trying to save a little money and be more mindful of what I buy, and I couldn’t justify either of the purchases, even on Kindle. So, I went to the library, instead. I checked out four or five books and have been working my way through them. I actually went again yesterday and got a bunch more books, so I’m all set for awhile.

Now, do I want to be reading any of these books? Kind of, but not really. What I want to read is Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, which is the sequels to Clockwork Angel. However, despite the second book supposedly being at the library, it wasn’t on the shelf, and the third is not at my library but at the one I’ve never been to. And the far away library that I sometimes go to also doesn’t have them in. And neither library has them on Overdrive, and the third library I belong to, I can’t remember my pin. So… I may have to buy them this weekend, even though I’m trying to save money and spend more intentionally and…. Well. I want to intentionally buy the books to intentionally make me happy (even though, from what I understand, this series is going to break my heart). So, that’s okay, right?

Anyway, that was a lot of words. That’s my reading week.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday May 15

I am having a very hard week and don’t really feel like posting, but I also don’t want to break my streak. Life’s hard, isn’t it?

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay is from NetGalley. It’s about Alice from Alice in Wonderland after Wonderland and everything that happens to her. It’s also about the Queen of Hearts and her descent into further madness. I’m not… super enjoying it right now. It’s a little choppy and feels unfinished. But I’ll keep reading it to see if it gets better.

Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice by Brene Brown is once again not a book but a lecture she gave. It’s not about religion, but about the belief that people are connected to each other through something bigger than themselves, whether it be religion, art, exercise, singing, … whatever, really. I really like listening to her speak; it’s soothing, and that’s just what I need this week.

If you are paying close attention, you will notice I didn’t read any of the books I said I was going to read next last week. Last week, I said I was either going to read Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, or Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. Part of the reason I didn’t read either is because I didn’t end up going to Barnes and Noble after the play I saw on Saturday (it’s almost forty minutes away and I only go every once in awhile). The other reason is my library had Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff available and I wanted to read it. And I’m super glad I did.

So, next, I think I’ll read *drumroll*

What are you reading this find Wednesday? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday, May 8

I’m so glad it’s Wednesday. It’s been a good week, but I’m glad it’s halfway done. This weekend, I get to go see The Lightning Thief musical, which I didn’t think I was going to get to do (I’m still not sure because I’m having trouble with my ticket; I’ll need to follow up on that). I’m super excited because I’ve heard good things about it. And I love going to see musicals in general. So, yeah, I’m halfway to that!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

King of Fools by Amanda Foody follows the further misadventures of Enne Salta and Levi Glaisyer, whom we met in Ace of Shades. Levi and Enne are plunged into the world of political intrigue. They must work together to help influence the fate of New Reynes. So far, it’s pretty good. I still prefer to read about Enne over Levi, but he’s not completely uninteresting. It’s just that I find her more interesting.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi. I really liked this book. The new characters were well written and interesting, if a little frustrating at times. The quest Aru and Mini were sent on was fun, and the villain, once again, had intriguing hidden depths. I like that they bad guys aren’t one dimensional in these books, but have inner lives and histories of their own. It makes them much more compelling.

I’m also listening to The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. This isn’t really a book. It’s actually a recording of a series of lectures she gave at a conference on vulnerability and shame. It goes over a lot of the same information that The Gifts of Imperfection did, but it’s really interesting and she’s a great speaker. I almost don’t want to stop listening.

Next, I’m either going to read Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy or Treacherous is the Night by Ana Lee Huber. I’ve been wanting to read them both. Maybe I will read them both!

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday May 1

And we made it to May! April was actually a pretty quick month for me, what with spring break, but it’s nice to be in a new month. And it’s Wednesday, so let’s get this started.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading An American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe. It reminds me a little of Downton Abbey in that an heir dies and they have to search for the new heir. Only this one is the son of the duke, thought to be illegitimate but it turns out he’s not. When he finds out he’s going to be the new duke, he marries his new love in a whirlwind and they swan off to England so he can assume his responsibilities. There’s also a girl named Charlotte, who works in the village bakery but takes over as a scullery maid when her cousin falls ill. It’s interesting and I’m enjoying it so far.

Play it Again by Aidan Wayne is about a popular YouTuber named Dovid who starts following a gamer on Youtube named Sam. Dovid promotes Sam’s channel on his, and Sam’s popularity soars. They being exchanging DMs, which eventually leads to a relationship. It was a cute book, but without much substance or depth. It felt very safe and superficial. My full review will be up Thursday.

Next, I’m going to read Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi. I just reread the first book, and I am ready to the next. I love the characters, I love that it centers around girls, and I love learning about new gods and goddesses. It’s a win all around.

What are your reading plans for the upcoming week? Drop a comment below to let me know!

WWW Wednesday April 24, 2019

It really doesn’t feel like Wednesday today. I had Monday off work, so yesterday felt like Monday and now it feels like Tuesday. This, I think, will work in my favor as I’m eagerly anticipating Saturday, when I can go see (and probably get my heart broken by) Avengers: Endgame. If I’m a day behind, the week will go more quickly, right?

So, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

I’m still reading The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s a short book, so I’m not sure why it’s taking me so long. I’m engaged in it, and it’s giving me a lot to think about, but I’m just not going through it as fast as I thought I would.

I’m also rereading Aru Shah and the End of Time. I read it last year and I wanted to refresh my memory because the sequel is being released next week. It’s still a really fun book, and I love Aru and her confidence in herself. I also love Mini and her lack of confidence; I find it really easy to relate to.

Recently finished:

I really loved Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles a lot. My review went up Monday and it was all me gushing. It was just so good.

I also really liked Song of Achilles. It was definitely as good as I heard. I think I may have liked Circe more, but this is definitely a new favorite.

Good Omens was a fun listen, but I could never quite get over Adam’s voice. I just kept expecting him to go on a rant about the kids on his lawn and why can’t they be respectful like they were in his day. It didn’t fit the character of an eleven year old boy at all. But, the story was still fun, and now I’m really looking forward to the series.

Up Next:

I think that I’ll probably read Play it Again by Aidan Wayne next. It’s an ARC I’ve been approved for on NetGalley and it’s fairly short. Then I’ll read Aru Shah and the Song of Death and An American Duchess. Or I’ll read two at a time. I always forget I can do that.

What are you currently reading? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday | April 17

It’s Wednesday! This week is going by too quickly. I’m on spring break and definitely think the week could go just a bit more slowly for me. Still, I’m getting a lot of reading done, relaxing, and enjoying myself. So that’s good.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked 3 questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers for the week.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. It’s a self-help book about how to treat yourself with compassion and embrace your imperfections. I heard about it from one of my favorite inspirational Youtubers, MuchelleB, and though it sounded interesting enough to check out. Luckily, the library had a copy. It’s short, only about 140 pages or so. If I really like it, I may buy a copy for myself to keep around. I definitely need to learn how to embrace my imperfections and be compassionate with myself. It’s something I struggle with daily.

I’m also reading Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles, who is one of my favorite romance writers. This book is about a diamond heist where a man named Lord Alexander Pyne hires Jerry Crozier  to steal diamonds Alec’s father gives to his wife. They pose as best friends and wind up falling in love. So far, it’s just a really fun book.

I’m also still listening to Good Omens, although I’m coming up on the ending soon.

What did you recently finish?

I just finished Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw. This book is about Jackson, a gay boy living in a small town. Although there are rumors circulating about his sexuality, he is in the closet to everyone but a few friends and his mother. Then, a boy named Benjamin moves to town and Jackson finds himself intensely attracted. After a brush with near tragedy, Jackson decides he can’t hide who he is anymore and decides to make a statement to himself, his friends, and his own. I really loved this book a lot. My review will be coming next week.

I also just finished The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey, which was a sweet Victorian romance where the hero and heroine lived next door to each other. They are insanely attracted to one another, but keep finding excuses to butt heads with one another until their passion takes over. Review is coming later.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not entirely sure yet. At some point, I have to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I got from Amazon Prime and haven’t touched yet. I also want to reread Aru Shaw and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi so it’s fresh in my mind before I read Aru Shaw and the Song of Death, which came out today (and my Target didn’t have!!!). So, either or both of those.

That’s my week so far. What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday | April 10

It’s Wednesday! I’ve got three more days until spring break! And, boy, do I need a break.

Thanks, as always, to Sam and Taking on a World of Words for hosting this weekly meme.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Milady by Laura L. Sullivan. I got this ARC from NetGalley and, after a rough start, I’m beginning to enjoy it. It’s about Milady from The Three Musketeers. I never really was very interested in her, but I loved Three Musketeers in high school and I do like books exploring the histories of side characters in different novels. I didn’t like the prologue very much because it just seemed a little much, but now it’s exploring her teenage years and training to take her place in court. I’m finding that very interesting.

I’m also listening to Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’ve read it a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve listened it it. I don’t know, maybe I’m being influenced by the miniseries casting, but the narrator, Martin Jarvis, sounds so much like David Tennat when reading Crowely. Anyway, I’m really enjoying listening to it and glad I checked it out.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. My full review is up on Friday, but my general impression is I liked it, but didn’t love it. I love the characters, but the plot didn’t hold me very much. And I found the ending a bit out there… which I guess is standard for the Audrey Rose books.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I’m either going to read The Princess and the Fangirl or Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I’ve already read (well, listened) to Geekerella once, but I kind of want to reread it just for fun. Unfortunately, Barnes and Noble didn’t have it when I went to get Princess and the Fangirl, so I had to order it (and that was kind of an ordeal). So, if it gets here before I finish Milady, it’ll be Geekerella. Otherwise, The Princess and the Fangirl. After that, I’ll probably read Sherwood by Megan Spooner, which I also bought.

That’s my Wednesday. How is your shaping up? Drop me a comment below and let me know what you’re reading!