WWW Wednesday November 27

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and time for WWW Wednesday once again. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are invited to 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 listening to The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer. I just started listening to it on Monday and meant to listen on my trip down to my parents, but got caught up in podcasts instead. Still, I liked what I listened to and can’t wait to read more.

I also made some more progress on Interview with the Vampire. They’ve finally made it off the plantation and are heading to New Orleans soon. So, progress!

Just finished reading:

I finished A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden over the weekend and really enjoyed it. My review is here. I finished The Night Country by Melissa Albert yesterday and loved it. I thought it was super fantastic.

Reading next

To be perfectly honest, I am probably going to march into my sister’s room after I’m done writing this post and borrow Finale by Stephanie Garber because I’ve been dying to read it and she said I could borrow it when I visited. I probably won’t read either book I’m currently reading at all. I also probably will not get started with The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner like I meant to this week like I intended because I will be reading Finale. So, that’s what I’m reading next.

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

Weekly Wrap-up | November 24, 2019

I made it through another week! This week was rough, y’all. For 12 years, I’ve had the week after parent conferences off for Thanksgiving. This year, they moved conferences up a week so I had to go back and teach. And it was a rough teaching week, let me tell you. Ever tried to get 25 second graders to add two digit number with regrouping? Yeah. It took four days before they finally got the concept. Four very frustrating days.

But, now I have a week off, which is wonderful. I spent yesterday working on my NaNoWriMo novel and finishing up A Touch of Death by Rebecca Cruden. I also cleaned my apartment and it feels so nice to have an organized space again. Today will be another day of reading and writing. I also need to go running because in four days, I’m running a 5K! My goal for this race is to just finish. If I have fun, I’ll sign up for another race on New Years Day where my goal will be to run the whole thing without walking. Right now, it seems like I’ll never be able to do it, but I never thought I’d be able to do NaNo either, and I’m at 40,000 words right now. So maybe I can do anything I set my mind to.

Monday: Fable by Michele Packard (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Changes in my Reading Life

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish

Saturday: Snippet Saturday: Dark Goddess

Monday: Review of A Touch of Death by Rebecca Cruden

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Friday: How has reading shaped/changed your life?

Saturday: Dark Goddess snippet

What’s in store for you this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Let’s Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky at Eternity Books. Each week, participants are given a topic and invited to respond. This week’s question is, ”  Do bloggers/reviewers have to review every book they read?”

My answer? Goodness, I hope not! I definitely do not review every book I read, nor do I want to. There are several reasons I might not review a book, and I’ll get into them below. First, though, I think I should clarify my status as a blogger/reviewer. I’m doing this as a fun hobby. I started this blog to share my love of books, and I don’t intend for this to be a source of income. I mean, I’d love to monetize my blog and be able to live off it, but it’s not going to happen. So this is something I do for fun and, as such, I have no obligations to review everything I read. I get to pick and choose what makes me happy to talk about and, the moment it stops being fun, I can step away.

That being said, there are a few instances where I might force myself to review a book. If I’m granted an ARC on NetGalley, or if an author were to send me their book and ask me to read it, I would do my utter best to review it. That’s a source of pride for me, but if something were to happen (like I got hurt or sick, work was insane, family disaster, etc.) I wouldn’t force myself to review a book. It would take backseat.

Some books I read, I don’t want to review. Sometimes, I’m too close to them and love them too much to want to open myself up about them. For example, I am probably never going to review Beauty by Robin McKinley. I love that book too much to want to examine it through a critical eye. Some books, I have nothing to say on. They’re not good or bad, but they don’t excite commentary. I’m also hesitant to review personal growth books because they are so personal. They either speak to the reader or they don’t, and I’m not quite sure how to review them. However, now that I’m not doing stars in my blog reviews, it’s a little easier.

So, no, I don’t think bloggers and reviewers have to review every book they read. Sometimes, they should just get to read for the sheer joy of reading and not have to share their thoughts. We deserve a break, too!

What do you think? Should bloggers and reviewers review every book they read? Drop a comment below or a link to your blog!

WWW Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! Let’s celebrate the middle of the week with a weekly tradition! 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 reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I stared A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden a few days ago, and so far, I’m enjoying it. I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen or where it’s going so far. Two of the character just risked their lives, leaving their town and walking through freezing rain and mud to escape, only for one of the character to contact her father once they got to the next town and find out everything was okay. So, I’m not quite sure what they did or why they had to run, but I’m sure it’ll all be explained.

I’m listening to The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. It’s about how the Danish people, who are consistently ranked as the happiest in the world, manage to make themselves so happy through their devotion to all things comfortable, or hygge (hoo-ga). It’s… okay. It’s a little repetitive, and I had to skip most of the chapter on recipes because it was so boring to listen to, but it’s fine. It convinced me to break out some candles to make my space more comfortably lit and I like it.

I’m also sorta still reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, but most nights, I’m too tired to get to that one. I’ll devote myself to it next week, when I have off.

I just finished Fable by Michele Packard, which I didn’t enjoy. I wanted to, because it was about a female covert operative, and the world needs more of them, but it just was not very well written. You can find my review here.

The very next book I’m reading is the ARC of The Night Country by Melissa Albert. I’m very excited for that one. After that, I’ll start The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, which I thought sounded fun.

That’s it for me. What are you reading this week?

Weekly Wrap-Up | November 17,2019

This week was all about parent conferences and writing. I managed to get my conferences done in three days. One day I had eleven conferences, starting at 1:15 and ending at 6. The best part was I managed to write over 2,000 words that day on my NaNoWriMo project. I wrote while waiting for parents to show up. Then on Thursday, I went to a teacher training and wrote during lunch (no one would sit with me) and during breaks. I also went to a write-in that night and had my best day of writing ever: over 3, 600 words. It made me confident that I could maybe one day do this for a living. I just need to get published.

I also decided to go to NetGalley and see if there were any books I wanted to read. I’m not entirely sure why I did that, because I have a huge TBR pile at the moment, but I went ahead and requested a few. I got approved for all but one, which is awesome. I also got another book called A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden, which I started last night and am really into. So, my reading life is full right now.

Monday: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Think of England by KJ Charles (review)

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Fable by Michele Packard (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Changes in my Reading Life

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (review)

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish

What plans do you have for the upcoming week? Drop a comment below 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 invited to answer three questions:

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

I’m currently rereading Think of England by KJ Charles, which is a gay romance about a man named Archie Curtis who was injured in an accident during World War I that he suspects to be sabotage. He goes to a house party being thrown by the suspected saboteur only to find a web of deceit and blackmail. I love this book to death.

I also started rereading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I caught part of the movie on Halloween and have been hankering to read it again, so I stopped inside a local used bookstore. I found and purchased it within two minutes.

Technically, I haven’t started My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and others, but I’m planning on it today, so I’ll say I’m currently reading this as well.

I feel like I’ve read another book beside A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, but I don’t know what it was. I really enjoyed this book and loved the twist on Sherlock Holmes. I can’t wait for the next book. I reviewed this one here.

I’m going to try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn next since it’s literally on the top of my TBR pile. I’m thinking I might also try the first in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and I might listen to Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer, because it looks intriguing.

That’s what I’m doing this week. What are you reading?

Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

It’s Top 5 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read.

This is kind of a hard one for me. I don’t know many authors I need to read that I haven’t. So… I’ll do my best.

Leigh Bardugo. Okay, technically, I’ve read her before since I read the Six of Crows duology, but that’s all I’ve read of her. I’m super interested in reading The Ninth House. I just need to see if the library has it since I’m not buying books right now.

V.E. Schwab. I’ve read nothing by this author and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her. I need to get on that.

C.J. Archer is another author I’ve been meaning to read and haven’t. I’m super intersected in Her Majesty’s Necromancer for awhile now, but haven’t gotten around to reading it.

Cassandra Clare is another author I’ve technically read, but I’ve only read the Infernal Devices series by her. I want to read more.

Abbi Waxman is the last author I’d really like to read. I heard her on the podcast #AmWriting and thought her books sounded interesting. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Those are the 5 authors I NEED to read. What are some of yours?