WWW Wednesday

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 reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger. I started it on my trip after I finished Eat, Pray, Love and then had to leave it behind in Canada because it wasn’t my book. Luckily, I found it on Thrift Books and now have it in my hot little hands.

I’m still reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, which is due next week, so I think I’ll have to renew it.

I also just started listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is really good. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, sounds a lot like Judi Dench, and it took me a long time to figure out who she sounds like. I’m highly enjoying the story.

I just finished A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and I need to get off my butt and review it already. Spoiler alert: I loved it. It was just wonderful.

I feel like I actually have a lot of books I’m supposed to get to, but this one will be next. I know last week I said I’d read Changeling by Molly Harper, but that was before I actually got Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber, and I said I was going to read this book months ago. I need to start writing down the books I want to read because I know I had a list of five or so, but I can’t remember what they are now. Teacher brain has started early this year.

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

ARC Review: Fledgling by Molly Harper

Title: Fledgling (Sorcery and Society #2)

Author: Molly Harper

Publisher: INscribe Digital

Length: 267 pages

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Source: NetGalley

Sarah Smith is finally getting the hang of posing as an upper-class, Guardian born girl named Cassandra Reed. Attending Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, she’s expanding her circle of friends, defeating carnivorous unicorns, and continuing her courtship with her best friend, Alicia’s, brother, Gavin. Unfortunately, other parts of her life aren’t going so well. The Mother Book has stopped revealing itself to her, and the Senate is pressing her for more spells. Not only that, she has a chilling vision involving other Changeling children.

She and her friends Alicia and Ivy decide to work together to find the missing children. There are rumors of a school for Changeling children in the Weeping Mountains. Luckily, Alicia’s family has a holiday home there and invites the other girls to come along. But her overbearing mother makes it difficult to find time to search for the children. And what can they do if they find them?

I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series when I requested it on NetGalley. Luckily, the author does a good job setting up the world and explaining important events from the first book, so I wasn’t too lost. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much, I plan to go back and read the first one as soon as possible.

I really liked Sarah a lot. She’s smart and funny and cares deeply about the people around her. I liked how the first part of the book focused on her building community with her classmates. She also discovers a secret about her maid and reacts with caring and concern. I love the relationship with her and her friends. They felt very real and natural.

I’m intrigued by the society that Molly Harper has set up in these books. The magic users, or Guardians, are the elite class and the others, Snipes, are their servants and workers. However, sometimes Snipes have powers, which could be the undoing of the repressive system the Guardians have set up. At the same time, the Guardians aren’t all bad. It’s very nuanced and well thought out.

This is a very fun book for fans of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and Harry Potter. It’s also a great story for people looking for a large female cast. I look forward to reading more in the series.

Sunday Post: August 11, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Okay, where the heck did the summer go? It seems like yesterday I was counting down the last days of school, and now I’m going back tomorrow. Keeping busy certainty made the summer go by quickly, and while I can’t complain, I do wish I had more time to kick back, relax, and read. However, I am looking forward to starting up again and meeting my new kiddos.

Monday: Heart of Iron (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Eat, Pray, Love (review)

Saturday: All the Better Part of Me (ARC review)

Monday: Fledgling (ARC review)

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold (review)

Saturday: TBD

What wonderful things have you read this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

ARC review: All the Better Part of Me

Title: All the Better Part of Me

Author: Molly Ringle

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Length: 288 pages

Publication Date: September 1, 2019

Source: NetGalley

When they were 15 years old, Sinter Blackwelll’s best friend, Andy, came out to him. Supportive and curious, they kissed, but when they were interrupted by Sinter’s disapproving mother, it was quickly forgotten. Now, years later and a continent away, Sinter is beginning to think that maybe he made a mistake, and it’s time to try to deepen his relationship with Andy. However, he’s in London and just got cast in a movie. To top it off, the director and writer, Fiona, is flirting with him, and he can’t help thinking maybe it would just be easier.

After the movie wraps, Sinter makes a decision that will change his life: he’ll move to Seattle, live with Andy, and see what happens. Andy is receptive to his advances and the two settle into a friends-with-benefits relationship. But when compilations arise, their relationship and friendship is threatened.

This was such a charming story! I loved reading about Sinter and his journey from bi-curious to bisexual and proud. I loved his relationship with Andy and the organic way it unfolded. When Sinter’s parents were unsupportive and belligerent, I really felt for both men.

This book was very well written. There were a lot of things that happened that could have come off as cliches or unimaginative, but the author pulled it all off really well. I felt for the characters and the things going on in their lives. I was engaged throughout the journey and really felt like I was reading about real people. I thought it was well done and that there was a lot of heart behind the story.

All the Better Part of Me left me with a huge smile and a happy feeling. It was uplifting and joyful. I’m so glad I got a chance to read it.

Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Title: Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Length: 369

Elizabeth Gilbert’s life was at it’s lowest point. She was going through a messy divorce, losing herself in an unwise relationship, and struggling with overwhelming depression. So, she decided to take a year to find herself. First, she’d go to Italy and immerse herself in joy; then India to meditate and pray; and finally, Bali, to study with a medicine man. Along the way, she finds friends, joy, God, herself, and love.

I am going to be perfectly honest: this book was on my “Never Read” list. I just didn’t like the hype surrounding it and kind of thought I’d be a cliche for reading it. So, I was going to give it a pass.

But that was before the Great Kindle Disaster of 2019, where I went on a trip to Canada and, the second day, soaked my kindle and therefore lost all my reading material. This book was on the shelf at the bed and breakfast I was at, so I decided to give it a chance.

I’m glad I did, because it’s a really well written book. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I saw bits and pieces of myself in Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve never been married and never tried to have a kid, but I recognize the frustration and despair of not quite fitting in your own life.

I liked each of the three sections of the book for different reasons. The part where she was in Italy was so full of joy and life. I love reading about India, so her experience in the Ashram was interesting. I have tried meditation and failed at it and the idea of spending hours meditating terrifies me, but I like reading about people who have come to love it. The last section, when she was in Bali, was only really interesting when she was talking about the medicine man and her friends. When she fell in love, I was less interested.

So, I’m glad I read it. It wasn’t life changing and I don’t want to follow her footsteps. But as a way to pass the time while listening to whales pass outside my tent and other sounds of the forest, it was interesting read.

WWW Wednesday

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 reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce. I’m especially liking the second; it’s really well written and has great world building. It reminds me a little of Beauty by Robin McKinley, but slightly more sophisticated.

I just finished All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle and Fledgling by Molly Harper. I really liked both. Reviews will be up soon.

I think next I’ll read Changeling by Molly Harper, which is the first in the series. After that, I’m not sure. I see another trip to the library in my future!

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

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages.

My first book under 300 pages is The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. At just 200 pages, this book packs a lot in it. There’s intrigue, magic, romance, sex, ghosts, and tattoos. It’s a great book that I’ve read multiple times. Each time, it makes me smile. If you are at all interested in m/m paranormal romance, I highly recommend this one.

I first read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle I think when I was in middle school. I was deeply into pirates and all things nautical. This book hit the sweet spot. It’s about a girl who is traveling by boat from England to America to be with her family. The crew is out for revenge on their cruel captain and Charlotte gets caught in the middle. She ends up joining the crew and changing her life. I love it.

The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw will be published on September 17. It’s about a boy who’s gay and struggling when another boy moves to town and is open about his sexuality. They become friends and decide to plan a Pride parade in their small town. It was so sweet and made me cry tears of joy. I can’t wait for more people to discover this gem.

I’ve talked many, many times about Beauty by Robin McKinley on my blog, so I won’t say much about it. Only, there is just something so comforting and magical about this book. I love the character of Beauty so much.

The last best book under 300 pages is Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles. This is a heist book, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at first because one of the characters was not such a good guy. But he turned out to be a very romantic guy and won me over with his declaration of love for the other character. Seriously, I melted. K.J. Charles is a genius for writing wonderfully romantic love declarations. This book was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for more in the series.

So, those are my top 5 books under 300 pages. It wasn’t easy, but I genuinely do love all the books on this list.

What’s one of your top books under 300 pages? Drop a comment below and let me know!