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 – February 5, 2020

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 Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca last night. It’s a little hard to describe, because a) I’m not that far in and b) it’s just hard to describe. The first few chapters are a little disjointed, presenting mysteries and then jumping to a seemingly unrelated story. I don’t think the main character, Mrs. Grace Humiston, until the third of fourth chapter. But the writing is smooth and easy to follow (until I was too tired to read). I’m looking forward to this. (BTW, it’s not about a woman who married Sherlock Holmes; it’s based on a true story of a lawyer and detective in America who was compared to Holmes.)

I’m still, slowly, reading This Chosen by Chaim Potok. I actually really like it, I just am having trouble finding time to read. I need to stay off the computer and YouTube. I need to finish it by the twenty-third, I believe, for my book club.

Last, I’m reading I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown. I love Brene Brown. She makes things seem so simple and clear.

I finished The Morning Mind by Dr. Rob Carter, III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter the other day. It went a little off for me when it started discussing Ayurvedic medicine in one chapter, which seems like an oversimplification of a complex system. And I wasn’t exactly following everything because I was supposed to download a PDF and take a quiz and I was in the car, so… But, it made me think differently about certain things and how to structure mornings and even how to improve my posture. It was a good read.

I also finished A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I totally called the ending and was vindicated when I got it right. It was a great cliffhanger; I’ll have to read the next book.

So, my dad’s in the hospital again and my birthday is on Friday and unless I go down to see my family, I’ll be spending my birthday alone. So, I’m going to my parent’s house tomorrow and there’s a Barnes and Noble nearby and I’m treating myself to A Heart of Fierce and Broken. And then, I’ll also read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn since my mom lent it to me months ago and I’ve never got around to it.

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

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?

WWW Wednesday | January 1, 2020

OMG, it’s a new year! Welcome to 2020 everyone! I have to say, overall 2019 treated me well. I got to go on my dream vacation, I kicked depression to the curb (for now), and I started this blog. So, go me!

Today, I’m doing WWW Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Participants are invited to answer 3 questions each week:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading?

I had so hoped to have finished The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice yesterday. It was totally doable, but instead of staying in to read, I went to a New Year’s Eve party. I kind of wish I hadn’t for various reasons, but the result is I did not finish one last book before the New Year. So, I’ll finish it today.

Recently finished?

I got Atomic Habits by James Clear the day after Christmas and tore through it. It was really well written and very actionable. Then, I finished On Writing by Steven King, which was a great book. Finally, I finished listening to Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer, which started off by frustrating me, but ended with me being completely satisfied. Then, I found out there are three more books in the series and the library doesn’t own them, so I’m back to being frustrated.

Reading next?

First up, I’m going to read Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown, which I was supposed to start last week, but left at home when I went to my parents. Next, it’s The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ll need more vampires. And, finally, I’ll start The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, because, as you might have noticed, I’m very interested in habits.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday

Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy Hanukkah, if you celebrate! It’s the most wondrous time of the year. It’s also Wednesday, which means it’s time for WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each weeks, participants answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Recently finished:

Reading Next:

I’m supposed to start reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown, because my mom gave it to me a weeks ago and wants to discuss it with me. However, I forgot to bring it to my parents house when I came here, so I’ll probably end up starting something else. Maybe I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown, because my brother gave it to me for Christmas. Or, I’ll hit Barnes and Noble because I got a gift certificate for Hanukkah. So, I’ve got lots of possibilities. 🙂

What are you reading today? Any great bookish gifts? Let me know!

WWW Wednesday

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

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I’m continuing to say that I’m reading Interview with the Vampire, even though I haven’t touched it in weeks. I feel this is the week I’m going to be making progress on it, though.

I also started Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, which I’m really liking. I had no idea what it was going to be about and was completely taken by surprise in a good way. I can’t wait to read more. Audrey Rose continues to be the best, and I love her relationship with Thomas. I love all the characters, actually; they’d just wonderfully done. Also, the cover is so gorgeous. I wish it was my book so I could put it on display somewhere. Alas, it belongs to my sister and I shall have to return it when I’m done.

I’m also continuing with Stephen King’s On Writing. I’d gotten through the part about his background and am now on the next part, which I believe is called “What Writing is” or something to that effect. It’s a very good book and I stayed up much later than I meant to reading it the other night. I love when that happens.

I’m also listening to Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer, which is the third in the Ministry of Curiosities books. I’m a little annoyed because last book was all “will they or won’t they” and then it seemed to be resolved, but now we’re back to that game again. But the plot is good and I love the narrator, so I’m happy.

Just Finished:

I finished Finale by Stephanie Garber a few days ago and absolutely loved it. I wished that there’d been some more time devoted to Scarlett, but overall, I was very satisfied.

Last night, I finished The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, which is an ARC I got from NetGalley. I loved this book. I was so sweet and gentle and a lot of fun. The characters were wonderful, the plot interesting, and it made me want to reread all teh Jane Austen books right now.

Reading Next:

Gosh I don’t know. I have so much to read that it’s hard to choose. I have a bag of books that I bought home from Thanksgiving and I think I’ll just reach inside and pull the first one I touch.

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