WWW Wednesday ~ 3.20.19

Hi everyone! Its Wednesday again! As I think you all know, ¬†Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, who revived this weekly meme for us book bloggers to use at our will. As always, the three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What will you be reading next?

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15728452What did I recently finish reading?
I just finished reading (literally….as in my lunch break!) The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite! Of course, I started off with the Netflix series and now I am diving into the comic book trilogy, the third of which is actually set to release this July! Little known fact about the series (at least I had no clue about it): the author, Gerard Way, is actually the frontman and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance (get out your hair gel, nose ring, sk8 shoes, and let’s go back to the ’00s and rock out with these guys!). Once I get through volume 2 as well, I will write my thoughts on the comics so check back soon!

36337550What am I currently reading?
I have two books in progress currently. The first one I am trying so hard to get through as quick as possible because I have been stuck in it for too long, and that would be The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I am listening to the audiobook on this and I think I might enjoy it so much more if I was reading a hard copy. I’ve heard great things about this book but ugh, it is painstaking to listen to this! ūüėę Also, I am reading an ARC of Wicked Saints. I am so in love! You better believe a review of this is coming up soon!! I am seeing a lot of mixed reviews for this book coming out so far but honestly, I am really enjoying it so far. I hope that as more people read it, the ratings go up because I think…well, I really don’t want to say anything until I write up my review.

28186322What will I be reading next?
Well, as I mentioned, I am continuing on in the Umbrella Academy Suite. My next audiobook will be a group read of A Curious Beginning, which was recommended to me by a friend who knows my sense of humor. I am pretty excited to read this YA historical mystery since I recently finished up the Jackaby series. And for a physical next-up, I am moving on to an ARC of¬†The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters. If you haven’t heard of this one yet, its actually a story of a young Edgar Allen Poe meeting his Muse. The synopsis doesn’t give too much more detail than that, but still, its another book I am really looking forward to checking out!

If you participate in this on your blog, drop me a link in the comments below! Or just answer any or all of the questions and let me know what book your nose is in because I always like to know what people are reading. I look forward to hearing all the deets!

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Its Wednesday! WWW, that is!

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Today’s (and all) Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, who revived this weekly meme for us book bloggers to use at our will. As always, the three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What will you be reading next?

If you participate in this on your blog, drop me a link in the comments below! Or just answer any or all of the questions and let me know what book your nose is in because I always like to know what people are reading. As for me….

What did I recently finish reading?
41818282Within the last week I have finished two books: an audiobook of¬†The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, which I gave 1 star (not at all what I was expecting–very unique 3rd person writing style), and an ARC from NetGalley called¬†And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs. This one it a mystery/thriller that releases on March 13th and I gave it 3 stars. I will be posting my review closer to the release date, but in the mean time just in case you seek it out in NG, here is a big trigger warning for mental health/bipolar for that book for you, just FYI.

What am I currently reading?
30223025I have two main reads at the moment (and about two more books that I have started and am not really focusing on, but they’re there on the sidelines):¬†The Dire King by William Ritter (this is the 4th and final book in the Jackaby series) and¬†Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. I’m trying to keep up with New Years resolutions here – finish up series and improve my Goodreads rating so I’m actually working towards that! Pat on the back!

What will I be reading next?
36987007I never commit to this. Right now I am in a Goodreads challenge group and I am on a “VILLAINS” team and this is the last week for the paranormal/sci-fi theme. I have an ARC to get started on called¬†The Stranger Diaries and I really want to get to Colleen Hoover’s¬†Verity. The buzz about this book is just incredible! If you have read it, you must tell me what you thought about it.¬†So we’ll see where I get on to!

Now its your turn. Don’t forget to drop your links or let me know what you’re reading. OR…have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know!

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First WWW of the new year!

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Hello and good morning everyone! I am loving 2019 so far…seeing all of the TBR posts, resolutions and goals, organizers and planners….yes, I am behind already in posting mine. But they’re coming this weekend, I promise. Working full-time is really quite the hindrance sometimes! But if I make my choices to prioritize my reading and posting smaller posts during the week and then the bigger posts on the weekends, I think that will work out best in the long run! So anywho, WWW is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.There are 3 questions to answer and I would love to see your answers too! So if you do this meme, link your post in the comments, or even just answer the questions! Tell me what you’re reading, what you’ve recently finished, and what you’re reading next!

1. What are you reading? I thought it would be mildly amusing to kick off the new year by listening to the audiobook of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I was right! Its not a very long book (5-ish hours long) and I don’t know that I’ll get much out of it in terms of self enrichment (am I supposed to?) but it is amusing to listen to the narrator say f*ck every 2 seconds. Yes, I am a big child. #noshame. I also just picked up The Bear and the Nightengale. I am a couple days late to a buddy/group read for this one, but its short so I am pretty sure I can catch up and/or read enough to engage in the discussion. I have heard wonderful things about this book, and the cover is just mystical. I am excited to finally read this book!

2. What did you recently finish reading? If you look at my last post, you will see that I just finished an ARC of White Stag, which releases next week! This was a YA fantasy that kept me on the edge of my seat and I absolutely loved it. Apparently I have a thing for goblins, and I’m not even mad about it! I also recently finished the audiobook of Marie Lu’s Champion, which is part of the Legend trilogy. I read the first two books in the series a while ago and I felt so proud to finally get back into that series!

3. What will you read next? Normally I’m a mood reader, but I have quite the TBR this month! I really want to read The Cruel Prince and Wicked King when it releases. And I am¬†definitely¬†jumping straight into King of Scars. I have a couple surprise ARCs that will be getting my attention and of course, my mood will probably throw some things off as well so stay tuned for all the chaos!

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Blogmas 19: WWW Wednesday

Good evening everyone! I think this is a good week to catch up with a good ol’ WWW Wednesday meme. Now, if you happen to be out of the loop, WWW is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.¬†All it is is three questions that are easy enough to answer. So with that being said, here I go!

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  1. 34275234._SY180_What are you currently reading? Mr. Dickens and His Carol. I bought this book last holiday season and didn’t get to it. However, this year, I got myself into two different group reads of¬†A Christmas Carol and I thought this would be a nice compliment to that. So far I am liking the book. I don’t think it really holds truth to the actual Dickens’ life, but its still a nice read. Basically, Dickens’ latest story isn’t doing very well and his publishers think the best move is for him to write a Christmas tale. Dickens, however, disagrees. Money is tight in the household, and the family is not used to pinching pennies,¬†especially around the holidays.
  2. 37854049What did you recently finish reading? I just finished¬†Sisters of the Winter Wood, because with all of the holiday things I’ve been reading, I wanted something a little different. So this still had ‘winter’ in the title, but it was different too…a fairy tale of sorts. I will be putting a review up soon, but as a little teaser, I will say that this tale of two sisters who could transform into magical beasts wasn’t my favorite read ever, but it was just what I needed.
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? I need to get to my ARCs so next up I will be reading either White Stag or Miraculum! Both are winter (Jan/Feb) releases so I am really looking forward to them. PLUS it is one of my New Years resolutions to get my NetGalley score up to 90%!

If you do WWW Wednesdays, feel free to send me your links below! I’d love to know what you’re up to!

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Happy Independence Day! + WWW

Hello everyone! I would be remiss if I didn’t wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July, aka Independence Day! I hope your grills are ready to go and your fireworks are safe and sparkly. I am planning on blogging, reading, and partaking in a little bit of wine tasting. Thank you, founding fathers, for our freedom. Cheers!

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Moving along to WWW Wednesday, meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now revived by Samm at Taking on a World of Words. Feel free to let me know what your WWW answers are in the comments, or blog for yourself and leave me your link. I love to know what everyone is up to!

FontCandy (3)The Three Ws are:

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

W1 – I am currently reading The Last Time I Lied, which is a thriller/mystery that was just published yesterday. I am almost finished with it and so far it has be chilled to the bone (and I am pretty picky when it comes to thrillers, so that’s saying a lot!). I am also listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is my first time listening to a Harry Potter audiobook and I don’t know why its taken me so long to do this! The narrator is spectacular!! If you love Harry Potter and are wanting to re-read the series, give the audiobooks a try. You won’t regret it.

W2 – I recently finished reading Amid Stars and Darkness–a YA sci-fi. I recently mentioned that I have been craving sci-fi lately and it has held true in this book as well. I will be writing up a review for this book soon but just as a teaser, the main character (Delaney) was a champ when it came to impersonating royalty on another planet. The love interest body guard (Ruckus) was extremely sweet, flirtatious, and somewhat predictable, which is why I am rooting for the underdog, badboy prince from the opposite alien race. No real hints at love have surfaced yet, but the book leaves off on a killer cliffhanger and we’ll just see where book 2 takes us!

W3 – Next up I will be reading Between Frost and Fury, which is the second book in the Xenith Trilogy (the follow-up book to Amid Stars and Darkness mentioned above). This book publishes on July 24th but I have my copy because of a book tour so stay tuned for my review!

So that’s that my friends! Again, enjoy your holiday and I’m looking forward to hearing about your reads!

Current Soundtrack: “The Room Where It Happens” – Hamilton Soundtrack

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WWW Wednesdays #2

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! I have been bad and neglecting my reviews due to flash floods in my area. Better than a flash¬†blizzard in my opinion, but still very messy. But regardless, I wanted to hop on the blog and state that I am still alive and starting to pick back up again. Here’s another edition of WWW Wednesdays from my end, and I’d love to hear your answers as well!

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What did you finish recently?¬†The very last book I finished was the audiobook version of Colleen Hoover’s¬†Ugly Love. I remember that I used to think that I didn’t care for CH; that she was just a cliche contemporary writer. The more I read her, though, the more I am drawn into her as an author. She really knows how to write out her characters and their stories and has a gift for making her books just long enough, without being boring or overly drawn out.

What are you currently reading?¬†I am actually writing this from beneath my currently reading pile because I got a little carried away. I started reading Entwined With You in an attempt to pick the Crossfire series back up, but I am just not into it. I guess I’m not in the same mindset to enjoy it the way I did when I started with the first two books a couple years ago. Lesson learned. So I moved on to¬†People Like Us, which is a YA thriller/mystery. I was hooked into it from the start and at over halfway through, I am still enjoying it. I’m also reading¬†Ever the Hunted, which I am also enjoying, but I honestly did not mean to pick up another series. I want to finish The Grishaverse first. And finally, I just started the audiobook of¬†Catching Fire (book 2 of the Hunger Games). Its a re-read obviously, but I have just been craving that rebellion of the series lately.

What do you think you will read next?¬†I’m waiting for HP and the Goblet of Fire to become available from my library to do a buddy re-read of that next. I also have a couple of blog tours coming up so I will be reading¬†Amid Stars & Darkness (book 1) and¬†Between Frost & Fury¬†(book 2) of the Xenith Trilogy by Chani Lynn Feener, as well as¬†The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I am extremely excited for these books! I also want to pick up¬†Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. That book is just calling to me!

So that’s all for now, folks! I promise to post more soon. We still have more rain and storms in the forecast so hopefully things won’t get too ugly but we can only wait and see. Take care, friends!

Currently listening: “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows

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WWW Wednesdays #1

G’day everyone, and welcome to my very first WWW Wednesday! Lately I have seen at least 2-3 Book Blogger Directories being compiled and as I went to begin browsing for new friends in the blog world, I came across WWW Wednesdays and its definition so I think I’ll try it out! In case you (like me) are new to this meme, it seeks to answer 3 W’s (wow, sensible!): What did you finish recently? What are you currently reading? and What do you think you’ll read next? So without further ado….

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What did you finish recently?
I just participated in a Read-a-thon and I got so much reading done! I read ten children’s books, two humor books, and two YA books. I will be reviewing the two YA books soon here on my blog (Wires and Nerve: Vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer and¬†Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young). So let me mention a couple other books I read:

Here are the highlights of my children’s book reading experience. These are books by important figures: Malala Yousafzai (the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Chelsea Clinton (political activist and correspondent), and Hoda Kotb (TV personality and journalist). I don’t have any children right now, but someday, these are books that I want to read to my child. While¬†I’ve Loved You Since Forever is just fluff (but seriously adorable fluff….the pictures are beautiful and of everyone’s favorite sweet animals. Yep, otters and elephants and owls and foxes!!),¬†Malala’s Magic Pencil and¬†She Persisted are both powerful reads for children. Whether its learning about bringing education and peace, or the STEM sciences, or just finding your own voice, children will hopefully be inspired to take their place in the world and make a difference.

What are you currently reading?
18460392Currently I am about 85% through All the Bright Places. I have had this one on my iPad for a¬†long¬†time now but just never prioritized it, but now I decided to pick it up and go for it. In 2015, it won the Goodreads “Best Books of the Year” in the category of YA Fiction. To give you a little perspective, this book won out over Simon vs. the Homosapiens and Everything, Everything. I have read 4-5 other books from that category and yes, I’m a bit surprised too. Personally, I don’t think I’m liking this one more than others on the list (2 were 5* reads for me), but it definitely is a powerful read. Trigger warnings for suicide and depression.

What do you think you will read next?
31343879I need to read something light and fluffy next because I’ve been binge reading and reading long books and now heavy, emotional books. My default “fluffy” genre is cozy and/or paranormal cozy mysteries. I just found a new series I will try, and then its back to the grind of ARCs to be read, library books to finish, and shelves to clear off.
I know not everyone is into cozies. Maybe some of you don’t even know what they really are. Basically a cozy mystery is a book/story that is usually set in a small town or close-knit community, and violence and sex are downplayed and replaced with mild humor. In a nutshell: not scary, not emotional, but filled with quirky characters and situations. Another thing I enjoy about cozies is that the main characters have a unique quirk (i.e. being a witch, for example) and/or occupation. There are cozies about house flippers, crafters, baristas, bakery owners, stay at home moms, etc. Lots of things you don’t necessarily see in your everyday mainstream genre, but yet you can relate to or find interesting. So that is my take on that topic.

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There you have it folks, my first WWW Wednesday. I look forward to doing more of these in the future. Stick around to see reviews for¬†Wires and Nerve: Vol 2¬† and¬†Sky in the Deep (which releases next Tuesday, 4/24/18). Until next time….ciao!

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WWW Wednesdays #1

WHOA, I just found the coolest, funnest *new* thing to blog on Wednesdays. I’m still fairly new at this book blogging thing, but I’m trying to connect with other blogs and social media platforms so here goes! So¬†WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. If you are a guest stopping by, please answer the following questions in a comment:

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

Here are my answers:

‚ô¶ Currently reading:

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‚ô¶ Recently finish reading?

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‚ô¶ Read next?

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So, am I the only crazy one who reads more than one book at a time? Usually I read one or two books on my iPad, plus one physical book and one audiobook. My family or friends sometimes ask me how I keep the stories and characters straight but everything is in different formats and usually different genres so its easy to keep things separate in my mind. Makes sense to me!

Soundtrack: Theme from “Gilmore Girls” (love this show!!!!)

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