WWW Wednesdays – August 22, 2018

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

3PKyE93This week I’m participating in the Bout of Books Readathon. I’ve set reading goals for my week that should help me make some progress on book club books and NetGalley ARCs that have been piling up. See my post for more information on this readathon and my readathon goals.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Chasing the Devil by Sheriff David Reichert

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I’ve recently become a true crime junkie thanks to discovering Ann Rule at the beginning of the year and Michelle McNamera’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’ve also become a huge fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast. I often find myself wanting to read more about the cases they mention on the podcast and came across this audiobook on the Green River Killer via my Libby library app. This book provided a great overview of the crimes committed by the Green River Killer in Washington State in the 1980s and 90s. Some individuals, like the author of this book, Sheriff David Reichert, devoted much of their careers to searching for the Green River Killer and with advancements in DNA processing, were finally able to catch the killer. The killer was convicted of the deaths of 49 women, but many believe he could have killed up to 80. Sheriff Reichert really gives you an inside view of this case from the crime scenes to the collection of evidence. I will say that a few things bothered me about this book though. First, he gets extremely uppity when talking about the press/media and there “interference”. However, they have a job to do in reporting about someone who is terrorizing the area and killing women. It was stated multiple times throughout the book the affect this case had on Sheriff Reichert’s family, and while I think that was important to state once to show his unfailing commitment to this case, I felt like I was losing sympathy for him and his family the more he mentioned it, because there were still many victims and their families who had been affected too. Finally, my last issue was the fact that he seemed a bit defensive about the fact that some of the victim’s families turned on him when the police and prosecutor made a deal with the Green River Killer. They took the death penalty off the table in exchange for locating more bodies and potentially more victims. While I do believe this was probably the right move to help solve additional missing person cases, I think the victim’s families had every right to feel what they feel and the author should not be defensive about that. Overall, this book was so-so with a rating of 3/5.

A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon

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What does one read when they need a break from reading about the Green River Killer? Clearly the answer is a steamy romance ARC from NetGalley! I really enjoyed this romantic story of two people so in love that time, careers and life can’t keep them apart. Chase Ferguson thought he could bury his summer love affair with Mimi Andrix in the past, but ten years later her picture resurfaces as part of a smear campaign by his opponent in a mayoral race in Dallas, Texas. After taking a vacation to Mimi’s hometown in Montana and by chance being snowed in with her for a weekend alone, he quickly realizes that while he wants to protect Mimi from the press, he also does not want to let her go again. You could feel the passion and love between the two main characters. The ending feels a bit like Maid in Manhattan, but it was well done. I also enjoyed the little mentions of Chase’s sister that keep you wanting to read the next book, which will be her story.

Reading Next

These books are all books that I’ve put down to read other things, and now I am determined to finish them.

What are y’all reading right now? Do y’all read one book at a time or do you have multiple books going like me?

Happy Reading!!!!

27 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays – August 22, 2018

  1. Good luck with the readathon!! I sometimes read multiple books at a time (maximum 3!) but I try to stick to one, to avoid confusion, or at least not read two books of too similar genres/storyline so as not to get confused! Happy reading!

  2. As someone who lives in Washington State and remembers when the Green River Killer was caught and then proceeded to lead cops to the bodies of his victims, I want to read Reichert’s book so much, but at the same time I’ve read so many newspaper articles about it then, I’m still burnt out, ha.

    • I am sure this book has a different perspective than what you read in the papers, but I can imagine that you may want to continue a good long break from that topic. I grew up in Milwaukee with Jeffrey Dahmer filling our media and have never had any desire to read or watch anything about that case.

  3. I always seem to have a print, digital and audiobook going at the same time right now – kind of means wherever I am, I have a book to hand!

  4. An American Marriage is on my TBR! Can’t wait to see what you think of it. 🙂 Roomies as well. I got an ARC of the upcoming Christina Lauren book and that was my first time reading one of their books, but it was super fun.

  5. Lately, I’ve been reading about 3 books at a time, but I generally prefer to focus on one.
    And ooooh, Roomies! I read that in May and it was such an entertaining read (I read it in one sitting: 10pm to 5am 😅). Hope you enjoy it also!

  6. I’m envious that you can read multiple books at a time! Sometimes I’ll try to read 2 at a time, but then I end up enjoying one a little more so I put all my time into that one, haha.

    • It is more that I read on multiple devices. When I am at home, I read a physical book. When I am on a break at work, I read my Kindle (easy to travel around with). Then I listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work, and when I am doing housework. Basically I am always reading. 🙂

  7. Oh my, how do you cope with 4 books at the same time?
    Is The Count of Monte Cristo a hard read? Small print and pages and pages of blocks of text puts me off the classic reads but I’m interested to read that one 🙂

    • I mostly do 3 books at a time. I read a physical book at home, an ebook when I am out and about (waiting in a grocery line, work breaks, etc), and an audiobook for my commute, the gym and housework. Basically I’m always reading lol. The Count is my only addition and I am doing that in an audiobook format. While the narration isn’t the best, I am still finding it a very thrilling read. Ebooks (where you can adjust the print) and audiobooks help you avoid the small print problem, especially for long books like The Count of Monte Cristo and Don Quixote.

    • I think the trick to readathons is just to set some manageable reading goals for yourself and don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed. Some readathons do challenges via Twitter/Instagram, and I try to participate in as many as I can, but I never do all of them. That just gets to be too much. Readathons have been my excuse to bail on responsibilities and just read lol.

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