WWW Wednesdays – January 16, 2019

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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.

It turns out that taking a break from work and life and spending more than a week on the ocean in the Caribbean, helped me make some progress on my NetGalley backlog and my Winter Reading List. Then I picked up a bit of a cold, which prevented me from reading for a few days.

You will see a lot of Zadie Smith in my upcoming reads as she is the author I am focusing on reading more of in January. (See my 2019 A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge)

Currently Reading

Finished Reading – since my last WWW post (a month ago)

Hunger by Roxane Gay – audiobook ♦♦
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – book ♦♦♦
The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik – audiobook ♦♦♦♦
A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley – ebook ♦♦♦
Murder, She Wrote: Murder Never Takes a Holiday by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain – book ♦♦♦
The Library Book by Susan Orlean – ebook ♦♦♦♦♦
The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill – book ♦♦♦♦ ½

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Have you read any of the books mentioned above? What have you been reading lately? Please share your WWW posts!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

WWW Wednesdays – November 14, 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.

I’m making progress on my Fall Reading list for sure. Still lots more to read!

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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I will say off the bat that you HAVE to read this! I own Jenny Lawson’s (aka The Bloggess) first book but haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I saw Furiously Happy was available on audiobook through my Libby app and thought I could use a book of humor. This book was so much more than humorous. It made my commute to and from work so enjoyable. I laughed-cried so many times. Almost every day, I came home and made my husband listen to a part of it. As not to spoil some of my favorite parts of the book, I’m just going to list my favorite chapters: “Things I May Have Accidentally Said During Uncomfortable Silences”, “Koalas Are Full of Chlamydia” and “These Cookies Know Nothing of My Work.” I love the conversations and sometimes disagreements she has with her husband. I can so relate.

Most importantly, though, I believe that the way she addresses mental illness is so important. I have so many friends who turned to her long ago (when she was just a blog writer), as they needed someone who would understand that mental illness is a real thing and a difficult issue. It can often cost someone their life. Both my husband and I have lost people to mental illness. Her openly discussing her own mental illness has provoked so many people to discuss their own mental illness and has no doubt saved lives.

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

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As the winter weather approaches, and the small town of Dawson in the Yukon of Canada is about to be cut-off from the rest of the territory, a murderer is on a killing spree. Can the murderer be caught before there is no way to escape?

I read this book for our mystery book club. It was a fast read, and the author really sets the scene beautifully. You really feel like you understand what life is like in Dawson. Her descriptions of the landscape and the local venues she discusses are true to the real-life city. Plus, having a murder mystery take place in a town that is about to be cutt-off with frozen rivers and impassable roads, is the perfect scene for a thriller of a story. However, outside of the scene itself, the author did not do a great job with developing the characters and the plot felt like it really fizzled out at the end. I also feel like there are some unanswered questions. Overall, the book was meh, but I did like learning a bit about the Yukon.

Reading Next

Another great reading week! What have y’all been reading this week? Any recommendations? Feel free to leave a link to your WWW posts in the comment section below if I haven’t already visited your site.

WWW Wednesdays – November 7, 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.

I’m making progress on my Fall Reading list for sure. Still lots more to read!

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington – audiobook

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After passing out from exhaustion and breaking her face (cheek bone), Arianna Huffington changed her lifestyle to incorporate more sleep. In The Sleep Revolution, she explores multiple studies that have shown the many positive outcomes to getting more sleep. She discusses sleeps relationship to daily productivity, dream analysis, insomnia.

If you are like me, you have used the phrase “if only there were more hours in the day” or are just constantly fatigued. I often want to sit and read my book and end up falling asleep. It isn’t because the book isn’t entertaining. I am just tired. In The Sleep Revolution, the ideal daily pattern should be 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of time for yourself. However, I don’t feel like that is a feasible pattern in society – especially in the US, where our lives are structured around work. Plus, how many of us get home from work and then have to cook, clean, take care of children, etc.? I feel that as much as we might try to manage our time better to include more sleep/rest, this has to be a change to our societal structure. I also am not into dream analysis, so I definitely could have skipped that section. Overall, though, I found this book full of useful tips (aka no reading your phone in bed) to getting a better night’s sleep and has convinced me to try to get the full 8 hours of sleep a night. This is definitely one book that we should all at least try to live by, because I think we would all be healthier, happier and more productive.

Murder Mile by Lynda LaPlante – book

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This is the fourth book in a series following a British police officer named Jane Tennison. Detective Sergeant Jane Tennison responds to a call, where a body of a woman was found in an alley. This discovery is followed by other bodies located nearby. Can they find the killer before he/she kills again?

I try not to read a later book in a series, when I haven’t read the previous installments. However, I received this book from BookishFirst and was anxious to read it. I thought the author did a fantastic job setting the scene and introducing characters. I felt this book was a well done stand alone. I didn’t need to read the first three books in the series to understand the characters and the plot. (However, there are spoilers throughout that will ruin the mystery of the first three if you are interested in reading those.) Jane is a fantastic detective with great instincts, but you feel her struggles as the only woman in a task force full of men. Somehow, even when her superior is rude and nasty to her, she continues to relentlessly search for the killer and follow her instincts. The story line was full of twists, turns, and red herrings. I wished that there had been a bit more of a twist at the end with some thrilling action, but it was overall a fantastic mystery thriller that is hard to put down.

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard – audiobook

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This historical fiction is set during WWII, following the men and women that went to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which was a city constructed as a production site for the Manhattan project. This led to the city’s nickname The Atomic City.

I know I don’t always gravitate toward historical fiction novels, but I recently loved The Masterpiece and enjoyed reading All the Light We Cannot See (another novel set during WWII), so this one looked fascinating. I have enjoyed reading about women’s roles in advancing science and thought this would be similar. I was very much disappointed. My first complaint is that based on the title, I thought the perspective of the book would be solely through the women who worked in the factories in The Atomic City. This was not the case. My second complaint is the lack of factual details or really any details that might help the reader understand what work was going on in Oak Ridge. We are suppose to feel the struggles of the characters as some of them are aware that they are helping create a weapon that could cause death and destruction, and yet the reader isn’t given the details or background of the Manhattan project to really care about those feelings. I did find it fascinating that workers weren’t allowed to know or talk about the work they did (a repeating theme throughout the book), but I still feel like we could have been given information about the tasks the women did during their work shifts. Did they all just read meters and fix accordingly? It was hard as a reader to picture myself in that time and place, because the author did little to put me there. I think the author should have focused more on certain characters and their day -to-day activities and done more research about Oak Ridge and the Manhattan project to incorporate in this novel. I overall thought it was a boring read and lacked substance.

Reading Next

So many great reads coming up that I am looking forward to! What have y’all read this week? Any recommendations? Please feel free to post your WWW Wednesdays link in the comments below if I haven’t already visited it?

HAPPY READING!!!

24 Hour Readathon Begins! October 2018

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It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!!  As always I’m super excited and ready to go! I’ve got my TBR pile, snacks, and clothing (see photo off to the right) all prepared. This is officially my 5th time participating in this readathon. I do not anticipate making it the full 24 hours, but I am geared up to get some quality reading time in that will help me achieve my yearly reading goals.

Readathon Goals:

  • I want to read for at least 13 hours today.
  • I want to complete 3 books.
  • I want to read at least 500 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 5 mini-challenges.
  • Get Bingo.

Bingo:

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TBR (soooo many to chose from):

Obviously I don’t intend to read all of the following, but I like to have a lot of options to chose from in all different types of reading tools, like physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I’ve learned that a variety helps utilize every moment of the readathon to accomplish all your reading goals.

Physical Books

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Ebooks

Audiobook

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If you have never participated in this readathon before, I would recommend that you try it! It’s so much fun!

Here is my first read of the day:

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Bout of Books 23 – August 2018

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Time for another readathon to make some more progress on my summer reading!!! This will be my second time participating in the Bout of Books readathon. I participated in this readathon back in May. See my post on this here. To join me and many other avid readers, go sign-up!

Dates

August 20 – August 26

Introduction

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. From the Bout of Books team

Goals

  1. Read for 20 hours.
  2. Read a total of 1,000 pages.
  3. Finish 3 books.
  4. Participate in some challenges and update status on social media.

TBR Books 

HAPPY WEEK OF READING!!!

WWW Wednesdays – June 13, 2018

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

I semi-regularly join in on 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.

Currently Reading

Pachinko by Min Lee

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I am finally reading Pachinko! It was the first book I received from BOTM last year. It was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Reading Women Award for Fiction (which is a great book related podcast I listen to regularly). It is a generational story of a Korean family living in Japan. I am very much looking forward to reading this one.

Recently Finished

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

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This was my third Murakami read, and I think it might finally be time to admit that no matter how much I want to like Murakami novels (or in this case short stories), I just don’t. His work is just not for me. I do like books that incorporate symbolism and open readers to different views of interpretation, but his stories end with the readers having more questions than answers, and I just can’t stand that.

Reading Next

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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This is one of my favorite book covers. I hope the book itself is as lovely. This is another book club read that will tie in nicely with Reading Women Month.

Feel free to let me know what you are reading.

HAPPY READING!!!