WWW Wednesdays – December 19, 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.

This will probably be my last WWW post for at least a couple weeks. I’m heading on a lengthy vacation (my first in a long while). I won’t have a lot of access to WiFi, so hopefully that means that I will have some good quality reading time!

Lately I’ve been enjoying a look back at all the books that I’ve read this year. I compiled My Top 20 Favorite Reads of 2018. I’m also looking forward to the next year of reading with some challenges I intend to work on: Reading the Classics 2018-2022 & A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge. I also have a side list of other books I’m looking forward to reading this year: My Must Read Book List for 2019. I will start making progress these challenges and goals with my Winter Reading list.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Going Solo by Roald Dahl – audiobook

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I will listen to any audiobook narrated by Dan Stevens. He is an amazing narrator. Plus, who doesn’t love a Roald Dahl book every now and then, but this isn’t a typical Dahl book. This is part of his autobiography series that focuses on his time as a fighter pilot in World War II. 3/5

Killer Classics by Kym Roberts – ebook

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Still working my way through my NetGalley backlog (hopefully I can get through more during my upcoming vacation), and this was one that became available to the public earlier this month. While this was a cute cozy read with a main character who has a pet armadillo and says “fuzz buckets” a lot, I was overall disappointed. This story takes place in a small Texan town of Hazel Rock. A woman, named Maddie, is found murdered. Shenanigans occur and the mystery behind Maddie’s murder is brought to a conclusion. Since I am reading this series for the first time and starting on book 5, I am happy to say that the characters were well introduced, and this worked as a standalone story. However, I found the story a bit tedious. I wasn’t sure I really cared about the characters and really wanted to have a story that focused more on the murder mystery. Instead, the book takes the reader through all these side stories, like the armadillo’s boyfriend, who is a skunk that is terrorizing the town, and a character who is running for a Texas Senate seat. Only about 5-10% of the book really had anything to do with the murder. Every time you started to forget about Maddie’s murder, the author would bring in a scene with Maddie’s brother, Tiny, to remind you. It was like the author was trying to distract you from the whole purpose of the story or from figuring out who the killer was. However, no amount of distractions could make you not realize who the murderer was, as it was a random character who wasn’t part of the main group of characters, who kept showing up in different scenes. Also, the killer’s reason for killing the victim seemed to have no backstory to support it. It was a crime of passion, but the reader would have had no knowledge of such a passion existing (unless that was mentioned in one of the previous books in the series). While this story was cute, it lacked the compelling thrill that mysteries are suppose to have. 2.5/5

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King – audiobook

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As soon as I heard that LeVar Burton was the narrator of this book, I had to get it through my Libby app immediately. The audiobook starts by playing the theme song of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. It turns out that I still remember all the words and as the book continues, I also remembered the characters, puppets and topics covered by Mr. Rogers. I never realized what an impact he had on my childhood and millions of other children. In fact, PBS as a whole had a huge impact on my childhood thanks to Fred Rogers, Jim Henson, and LeVar Burton. 3.5/4

Reading Next

Really looking forward to these reads. What have y’all been reading lately? What are you most looking forward to reading in 2019? Please post your WWW links below in the comments if I haven’t visited them yet.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

Winter Reading – 2018

20181213_090042The Winter season is almost upon us. I will be continuing to read for my Reading the Classics Challenge and my 2019 Focus on Authors Challenge. This is an ambitious list as my Fall Reading list was (too ambitious), but I am looking forward to all of these. Titles may be added based on book club picks, etc.

 

NetGalley Reads

  • An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen
  • She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal 
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Giveaways

  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Book Club Reads

  • The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  • The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells

2019 Focus on Authors:

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Readalong

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Other

  • As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner – book
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – book
  • Murder Never Takes a Holiday by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain – book
  • Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – book
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – ebook
  • A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie – ebook
  • Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule – audiobook
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – audiobook
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – audiobook
  • The Good Neighbor by Fred Rogers – audiobook
  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman – audiobook
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – audiobook
  • The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam – audiobook
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook
  • Hillbily Elegy by J.D. Vance – audiobook
  • Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik – audiobook
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer – audiobook
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay – audiobook
  • The Daily Show by Chris Smith & Jon Stewart – audiobook
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – audiobook

 

What’s on your TBR for the winter season? Any recommendations?

WWW Wednesdays – October 24, 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.

Last weekend, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It was so much fun! I got some good quality reading in. You can find my readathon wrap up here. Did you participate? Let me know and share any fun things you did during the readathon or helpful tips.

This weekend, I will be going to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. This will be my first book festival. Any recommendations from those who have attended book festivals before? Will any of you be there?

We are officially one month into Fall reading, and I have read 11 books on my Fall TBR. I am feeling pretty good about that progress.

Currently Reading

 

Recently Finished

The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre – audiobook

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If you enjoy Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies and Anne Bogel’s Reading People, this will be the perfect book for you. The Personality Brokers gives the history behind the creation of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test (MBTI – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). I remember taking this test in high school and then again in college. I recently retook the MBTI and am an ISFJ. Have you taken the quiz? How accurate has it been for you? I found it interesting that the MBTI was created through the experiments and research by a mother and daughter. I was fascinated by famous people (especially authors like Truman Capote) who used personality testing. However, this book can be a bit dry, so I liked it but didn’t love it.

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory – NetGalley ARC ebook

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Theodora is a princess in a land called Drieden. She is known for her antics of slipping away from the palace and doing her own thing. However, on her wedding day, she is not the one that runs away from the palace. It is her fiance that does not show up. Months after that horrible day, Theodora returns to her duties at the palace and again finds herself escaping the palace in the middle of the night. While out at a local pub, she meets a handsome and mysterious stranger, Nick. Turns out, Nick is not who he said he was but in reality is Theordora’s ex-fiance’s brother. Nick believes that his brother didn’t just runaway, but that there is a much bigger and also dangerous situation going on. As Nick and Theodora search for the truth, Theodora struggles with her loyalties to her royal position, her country and Nick.

If you like The Princess Diaries or the classic film Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, then you should definitely read The Royal Runaway. It is a fun romance with a thrilling mystery plot.

Kiss Me, Kill Me and Other True Cases by Ann Rule – audiobook

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This is a collection of true crime stories of “love” gone wrong like the Lonely Hearts Killer. These are crimes that occurred long before cases like the Laci Peterson murder by her husband, Scott Peterson. I love true crime and especially Ann Rule’s books, but I find this one more haunting than others, because these are crimes that could happen to any woman, who just wants to date. I myself went on a few blind dates back in the day. I would never have done that now after reading this book. Lots of trigger warnings for the descriptions of assaults. I still love Ann Rule. No true crime writer composes a story with such informative and useful information as she does. I always feel like I learn a bit more about detective work and forensic science when reading her books, but this one was a bit harder to stomach. SSDGM!

The Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allen Poe – book

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I have had this book on my book shelves for, since I was very young. I loved poetry when I was in middle school and was introduced to Edgar Allen Poe in an advanced English class in high school. I will say his poetry really holds up for me. I still love The Raven as much now as I did then and I really remembered and loved A Dream within a Dream. I’m really glad I used the readathon to revisit Poe.

Reading Next

 

I hope you all had a fantastic week of reading! Any thoughts on the books I’ve listed? What are y’all reading? If I haven’t already commented on your WWW post, please include it in the comments below.

HAPPY READING!!!

Fall Reading – 2018

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Fall is officially here. There are so many fun events in the world of books during the fall, with book festivals (I’m really hoping to go to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX this year), readathons (like Dewey’s 24 hour readathon), and PBS announcing the Great American Read. With all these fun things happening this fall, I am hoping that this will inspire me to get through the following (or at least a majority of the following) reads:

NetGalley Reads

  • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory 
  • I Hate You, I Love You by Elizabeth Hayley 
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Girls on the Line by Jennie Liu
  • Broken Ground by Val McDermid
  • Killer Classics by Kim Roberts
  • Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
  • A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley

BookishFirst Reads

  • Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante 
  • Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich

Goodreads Giveaway

  • Postcards from a Stranger by Imogen Clark

Book Club Reads

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz √ 
  • Strange Things Done by Elle Wild
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino √ 
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

Other

  • Different Seasons by Stephen King – ebook
  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – book
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter – book
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver – book
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – book
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – book
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – book
  • Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allen Poe – book 
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers – book
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward – audiobook
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – audiobook 
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me by Ann Rule – audiobook 
  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – audiobook √ 
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann – audiobook
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly – audiobook
  • The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre – audiobook 
  • The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman – audiobook 
  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White – audiobook √ 
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – audiobook √ 
  • The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington – audiobook 
  • The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard – audiobook 
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – audiobook

What are you looking forward to reading this Fall?

Hope you all have a productive Fall Reading season!!! Happy Reading!!!

WWW Wednesdays – August 15, 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.

2018-08-07_14-38-09I had a great time reading for the 25inFive Readathon which ran from August 9 – August 13. It was difficult to read 5 hours on the weekdays when I was working, but I made up for it on the weekend. I felt that this was a good excuse to take time for myself and indulge a bit in my reading life. The readathon helped me catch up on some library loans and NetGalley ARCs. Otherwise, I only read about an hour to three hours a day.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The President is Missing – This political thriller is a little too realistic. The president realizes that someone in his White House inner circle may be assisting terrorists who have planted a cyber-virus so decides to go off-grid to help save the country. While I don’t believe that any president would be as hands-on as this one was or even be allowed to be, it definitely was a thrilling page-turner. It reminded me a lot of the movie War Games. I think it is terrifying to realize that technology really does run every aspect of our lives – our electricity, water systems, Wall Street, etc. However, there is a section in the book where the discussion of cyber attacks drags on and on, so I skipped ahead a bit at that part. I also thought the end was way too wordy, though I did laugh a bit at the part where the president tells Russia to stay out of our elections. Overall, I thought this was a good book – much better than some of the reviews I’ve read.

Saved by the Cowboy – I received this ARC from NetGalley. It is a cute romantic novella that includes an exciting main character, Olivia, her crazy family, a sexy sheriff, friendly townsfolk and love letters hidden under the floor boards of an older house. While I didn’t like the Sheriff as the main love interest – found him a bit dry – and didn’t quite feel the passion between the Sheriff and Olivia, I enjoyed Olivia’s search for the meaning of lasting love, and how she thought that finding old love letters between her grandparents would shed some light on that.

Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice – I was looking for an audiobook to listen to when I came across this one. I’ve been on a true crime kick all year, and when I saw this one on RB Digital (a library app), I had to get it. I lived in Boston when they caught Whitey Bulger, and this story dominated the news for over a year. This book was published shortly after Whitey Bulger’s capture and gives specific details of the dealings (including murder) he and his crew had in parts of Boston including Southie where I used to live. I thought this was a very comprehensive telling of the Whitey Bulger story by two award-winning Boston Globe journalists.

Reading Next

What are y’all reading this week? Any recommendations?

HAPPY READING!!!

 

24in48 Readathon – July 2018

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It’s almost time! After a few very busy workweeks and weekends, I am looking forward to focusing on my reading life again by participating in this weekend’s 24in48 Readathon.

For those who have never participated in this readathon before, it begins at 12:01am (EST) on Saturday, July 21 and ends at 11:59pm (EST) on Sunday, July 22. During this 48-hour period of time, you try to read for at least 24 hours. I tracked my time during the last 24in48 Readathon by using the stopwatch on my phone, though I have a fear that I will be close to 24 hours when I will accidentally cancel my timer. I welcome any other suggestions.

If you want to participate, please go to the Sign-up page. I recommend signing up even if you don’t think you will read for the full 24 hours. Just by signing up, you are entered into free prizes, which is a nice benefit for participating. There are also challenges throughout the 48-hour period to give you a little break from reading.

Readathon TBR

I don’t believe I will actually read all these books over the course of the weekend, but I like to be prepared. During readathons, I also like to read in different platforms, which include: e-books, audiobooks and physical books. Here is my pile:

Kindle E-books (all NetGalley ARCs):

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Audiobooks (via my library’s free Libby app):

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Books (physical):

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I’ll be giving updates on my Twitter and Litsy handle @Morr_Books. Good luck to all those participating!

Happy Reading!