WWW Wednesdays – October 10, 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 some progress on my Fall Reading, though I am hoping to read more later in the month. However, I did get some amazing books for my birthday, which just keep on coming in the mail – A Booklover’s Birthday. I’m so blessed!!!

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Roomies by Christina Lauren (book)

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I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to this past week, but once I finally got into “Roomies”, it was hard to put down. Holland first sees Calvin in a New York subway, as he was playing his guitar. She becomes a bit obsessed with him and his guitar playing and goes out of her way to hear him play on a regular basis. Holland realizes that he would be perfect for a part in her uncle’s Broadway play, but unfortunately Calvin cannot legally work in the US, as he has an expired visa. Holland decides that she can help her uncle and Calvin achieve their dreams if she marries Calvin, but is that the only reason why she wants to marry Calvin?

I thought the beginning was a bit slow, but by page 50 or so I was hooked. The marriage between Holland and Calvin may not be real, but their feelings are. With a few lies and mishaps, they both find themselves and realize that maybe this fake marriage isn’t really fake after all. There was a lot of build up to the end. Because of this, I assumed the end would be a bigger display of romance to achieve the HAE (Happily Ever After), but was a bit disappointed. I just wanted a bit more, but it was an overall enjoyable NYC rom-com.

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (audiobook)

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This is an in depth look at Scientology through interviews with current and former members of the Church of Scientology. This book includes background information on the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, and the beginning of Scientology in 1954. I really had no idea that Scientology had been around for so long, and that so many famous Hollywood individuals were and are members (obviously I did know about Tom Cruise and John Travolta though). Sometimes I feel that I have a hard time with nonfiction solely because of all the characters that are talked about. There are a lot of people mentioned in this book, and I didn’t always feel that they were introduced well enough to understand their role. However, I guess that does show how many people the author interviewed. He definitely did his research. This book was very informative and comprehensive look at Scientology, their history and views. Even though I now understand why people joined the Church of Scientology, I find it to be less of a religion and more of a cult, which I believe the author does as well based on his comparison to the Branch Davidians and The People’s Temple.

Reading Next

I’ll be traveling this weekend, so I don’t know how much I will be able to read. What are y’all reading lately? If I haven’t commented on your WWW posts yet, please leave your link in the comments.

HAPPY READING!!!!

Summer Reads

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As the official start of summer is fast approaching, I have decided to make a list of books that have been on the top of my TBR list for a long time that I want to complete this summer.

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  2. A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond (ARC)
  3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  4. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  5. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (ARC)
  6. Roomies by Christina Lauren
  7. Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
  8. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  9. Tiffany Blues by M. J. Rose (ARC)
  10. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I’m hoping to continue reading for my monthly book clubs as well, but the above list is my priority. What is on your summer reading list? Any recommendations?

 

Bout of Books 22 – May 2018

As part of my plan to keep up my reading life, while adjusting to a new full-time (a bit stressful) job, I have decided to participate in as many readalongs and readathons as possible (on top of the few book clubs I attend). So even though I just participated in Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon a couple weeks ago (see my post here), I’m excited to continue my new trend with the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which begins tomorrow .

Here is an official description of this read-a-thon:

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, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I intend to at read at least 700 pages. These will be the books I hope to read (or at least start) during that time:

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HAPPY READING!!!!

 

My Must Read Book List for 2016

What books do you want to read in 2016? Here is the list of books I would like to read in 2016:

  1. Room by Emma Donoghue
  2. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  5. The Fifties by David Halberstam
  6. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  7. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  8. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  9. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  11. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  12. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  13. Shogun by James Clavell
  14. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  15. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

However, these listed are not the only books I will read this year (and to be honest I have a hard time keeping to a list), so feel free to send me recommendations of books you have loved – both old and new.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Sarah has
read 13 books toward her goal of 50 books.
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