WWW-Wednesday May 15, 2019

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This was one of the recommendations that came up for I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain by Will Walton on my library site. Oh, and can I say how much I overuse that system? I am always looking for books and looking at the recs. But yes, this book is about a girl named Laurel who has lost her older sister May. She’s started her first year of high school and her teacher gives her an assignment to write a letter to a famous figure.

I really like the narrative and I think Laurel is an intriguing protagonist. She reminds me of myself at that age. I definitely can relate to her.

Finished Reading

Lovely War by Julie Berry

This was a great book. There was not one, not two, but three happy endings. I hope I’m not giving anything away, but it was a lovely book. I enjoyed my experience reading it. I did feel like the secondary couple’s relationship was underdeveloped compared to the primary couple, but I guess that’s to be expected.

To Read Next

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This was another one of the recommendations for I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain. I’m looking forward to reading it. I know it’s about a boy grieving his partner and grief is a topic I’ve been very interested in since my grandmother died. I even made a list of books that deal with grief. Morbid much?

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

This is an Anastasia retelling in space. I have been waiting for this book since I found out about it. But get this, I found out like last week that this is not the only Anastasia retelling in space. There is another one and of course, I checked that one out as well, but I’m really excited to read this one!

WWW-Wednesday May 8, 2019

This meme is hosted weekly at https://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/

The premise is simple. There are 3 Ws:

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

Let’s jump in shall we?

Currently Reading

Lovely War by Julie Berry

I admit I first picked up this book because of the cover. Look at it’s just beautiful isn’t it. But I read the inside flap and the mention of the gods got my attention. So far Aphrodite, Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, and Hades have shown up, but I’m really hoping for Persephone lol. I think it’s unlikely though since Hades is already there (and dressed like a priest!)

Finished Reading

I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain by Will Walton

I picked this book up because of the title duh. It caught my attention immediately and then I read the inside flap and that convinced me to check it out. The book is very fast paced. It has poetry and prose and a nonlinear narrative, which was strange for me at first, but I really ended up liking it.

To Be Read

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

This was one of the first books I saw when I entered the library. The title caught my attention and the premise appealed to me. I haven’t really read any thrillers, but I want to (especially Gone Girl) so maybe this will be a good introduction to the genre.

Baby It’s Cold Outside: An Analysis of My Reading Habits

Book Blogger Hop

Today’s meme comes from the Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. As soon as I saw it I was intrigued. I had to think about it. I wasn’t sure at first. As much as I’d like to keep a reading journal, I haven’t been able to keep up with it. So off to Goodreads,

I went. They have a very handy stats page that had the information I needed and I, being the nerd I am wanted to see it as a chart. So behold!

 

Chart for Friday Question Meme Part I

Chart for Friday Question Meme Part II

While compiling these I realized that I had started college in 2014 and not only could it account for my decreased number of books read, but also how many books I chose to read during the summer.

For one thing in 2014, my first semester was in the summer so I had to get used to a new environment and not to mention I hadn’t been in school excepting brief GED classes in almost seven years so I had to get used to the experience again.

In summer 2015, my grandmother got sick and I took care of her for awhile as well as going back and forward to the hospital so that accounts for that number as well.

I wonder how this data would look if added previous years…project maybe?

*For the record I counted Jan., Feb., and Dec. as winter and June, July, and Aug. and occasionally Sept. as summer

Which Book Should I Read Next?

I wanted to post today. I have a lot of going on right now and reading and writing is helping me keep my mind occupied. The problem is though that I have a ton of books to read and as my taste tends to lean towards drama I decided I wanted a comfort read. So what better way than to return to my favorite genre of all genres? Historical romance! I picked books by authors I’m already familiar with because I am so not in the mind space to get used to a new writing style, a novel length at that. I want something that’s going to occupy my time for a while, but won’t demand a lot of me.

Here are the blurbs for the three books I’ve chosen.

Brighter Than the Sun by Julia Quinn

When Charles Wycombe, the dashing and incorrigible Earl of Billington, toppled out of a tree and landed at Ellie Lyndon‘s feet, neither suspected that such an inauspicious meeting would lead to marriage. But Charles must find a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he’ll lose his fortune. And Ellie needs a husband or her father’s odious fiancée will choose one for her. And so they agree to wed, even though their match appears to have been made somewhere hotter than heaven…

Ellie never dreamed she’d marry a stranger, especially one with such a devastating combination of rakish charm and debonair wit. She tries to keep him at arm’s length, at least until she discovers the man beneath the handsome surface. But Charles can be quite persusasive—even tender—when he puts his mind to it, and Ellie finds herself slipping under his seductive spell. And as one kiss leads to another, this unlikely pair discovers that their marriage is not so inconvenient after all… and just might lead to love.

My American Duchess by Eloisa James

The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.

But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:

All is fair in love and war.

Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

A twist of fate…

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills…

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

2015 Manga/Graphic Novel Challenge

And I also read manga. I’ve never read anything that has been classified as graphic novel. (I’m being technical here. I usually read manga but nothing that is independent on its own.) I want to get back to my animanga roots so I’m signing up for this challenge. I’m doing the Modern Age level. One comic to read and review a month. Wish me luck!

2015 Contemporary Reading Challenge Sign Up

Hi guys. You know I read romance right? Well I want to stretch my wings a bit. (Not much but normally I read historical and more often YA.) So I’ve decided to sign up for this challenge. I’m doing the 1st base level and trying to read 1-5 books. (I’m leaning towards 5. I know have books that fit this challenge and this will force me to read them. :P) So here’s the badge.

2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger Review + A Little Brief Note

I haven’t been updating much about the Fifty Days of Grey. I haven’t forgotten about but I’ve take a little break. I intend to get back to it next year though so look out for the posts.

I just finished a book though. I’ve been in a young adult mood lately. I went to the library for the first time in months to check out some books. This is one of them.

A Midsummer's NightmareA Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second Kody Keplinger and I enjoyed just as much as I did the first.

She writes family drama really well. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy them so much. I empathized with Whitley a lot during this book esp. with the father thing. I didn’t have the exact same situation as she did but I felt myself nodding along with her when she was describing her relationship with her father. Luckily I had a very present mother unlike she did but it hurts to know that your parent doesn’t care.

And I agree with someone who said it was felt like Greg took to long to come around. But it was a good climax.

And strangely I didn’t find the dating the stepbrother thing too weird. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Clueless.

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard about this book awhile back. I finally decided to buy it a few months ago.

What prompted me to read it now was a post on ONTD. I read about the casting of it. My internal monologue was like: “Don’t I have that book? Yes you definitely have that book. Should I read it? Yes you should definitely read it.”

I started it on Saturday night. I really liked it. Bianca is a nice narrator though she did kinda get on my nerves. She’s abrasive but that’s how she was written. She’s a pretty realistic teenage narrator.

Her relationship with her friends is what really sold me on this book. I looked the little bit on how she became friends with Casey and esp. with Jessica. I’ve made a lot of my friends similar ways and it really touched me.

I thought her relationship with her parents was really well done too. I mean haven’t we all held something in because we didn’t know to approach the other person? I mean hell I still do that.

And Wesley. Alright I’m going to admit I was rooting for her to end up with him. My ideal type is cocky. But I’m glad that he mended his ways. And I like that they bonded over their family lives.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

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Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Review

Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this book this morning. Now I want to say that this is not the first book I’ve picked up over the past six weeks but it was the one that kept my attention. I think that says a lot about Ms. Hoyt’s work.

I’m not particularly attached to either the hero or the heroine. I read Duke of Midnight with Artemis. I enjoyed her story more what with the plain companion and the duke and the like.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book. I really loved the bits with Daff and Indio. I think they were the best. I liked the reveal of his background.

With saying that I didn’t quite love this book. It was nice to read but I didn’t love it like I did with some of Ms. Hoyt’s other work. It’s a nice addition but it didn’t quite have that POP! I’m excited to read the next Maiden Lane series.

And I like the snippets of Asa. I am dying to read his story.

Three stars. Entertaining story but lacking in that POP.

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