WWW Wednesdays #62 – December 6th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

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

What am I currently reading?

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I am about to start reading the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. Emily, myself, and a friend buddy read the first two books and we finally started the third. Although it’s a bit trope-y, I enjoyed the first two and can’t wait to see how this series concludes. I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. I need to plug away at this one more than I have been. I was in the mood for a bit, but I feel myself slowly drifting away again. I would really like to finish this series so I just need to get my butt in gear and read it. I’m still chipping away at Flight of Magpies, the third and final book in the A Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles as well.


What did I recently finish reading?

33349745A lot of stuff has been happening in life recently so I haven’t been reading as much as I like – I’ve also been trying to catch up on my comic books. But I did manage to read a couple books since my last WWW post. I read Pins and Needles, a standalone novel by A.J. Thomas, an author mentioned in my previous WWW post. It seems that I tend to default to M/M books whenever I have time to read, although I usually intend to read other books. This was a nice, fun read and I enjoyed both the characters and the plot. I’ve definitely come 33308391to like this author in general. I also picked up another M/M romance, Scorpio Hates Virgo, the second book in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday. I really enjoy this author as well. I picked up the first book in the series back over the summer and I just happened to notice that the second one had recently been published, so I gobbled it up. This is cute, funny series. The third book is releasing later this month as well – I can’t wait. I had to read a book on leadership for one of my classes, Lead from the Heart by Mark C. Crowley, and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s not my favorite book or anything, but the author had some interesting and relate-able stories and some valid points on leadership in general. However, it helped that it was on the short side.


What do I think I’ll read next?

14061957I AM GOING TO READ the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo. SOON. I PROMISE. I’m hoping to pick it up at the library during break. I really want to see how this series ends – plus I really want to read Six of Crows. I’m probably also going to read the third book in the Signs of Love series I mentioned above, which comes out in a few weeks. I’m planning on continuing the Jack Daniels series as well. And read more M/M.


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

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Anything But Books Tag

Emily tagged me in this tag…back in June, I think it was? Shocker that I’m just now completing it, right? Thanks for the tag, Emmy! <3


Name a cartoon that you love.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is definitely one of my favorites. I watched it back when it first aired on Nickelodeon and instantly fell in love. I would never get tired of watching this series. I enjoyed the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, but not nearly as much as the original.

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What is your favorite song right now?

It’s a bit of a tie right now. I just recently heard one of Skillet’s newer songs that was released with their album, Unleashed, last fall. That song would be The Resistance. I’ve also been repeatedly listening to Black Rose by Volbeat. Here’s a video of both if you’re interested. I’ve been listening to a lot of Panic! At The Disco as well and one of my friends recently got me into Mystery Skulls.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Go hiking. Go camping. Pet my dogs. Cook (I’ve been trying to more recently since I’ll be moving out in the near future). Binge watch TV shows. Play video games.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Ughhh, I feel that my followers wouldn’t be surprised by much (is that a good or bad thing…? Heh…). I don’t do anything all that surprising, really. I’m a pretty non-surprising person. #letsmoveon

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Different ways to make Crab Rangoons. I am obsessed with them. I could eat twenty and not feel a drop of regret. There’s a surprising number of ways to make them, including turning it into a dip. Now I want some…*drool*

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can’t really think of anything to put here. I feel like nothing is ‘unusual’ anymore, because a lot of people can do a lot of things. I used to be able to do a fairly decent Scottish accent, but I haven’t done it in years and it’s probably not any good anymore.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

Well, I’m not super crafty or anything, but I made these center pieces for my friend’s bridal shower and I was rather pleased with how they turned out. They’re on the simple side, but it was a pain in the butt to get that black sparkly ribbon to stay put.

 

What is your most recent personal project?

Well, I tried participating in NaNoWriMo this year and it went about as well as I thought it would, with me being in school and working. Plus helping out with my friend’s wedding. I think I got a whopping 200 something words written. Oh well, I’ll try again some other time. I’ll still be in school next fall, but maybe it’ll happen if I prepare better. We’ll see. I have a lot of story ideas, it just takes a lot of concentration for me to actually sit down and write them out.

Tell us something that you think about often.

Hmm, I’d have to say recently I’ve been thinking a lot about moving out. I plan on renting a house with some friends and we’re going to start looking in the next month or two. I’m nervous yet super excited at the same time. Adulting sucks, but you gotta do it sometime. It’s also made me think a lot about everything my parents have done for me all these years (cue cheesy ‘awww’).

But seriously. I have some friends that are not in the best family situations and, given every family has its problems, including mine, I’ve still been extremely well off during my time at home. It’ll definitely be weird not being able to run into the other room to tell my mom something real quick. I’ve also been asking my dad to show me how to do a lot of things recently. Like how to change my car battery, put up the Christmas tree, build a fire pit we recently got. I love learning how to do things myself (for the most part). So I’ve been bugging him to show me how to do everything recently. Sure, there’s YouTube, but I think my dad really enjoys showing me this stuff too.

I think the strangest thing will be not having my dogs around. It feels weird having them gone for the whole day when they get groomed, it’s going to be tragic when I don’t see them running to the front door every day when I get home. Or just being able to pet them whenever I feel like it. I do eventually want to adopt a dog, but I’m planning on waiting until I’m done with school and more settled into a career. Since it’s like having a child. And I want many furry children in the future.

…I didn’t mean for this section to get all mushy and personal! xD

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

The honey mustard sauce from Dairy Queen. Honey mustard is my favorite condiment in the universe – which is weird because I’m not really a fan of mustard or honey – but mixed together…yuuuum. Pure bliss.

Say the first thing that pops into your head.

I should be doing homework right now…


I’m lazy and will not be tagging anyone, but feel free to participate! And if you do, make sure you let me know so that I can read your responses! :D

Teaser Tuesdays #62 – December 5th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m starting a buddy read with Emily and one of my other friends. We’re reading the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. Some might remember me talking about reading the first two books with these lovely ladies, but it’s been awhile since we finished up the second one. Life and stuff, ya know? I haven’t quite started this one yet (sorry Emmy! ^^;) but I’m going to either tonight or tomorrow. I promise!

My teaser:

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Darkness was a beautiful thing. The kiss of a shadow. A caress as soft as moonlight. It had always been my refuge, my place of escape, whether I was sneaking onto a rooftop lit only by the stars or down a midnight alley to be with my brothers. Darkness was my ally. It made me forget the world I was in and invited me to dream another.

–Chapter 1, page 3
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Hocus Pocus Book Tag

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I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian to complete this tag! Thanks a bunch! :D This amazing tag was created by Katie @ Never Not Reading. I absolutely love this movie! This was my childhood. I try to watch it on a yearly basis, but we don’t have cable anymore and it’s been taken off Netflix, so it’s getting harder to do so, unfortunately. I was hoping to get this up on Halloween but obviously that didn’t happen. Oh well.


Rules:

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But if would be nice if you linked back to me, and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.


THE SANDERSON SISTERS

A great trilogy.

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I’m going to go with the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea – being M/M and having some mature themes – but I absolutely love the character development and the overall plot. I need to reread it in the near future, as well as some short stories the author has come up with since then.

WINIFRED SANDERSON

A book with a truly evil female villain.

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I’m trying not to put Harry Potter (I feel like I do that a lot…^^; It’s not my fault it goes with almost anything!). I’ll choose The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Both Mab, the Faerie Queen of Air and Darkness, and Leanansidhe, Harry’s faerie godmother, are pieces of work. They do some messed up shit to my dear, sweet Harry. Don’t trust faeries.

SARAH SANDERSON

A book that uncannily attracts children.

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Umm, I’m not too sure with this one. I don’t know what the kids are reading nowadays. I feel like most books with talking animals as main characters are usually fairly popular. So I’ll just go with that instead of a specific book.

MARY SANDERSON

A book that is just plain silly.

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I’m having trouble with this one too. Let’s go with Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I haven’t actually read this one but I’ve heard it’s hilarious. It’s supposed to be a parody (kinda?) of a bedtime story you would read to your kids, but it’s meant to relate to parents. I just found a video of Samuel L. Jackson reading the book if you’re interested.

MAX

A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

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I’m actually going to pick Twilight for this one. Vampires and werewolves: cool, right? A good chunk of the characters in the series and the overall plot? Not so much.

DANI

A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

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I’ll go with Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath. I’ve been slowly plugging away at this series and it tells you exactly what serial killers are capable of. It reminds me a lot of Criminal Minds.

BINX

A book series that just won’t die.

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I’ll go with the Warriors series by Erin Hunter (haw, so appropriate). I loved reading the books when I was younger, and I’ve still been meaning to read where I left off years ago, but they just won’t stop! There are SO many of them now and I think they’re still going.

ICE

A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

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I’m actually going to go with Whiskey Sour again because there are two FBI agents in that series that just…aren’t the brightest. They are so dependent on a computer system to tell them what kind of killer they’re looking for that they don’t use common sense. At all. Ever.

THE BLACK FLAME CANDLE

A book or series you wish you could resurrect.

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I’ll say the Demonata series by Darren Shan. It wasn’t as popular as Shan’s Cirque Du Freak series, but I thought it was just as good.

HEADLESS BILLY BUTCHERSON

A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be.

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I’m coming up blank on this one. I’d probably say a classic because not a lot of people like being forced to read them in school, but they’re not all that bad. I enjoyed Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.

WINIFRED SANDERSON’S SPELL BOOK

A book with a mind of its own.

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I’m going to agree with Katie on this one and say A Game of Thrones. I feel like it’s mostly because the TV show has gone past where the books are. I know the author still had some say along the way, but I also feel that it strayed from what he originally had planned – mostly due to the wants of the fans.

GARRY MARSHALL

A book with a cameo.

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I’m actually going to copy what The Orangutan Librarian said for this one and go with some of the characters from mythology – Mab, Titania, Erlking, etc. – but in the Dresden Files, which I briefly mentioned earlier.


And that’s that! This was a good tag. I’m lazy and don’t feel like tagging specific people, so if you like this movie or just thought this was a neat tag, consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you participate so I can see your post!

Happy reading! :)

50-Day Bookish Challenge – Day 50

Do you read classics?? If so, what’s your favorite??

Harry Potter counts as a classic by now…doesn’t it? xD This is a really random question for the last question in this challenge, by the way. At least in my opinion. But no, I don’t read classics. Not by choice, anyway. I’ve only had to read a few for school. I do have to say, out of the ones I have read, Dracula is my favorite. Although that’s cheating a little bit. I had to read it for a class and I accidentally bought the shorthand version, so it didn’t drone on like the original. That’s probably why I liked it. I’m just not a big fan of classics…maybe I’ll try to give them more of a shot in the future.


And that’s it! Done with the 50-Day challenge! This was fun! I encourage people to try it out. I actually really enjoyed that this challenge did its job and made me more active. It motivated me to want to post more regularly. Will I? No idea. I’ll probably go back to my handful of posts every month, if that. But I’m definitely going to try harder to get on and post more, or at least read others posts.

50-Day Bookish Challenge – Day 49

Worst book you’ve ever read??

Hmm, I don’t strongly dislike many books so this one’s a bit tough. I’ll go with Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I read this one over two years ago and just couldn’t get into it. It’s one of my lowest rated books on Goodreads. I thought the overall plot was fairly decent, but I just did not like any of the characters. They were all just so…blah. I’m all about characters, more so than plot usually, so if I can’t connect to any of them then I don’t like to keep reading. I finished this one, and am willing to give some of her other series a try, but I won’t be continuing this one.

50-Day Bookish Challenge – Day 47 & 48

Man, I was doing really well until last weekend…but I’m still proud of myself for mostly keeping on top of these posts! xD


How many books do you take when you go out??

Well, I’ve mentioned a few times before, at one of my old jobs I was allowed to read (or more like they didn’t really care) so I would bring a physical book there, or a big stack of comics if I was trying to catch up. But I don’t work there anymore. I don’t really take physical books with me anywhere, unless I’m bringing them on vacation or something. Technically, I do take a lot when I go out though, if we’re counting ebooks. Whenever I have time I try to read on my phone if I’m able.


Do you write, highlight, underline, etc. in your books??

I don’t! I just…can’t. It would bug me. Plus, I don’t usually stop and analyze things while I’m reading; I just read. If I need to go back and look for a quote or something I’ll just sit there and flip through the pages until I find it. xD