WWW Wednesdays #66 – March 7th

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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33555224Currently I am reading the first book in The Rowan Harbor Cycle by Sam Burns, Blackbird in the Reeds – another M/M series I picked up.  I’m liking it so far and it’s a pretty quick read – less than 200 pages. I’m also about to start Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series. Can’t wait to see how this series continues to play out! :D I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. We were getting back to it but it’s slowed down once again. But we’ll get there!


What did I recently finish reading?

26695561It’s been a bit since my last WWW post and in that time I’ve actually read quite a few books. I finished the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series, Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott, as well as the other three books in the series and all four novellas. I really came to like these books and it quickly became one of my favorite M/M series. They’re working on a companion series that touches on characters introduced in this series, so I’m 22664303excited to read that one as well. I also picked up another M/M series, the Marshals books by Mary Calmes. I’ve read the first two in the series, All Kinds of Tied Down and Fit to be Tied. These are actually rereads for me – I wanted to reread them because the fourth book is coming out this month. This is another series I really enjoy. I finished reading  Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. This was February’s read for my book club and it 28954189definitely lived up to all the hype! I really enjoyed it. The only slight issue, not even an issue really, I had was the way it was written left me slightly…detached, I guess? Normally when reading I’m right there in the story with the characters, but this one it was almost like looking through a two-way mirror – I was watching the story unfold but I wasn’t really a part of it. Does that make any sense? xD It didn’t deter from the reading experience though, it was just interesting to me. I also ended up reading the third and final book in the Bounty series  by Christine d’Abo, No Master. I read the first two in the series back in October. I was meaning to read this one soon after but, as usual, got distracted by other things. And 23437156finally, I finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I started this one back in January and read a decent chunk, but ended up pausing for awhile. Not because it was bad or anything, far from it, I just think I was in M/M mood for awhile. But it turns out Six of Crows is now this months read for the book club and I actually ended up finishing it that very weekend after our meeting. It was sooooo good!!! I adored all of the characters and the plot kept you ensnared the entire time. Once I got back into it I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the Grisha trilogy, but I have to say I enjoyed this one more and can’t wait to read the second.


What do I think I’ll read next?

22299763Next up I will be starting Crooked Kingdom, the second (and presumably last) book in the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up, although I’ll be sad that I won’t get to spend any more time with the characters! D; Hopefully Bardugo will keep writing though, since I thoroughly enjoy her books.

 

 


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

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #66 – March 6th

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 will be starting Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series. I loved the first one and can’t wait to see what happens to Citra and Rowan next!

My teaser:

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Peach velvet with embroidered baby-blue trim. Honorable Scythe Brahms loved his robe. True, the velvet became uncomfortably hot in the summer months, but it was something he had grown accustomed to in his sixty-three years as a scythe.

– Chapter 1, page 5
(hardcover)

My Bookish Identity Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Arachnid Weaver @ TheWebWeavers for this tag! I’ve been on the quiet side this past month and I’m hoping this fun tag will get me a little more active! xD


What Dystopian/Fantastical World Would You Want to Live In?

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Who Would Your Partner Be?

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This is another tough one, at least for me. I like a bunch of characters, but I don’t really have a main one I would really want to partner up with. Well, at least not one that’s straight (that’s what I get for reading so much M/M… heh ^^;). But, if I really had to pick, I’d say Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He’s an amazingly bad-ass wizard with a sarcastic attitude that could handle my own.

Who Would Be Your Godly Mother/Father [Percy Jackson]? (Quiz)

I guess Arachnid and I are sisters! xD I also got Hades! Unfortunately I have yet to read the Percy Jackson books, but I do plan on doing so one day!

Would You Be a Downworlder or Nephilim [Shadowhunter World]? (Quiz)

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I got Shadowhunter! I would have been fine with either, but I’m glad this means I can pal around with Jace! ;D

Which Hogwarts House Would You Be In [Harry Potter]?

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Gryffindor! Hells yeah! xD

Which Faction Would You Be In [Divergent]? (Quiz)

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I got Dauntless! I haven’t read this series either and am not sure if I’ll ever get around to it…

What Would Be Your Daemon [Northern Lights]? (Quiz)

You got: Cat

You can seem aloof to certain people, but anyone who takes the trouble to get to know the real you will be rewarded. You’re proud of your accomplishments and not afraid to let your abilities shine.

 

I had some trouble copying the picture, so this will have to do. I would prefer a wolf, but cats are pretty cool too.


 And that’s the tag! I’m lazy and will not be tagging anyone, but if anyone is interested in participating go ahead and consider yourself tagged! And let me know if you decide to do it so I can see your results! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #65 – January 30th

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 about to start the next book for my book club, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. I’ve a heard a lot of good things about this book so I’m excited! Let’s hope it’s a good one!

My teaser:

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The scythe arrived late on a cold November afternoon. Citra was at the dining room table, slaving over a particularly difficult algebra problem, shuffling variables, unable to solve for X or Y when this new and far more pernicious variable entered her life’s equation.

–Chapter 1, page 5
(hardcover)

WWW Wednesdays #65 – January 24th

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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26695561I’m still steadily reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. The last two of the six outcasts were introduced and I can’t wait until the groups adventure really begins! I also picked up another M/M book (surprise, surprise), the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series, Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I’m really liking the characters in this book so I can’t wait to see what happens throughout the rest of the series, since the other books all focus on a different character.  I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. There was a slight pause on this book while my friend caught up, but we’re getting back to it! I’m excited to see how the conclusion plays out. I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s still on the back-burner – and probably will be until I finish the Six of Crows duology.


What did I recently finish reading?

29622131I finished reading The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. This was the first book I read for the book club I recently joined. The first meeting I attended was last weekend and it was great! It was held at the apartment of the two girls that started the club. There were snacks, everyone was so nice and welcoming, we talked a ton about books (of course!). It was really a great time and I’m so glad my co-worker invited me to be a part of it. Really, the whole thing is so well-organized and awesome. I can’t wait for the next meeting! But, back to the book, The Glass Spare was a quick, easy read. The characters were interesting enough but I didn’t really love any of them. You can definitely tell this book’s main purpose is to set up the next. There were a few things that I felt like should have been touched on before this one ended, but they weren’t. I did think the world-building was neat. It was kind of a mix between medieval and the beginnings of technology. I’ll most likely pick up the second book but that one will determine if I continue the series or not. I also finished reading  Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. Like I mentioned in my last WWW post, it was a fun, quirky read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


What do I think I’ll read next?

28954189Next up I will be starting Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. This is this month’s pick for the book club. We got to vote out of three books and everyone selected this one. It was already on my TBR list, so I was excited! Once again, I’m so excited to be a part of this club. It’s nice having another outlet for books besides the blogosphere. I’ve mentioned before, not many of my friends read and one of the one’s who does is so busy she barely has any time to, no matter how many books I peer pressure her to start… xD


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

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #64 – January 11th

Shhhh, yes yes I know – it’s Thursday. But I was busy yesterday, so how about we let it slide, yeh? xD


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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29622131Right now I am currently reading five books. FIVE! I started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m enjoying it! I’m super excited to learn more about Kaz – he seems like such a neat character! I also began The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I’m mostly focusing on this one at the moment because my first meeting for the book club I joined is next Wednesday so I’d like to finish it before then if I’m able. It’s another one I’m really enjoying! I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. One of my friends is a bit behind in our buddy read so hopefully we keep at it once she catches up! I started reading a M/M book, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. It’s a fun quirky read so far! I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s kind of on the back-burner for now as the others are holding my interest a bit more at the moment.


What did I recently finish reading?

14061957I finished up the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It was so good! My emotions went on a roller coaster throughout this book but I have to say I was overall pretty satisfied with how things wrapped up in the end. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author! I also read the third book in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday, Gemini Keeps Capricorn. This series is so cute and funny! I hope there’s at least a few more. I’ve come to really like this author as well.


What do I think I’ll read next?

Honestly, my mind is too busy with wanting to just finish the books I’m currently reading that I don’t even want to think of what I’m going to read afterwards. Especially now that I’m back to work and school starts up again soon! I’ll most likely have something for this spot in my next WWW post though!


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

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #64 – January 9th

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 mentioned in my previous WWW post that I had decided to join a book club through one of my co-workers. The first meeting of the year is next week so I recently started reading the book that had been picked out for this month. That book is The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I’m about 1/3 of the way done and so far I’m digging it. I hope I continue to do so as I keep on reading!

My teaser:

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The estherpetals gave Wil a sleep that was mercifully free of dreams. She awoke with a sense that she had blinked and everything from the night before had just disappeared.
The mirror said otherwise. She sat at her dressing table and selected a pale pink lipstick to hide the cut on her bottom lip.

–Chapter 6, page 70
(hardcover)

Beat the Backlist 2018

Hey everyone! I stumbled upon Emily’s post about the  Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight, and decided it looked like fun! I’ve never involved myself in a reading challenge besides the Goodreads one, so I thought, why not give this one a try? It sounds fun and it’s easy enough for a lazy potato like me to participate in! :D

The goal of this reading challenge is to read books published before 2018. Easy, right? Maybe not for those who love to read new release after new release, but I rarely ever read new releases, so I thought this challenge would be perfect for me!

This seems like a neat challenge because you are assigned a team. Each team earns points by reading books published before 2018 and at the end of each month one person is drawn from the team with the most points to receive a book of their choice! Awesome, right?

There is also a photo challenge via Instagram, which is just for fun. I actually decided to make an Instagram account solely related to books and my blog so check it out! I literally made it 15 minutes ago, so there’s nothing on it now. But that will soon change! As long as I remember to post… ^^;

I made this post as a requirement for signing up for this challenge so once I’m all signed up I will add which team I’m on!

my team:

my goals:

Goals aren’t required for this challenge, but I thought I would set some to make myself more active and motivated!

  • Participate in at least 2 of the 4 Instagram prompts each month
  • Write one review of a book dedicated to this challenge at least every 3 months (since I’ve been seriously slacking in the review department)
  • Have 4 out of every 5 books I read be dedicated to this challenge

And there we go! Interested in this challenge? Click the linked text above and go for it! Link your sign-up post in the comments so I know you’re joining! I’d love to see if we’re on the same team!

Happy reading! :)

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 & 2018

Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone had a fun (but safe!) time last night! I sure did. I seriously cannot believe it’s 2018 already. Times flies, especially the older you get… D; Either way, another year means more books to read, yay! I already started a new book today to celebrate. Whoo!

This post is going to touch on my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge and then on my 2018 as well.

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2017 At the beginning of 2017 I set my reading goal to 60 books. It is what I had done the previous year and I had managed to exceed that so I figured that was a reasonable number, especially with me working two jobs and returning to school. This year I also exceeded my goal by reading 64 books! So challenge completed! :D

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2018This year I will once again be challenging myself to read at least 60 books. I feel like it’s still a doable number for me since I’ll still be in school and am currently looking for a second job once more. With my new job I haven’t been reading quite as much so I’m hoping to make time to read more on  a regular basis during the week. Wish me luck!

And that’s that!

Did you meet your 2017 reading goal? How many books are you hoping to read this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Books I’d Like to Read in 2018

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! :D

I mentioned in my last two posts that I wanted to do what I did last year and make a post about some of the books I would like to read in 2018, so here it is! I did fairly  well on the list I had made last year (I read 6 of the 10 books on my list, although some of those books were the beginning of a series and I read more in that series) so I’m hoping I can do well this year too! But again, I am a mood reader so it just depends.

On to the list!

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The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – the second book in The Monstrumologist series. This book was on my list last year and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I did mention in my reading progress post that Emily had suggested we buddy read this one so I’m hoping we’re able to do that sometime this year!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. Now that the three books are out I would like to read this one. I’ve heard so many good things about this series so now I’m ready to experience it myself! Plus it sounds like it’s a favorite of the people in the book club I recently joined, so I’d like to be able to talk about it with them (and not hear spoilers… xD).

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – the first in the Incarceron duology. This book has been on my written TBR list for a long time. Since the series is only two books long I thought it’d be a good pick. I’ve also been trying to go through my list and get rid of series that no longer interest me. This one still does so that’s as good of a reason as any to put it on my list! Besides, I would really like to read some of the books that have been on my list awhile since I keep adding so many to my TBR on Goodreads…^^;

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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima – the first book in The Heir Chronicles. I actually read the first three books in this series…I don’t even remember how long ago. But I think back then it wasn’t certain that there would be more books so I had thought the series complete at the time. Now there are five books in total so I’d like to go back and reread/complete this series. I remember enjoying it so hopefully that’s still true!

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Ratha’s Creature by Clare Bell – the first book in The Named series. This is another one that’s been on my written TBR list for a long time. The overall idea of this book reminds me a lot of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, except this one is about larger wild cats in a different time period. And it seems to be aimed at an older audience than the Warriors books. I am one of those people that will always enjoy series with…well, basically talking animals, haha. But it’s true! I love them. So I’m hoping this series will be a good one!

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne – the first book in The Iron Druid Chronicles. I found this book a few years ago but have been waiting to crack it open until the series finished. The ninth and final book is expected to be published in April so, if that date is correct, I’d be interested in reading this series this upcoming year. The synopsis reminds me of The Dresden Files series so it definitely seems like something I’d enjoy!

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy. Another series that I was interested in when the first book came out but waited until it was completed to start thinking about reading it. This is also another I’ve heard many good things about so I’m hoping it’ll live up to all the hype.


And that’s that! Mind you, these aren’t the only books I hope to read in 2018, but this past year it was nice having a few already picked out for me to zero in on when thinking of what to read next. I was going to put Six of Crows on this list as well but, being that it’s already on hold for me at the library, I felt no reason so actually put it on the list since I know it’s going to get read.

Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, what are your thoughts? What books do YOU hope to read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)