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It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

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

What I’m currently reading:

Half Bad by Sally Green

I’m getting around to this series way behind everyone else, but I’m enjoying it a lot so far! This world is complicated and dark, fresh and original, and I’m enjoying that more than anything else. This witchy book is right on time for October!

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

This one I’ve read before, but it’s October! And since it’s a spooky favorite of mine, I’m reading it again. Tremblay is a big name in Horror and his books have either been big hits or big misses for me, but this one is my favorite. It’s eerie, scary, dark, and accomplishes my favorite thing in horror: a fascinating examination of humanity in its darkest moments.

What I’ve recently finished:

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

I. Loved. This book. And I didn’t expect anything from it when I started it, but damn. This YA Thriller/Horror novel came to me through BookishFirst as an ARC and it was released last week! This book swept me up in the middle of a reading slump and I was lost in the spooky, ethereal happenings of this dark little story. I loved the characters, I loved the eerie legends that surrounded their story, I loved the way the author told this story and I loved the tangible, vivid descriptions of every step on The Road. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a spooky, winding, tale for October! I highly recommend.

A House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

This book came in my Owlcrate last month and it was a really fun read! Set on an isolated, haunted island and starring a potentially cursed family, shenanigans abound in this story and I really liked it. I loved all the sisters’ personalities, I loved the complex relationship with their step-mother, and I really liked the spooky story hiding underneath it all. Thanks, Owlcrate!

What I think I’ll read next:

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book sounds so deliciously full of all the things I love: anti-heroes, complex morality, dark characters that you also want to put in your pocket, I’m so excited. So many people I know love and cherish this book and I am really looking forward to finding out more about it for myself!

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I have loved A Handmaid’s Tale since the first time I read it in High School. It was such a formative book for me as a young woman. I didn’t even know that I wanted or needed a sequel until it was announced that she was writing one and now I cannot wait to dive into it. I have to know! What happens next? The show has been tiding me over, but I’m so eager to see what Atwood has in store for these characters in the next installment of this hard-hitting series.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I have heard such good things about this! And its spooky season, so its right on time! I’ve heard that its spooky, descriptive, fast-paced, and oh-so-wonderfully Queer. I am so excited! Plus, I’ve read another series by this author and loved it, so I feel like I’m in good hands. Will report back!

What are you reading this week! Drop a line in the comments and let me know! x — A

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WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

I’ve been MIA for a week or so and I thought that this would be the perfect way to jump back in. After a week of family visiting, apartment deep cleaning, and being sick, I am ready to get back to my reading and writing! Hope you didn’t miss me!

The Three Ws are:

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

What I’m currently reading:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I am really enjoying this book so far, and that’s about all I know about it. I know it’s about people and a civilization after an apocalyptic event, but I’m only in the beginning so I’m still going along for the ride. I have heard so many good things about this book, so I’m really looking forward to the rest.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This book has been fun! I was feeling in the mood for something witchy, and The Wicked Deep has hit the spot. This YA Fantasy has been spooky, dramatic, and mysterious, and I’m really excited to see how it ends.

What I’ve recently finished:

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

I really enjoyed this, but I kind of knew I would when I first requested it from Netgalley. It’s called “The Lady Rogue,” after all. Rogues are some of my favorite things (in books and in life) and this time its a lady? Hell yeah! This YA fantasy adventure was fast-paced, character driven, and highly enjoyable. This one hit shelves today, so keep an eye out at your local bookstore!

What I think I’ll read next:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottilieb

This book looks so interesting. From what I know, it’s a book about therapy written by a therapist and discussing her own processes in therapy with her own therapist and what her life is like. Ha! Yes. I was a Psych major in college and as someone who goes to therapy also, this has endless appeal to me. I can’t wait to report back about it.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

This looks really good and I’ve heard such high recommendations for it, so I have high expectations. From what I know, this book follows an asian-inspired fantasy world through a series of devastating wars that shape their culture and character. The sequel to this book just came out, so I’m eager to get through this one first!

See you all on Friday!

What are you reading this week?? Leave a comment letting me know!

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Book Blog Hop

Time to Hop!

One of the things I’ve been trying to do a lot of since starting this blog is check out other awesome book review blogs and get involved in some of the weekly challenges and prompts they use.

Today I’m going to be taking part in the Book Blogger Hop! This is currently active over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and bloggers all over the sphere get involved to answer the prompt, visit some of the other responses, and make new connections!

This week’s prompt comes from Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer and they asked:  “Do you read historical fiction?

And my answer is: Yeah, I do!

Historical Fiction isn’t my most read genre, as I tend toward Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but I still really enjoy it.

I love when the two genres crossover, especially. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is one of my particular favorites. I’ll be with this one until the end and definitely recommend if this genre-fusion interests you. Je suis prest.

I’ve had good luck in Adult and YA fiction too! Code Name Verity, a YA historical fiction novel set in WWII, is one of my favorite books that I never miss an opportunity to recommend or talk about. That book made me feel impossible joy and deep sadness, all while making me appreciate what it means to be human. WOAH, I know I just got really deep on y’all for a second, but that’s just how much I love that book. Go read it!

A few more of my Historical Fiction favorites!

  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

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

What I’m currently reading:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Wow, this series. I read ACOTAR years ago and didn’t love it, but only finally picked this series back up after much coaxing and cajoling. I’m really enjoying it now. The second and (so far) third books have had so much more of all the things I wanted in the first, dark and complicated topics and emotions, old magic, and a wide and diverse cast of characters. I am definitely looking forward to getting some vengeance in this last installment of the trilogy.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

I just started this but it sounds so good! This one has been all over the internet, snagging a spot in Reese Witherspoon’s book club as well as being one of the most talked about books in adult fiction right now. I’ve heard it compared to Big Little Lies and also that its a cathartic read for those of us watching the growth of the #MeToo movement today. I really like it so far and I can’t wait to finish. I’ll definitely be reviewing this title, so keep an eye out!

What I’ve recently finished:

Growing Things by Paul Tremblay

This was…very interesting. Growing Things is a collection of short horror stories and I found it very hit or miss, depending on the story. I’ve read and enjoyed both of Tremblay’s novels and this definitely had his signature style and grit. I’m not a big short story reader in general, but I found myself easily drawn into these little microcosms of scary stories. Every one was wildly different and my feelings about them were too, but overall I enjoyed this. If you’re a horror fan, check this out.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

So it begins! I’ll be doing a feature on this, I think, but I am officially starting my Grishaverse re-read! I’ve been trying to read King of Scars, the newest installment in this world, for months but haven’t been able to get it into my TBR, so I started toying with the idea of reading the whole series again to build up to it. I didn’t love or hate the Grisha trilogy the first time I read it, though I LOVED the Six of Crows duology, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to merge those two feelings and worlds this time around. This will also be my first time adding Language of Thorns into that lineup. Looking forward to it!

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I’ve read this book so many times but it had been a while before this reread. I recommended this to a friend in my book club the other day and just talking about it made me feel the urge to read it again. Noah’s memoir is funny, touching, smart, observant, and feels like listening to a friend. I particularly love the audio of this book and I highly recommend it to anyone. This book is excellent.

What I think I’ll read next:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’m really looking forward to starting this one, eeeeeveryone I know who’s read it has loved it. Does that mean my expectations are high? Oh, they are so high. But I’m hoping this lives up to the hype. I’ve been really digging YA fantasy lately so I’m optimistic!

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

This is one of my most anticipated novels, I’m so excited to read this. I won this ARC from BookishFirst and it looks so good. Lauded as “Westworld meets A Handmaid’s Tale,” I could not be more eager or excited to see what that looks like. This book looks feminist AF! And hopefully it’s an amazing story too. I’ll report back when I’m done!

What are you reading this week?? Leave a comment letting me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list our “Book Characters that I’d love to be besties with!”

Haha this was an interesting question! After all, not every character I would love to be friends with would be open to being friends with me too. I might get stabbed! (I do love stabby characters.) Instead, I tried to pick characters that might mesh well with my personality or vice versa, characters that I could “realistically” see getting along with. This was so much fun.

Harry Dresden

From Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, and my favorite series, it makes me happy to think that we actually have a lot in common. We’re both introverts who prefer paperbacks over parties, we both love our animals and treat them like members of the family, and we both value our friends above all else, loyal to a fault. I don’t know how much help I’d be with all of the crazy things he gets himself into, but I’d definitely be there to commiserate and buy him a beer at Mac’s.

Rhysand and The Inner Circle

From A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, I loved the vibe of this misfit group of friends. I would love to be a part of it. The intense loyalty and love they have for each other, the diversity in backgrounds and experiences, the lack of judgement, the acceptance of all oddities, these are only some of the wonderful things I feel this friend group offers. They may all be misfits, they may all be a little bit broken, but- hey, so are we all, right? I feel like I would fit right in.

Hermione Granger

I feel like my girl Hermione is going to make a lot of lists this week! From Harry Potter by JK Rowling, I had to include her. We have too much in common. Love to read, love homework, compulsively takes too many classes, loves her friends fiercely- we’d have a lot to bond over. I feel like she could also use a few more gal pals to balance out the boys too.

Ginny Weasely

I almost included Ginny and Hermione on the same point, since they’re from the same book, but I didn’t. I would also love to be friends with Ginny, but I feel like we would have a very different relationship. Ginny is bolder, says what she wants and means, feels loudly and isn’t afraid to confront a problem. I feel like she could teach me a lot and challenge me in ways that friends are supposed to challenge each other. Plus, I could go watch all of her Quidditch games!

Ian & Jenny Fraser

Hahaha this one would be so interesting. From the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Ian and Jenny have been book “friends” of mine for a long time and definitely made this list easy. Though I do have to say that I think it would be much easier to befriend Ian than Jenny, but hopefully if I start there he’ll put in a good word for me. I would love to visit Lallybroch and see their family and way of life, be taken care of in the firm, matter-of-fact way that Jenny does. Their relationship dynamic is somehow so soothing to me and I can imagine a lot of happy moments in their home as a friend.

Warren Smith & Kyle Brooks

From one of my favorite series of books, The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Warren and Kyle are #relationshipgoals. They are one of my favorite couples to ship and I would love to go hang out with the two of them. Warren is warm and calming, while Kyle is provocative and sarcastic, and I love them both. Every time I read that scene in Blood Bound where they’re watching Queen of the Damned with Stefan and Mercy, I just want to hop into the scene and join them. Weekly movie nights at Warren and Kyle’s house!

Anna Cornick

Another character from Patricia Briggs, this time from the companion series to Mercy Thompson, the Alpha and Omega series. Anna is musical, creative, kind, introverted, and works hard to soothe, comfort, and support her friends. I think we have a lot in common and I would love to have a friend like her.

Leah Burke

From Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, I feel like we would have a lot to talk about. She’s a grumpy, overweight, bisexual teen and my HS self would have had so much to talk about with Leah. AND she could bring her adorable girlfriend, Abby (who I totally ship), to hang out with us. We have a lot of common and a lot that is different but that might work in our favor. As a bonus, I feel like I could give Leah some social tips that might help her come off less…prickly. She gets so withdrawn and surly when she’s upset and I’ve been there, I feel like we could help each other and have a lot of fun along the way.

Stella Lane

From The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Stella probably has better things to do than hang out with me, her fancy job, sexy boyfriend, and meticulous routine, but we also have so much in common. I would love to hang out with her late at night with a bottle of wine, talking about our struggles and victories with dating and relationships and sensory issues. I feel like she could also help me organize my closet. Where are you, Stella??

Theodora Sanderson/Crain

From The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Theodora is a sarcastic, takes-no-shit, badass and I could definitely use a friend like her. She isn’t afraid of haunted houses or ghosts, she says what she means, and she enjoys an adventure. I think she would be a good influence on me haha. I will say, I love the book and the show, and either Theo would be a fantastic friend. In my mind they’ve just merged into one amazing multi-Theo.

This was a hard one!

Who are some characters you’d like to be friends with?? Any on the list here?

If you participated in TTT this week too, drop a link in the comments below!

Book Blog Hop

Time to Hop!

One of the things I’ve been trying to do a lot of since starting this blog is check out other awesome book review blogs and get involved in some of the weekly challenges and prompts they use.

Today I’m going to be taking part in the Book Blogger Hop! This is currently active over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and bloggers all over the sphere get involved to answer the prompt, visit some of the other responses, and make new connections!

This week’s prompt comes from Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and they asked:  “What authors do you always read or recommend?”

And my answer is: A few of them! I did a post a few months ago on my Auto-Buy Authors, but not all of them are what I would consider books that I recommend to “everyone.”

The authors off the top of my head that I find myself recommending the most often are– Jenny Lawson, Brene Brown, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Riley Sager. For SF/F lovers its Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs and Jay Kristoff.

Who’s your “go-to recommendation?” Leave a comment and recommendation for me below!