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

Ohhh man, friends. It has been one hell of a week.

I’ve been meaning, but my schedule’s been lighter than usual. Between my birthday and being ill this week and some other unforeseen life hurdles I am exhausted.

But I’m here! Honestly it’ll be good for me to check in and take inventory on what I’ve been reading lately, and I want to hear from you too!

WWW Wednesday is a book meme that comes from Taking On a World of Words.

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:

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This is the Summer release that I’ve been waiting for! I hopped on this book on its recent release day and haven’t been disappointed. I’ve read almost all of Ruth Ware’s books and most of them have been really enjoyable. Turn of the Key is just what I wanted and expected from Ware’s signature mystery/thriller style: super eerie, scarily relatable, and a wild tangle of theories. I’m about halfway finished with this one and at the part I’m at now (“creeeaaak”) I can’t put it down. I’m sufficiently creeped and happy. I’ll report back when its finished!

What I’ve recently finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I’m going to be writing a longer feature about this journey, but this was a turn-around for me! I read this the month it came out, a few years ago, and it was okay but…didn’t call to me further than that. And then it blew up to beloved proportions in the book community. So many of my book friends and fam have begged, cajoled, bargained, and needled me to try this one out again and…hell, I liked it. Was it perfect? No, but I liked it a lot more than the first time around, and I’m definitely going to try the sequel (which I’m assured is the best). Here’s to second chances!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In contrast to second chances, this is one of my all time favorite books. And what’s ironic about it being one of my favorites is that its also a war book. (Or…kinda.) Code Name Verity is a YA historical fiction novel that has one of the most beautiful, underrated, cry-worthy female friendships that I’ve ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone, adult or YA, because I think this one crosses that border so well. And, regardless, it is just such a beautiful, heart-breaking, worthy story. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this book, just trust me and add this one to your list.

What I think I’ll read next:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, above. Enough said. I think I’m going to start this one next but I’ve been in a mood-reading groove lately so we’ll see how I feel after I finish my current read. This looks good. I’m intrigued by the part of this world that we get to explore in the second volume and I hope that it pulls me deeper into the series. Fingers crossed!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I know next to nothing about this one, other than the fact that it has great reviews and that its an Adult Contemporary. My book club is reading this one this month and so I’m hopping on the train! I kind of like diving into books unknown every once in a while, so I’m looking forward to whatever surprises it has in store. Have you read this one?

Leave a comment and tell me what you’re reading this week!

Love it? Hate it? Recommend it??

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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 own more than one copy of a book?”

And my answer is: Oh hell, yeah. But only a special few haha.

Listen, I would love to collect every cover of every book I love. But If I did that, moving from one apartment to another would be an insane feat of humanity that I would never want to undertake again. So, for a while, I’m being smart with which books I purchase physically. Or…I’m trying my very best to be.

With that said, there are a few books that I do own multiple copies of and most of them are beloved favorites.

I own two copies of my favorite fantasy series, The Dresden Files, hardback and paperback. That wasn’t on purpose but just happened naturally over the years and years that I’ve read that series. I used to annotate my paperbacks too, so it’s fun to have one copy that’s been marked over and over and another that’s clean and fresh.

I also own multiple (many) copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. These were my first and favorite fantasy stories and I love them and Middle-Earth so much, so yeah. I’m that lady with 18 editions of the hobbit in her living room haha. Literally. (Though I haven’t counted.) I love collecting these in multiple languages and covers, especially through gifts or thrifting. It’s been fun to collect them all.

I’m sure there are a few scattered others but these are the big ones.

What about you? Do you own multiple copies of books you love?

Leave me a comment letting me know!

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Monday! x — A

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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:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I’ve had such a fun Riley Sager Summer with Lock Every Door releasing this month. I caught the itch. I’ve read the first two of Sager’s novels before, Final Girls and now The Last Time I Lied, but I’m so excited to read them again and review them this time. And I’m in such a thriller mood right now, so this is hitting all the right notes. I’ll be reviewing this soon and definitely recommend for anyone looking for a creepy read.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higgenbotham

I just started this but I’m really enjoying and looking forward to the rest. I loved the Chernobyl mini-series on HBO, which I finished recently, and even though it was hard to watch at times, I found it moving and very well-done. I saw that it was somewhat informed by this Non-Fiction title and since I enjoy some NF now and then, I thought I’d dive in a little further. I’ll report back when I’m finished! This has some great reviews.

Spinning by Tilly Walden

I bumped into this title without knowing much about it at my library but I’m so glad I did. I’m not very far into this story, but so far it is sweet and a little bit sad and so relatable. This Graphic Novel is a coming of age story about the author’s life growing up through all sorts of life’s questions and I’m really enjoying it so far.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I LOVED rereading this series. I had such a fun, emotional, fulfilling time and these stories totally held up over the years. I can’t believe its over honestly, reading it again after all that time made all the thrills feel new and the nuances feel extra-special.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I finally finished it! Haha I don’t know why but this was the book that was always on my TBR and never read. I got it done though! I read this for Reading Rush this year and I enjoyed it a lot. The intrigue, the drama, the twists, I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this YA fantasy series.

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

This was good, and I expected it to just be okay. Super happy. This science thriller came to me by way of BookishFirst and I enjoyed it a lot. It was fast-paced, complex, thrilling and multi-layered, all the things I love in a good thriller. This one hits shelves in September and I’ll be reviewing it fully before then, so keep an eye out!

What I think I’ll read next:

I’m in the mood for something thrilling!!

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

I’ve been meaning and wanting to get to this book for a long time and I’m only now accomplishing it. This is an ARC from Netgalley and its release is quickly approaching! I’ve got until just before August 13th to read and review this little gem and I’m really excited. The Swallows is an adult thriller and I’ve been feeling that call to read something thrilling!

The Killing Gene by E.M. Davey

I’m genuinely looking forward to this. This came to me by way of a review request through my site and when I looked into it- I was very pleased to see that it has some really good reviews. Part science, part action-adventure, part thriller, I’m hoping that The Killing Gene can satisfy my thriller-itch this week. Look for more about this book in a review next week!

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

This looks really crazy and really interesting. I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately! The Chain is essentially about a “chain” of people committing kidnap and blackmail in this twisted cycle and of course all the insanity that comes with, during, and after that. I got to know this author, a Belfast native, when I lived in Belfast and I’ve really enjoyed his other books. I have high expectations! Fingers crossed.

What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment and let me know! See you tomorrow. x — A

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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 Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and they asked:  “Do you always have a book with you?”

And my answer is: Oh, yes.

Especially with technology how it is today, at the very least I’ve got my entire kindle and audible catalog on my phone at all times. You know, just in case I’m trapped in an elevator or want to listen while driving or have to sit in a waiting room. I usually have a physical book on me too but it just depends on what I’m reading at the time. I tend to read multiple books across formats pretty frequently.

How about you?? Do you have a book with you at all times?? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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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:

The Furies by Katie Lowe

I’ve literally read less than a chapter of this so far but I’m excited about it. One of my favorite booktubers, Becca from Becca and The Books, has spoken so highly of this one so I jumped for it when Netgalley gave me the chance. This YA contemporary “murder mystery” sounds really compelling to me and I can’t wait to tell you all what I think about it when I’m finished. Thanks for the rec, Becca!

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

I started this yesterday as my first book in Reading Rush 2019. I won this book from BookishFirst and so far it’s really good! I’m only halfway through it, but it’s an adult thriller with a really interesting science angle. It brings up moral and philosophical quandaries about the future and technology, as well as about how far we would go to protect our family. So far so good! This book comes out in September so I’m eager to get it read for review! I’m using this for Reading Rush challenge #4: Read an author’s first book.

The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

This is an adorable Middle Grade fantasy that my book club is featuring this month and I’m excited to read it! I’m still in the beginning of this one but I know that it the beginning of a beloved series and I’ve heard a lot about it, especially being someone who doesn’t read a ton of Middle Grade books. Looking forward to the rest of the adventure! I’m going to be reading this for Reading Rush challenge #1: Read a book with purple on the cover.

What I’ve recently finished:

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott

Aww I really liked this. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard basically nothing about this from people I know personally, but assumed that it was sort of like A Fault in Our Stars. It was, but also not really? It still felt interesting and fresh and, while it absolutely pulled on all of my heartstrings, I was actually relieved that it didn’t make me ugly cry quite like FiOS did. It was sweet, sad and hopeful all at once. Would recommend. I read this for Reading Rush challenge #2: Read a book in the same spot.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I finished six books during the #24in48readathon and I had SO much fun. This was one of the books I read! I also needed to read this book badly for review, since it’s scheduled to come out in just a few months. I won this copy from BookishFirst and was so lucky to get my hands on it, I know it’s a highly anticipated release. And honestly, for good reason! I enjoyed this a lot. It was dark, rich, indulgent, and all the best things about dark YA historical fantasy. I think you’ll enjoy this. Look for my full review soon!

What I think I’ll read next:

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Continuing my Harry Potter re-read! Man, things are getting dark and I am so excited. It’d been so long since I’d read these books that I forgot just how much I really enjoy them. I’m also going to be using this for Reading Rush challenge #6: Read a book that has more than five words in the title.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Arghhhhh thiiiiis boooook. I have been trying to read this book, so close to reading this book, for weeks now and somehow I still haven’t started it. How does that happen?! This time it’s going to go down though, cause I’m using it for Reading Rush! This will be challenge #3: Read a book you meant to read last year. Oops!

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I know next to nothing about this book, BUT someone said it was a Little Mermaid retelling and I am all about that. I’m particularly in the mood since the awesome casting decision for the new movie, BUT that’s neither here nor there. I’m looking forward to reading this and I hope its good! I’ll also be using this for Reading Rush challenge #5: Read a book with a non-human main character.

Whew! There are literally too many books and literally not enough time.

What did you read this week?

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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!”

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:

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The re-read continues! I love getting to this part in the series, when things are getting darker and the trio is getting older. Harry is so angsty in this one, not that he doesn’t have a few good reasons why. Agh, this one always gets me too because we lose one of my favorite characters, and my heart breaks every time. Looking forward to it! Haha.

Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson

This little YA mystery/fantasy has all of my nostalgia feelers activated. It’s been driving me crazy because I remember a story about this town that only existed for a day, or something like that, when I was a kid. It was a book or a movie…? Gah! I can picture it vividly and yet I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me. That’s what this book reminds me of though! Atmospheric and mysterious, full of drama and urgency, Before I Disappear is turning out to be a really fun read. Look for this one touring on my blog soon!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Okay, I literally started this one today after finishing its prequel at like…three AM, haha. I’m buddy reading this series with two friends from my book club and it is sooo gooood. Damn, I have not read anything like this series so far. I’ll save all my praise for my review, but safe to say that I am already deeply invested and, if you’re a fan of dark, gritty Adult Fantasy, you should check it out too.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This was my favorite of the Harry Potter books as a kid for a long time and…I think it is now, too. I had so much fun reading this again. Goblet of Fire is one of those books that is full of “did that just happen??” moments and I was hooked as a kid, I remember taking each and every twist and turn as a complete surprise, and they were just as wonderful to appreciate from the other side this time around. Might type up some thoughts about this one for you guys.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I have so much to say about this book! I’ll probably do a review, since I’m buddy reading this series right now in preparation for the release of Darkdawn (the third book in this series) this fall! This ADULT fantasy, and I emphasize that because it is often confused with YA and it contains a lot of things that would never be found in YA, is brutal, dark, manipulative, visceral, and sometimes all too much. But it’s so damn good too, and right up my alley. Check it out and enjoy, but fair warning: this one’s not for the faint of heart.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Okay, I’ll stop yelling now, but seriously I loved this book. And I was so surprised that I loved it! I know, it’s gotten amazing reviews and everyone is talking about it, but for some reason I never thought it would be one of my favorites of the year. Told like a VH1 documentary on one of your favorite bands from the 70s, Daisy Jones is part memoir, part family story, part self-discovery, and an absolute celebration of music. Look for my review on this one soon, and in the meantime pick up a copy of your own! You won’t regret it.

What I think I’ll read next:

Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle

I’m participating in a tour for this one coming up soon and was lucky enough to be able to interview the author! (Look for that on 7/25) This book takes place during a hurricane, as I understand it, and it follows two young people as they try to survive and find each other, in more ways than one. Looking forward to this one being an emotional read!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’m so excited to read this. I’ve heard so much about it from my book club, from booktube, I’ve seen it all over bookstagram, I get it already! I’ll read it! Fine! But honestly, I’m really looking forward to it. This looks like another fun YA Fantasy but, if you believe the hype, there’s something special and original about it. I can’t wait to find out for myself and report back.

What are you reading this week??