WWW Wednesday: Week 4 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

Hello, hello! I know this is a day late but this past weekend has been full of ups and downs. We visited family for my nieces 5th birthday (up) and are currently on day SIX of no A/C (down). Thankfully its not full summer here yet with only highs in the upper 80’s but with all the humidity its still not a cake walk. The people looked at it yesterday and apparently ordered the part needed but are claiming it wont be in until next Thursday. Needless to say we are now calling around to other places to find find the part and do it ourselves. You would think that paying for a warranty going on our third year and this is the first problem we’ve had would maybe give them the incentive to help more but they really just don’t seem to care. Bleh.


Recently Finished

Romancing Mister Bridgerton
If you love historical romances and haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out! This is definitely one of the top reads of the series tied with The Viscount Who Loved Me. I loved that it wasn’t an instant romance but a build up friendship to romance. Penelope has really become one of my absolute favorites women in the Bridgerton series. I’ve already got the next book on hold from the library.

The Lost Girls
Emotional. Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Uplifting.
So many emotions to describe this book. While I haven’t read many non-fiction books and the ones I have read I didn’t particularly like, this book felt like it was very well written and full of facts. This is such an amazing story of survival, of three women who were kidnapped and held for over 10 years. I enjoyed that it gave a background on all of the key people and interviews/comments from many outside people who at the time had no idea of what was going on in that house and afterwords not just from the victims but those who loved them and worked with them. I am really interested in reading more by Glatt. I really enjoyed his way of telling the story.

The Crown
This final of the series. I plan to have a full review/discussion of this book up soon. I’ll link it when I do!

The Secret Ingredients of Wishes
If you enjoy magical realism this is a book for you. I enjoyed this book as I do with almost any book involving baking. I would absolutely love to have a pie off between Catch and Rachel because seriously there is no down side. There were some elements that I wish had been expanded on but maybe there will be a sequel (fingers crossed). The thought of having the ability to grant wishes is fascinating but also we get to see how much of a burden it can be.

Currently Reading

Dexter in the Dark
As usual I am listening to the audio book for book three in this series. This book seems to have more of a in depth exploration of the Dark Passenger. Honestly I’m not very far into it but am very intrigued by whats going on. I think my favorite part is the relationship that’s budding between Dexter and Cody.

Fear University
This book is the first in its series and was recommended to be by the owner (Nalana) of Book Scents. Nalana works with authors and creates custom candles and scents for their books. This is an urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I cant tell you the last time I read something this unique in this genre. I am absolutely loving this book. The snark and banter is fantastic. If you enjoy this genre give it a look!

Up Next

Storm of Swords
While I am technically still reading Clash of Kings (almost half way through) this was one of my birthday presents that finally came in the mail this week. Even though its slow going I really am loving this series!

Killing Hour
I can not get enough of some Lisa Gardner. I have this book from the library just waiting for mt to finish Fear University and pick it up! This installment has a new FBI agent, Quincy’s daughter, and I’m really excited to see whats to come from her!

 –Taylor

 

WWW Wednesday: Week 3 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



Welcome back to my little corner! I recently got nominated for a fun Entertainment Blogger award/tag, you can check out my post here and I highly recommend you check out all the amazing blogs I tagged as well! Look at me, two posts in one week! This may be my new goal. I’d really like to start doing more actual full book reviews. Any advice?

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Recently Finnish

The only time ever that I don’t hate putting up laundry is while listening to an audio book. I’ve found it as the perfect compromise. I finished The Angels’ Share by J.R.Ward this week. It was good, it wrapped up almost everything nicely. Which leaves me to question what in the world book 3, The Devil’s Cut, will be about. I really expected this book to be more about Maxwell since the synopsis really made him sound sinister but he didn’t show up till over halfway through the book. I can’t say that I’ll read/listen to the next book. I may just have someone tell me what happens. Any takers?

Ever have one of those moments when you are completely wrapped up in a book, lost in the emotion, and someone comes along busting your bubble and completely jarring you to reality? Yea, that happened to me while reading Dragonfly in Amber. Normally my husband doesn’t bother me when reading and he knows how much i am loving the Outlander series but for whatever reason he decided to he absolutely needed my attention at that moment. If you’ve read the book you’ll know the scene, Claire and Jamie are at the little shack at the bottom of Craigh Na Dun and he’s confessed to have been counting the days. My heart stutters just thinking it all over again. Anyways, Hubby messed with me and I got off track before finishing the rest of the book. While it was still an amazing ending I feel that build up of emotion would have given it a little something extra had i not lost it. Even through all that I did cry. Boo-hooed really. I do plan to write up a longer full review so be on the lookout for that!

Another series I am loving is Lisa Gardner’s Quincy and Rainie series. I finished The Next Accident within almost 24 hours. I’ll admit I wasn’t keen on this book’s synopsis. You learn about Quincy and his family problems from the previous books and then a year after the accident and a month after the burial, it’s being questioned as murder? Why must it be a murder? Why can’t it legit just be something bad that happened and shaped them as they are. If you can’t tell this really did bother me but I expected a great story telling so i continued on. Overall it was a really good book that I’ve come to expect from Gardner. The plot was twisty and devious, the murder was smart, and the good guys just a smidgen smarter. The next book seems to focus more on Quincy’s daughter which I thinking will be interesting. I’ve already got it placed on hold from the library!


Currently Reading

The book club I’m with likes to read not necessarily the same book but books in the same genre, which I love. This month’s theme is Non-Fiction. I have read very few non-fiction and own only two. One I attempted to pick up and hated it, the second I haven’t tried picking up because I’m nervous I’ll hate it too. I have however read a book on Mini Farming because I absolutely love the idea of being self sufficient. I’ve had small potted gardens in the past and attempted a larger garden this year only to have Mother Nature rail against every single attempt. I’ve decided to put down the gardening gloves for this year and try again next year. My husband and I are also seriously considering raising some chickens which lead me to read Raising Chicken for Dummies.

Also with this genre I’ve started listening to The Lost Girls by John Glatt. Obviously I love crime stories so I thought of venturing into True Crime to see what that’s like. So far into listening the narrator is good, which is a big consideration for any audio book, and the story has me hooked.

On to a lighter note! Romancing Mister Bridgerton is number 4 in the Bridgertons series. I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book specifically because a book review podcast I listen to enjoyed it and made me want to read it all the more! If you like baking and books check out Fresh Baked Books, I believe they have a website, Instagram and a Pinterest page. Its two sisters who review a book and bake goodies to go along with it. So far Romancing Mister Bridgerton has been one of my favorites of the series. I have only a few chapters left so I should be able to finish it up today.



Up Next

I got some more book mail this week! Birthday book four out of seven arrived yesterday! Recklessly Royal is book 2 in The Royals Series by Nichole Chase. If you can’t tell by now I also have a love for royal romances. This is one of the series where the library has book one but none of the other! It drives me crazy. I’m planning on joining a Read-A-Thon over on Instagram at the beginning of July so I’m saving this quick read for then.

According to tracking numbers I should be getting one more book in the mail today, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I’ve seen this book around, have heard great things about it, and absolutely love that cover! Have you read it yet?


 

Are we friends on Goodreads? My username is Taylornichole221, I’d love to hear from you and compare books!

-Taylor

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The Entertainer Blogger Award!

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I was awarded The Entertainer Blogger Award by Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction. If you don’t follow Stephanie I highly recommend you do! She has a lot of great book reviews and is an inspiration of the type of Blogger I’d like to be! Thank you Stephanie for the award nomination! I wont lie I totally teared up, that’s how special it felt.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I love reading and I love talking about books but although I have reader friends our tastes are different so I really started to find other bookworms who liked the same books as I did. I love finding new books people recommend and sharing my love of books with others.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

This is seriously the hardest question to answer as a book lover. I will say at the moment I just finished Dragonfly in Amber and loved it. I can not express my love of the Outlander series enough! Also recently I read The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner and it was an amazing crime/thriller novel!

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE THE MOST?

I don’t care for liars, cheaters, or people who steal. Neglectful parents are pretty far up there as well. Poisonous snakes are a serious fear of mine and I cant stand to eat raw onion.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD AT THE MALL?

Chick-Fil-A! Also there is a Japanese (I believe) spot that has the good chicken/shrimp rice and veggies, I love that place too.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?

Reading! I love to knit and crochet. Occasionally I get some scrap booking in. I really am just a dabbler, I love a little of everything.

 

 

Here are my nominations!

  1. Taylor Reads Books
  2. Tiffiny Reads
  3. Laura at A Thousand Lives
  4. Read Voraciously 
  5. Jessica at Wannabefiction 
  6. Ashley at BookishMommy
  7. Staci at My Fictional Escape
  8. Ali at The Sunday Feeling
  9. Aimee at RedheadedBookLover
  10. Maren at The Worn Bookmark
  11. Jen at Books on the 7:47
  12. Sharlene at RealLifeReading

WWW Wednesday: Week 2 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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My boys ‘reading’ to me their favorite book while my husband cooked me a birthday breakfast.

Happy Birthday to me!! Well kind of. My birthday was actually on the 11th which is one reason I didn’t finish any books this week. Another reason being my twin toddlers got a virus starting Wednesday, after separate doctor appointments and a run around to get their medicine, they finally kicked their fevers by Friday. Thankfully in time for birthday celebrations. It wasn’t a big affair but Saturday I got to meet some friends I hadn’t seen in a very long time for a day at the beach. Then on Sunday we tried a new sushi place in downtown Savannah and came home to make Homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Overall a pretty great birthday!

Currently Reading

I feel like I have quiet a few books going on right now even though its only four. The only book I actually started this week was Dragonfly in Amber. I’m right about the halfway point I really can not express all of the feels that I get from this book. I highly recommend this series, do not let the size intimated you! The story is worth it!

“I’ll leave it to you, Sassenach,” he said dryly, “to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

I had been listening to Ross Poldark as an audio book but it got slightly boring and was due back at the library. I have it on hold to try and finish it but so far I think I like the TV show a smidgen better. I’m also listening to the audio book The Angels’ Share. Again it was due back this weekend so it took until today for me to check it out again. I only have abut 2-3 hours left. I absolutely love J.R Ward’s series the Black Dagger Brotherhood and was hoping this series would be amazing but its only been OK. The drama and mystery are there but the romance is kind of lacking. We’ll see how I feel once I finish it.

Last but not least, Clash of Kings. I swear I will finish this book before the year is out! I doubt I’ll pick it up until I’m finished with Dragonfly in Amber though. I’m already so behind in the books it seems I have little motivation to catch up to the TV show. Who’s excited for July? This girl is!

Up Next

In order to keep from repeating myself from last weeks post I’ll tell you about some of the books I’ve recently acquired. I participated in a bookish exchange through Instagram and we mailed and received our packages this past week. My new friend Tracie had me figured out perfectly. She sent me lots of Harry Potter bookish goodies. One of them being Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay!! Gosh that is a pretty book! I’m really thrilled about it!

For my birthday present my husband gave me a nice big Barnes & Noble gift card! I ordered 7 books and 1 pre-order! So far I have only received 2 of the books ordered so I’m in contact with B&N to find out whats going on there. The first book is The Queen of the Tearling. Talk about another beautiful book! I have actually read this one but I loved it and want to reread it before continuing the series. Next is The Royal Pain. This is the second book in the series of the Alaskan Royal Family. I absolutely loved the first book I borrowed from the library and plan to buy it at some point. I’ve just been wanting to continue this fun light romantic series but my library doesn’t carry books 2 and 3. How crazy is that? So this was the perfect opportunity to pick up book 2. I’ll wait to reveal the other books as they come in.

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Have you read any of these books or plan to? I’d love to chat with you about them! Happy Reading!

-Taylor

WWW Wednesday: Week 1 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Whew. Yesterday was a whirlwind. It started out as a normal stay at home mom day with dishes and laundry but nap time came with a high fever for one of my toddlers. My husband ended up coming home early to stay with one toddler while I took the other to the doctor. When I tried to pick up the medicine the pharmacy was out and wouldn’t have it till the next day. After calling to check with the doctor if that would be ok they sent the prescription to a different pharmacy that wouldn’t have it ready for another two hours. Needless to say a busy day which is why this post is late.

Recently Finished

Dearly Devoted Dexter
I’m seriously loving the Dexter series. He is so funny! I find saying that the oddest thing since, you know, he’s a serial killer and constantly thinks about murder. Oddly I really expected Dexter to do more killing than he has in the books so far. And as much as I love Deb she had me eye rolling quite often with her love interest here. I’m kinda hoping that doesn’t last. Using an audiobook has been great for this series and I plan to continue in that format.

Geekerella
Adorable fandom themed Cinderella retelling! All the fandom love is spot on!
Who doesn’t relate to having close friendships with people you only know through text and social media? This book gives me all the feels, from interacting with the vicious stepsister, the comfort of finding that true friend you can always geek out with, the triumphant confidence of accepting the geek within, and the absolute joy of getting the guy who loves you and all your geekiness. If you love Retellings and are apart of any fandom anywhere I think you’ll enjoy this fun quick read

Savannah Blues
I’ve owned this book for a couple months now. I picked it up at my library’s used book sale. I’m fairly certain I’ve read at least one book by Mary Kay Andrews and since moving to Savannah I’ve enjoyed picking up books set in the city. While this was a mystery and technically what I’d call a “cozy mystery” the main character, Weezie, never once had the thought to be an armature detective or that she could solve the murder before the police. Nope. She wanted nothing to do with it. That alone made this book stand out to me. The romance of the story seemed lacking, maybe it was just because they were pretty wishy-washy and only kind sorta made up at the end. From reading the synopsis of the next book it’s more about BeBe. While this was a neat quick read I doubt I’ll pick up the next one.

Currently Reading

The Angels Share
I actually started the physical book back in March but after a couple chapters I just wasn’t feeling it at the time. I’ve started it over listening to it on audiobook this go around. I just caught up to the point where I had left off in the book. The narrator is good and does a fun southern accent for everybody. Oddly though by listening I find that certain characters annoy me much more now. I really love J. R. Wards work, she has yet to disappoint me let’s hope it stays that way!

Dragonfly in Amber
Here it is finally! I am literally only a few pages in so not much to tell at this point. I did kind of specifically pick this book up right now for a reason. My Goodreads goal for this year was 50 books and this book will mark number 50 for the year! I am really surprised I’ve already hit this goal. I think my problem is I am an overachiever. Last year my goal was 25 books and I read 50. So we’ll just have to see what this year ends up being!

Up Next

The Crown
This is the final book in The Selection series and due back at the library soon so I’m sure I’ll pick it up next!

Romancing Mr Bridgerton
I’m really excited for this book, I love the series, and I’ve only heard good things about it.

Secret Ingredient of Wishes
I have seen this book around and no one of my favorite book review podcasts (Fresh Baked Books) are about to read it so I thought I read along as well!


Do you have a lot of bookish merch? I have barely any! Tell me some of your favorites!!

-Taylor