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

 

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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

WWW Wednesday: Week 5 – May 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?

Not a lot of books finished this week but a couple are still on going. I did however find a new crime series to love. The best part of my week? My husband surprised me with my birthday present early!! Barnes and Noble gift cards for the win!!! So I’ll be having some fun book mail throughout the month of June and I can not wait!


 

Finished This Week

The Perfect Husband

This is the first Lisa Gardner book I have read but it will not be the last!! This book was amazing. If you enjoy crime mystery thrillers check this book out!! From seeing this as a series about Quincy I did expect him to be in it more but the story captivated me so that I didn’t realize he was missing until he was finally introduced. There were moments where I gasped aloud from shock and held my breath in suspense. Overall 5 star!!

The Third Victim

My second Lisa Gardner book! This continues on in the series and has much more Quincy. We also get introduced to another main character of the series Rainie. Working together they strive to find out what really happened during a local school shooting. While most evidence points to the Sheriff’s son there are a few odd pieces that don’t add up. While it wasn’t a fairy tale ending I was kept on my toes till the very end!

 

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

I didn’t even pick this book up this week. I will make progress even if it’s just a few chapters this week!

Ross Poldark

This story is starting to drag a little. My audiobook was due back and I couldn’t renew it so I’m on the list to check it out from the library again.

Dearly Devoted Dexter

I started the audiobook this week. It’s recorded by the author which I think gives the characters a little extra something. I absolutely love Dexter. I watched almost all of the TV series (the last twoish seasons got kind of boring to me). Listening to the books you get even more of his thought process and get to hear more of his witty remarks. I will have plenty of fun quotes from this book!

 

Up Next

Geekerella

I received this book in a book box recently and I’ve been so excited to read it! It will be literally the next book I pick up!

Summer at Little Beach Bakery

I thought I was going to start this book earlier this week but plans changed, this week it is!

The Crown

The last book in The Selection Series. I’m interested to see how this series will wrap up. Eadlyn has been one of those characters that has some serious character growth going on and I’m excited to see the woman she becomes.



What are some of your go to Summer reads? I think I’m in the mood for some chick-lit soon. What do you recommend?

-Taylor

WWW Wednesday: Week 4 – May 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?

Lots of varity this week. From Non-fiction to Young Adult, Crime Thriller to Historical Romance.img_5309


Just Finished

Julie and Julia

I was slightly disappointed with this book. The movie is one of my favorites so of course I thought the book would be even better. I actually didn’t realize that it was nonfiction when I started reading. I don’t think that was the problem though, there are a good bit of time jumps mid story to explain an incident then coming back to finish the story when really you’ve kind of forgotten what was going on. There was a lot less Julia as well. Overall it wasn’t a bad book but not one I’d read again.

Deja Dead

These are the books that the shows Bones is based from. I’ve heard they are quite different and I can say I definitely see those differences. With the setting in Canada and a good bit of French thrown in, at times it was slightly distracting just because I didn’t understand or know exactly where I was (there is a map in the beginning and all the French is translated but I still find it distracting). The crime and mystery were interesting and I loved that you really saw Brennan’s thought process as she went along with the investigation. Reich can also build some serious suspense. There were a few parts I found myself physically holding my breath caught up in the action. I really liked it and am excited for the next book!

The Heir

This book is the continuation of The Selection series except from Eadlyn, Maxon and America’s daughter, point of view. While I didn’t care too much for Eadlyn in the beginning by the end you are really rooting for her, talk about character transformation. While everything isn’t ‘happily ever after’ just yet I am excited to see where the next book takes her.

An Offer From a Gentleman

The Bridgerton’s are such a great family. I absolutely love them. This has been my favorite of the books so far. Who doesn’t love a Cinderella retelling? Benedict’s dry humor and sarcasm had me giggling (yes giggling) throughout the book. Sophie was a lovable character trying to do the best with what she had with a lovely dose of sarcasm mixed in. Some of my favorite scenes are when Benedict annoys and teases Sophie even so far as to make her throw things. They are absolutely adorable and perfect for each other.

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

I swear I am making progress. Between the intimidation of such a large book and such an in-depth complicated plot I am taking my time and thoroughly enjoying the story. Seriously it’s one of my absolute favorite worlds.

Ross Poldark

I am listening to the audio book of this one. I’ve seen the first season of the BBC show and loved it. So far the narrator is really great at telling the story and it’s been pretty close to what I remember of the show. At times it does seem to get off plot detailing too much on a minor character but usually brings it around tying everything back in even though it doesn’t feel like that tidbit was essential to the main plot. So far, I can’t say for certain if I’ll pick up the other books but I am enjoying this one.

Next In Line

Geekerella

I have wanted to read this book since I saw someone with it as an ARC. It looks absolutely adorable.

Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery

A fun light read for summer time. This is the second book in the series and I absolutely love the author Jenny Colgan

The Perfect Husband

This was a recommendation for a book similar to Criminal Minds. After reading the synopsis I am eager to read it!


 

I love a varity of genres and to have something of each one close by for whatever my mood strikes me. What are your top 3 genres? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

-Taylor

My First WWW ever!

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. I was introduced to it by The Worn Bookmark.

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

 

I’m really excited to join along!

 

Just Finished

Game of Thrones

My biggest accomplishment recently has been finishing Game of Thrones. I started it last year but put it down and kept putting off picking it back up. I only had about 20% left and I finally finished it off.

A Darker Shade of Magic

I’ve seen this book all over Bookstagram and wanted to give it a shot. I enjoyed the worlds and people but I constantly found myself yelling at the characters for doing something stupid or not thinking through. I may pick up the next book but I think there are other books I’d rather pick up first.

Happily Ever After

I’ve so enjoyed The Selection series I loved seeing these tidbits and behind the scenes looks. I definitely recommend picking up the book so that you also get the ‘Where are they now?’ section and the artwork is just gorgeous.

The Viscount Who Loved Me

This is book two in the series. I recently listened to a podcast called Fresh Baked Books that recommend the fourth book in this series. I loved it so much I had to pick up where I had left off. I love these little historical romances where not only do I fall in love with the main characters but also the family around them. I’m excited to pick up the next book.

 

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

After finishing Game of Thrones my loved had been renewed and I had to immediately pick up the next in series. As I’m reading I’m picturing all the scenes in my head and annoying my husband with ‘in the book it happens this way, not like the show’. Tyrion and Arya are my top two favorite characters.

Julie and Julia

I’ve owned this book for a while. I picked it up because I absolutely love the movie. My book group is reading books made into movies and tv shows this month so I was glad to finally have a reason to push and read this book. So far it’s cute but I’m not loving it. I’m kind of thinking the movie may be better and I can’t say I’ve ever had that thought.

The Runaway Jury

Another book to movie. I was recently recommended to read some John Grisham novels since I’ve been on a crime kick. While I’ve mostly been reading more forensic crime novels this is book is mostly set in the courtroom (at least so far it is). Overall I like listening to it and think I want to see the movie once I’m done.

 

Up Next

The Bear and The Nightingale

I’m doing a slight Buddy Read with this book, so that’s always fun! I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first saw it and just recently received it from my library!

The Heir

Up next in The Selection series. Not sure how it will stand up against the first 3 books but it is America’s daughter, if she’s anything like her mother I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Dragonfly in Amber

Second book in the Outlander series, also known as my new obsession! I had checked the first book out from my library but for our Anniversary my husband bought me the collector’s edition of Outlander and a paperback edition of Dragonfly in Amber. He knows me so well!

Do you have a favorite book to movie adaption? Any that you absolutely despise? I’d love to hear from you! You can also find me on Goodreads and Instagram!

-Tay

The Selection

A friend and I have been reading through the Selection series starting from the beginning. Book one and two will be rereads for me and I’m excited knowing the whole series is out and at my fingertips! No waiting!

As I started reading The Selection a lot of the events began trickling back into my memory and made me even more excited to read the books. America is my kind of girl. Hard working and low maintenance, willing to help her family and some what of a spit fire(it’s the red hair).  May is just an adorable ray of sunshine, the little sister we all wish for. As with most parents America’s mom and dad really try to do what best and provide for their children. On the surface America’s mom sounds pushy and controlling but can you imagine having just enough for the basic necessities for your family and knowing since the birth of your daughter she would most likely be eligible to be in the Selection therefore giving her a much better life. I can’t imagine the weight that must bear on them as parents. The Dad does give some of the best advice throughout the book. 

Once America has been selected her life is forever altered. She’s no longer a Five in the caste system but immediately a Three just for participating. She goes on to think of what her job would be after the Selection is over, in her mind there is obviously no way she will be chosen since she doesn’t even want the crown or the prince.  

America and Maxon’s first meeting is quite the interaction. After the shock of being picked and the upheaval of moving into the place you really can’t blame the girl for being a little snappish. I have to say later during the garden walk it’s even more shocking. One of my favorite quotes happens then. 

“Just that. Your family must be very different from mine.”

“I’d say so.” I laughed. “For one, no one wears their tiaras to breakfast.”

Maxon smiled. “More of a dinner thing at the Singer house?”

“Of course.” ― Kiera Cass, The Selection

Maxon is also the master at giving gifts that mean the most, or maybe he just understands America from the beginning. I really just can’t wait for those two to get together. 

If you’ve read the book then I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve left out a key factor, Aspen. I have not liked him at all from the beginning therefore I’m just not gonna talk about him! 

Overall I’ve really enjoyed reading this book again and I’m really looking forward to seeing this competition through to the end. 

Tell it to me again…

This month the book group I belong to read Fairy Tale Retellings. It’s really a great little book group on Facebook. It’s called Back of the Book Club if you want to check it out!

Here are the Fairy Tale Retellings I read this month!

Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor. The Percy Jackson is series is a favorite and I have to say I almost like Magnus Chase better, it’s a close call. This is the second book in this series involving Norse mythology. Riordan puts such a fun and unique twist on the Norse Gods from the  crude tv loving Thor to the power point obsessed Odin. My attention was captured throughout the book with the action pack plot and sassy characters. Riordan writes the best sassy characters!

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. This Nordic fairy tale was just adorable. I had never read this tale but instantly fell in love with it. Pika is a kind heroine who puts her family before herself even when some of them don’t deserve it. Going through the story she finds herself in an odd friendship that turns to love and a happily ever after like the best fairy tales do. This book is YA but it felt more juvenile than most YA books I’ve picked up lately. Overall great little read full of magic, adventure, and friendship.


Wild Orchid. This is one of the books in the Once Upon A Time series and while its a series they are all stand alone novels. This is the retelling of Mulan. I adore the Disney movie Mulan and was surprised I had never actually read any books based on her story. Wild Orchid was a lovely little novel and while I enjoyed the quick read I did find myself wanting more in the sense that I loved the story so I did’t want it to end. It had enough differences that kept you interested but stayed true to the original story as well.

Spirited. This was another Once Upon A Time novel. I find that I enjoy reading Native American fiction but that I haven’t read many. This was supposed to be a mix of Native American folklore and Beauty and the Beast retelling and I think it delivered nicely. While I obviously don’t think this book was very factual on many things it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the slightly slow friendship that bloomed into love unknowingly until almost too late between the main characters. The ‘little people’ were by far my favorite though.

 

I do also enjoy a good Austen retelling from time to time. Have you read any good retellings lately? What are some of your favorites? Id love to hear from you!

 

Taylor