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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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

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?

This week has been somewhat of a lull. While I have gotten some reading done I’m juggling a few books so I haven’t finished many. I do have to brag a little. May 11th was my husband and I’s 5th anniversary!! He bought me 5 books and I am thrilled!!
The Outlandish Companion
Outlander: the 20 Anniversary Collectors Edition
Dragonfly in Amber 
Frost Burned
Night Broken
We have a fun system where I keep a Pinterest board of all the books I want to own where he can see the title and cover so when he’s looking for gifts he knows exactly what I’d like. Obviously its working great!!


Recently Finished

The Bear and the Nightingale

I was really excited about this book since I haven’t read many Russian folklore and thought it sounded interesting. I cant say that I loved it though. It was pretty slow in the beginning and too many point of views throughout.

The Diamond Secret

This was a quick Once Upon A Time book, it was the tale of Anastasia. I absolutely love the Disney movie and this little retelling was almost as good. I do hate that a lot of people seem to have compared the two. Both are retellings neither completely based on fact. The book however has no magic but keeps the happily ever after ending, which if we are honest is why we read these books.

The Runaway Jury

I was listening to this audio book and just finished last night. Its really good. So many twists and games you really cant be sure how its going to end. I haven’t read many legal thrillers but John Grisham is definitely an author I will read more of! He really keeps you on your toes with uncertainty of how the end will play out in the best possible way!

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

Still reading this one. I’ve maybe gotten through a fourth of the book. As much as I absolutely love the plots and story line I do have to take breaks with something lighter so it doesn’t become too tedious. Its just exhilarating knowing I’m reading such a good series and there are so many more books for me to enjoy!

Julie and Julia

I am not liking it. The movie was a lot better. I have less than half to read but its kind of dragging for me. The is very little Julia pieces unlike the movie where both women seemed more woven together.

Deja Dead

The show Bones is based off these books and I’ve been itching to try them out. I know to expect great differences but I’ve heard its still a great series. I’m only a few chapters in and can see some of the differences already. This Brennan seems a little more socially adapted but still quiet selfish in her reasoning. I don’t think I’ve given her enough of a chance yet. Fingers crossed that I love it.

Up Next

The Heir

Still in queue. Next book in The Selection series.

Dragonfly in Amber

I want to finish Clash of Kings before starting this one so that I can give it my full attention.

That’s my wrap up for the week! How many books do you like to read at once? Do you prefer different formats when you read more than one? Tell me in the comments!

-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