Whatcha Reading: October 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! The weekly meme formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below to participate:

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

My Reading Progress

Currently Reading: Of course I still have Hausfrau and The Jane Austen Book Club on my currently reading shelf because I keep picking up other books to read instead of these. Oh the struggle. I just finished An Ember in the Ashes last night so I haven’t picked up a new book yet. I’m still processing. I think after I write a few reviews I can get moving onto the next read.

Recently Finished: Since my last www update I’ve finished another 6 books (wow! that’s a lot for me):

  • Landline, Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing style so much. Her books are a breeze to read and fun.
  • Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon. This book was really good. The reading experience while reading this was different, in a good way. Hard to explain.
  • Just Breathe, Heather Allen. I picked this up from the Kindle library because one of my best buds has the same name. This book was missing something for me to really like it.
  • Time Between Us, Tamara Ireland Stone. I have had Every Last Word on my tbr pile for awhile now but never pick it up. I found this instead and it really surprised me. Great read.
  • Twenty Boy Summer, Sarah Ockler. I thought I would like this more but didn’t. I’ll try another Ockler novel but will have lower expectations going in.
  • An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir. The hype surrounding this novel almost ruined it for me. I really loved this book but wasn’t “oohing and ahhing” over it like others have.

Up Next/Reading Challenges:

I will be focusing on my alphabet challenge until the end of the year (only two months left!?!?!) hoping to finish on time. I challenged myself to read 52 books on my Goodreads challenge and I’m currently 4 books ahead of schedule. I think I’ll finish that challenge before this A to Z challenge.


Thanks for stopping in and perusing my bookshelves. If you want to track more of my reading, find me on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Whatcha Reading: October 2015

Where in the World, California

Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?

I am currently reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.


Twenty Boy Summer takes place in California on the beach during the summer. California is home to me. I was born in northern CA and spent the first 11 years of my life there. The state is large and diverse. I recommend spending time in different areas if you decide to vacation in the state.

I love reading books where the setting is somewhere I’ve been before. It’s like greeting an old friend again. It also sparks my desire to travel and revisit old favorite spots.


Where in the World, California

Top Ten Tuesday, Birthday Edition

Today’s my birthday so I gave myself permission to not follow the topic for this week. Instead I’m going to compile my birthday wish list of the top ten books I’d love to own sometime soon.

Check out The Broke and the Bookish for this week’s true topic and more info on the ttt meme.

Top Ten Books On My Birthday Wishlist

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (yes, the UK one): The Illustrated Edition

Of course any HP enthusiast will have the new illustrated version on their wishlist. I would probably collect any edition if I’m being honest with myself. This series saved me in a way, renewing my love of reading.

2. Pride and Prejudice
: Penguin’s hardback Clothbound Classics series

Another book that I could own all different editions and not think twice about it. This edition would be on display in my future library in my dream home on some bookshelf or another.

3. All Rainbow Rowell‘s books. I’ve only read e-books of her published works to date (except Carry On) but I want to own the physical books.

4. The Penguin Drop Caps. These classics are gorgeous, I’d be afraid to read them but I can get over that. I love the color selection, it would make any shelf pop. I own the letter A so only 25 more to go.

5. Richelle Mead‘s novels. I own the Vampire Academy and most of Bloodlines but I need to fill in the missing books. Her work is fun to read (and reread) and I prefer owning a complete set so I have a few to add to my collection.

6. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. She is funny and lovable. I loved her first book so it’s only natural to pick up her second.

7. The rest of the Pretty Little Liars series so I can finish the set in a more timely manner. One of the worst things about reading a series is waiting to get your paws on the next book in the series. I’m not the most patient person so I struggle with this issue often.

8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Trilogy #4). I’m curious–new author, new book.

9. Two Hester Browne novels, Honeymoon Hotel & The Vintage Girl. I’ve read her other books and LOVED them. She’s one of my auto buy authors. I know I’ll enjoy these when I finally get my hands on them.

10. Anything by Laurie Notaro. I’m especially looking forward to Her Horses Invariably Galloped: A Novel coming in 2016.

These are my “will eventually acquire” books. What books are on your own acquisition list?

Top Ten Tuesday, Birthday Edition

HRC, A Review

I received this book free of charge from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Can you review a book you didn’t finish? Is that allowed?

Title: HRC
Author: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (February 17, 2015)

Initial Thoughts
I was extremely curious about this book when I requested it. I haven’t read anything about Hillary Clinton but find the subject matter interesting. I had high hopes for this work.

After Thoughts
I tried multiple times to read this book over a three-month span. I finally gave up and put it on my DNF/try again bookshelf. I hope to come back to this work and give it another go but I couldn’t get into the book on the first attempt. There were too many names mentioned and not enough of a story to follow. Categorizing the names kept my mind off the events being told and I couldn’t concentrate.

I think this is a book you have to be in the mood to read. I was reading other novels at the time and I believe HRC needs full attention to getting hooked.  If you’re more of a politico you might enjoy reading this more than I did.

HRC, A Review