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.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?


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

Top Ten Tuesday, All the Books

The topic this week from the Broke & Bookish is about authors that make your auto-buy list. Must have all the books!

This topic is a bit difficult for me since I rarely buy new books. I like to pick mine up secondhand at used bookstores or thrift shops. I don’t think I have ten authors that are auto-buys. But let’s try:

1. Richelle Mead is an auto buy because I have read three of her series and have always enjoyed the story. When I pick up one of her books I know the escape to another world will be quite the journey. The characters will be lovable, the dialogue will have some humor, and the plot satisfying.

2. Laurie Notaro is one that many don’t know but I always recommend. I find her writing hilarious. Her stories are laugh out loud funny.

3. Mindy Kaling may only have one book (I’m super excited about her new release next month) but I will pick up anything by her. She is intelligent and witty, her writing is no different.

4. John Green‘s books are an auto buy. Each year I read one of his works, slowly making my way through his collection. I think I only own two of his books.

5. Jonathan Safran Foer makes my list because his books make me think and keep thinking long after I have finished reading.

So after pondering this for a hour or more, I have come to the conclusion that I should read more to develop this list. I love books and reading but I guess I have a strict view when it comes to buying books. My favorite thing is to utilize the library where I can borrow books and find new authors that will someday become featured on my auto buy list.

Top Ten Tuesday, All the Books

Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance

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MOST READ AUTHORS

1. Richelle Mead (18 books). Most of her series have 6 books in the set. I’ve read 3 complete series from Mead and Georgina Kincaid’s was by far my favorite.

2. Charlaine Harris (13 books). I read the Sookie Stackhouse series after the last book in the series was released. I’m not a patient person so waiting between the 13 would have killed me.

3. Laurie Notaro (11 books). One of my favorite authors, I even read the articles from the Phoenix New Times that she writes. Her books will make you laugh out loud. She’s pictured below with a few of her titles.

4. J.K. Rowling (10 books). The first seven are obvious.

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5. Lilian Jackson Braun (8 books). In high school I was obsessed with The Cat Who… series and read many of these titles. There are 29 mystery novels total and I hope to finish them all someday.

6. Laurell K. Hamilton (8 books). These 8 are not from the Anita Blake series but “the other one” as I’ve heard it called. Here’s a blurb from wikipedia: “Merry Gentry is the title character of fantasy series by US writer Laurell K. Hamilton, best known for her previous series Anita Blake.” I haven’t read the newest book in the series yet but look forward to visiting this series again.

7. P.C. Cast (8 books). I read 8 of the House of Night series hoping it would get better or find a conclusion. I’ve since given up and won’t continue the series, unless the mood strikes.

8. John Green (5 books). I read a new John Green novel each year. I started with Looking for Alaska and I’m reading my way through his work.

9. Dan Brown (5 books). His books combine my love of history with mystery and suspense. I always enjoy getting lost in his novels.

10. Hester Browne (5 books). My best friend gave me one of Browne’s books to read and I was hooked. Her novels are fun and flirty and a great escape.


which author tops your list?


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up where The Broke and the Bookish provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Check out their blog for more bookish fun.

Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance

Ways to Ruin a Book

*Book Pet Peeves*

  1. Lame endings. I took all this time to read the book, is it too much to ask for an ending worth my time? Books that suck from the beginning are easier to walk away from but if you throw a handful of suck at the end, beware the wrath of readers scorned. Anticlimactic endings will be the end of me.
  2. Infallible protagonist. Main characters that have all their problems solved are a bit boring. When things go smoothly it is either not interesting or not realistic. All sunshine and rainbows is annoying. But the opposite is also a pet peeve of mine–playing the victim. A character that shows no change, always weak and helpless, or has others take pity on them is not something I want to read.
  3. Lengthy descriptions. There is a fine balance between dialogue and prose. Most authors toe the line managing to balance the two but others end up on either end of the extreme.
  4. Editing. Did this book even see an editor? This is self explanatory.
  5. Mistreatment of books. On another note, readers that treat their books poorly irritate me. There are happier homes for those books.
  6. Spoilers. This is a problem for more than books, but I hate hearing about book spoilers. If you’re going to review a book, please, please, make sure you label your review with spoiler alerts.

A few others:

  • instant love
  • the slowest beginning (where’s my hook?)
  • book series that really should have been one book (or a shorter series *cough* Charlaine Harris/P.C. Cast)

What is the quickest way to ruin a book for you?
Ways to Ruin a Book

What Do You Read?

fav authorsI was asked what kind of books do you read. Honestly, I’ll probably try to read any genre once. I hop around genres depending on my mood, a mood reader. Most often I find myself enjoying women’s fiction, young adult, literary fiction, or humor/memoir books. The authors above would be some of my favorites. I’ll always pick up their latest work and read it, no matter what; they have earned my trust as a reliable author.

This next group are also on my favorites list but a bit further down. Each author I like for a different reason and it’s hard to narrow down my interests to one specific genre or author. So the following will give you an idea of what I read and which authors reign supreme 🙂

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What do you read?

What Do You Read?

Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is the brain child of The Broke and the Bookish and highlights a weekly bookish theme for everyone to ponder. I participate because lists are fun! Read on and share yours in the comments.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

  1. J.K. Rowling–Of course a list about authors would not be complete without Jo on it. In my eyes, she reinvented the wheel. I love her and feel thankful every day that she introduced me to the joys of reading for fun again.
  2. Jane Austen–It seems that my top authors all start with the same letter, fun coincidence. Jane is my home-girl. She is hilarious and smart which I find a perfect combination. I always have a good time reading her books.
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer–After reading his work I changed my thinking or maybe started thinking more. His writing style has a way of transporting me in to the book, as if I am standing with the characters experiencing it all with them.
  4. John Green–For the FEELS.
  5. Laurie Notaro–For the laughs.
  6. Mindy Kaling–Same as #5.
  7. Hester Browne–I cannot put my finger on why I love her work. Her books are fun and flirty, nice for in-between series or genres (a book hangover cure, for me at least).
  8. Richelle Mead–My go-to author for a great escape. Her books are fast to read, enjoyable, and rarely disappointing.
  9. Stephen King–When I need a good scare I pick up one of his novels.
  10. Dr. Seuss–For a lot of reasons but this sums it up: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Which authors make your favorites list?
Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors