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!

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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.

–Goodreads

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 HAS YOUR READING TAKEN YOU THIS WEEK?

Where in the World, California

Top Ten Tuesday, Reading Habits

TTT is the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. Head over to their blog to learn more.

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit

Bad Reading Habits

Back in March I posted some reading habits I wanted to maintain or change, so nearly 7 months later I thought I would revisit the idea to see how I was doing.

  1. Reading too fast. Sometimes I am too concerned with what will happen next that I forget to savor the details between events.
  2. Staying up late. Just last night I stayed up way, way late to finish a book. I love getting sucked into a fictional world but hate when I have to leave it, even if for only a handful of hours. Sometimes I wish sleep weren’t so necessary.
  3. Juggling too many books. I am a mood reader so I tend to read more than one book at a time (honestly I usually shuffle between 3-5 books). Many of my books are sitting around waiting to be finished. I either have to reread them or forget that I started them in the first place.
  4. Book shaming. I used to get embarrassed about what I was reading (*cough* Twilight) but now I don’t judge others based on the books they are reading. I didn’t start reading for pleasure until I got to university. It was usually over breaks, especially summer, and it was most likely a romance novel. I slowly progressed into other genres and then Harry Potter ignited the reading fire and I haven’t looked back since. Reading is reading and we should celebrate all genres and formats.
  5. Reading, no matter what. I need to learn to set books aside either for good or for another time maybe even in a different format. I have always had a rule that I have to finish reading a book. I know many have this issue as well. I’m not sure where I learned this but I’m slowly training myself that giving up on a book isn’t something to feel guilty about and obsess over. Sometimes a book just needs to be marked DNF.
  6. No words. I am trying to get into the habit of reviewing the books I read. I sometimes do it and often don’t get around to it. I’m working on changing that because I enjoy reading other’s thoughts on books I’ve read. Being more active in the book community is a goal I’m still working on improving.
  7. Ignoring recommendations. I read reviews and follow numerous book bloggers (obviously since I’m a TTT participant) so when someone recommends a book I will consider it but often don’t follow through with getting my hands on the book. I will forget, the book will get lost on my “tbr” shelf, or I doubt the integrity of the recommendation. I’m not a picky person but how do I really know that what one person likes I too will like.
  8. Ignoring my books. I have reading slumps (or pauses, to be more positive) twice a year and spend many days in a row or even a week or more not reading. I’d love to read something, anything daily because I’m a firm believer in ‘use it or lose it’ when talking about your brain. Reading is the key to learning. Every time you pick up a book you have the opportunity to learn something new–about a new world or even about yourself. Basically, reading should be in my daily routine even if for only five minutes in the morning before starting my day.
  9. Comfort zone. I tend to go through phases with reading. I’m currently in my young adult genre phase. Most of the books I’m reading are in that genre and I can’t take the blinders off to peruse other genres. The same thing happens with format. During the summer I was on an audio-book kick and now I’m back to physical books. I’m trying to balance between e-book and physical books but there is always a preference. Huge books also intimidate me or long series. In this instant gratification world I tend to let societal norms dictate my choices in reading material. I am aware of these shortcomings in my choices and working to change that about myself.
  10. Book club or bust. I am 0/6 on finding a book club that fits my needs. One of my goals for 2016 is to find a group to join and become an active member of book discussions. The groups I have joined in the past have fit some of my reading needs but ended up not being a good fit. The next group I join will be a success.

My goal in March was to read more to get that “to be read pile” smaller. I am not too concerned about the quantity of books I read but with the quality of my reading time. I want an enjoyable experience. There is something about the euphoria a good book can bring. Reading is my drug of choice. The good reading habits outweigh the bad habits but one struggle will always be present–too many books, so little time.

What reading habits do you want to change/struggle with?
Top Ten Tuesday, Reading Habits

Whatcha Reading: September 2015

wwwWelcome to WWW Wednesday! The weekly meme (I am opting to do monthly but I forgot last month, oops) 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?

Currently Reading: I am currently reading Cress still, trying to finish but avoiding it all the same. I’ve also been juggling Hausfrau and The Jane Austen Book Club. Both are interesting but I’m usually not in the mood to read them. I also picked up Someone Like You and started it over the weekend.

Recently Finished: Scarlet and Cinder were my latest books I finished. The Lunar Chronicles sucked me in without much effort. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the books. If you’re curious what I read in August you could check out my month progress update here.

Up Next: I will be focusing on my alphabet challenge more but will sneak in a few “fun books” to keep my reading leisurely. I know I’m going to struggle with ‘q’ and ‘x’ authors/titles. Any suggestions?

What are you reading this month?


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: September 2015

Where in the World, Zürich

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Switzerland

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

I am reading Hausfrau (and have been for awhile) by Jill Alexander Essbaum. The book takes place in Zürich, Switzerland.

The view is breathtaking. I have never been to Switzerland before but would love to experience it. In Hausfrau, it mentions the main character taking the train a lot. Travelling in Zürich must be easier than it is here in the U.S.

Zürich has two things I love a city to have–water nearby and mountains. Lake Zürich has the backdrop of The Alps making the city a picturesque view. The city is full of exploring opporunity as well. If you feel like churches, museums, or parks the city will provide.

Zürich is a place I would love to find myself. Until that happens in real life I will have to settle for between the pages.

Where in the World, Zürich

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

Where in the World, Paris.

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I tried finding something similar around the Internet but haven’t yet. I wanted to incorporate my love of reading with travel and geography. In my free time I love exploring maps, Google Street View, and travel lists. I started asking the question “where in the world are you?” when you are reading. A few ideas to include:

  • the setting of your current read
  • if you’ve been there before
  • a few interesting facts about that location

This week takes me to a location I dream about visiting, The City of Light, Paris.

I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss which has the main character, Anna, whisked to France to attend her senior year abroad at a private school. I guess this post could also include Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., Anna’s home home. This reminds me of a quote from the book.

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.

I have spent a year abroad so I could relate to Anna and her struggles with communicating, a new environment, and being away from “home”. I have never been to France let alone Europe, but someday.

Things in Paris to explore, that the book touched on:

  • architecture
  • museums and theatre
  • parks, gardens, cemeteries
  • fashion and culture
  • Paris walks
  • cinema
  • food and drink

The things I would look forward to exploring would be almost all of the things listed above. Some are tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre but others would be just walking in parks and the different districts or along the Seine to experience the best that Paris has to offer. Anna went alone and made friends when she arrived. I would love to visit with a friend, someone to share the memories with and hopefully one that knew a little French or just a partner in crime.


Have you been to Paris? Where are your reads taking you this week?

Where in the World, Paris.

Top Ten Tuesday, Tales as Old as Time

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FairyTale RETELLINGs on my tbr list

1. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Half Snow White and part Sleeping Beauty, Gaiman is always clever in weaving a story full of magic.

2/3/4. Cinder/Scarlet/Cress by Marissa MeyerThe Lunar Chronicles has been on my radar for awhile but I haven’t gotten around to reading the series yet. I think I’ll get around to these just as the next book in the series is released late this fall.

5. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee AhdiehSo much buzz on this one. People have read it and gush, gush, gush all about how great it was. I am looking forward to getting around to this one. A love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasAnother widely popular book on the interwebs. A Beauty and the Beast blended fantasy story sounds pretty amazing. I think 95% of the readers of this book loved it. I’m hoping I fall into the majority.

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie OakesBased on the Grimm fairy tale The Handless Maiden, I imagine this book will take me by surprise. It has been dubbed a page turner and we all love those types of books. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Little Mermaid was on repeat in my house the year it was released on VHS. My sister and I loved that movie and we even had to buy a new copy because we wore the tape out. This book sounds right up my alley.

9. Mystic City by Theo LawrenceRomeo and Juliet, enough said.

10. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. A school “where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.” I imagine it as Hogwarts mixed with Hans Christian Andersen. Sounds entertaining.

I imagine a lot of top tens have a similar combination. This is a niche genre that I have only recently started to delve into. Until next time, readers.


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, Tales as Old as Time