WWW Wednesday – A Meme

WWW Wednesdays.jpgWelcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words For this meme, you just answer the three Ws:

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

Please share your answers in the comments below or link your blog post!

What are you currently reading?

Rebecca coverThe book I am the most actively reading right now is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’m nearly finished with it and I am definitely engaged. I very much want to see where this story as going. It was a slow build up to this point and while I often enjoy a slow build, I just didn’t find it particularly engaging until the plot reveal. This book is very much a product of its times and I have struggled with not finding the second Mrs. de Winter annoying. I can put her character in perspective and understand how she fits with the era she is in, but there are times where it is simply too much. She is too childish and too fragile. I have found her grating at times. I suspect the upcoming change will seem to sudden for me. But, I am enjoying it and I’ve seen so many positive reviews of it now that it is part of PBS’s Great American Reads, I am still hopeful I will love this classic as well! What are your thoughts on Rebecca?

I am also tackling a few other books at the moment – too many really. You can always see what I’m currently reading on the sidebar Goodreads widget or on Goodreads. If you pop over on Goodreads, definitely friend me! I love following other book lovers!

What did you recently finish reading?

We Are WaterI finished We Are Water a few days ago and sadly, I wasn’t as impressed with this story as I expected I would be. It stars with an interesting concept: a wife and mother finally finds herself through her art and leaves her husband for a woman. It could have been an incredibly powerful story and it looked like that was what the story was going to be early on. But in the end, it became this over the top drama where endless bad things happen, some of which felt more about shock value than actual character development, and the main character isn’t even Annie, the wife and mother. I read the interview of Wally Lamb in the back and he discusses how he let the story take him where it wanted to go. I would argue that this does not read like a story which naturally developed. Or maybe, I’m just tired of the cis, white, straight male perspective. I’m glad I read this as a buddy read so I have someone else to rant about this book with besides all of you! What were your thoughts on We Are Water?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Imaginary ThingsI usually say that this is a hard question for me as I tend to be a mood reader, but this month, I have a tight TBR if I’m going to finish my buddy read in a timely manner and read my two book club reads. I’m not sure this is going to work out, but I’m trying! It does mean I have my next book determined for me and it is Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen. I have one week from today to finish it! I am reading this for a library book club. Last month, we read The Repeat Year by Lochen and this month we are reading her second novel, Imaginary Things. Lochen will be at this book club, so I feel especially pressured to read it before book club. I think I will be able to pull it off, but it’s going to be tight. I’ll finish Rebecca in the next day or so. Hopefully, Imaginary Things will be an easy and fast read!

What are your answers to the three Ws? Please comment below or link to your blog post!

 

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Stacking the Shelves – A Meme

Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to my Stacking the Shelves post! Stacking the Shelves is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality

What is Stacking The Shelves all about?

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My Stack This Week

My stack haul this week has been very, very small. With being as ill as I have been, I’ve barely made it to the library! Plus, my shortlist TBR and currently reading lists are so overloaded, I think I would get stressed out if I added much more to them. In fact, my goal this last week has been to get as much off my currently reading list as possible! Thus, in some ways I’m glad this haul is so small, but it’s also kind of sad!

Library Haul

I grabbed When The Sea Turned to Silver when my hold came in because I knew I was going to need to it soon. It’s my current car audiobook and my previous one, Peter Pan, was almost finished by the time this arrived. I’m getting close to finishing it, so a few days ago, I grabbed Brown Girl Dreaming as my next car audiobook. I’m a bit nervous about how I’ll like a story told in verse in audiobook format, but I decided there was only one way to find out!

This month I have three book clubs and Rebecca was our pick for my friend book club. For my regular library book club, we are reading, The Other Einstein, which I’ve already read. But, for some odd reason, I feel like I should read a book that the group read this year before I joined, which is how I ended up with Necessary Lies in my haul. Honestly, with how heavy my shortlist TBR and currently reading lists are, I probably won’t get to it and will just return it instead. Have you read it? Is it worth it?

Purchases

I am on a book buying ban for the year, but that doesn’t mean books don’t end up appearing on here for a variety of reasons. For one, the book buying ban only applies to books I spend actual money on and not the freebies I come across. Second, I sometimes join Audible during free trials or when their running a membership promotion, so I don’t count this toward my book buying ban. Lastly, occassionally if there’s a really good sale or it’s a book I’ve been wanting for a long time, I have gone ahead and made an exception. But I have to be careful here – it’s way to easy to simply make endless exceptions!

I already own The Fifth Season, in both paperback and ebook, but Audible was having a sale on the audiobook and I broke my buying ban to snatch it up. I obviously don’t need another copy, but I plan on re-reading this again at some point (I’ve already read it twice) and I thought listening to it might be a great way to experience as new all over again! I also broke my buying ban to buy Literary Yarns, which I am super excited about and you will be too! In the book are crochet patterns for literary characters and I plan on making them to post on this blog. I am so excited to review a book and then post little amigurumi literary characters from the book! I don’t feel too bad about breaking this buying ban since I used points for the purchase instead of real money. Not my greatest month for my book buying ban, but not my worst either!

Both Dunaway’s Crossing and Daughters for a Time were free through the Samsung book deals program where once a month, Samsung users are able to buy one of 4 Kindle books for free. Most of these, I never get around to reading, but sometimes I do when I just need something light. I have mixed feelings about whether I should buy these books and I sometimes forget to claim my free book, but I have come across a few gems and thus, I end up hoarding ebooks. Do you also hoard ebooks?

ARCs

I went a bit over board with ARCs this week. I won’t be requesting more for quite awhile. I have too much of a backlog to get through!  I listened to Lydia Kang’s other book, A Beautiful Poison, and greatly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the storyline and while there was a predictable element, there were some surprises along the way. It was a fun read. When I saw her second book, The Impossible Girl, on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I expect this to be another fun read! I saw other reviews on Goodreads review Confessions of the Fox and those glowing reviews made me scoop up the eARC of this book. I am excited to read it as it will diversifying my reading! Concerto in Chroma Major grabbed my attention with the beautiful, artistic cover. But the description is what made me request it. I am a sucker for a well done music story and I’m hoping this one won’t disappoint!

I wasn’t sure whether to put Imaginary Things in ARCs or purchases. I am part of a short summer book club where we first read Andrea Lochen’s first book, The Repeat Year. At that book club, we were given a free copy of Imaginary Things. There’s no expectation of a review, but I decided to treat it more like a ARC than a purchase since I do feel a bit of an obligation to review it. Her first book, The Repeat Year, was out of my book genre comfort zone, so I was glad to diversify my reading. Imaginary Things might also do that, though I am not sure as I haven’t full read the back blurb!

What books did you add to your stacks this week? Let me know by either commenting or linking your Stack the Shelves blog post below!

 

WWW Wednesday – A Meme

WWW Wednesdays.jpgWelcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words For this meme, you just answer the three Ws:

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

Please share your answers in the comments below or link your blog post!

What are you currently reading?

We Are WaterThe book I am the most actively reading right now is We Are Water by Wally Lamb. I LOVE Wally Lamb, but it’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve read him. I found a near perfect used copy of this book rather recently for a great bargain. Owning the book moved it up on my TBR, but, well, also down as for some reason, books I own seem to sit on my shelf much longer than books I borrow. Weird, right? But not this time! I am already tackling it, though I’m not really sure I can count it toward my Mount TBR challenge since I broke my year long book buying ban to snag it. I’ve been noticing that as a trend lately… Anyway, I’m reading this book now in large part because a friend and I are buddy reading it. I haven’t gotten very far in it, but I’m loving it! Have you read it? What were your thoughts?

I am also tackling a few other books at the moment – too many really. You can always see what I’m currently reading on the sidebar Goodreads widget or on Goodreads. If you pop over on Goodreads, definitely friend me! I love following other book lovers!

What did you recently finish reading?

The WoodcutterI finished The Woodcutter on Sunday the first, just one day shy of counting it towards June. I almost did since I was so close to done when my light dimmed enough I could now longer read, but there was just too much left to justify it as a June read. I have yet to review this book…I know, I know…but I LOVED it. The atmosphere was beautiful and the story engaging. When the main story arc concluded, I would have enjoyed the book and probably given it 4 stars, but then there was a bit more and, boom, 4.5 stars. Just well done. Of course, I had a few criticisms of the book, but that’s to come, hopefully in a full review next week!

Isn’t the cover beautiful? Have you wanted to read this book? What do you think about a woodcutter fairytale? It was a different take for me and one I’d be happy to read again!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Rebecca coverI usually say that this is a hard question for me as I tend to be a mood reader, but this month, I have a tight TBR if I’m going to finish my buddy read in a timely manner and read my two book club reads. I’m not sure this is going to work out, but I’m trying! It does mean I have my next book determined for me and it is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. In my friend book club, we are trying to tackle books from PBS’s The Great American Read list. Last month, we read The Color Purple and this month, our selection is Rebecca. I’m curious to see if I’ll like this book. It’s definitely not one I would have picked up if it weren’t for book club.  I’ll try to post a review here when I finish it, assumming I do between my buddy read, 2 library book clubs, friend book club, and eARCs on my TBR! I think I have been way too ambitious book wise lately. Do you ever find yourself doing that? What do you do to handle it?

What are your answers to the three Ws? Please comment below or link to your blog post!

WWW Wednesday – A Meme

WWW Wednesdays.jpgWelcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. For this meme, you just answer the three Ws:

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

Please share your answers in the comments below or link your blog post!

What are you currently reading?

The WoodcutterThe book I am the most actively reading right now is The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. I have wanted to read this book for quite awhile, but never quite got around to reading it. I’m glad I finally did! So far, it’s really intriguing and I definitely want to know what happens next, but it is a different style of writing and hasn’t pulled me in as much as I had hoped. But I still expect it to be a good read! Have you read it? What did you think? Did it live up to the hype and its awards?

I am also tackling a few other books at the moment – too many really. You can always see what I’m currently reading on the sidebar Goodreads widget or on Goodreads. If you pop over on Goodreads, definitely friend me! I love following other book lovers!

What did you recently finish reading?

The Color PurpleI finished The Color Purple on Sunday. I read it for a book club my friends and I have been doing for 11 years! I was part of the initial membership, but then moved away a few times, and came back a few times, but now I’m here to stay in the book club. It’s absolutely wonderful. Are you part of a book club?

We read The Color Purple because we decided to tackle some of the books on PBS’s Great American Reads list. This was a book several of us owned and hadn’t yet read, so we picked this one. I greatly enjoyed this book and am so glad we picked it. I suspect I watched part of the movie at some point because I was aware of the plot up until the book switches point of view. Or maybe that part wasn’t in the movie? I’m not sure since it was so long ago I watched it. Have you wated the movie or read the book?

What do you think you’ll read next?

We Are WaterThis is a hard question to answer for me as I tend to be a mood reader. In addition, there are so many books on my TBR shortlist, it’s a bit of a guessing game to figure out what I will tackle next. But I decided to go with the safe bet for now. A friend and I have been doing buddy reads about every other month and she suggested we start reading the next one soon, which is We Are Water by Wally Lamb. I am really looking forward to reading it as I love Wally Lamb. Plus, I own it and I’ve had a goal this year of 25% to 50% of the books I read to be ones I already own. It’s a bit ambitious, but it’s also ben satisfying! I’ll probably start We Are Water as soon as I finish The Woodcutter. But I might pick up an ARC or a book from the library on my TBR. Who knows!

What are your answers to the three Ws? Please comment below or link to your blog post!