WWW Wednesdays 4/27

WWW Wednesday is a book meme run by Taking on a World of Words.

I’m trying to get more into the habit of writing on here and thought this blog hop might be a great way to do it. Every week I’m going to try to jump on here and talk about the week’s books. So let’s get to it shall we?

What are you currently reading? As usual, I can’t stick with one book so I have a few going on. I’m reading Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale which is the first in a new series which seems to be taking place right after her Wallflower series. I also need to make some progress on When Everything Changed by Gail Collins. I got sidetracked and need to jump back in. I also started All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders during the readathon and I’m enjoying it so far.

What did you recently finish reading? After the readathon, I finished Borderline by Mishell Baker which was phenomenal. I’ve been reading urban fantasy for more than ten years now, this is something new. The main character Millie lost her legs in a suicide attempt as well as her career and while she’s recovering she gets a visit from Caryl who is part of the Arcadia Project who wants her to join them. If that organization name doesn’t make you suspicious, well, I’m gonna need you to watch Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know, not their best, but I’m making a point here). The plot was engaging and Millie is a character that’s not perfect, something that urban fantasy doesn’t like to do with their heroines, so it’s refreshing. I can’t wait to see where this series takes us. I also finished Winterwood by Jacey Bedford. With a main character who was a cross dressing lady pirate with magical mojo, who crosses paths with ghosts and shapeshifters, and other fantastical creatures in Mad King George’s England, what could go wrong? The sequel comes out in January and I’ll be preordering.

What do you think you’ll read next? Sex with Shakespeare by Jillian Keenan. Naughty with literature? Pretty much my brand. I also have to read Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam for the book club.

 

What does your book life look like this week?

Dewey Wrap Up

I don’t want to say I failed the readathon, but I definitely didn’t do as well as I usually do. I lost my whole morning and after dinner, I was just not feeling it (also we were watching the last two episodes of Sense8 and omfg, I love that show).

Here’s the wrap up survey from the site.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Not sure. I wasn’t really keeping track of what hours matched up since I started late.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, American Housewife by Helen Ellis, and Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes are some recent favorites. Especially if you do the last one on audio!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? The only thing maybe is to keep encouraging people to cheer at other people. I seemed to have pretty decent interactions, but I saw more than a few people say they didn’t.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I loved following the Twitter prompts.
  5. How many books did you read? Read 4, finished 2.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Winterwood by Jacey Beford, The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (finished), All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, and What a Rogue Desires by Caroline Linden (finished).
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I liked Winterwood. Just need to get back to it.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The Regional Office is Under Attack! Not that it was bad because I enjoyed it, just not as much as I thought I would.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely participate again. Probably as a reader again. Who knows? Might volunteer to host.

Now to get ready for Bout of Books.

How did you guys do?

Hour Twelve Survey

Phew. After a bit of a delay, I was able to start the readathon. Deb Nance from ReaderBuzz had this midway survey for us.

1. What are you reading right now? Just started All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
2. How many books have you read so far? started 2, finished 1.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Adding wine to the mix.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Got a late start as I went to yoga and had brunch with two of my girlfriends. Mostly haven’t had any interruptions though.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’m bummed I started late. The morning plans were a last minute addition so I haven’t read as much as I usually do.

 

That’s it for now. Gonna read a bit before I have to scrounge up dinner.

If you’re participating, tell me how your reading day has gone so far. If you’re not, tell me anyway.

Dewey!!!

It’s that time again, friends! The Spring 24 Hour Dewey Readathon. Saturday, April 23rd is your day to make a book pile, pour some Bailey’s into your coffee or hot chocolate, and huddle down into your blanket fort for as long as you can. I say that because you know I can’t do the full 24. Kids and all make sleep a necessity. They know when you’re weak from lack of it and that’s how you find yourself tied to a chair while they run around making war cries, covered in chocolate, while drawing on your furniture. I digress. I plan to do as much as possible. Also Bout of Books is also coming up on the second week of May so make sure you block out that week!

I just made my preliminary print TBR and have dabbled with one on my Kindle app. This feels like it’s going to be pretty fantasy heavy.

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As usual, I’m not going to get to all of these, but I like having some to choose from. A few picks I think will definitely make the cut:

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from my best book recommenders. I have never read Jane Eyre (stop, you don’t have to yell at me. I’ll get there eventually. Maybe. When people stop putting out new books.), but I’m told I don’t need to for the story to make sense. Which is a relief.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Magic and the apocalypse? Let’s do this. Also Anders is a Bay Area author and I like to support our local talent.

The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales. This one rings so many of my bells. Lady assassins? Sold.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I’m usually not into lit fic during a readathon, but I’m making an exception here because I tore through Mambo in Chinatown like a demon.

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford. I’ve actually already started this one and the fact the main character is a cross dressing lady magician pirate is basically my wheelhouse.

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Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I’m actually a bit ashamed I haven’t gotten to it yet. I got lost in historical romance, that’s all I have to say for myself. Also the sequel The Rose and the Dagger is out on April 26th, so I need to get cooking here.

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep. This series is usually a quick read, mostly because I skip a bit because she does a lot of repetition on who the characters all are which is frustrating when it’s the fourteenth book in the series. However, I’ve come this far, I want to see the thing through.

Borderline by Mishell Baker. Another that I’ve been meaning to read for about a month now. I just got another goose from a friend of mine who just finished it and needs to express her feels.

Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale. I’ve been in historical romance heaven lately so there is a slight possibility this one will be read before Saturday. I’ve really liked Rodale’s books in the past. I hope this one will be no different.

 

If you’re participating, what books are you reading for the readathon? If you’re not, what books are you thinking of reading for funsies?

 

 

April TBR

Since I had so much fun reading nonfiction last month, I decided to keep it going. This time I’m focusing in on history books. I’m also trying to get some books off my shelf that have been loaned to me from friends (don’t judge, they have my books too!). I’m also trying to make sure I read those hardbacks that I bought because I had to have them before they come out on paperback. Then there are some on my iPad that are begging for me to get to as well. Some are left over from last month that I just didn’t have time to get to.

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Digital Shelf

Of course, that’s not counting all the books that are coming out this month that I’m gonna probably pick up, but this is my rough draft. I’ll let you know how I did!

What books are you hoping to get to this month? Have any been sitting on your shelf for longer than you would have liked?

March Book Club Favorites

March’s book for the Ladies Read Speculative Fiction Book Club was Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken and April’s book is The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin if you want to read along with us.

Here’s what the Spec Fic Ladies loved this month.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of WWII by Mitchell ZuckoffThis book. Holy hell THIS BOOK. It’s fantastic. I find that the term “gripping” tends to be overapplied, but it’s accurate in this case. I read this out loud with my boyfriend, and we both choked up at several points while reading; this is an intense and occasionally heart-rending story, one which makes nothing seem so perfect as a quiet and ordinary life. There’s plenty of laughter as well, and anyone with an appreciation for history – especially WWII history – or Arctic adventure will have a great time with this. Whole-heartedly and enthusiastically recommended. Anie 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang. It’s the story of a woman who, after a lifetime of passive acquiescence, stops eating meat to the distress of her family. Short but fascinating, The Vegetarian is packed with rich and strange detail and no small amount of trauma. It’s a testament to the power of a sparse writing style (not to mention a great translator). Highly recommended. – Clara

 

 

 


The Case for God by Karen Armstrong. Possibly the most important scholarly work of the present day, certainly one of the most important messages I’ve heard. Looking at religion as it has been practiced throughout the millennia brings contemporary spirituality into sharp contrast with its original purpose, context, and practice. The divisive literalism so prevalent in several sects today is apparently, for the most part, a very recent development and not part of their mainstream traditions. I found the epilogue alone to be worth the price of admission; it’s a summation that brings home her point about looking to the past for the value of “unknowing” and the importance of practice to bring meaning to the mystery. My intellectual curiosity about religion has now warmed into a greater respect. – Juniper 


All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.  It’s thought provoking and at this point in the book, I’m kind of shocked at how much I didn’t know, and how recently  some of the rights we enjoy today were put into effect. Even more disturbing are some of the battles still going on today. I recommend reading, based on what I’ve read so far, if only to get a history lesson you don’t learn about in school.  -Karly

 

 


As for me, A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of  Magic, #2) by V.E. SchwabSo far, Schwab has set up a world that reminds me (in a good way) to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. The characters are flawed which makes them interesting. I love Lila, the now pirate thief (or is that thief pirate?) and her attitude. Then there’s Kell with his loyalty to his brother which conflicts with his wish to be free of the situation he’s in. The new characters add instead of congest the story which sometimes happens in ensemble narratives. 

 

What were your favorite reads last month?

Upcoming April Books

Here are some books in April that I’m looking forward to!

Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson. (Apr 5). Holy Michelle Obama! It’s time to see what the girls at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are up to. Will there be shenanigans? Of course there will.

 

 


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Apr 5). I would say I worship at the altar of Seanan McGuire, but honestly she scares me a bit. In a good way. But really, I love her prose and wit and expect no different from this novella.

 

 


Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Apr 12) – Do I really have to say much on this one? This is going to be a hardback purchase so that I can dream one day I will get Lin-Manuel and cast to sign it.

 

 


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. (Apr 26). I keep finding myself picking up YA fantasy novels! The addition of this being inspired by Indian mythology is pretty much extra catnip. I love retellings and if I don’t know much about the source material it leads me to research (said as I cackle and rub my hands together Mr. Burns-style).


The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2) by Renee Ahdieh. (Apr 26).  I can hear my friend Janani squeeing from Chicago. I have yet to actually read the first book in the series which is based on 1001 Arabian Nights (remember what I said about retellings?), but I know I’ll have read it before this one comes out. I have a plan, guys. Why are you laughing? Come back…

 


 

How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1) by Leonora Bell (Apr 26). This is a debut author who I’ve heard good things about. Even though I’m not a huge fan of ladies vying for the attention of a guy, I’m interested to see how the concept is going to be applied here especially since the heroine is supposedly not who she seems.

 

 

What books are you looking forward to in April?