WWW Wednesday | June 5, 2019

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words. Every Wednesday, the posters discuss 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Happy June! I can’t believe 2019 is already half over… it seems like we were just celebrating the new year, and it’s summer already. Here in Phoenix, we are getting into that 100 degree (F) weather, which I am NOT looking forward to. I will not be going outside for the next few months. At all. I hope the weather is better where you are!

What are you currently reading?

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The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)Blood and Money: The Classic True Story…Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: The Uncen…The Butterfly Mosque

  1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong: I am loving this book! I just started it yesterday, and I’m planning on finishing it later today. First Nations, skin walkers, cougars, oh my!
  2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski: I really do like this book, but for whatever reason my reading speed sloooows whenever short stories are involved.
  3. Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson: I haven’t touched this in a while… oops.
  4. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller: Same.
  5. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson: Same 😦

What did you recently finish reading? 

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On Immunity by Eula BissWishful Drinking by Carrie FisherAll the Rage by Courtney SummersI Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura PhilpottThe Widow by Fiona Barton

  1. On Immunity by Eula Biss: Finally finished this quick kindle book. I would never recommend this to anyone! Read my full review here.
  2. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher: I listed to the audiobook for this one – it was only about 3 hours long, and read by the author. I love Carrie Fisher so much; her snarkiness is delightful. RIP!
  3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers: Mixed feelings about this one! Read my full review here.
  4. I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott: Meh. I enjoyed this memoir/essay collection, but it’s nothing special. Read my review here.
  5. The Widow by Fiona Barton: Again, kind of meh, but I did enjoy reading this one. Review to come!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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If I'm Being HonestThe Weight of Our SkyUprootedMy Lovely Wife

  1. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka: A retelling of The Taming of the Shrew? I’m in!
  2. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: I promise I’ll actually get to this one this week.
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Same!
  4. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing: I hope this book doesn’t end up being another 2019 thriller disappointment (I’m looking at you, The Silent Patient).

Last week, I added my own fourth category, and I think I need it again this week.

What did you DNF?

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  1. Playing Big by Tara Mohr: I read the first two chapters of this book a few months ago and was not impressed. In a halfhearted attempt to finally finish it, I tried reading the next chapter… until I saw Mohr cite Marianne Williamson, Oprah’s spiritual guru who is now one of the 23 Democrats veeing for the 2020 nomination. Um, no thanks.

Happy reading! See you all next week!

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WWW Wednesday | May 16, 2019

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words. Every Wednesday, the posters discuss 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday! I’m a student, and unfortunately, I haven’t been doing as much reading as I would like to the past few months. But it’s summertime at last! I’ll be working full time, but I know I’ll have more time to read again, and I can’t wait to catch up.

What are you currently reading?

Blood and Money: The Classic True Story…On Immunity: An InoculationThe Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)The Perfect NannyPerfect Murder, Perfect Town: The Uncen…Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Miss…The Butterfly Mosque

  1. Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson: I started this book on a plane last week, on my way to visit my family. Unfortunately… I left my Kindle at my parents’ house, so I won’t be reading more of this book until my Mom mails my Kindle to me. I thought I was smart to charge my Kindle before heading to the airport, but I ended up leaving it plugged in to the wall. I am so irritated with myself! Have you ever done anything like that? Anyway… I was really enjoying this book. It’s a fantastic true crime piece, and I can’t wait to get back into it!
  2. On Immunity by Eula Biss: This book had the same fate as Blood and Money! And I was really enjoying this one, too. I’ll be working in public health this summer, and I know that a big part of my work will be about vaccination policies. I picked this book up because I thought it would be a nice little primer about vaccines, but it’s more like a collection of essays about the author’s decision to vaccinate her son. We’ll see…
  3. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski: I am LOVING this book! It’s a collection of short stories about the Witcher (who you might know from the video games). I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series!
  4. The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani: I picked this short little book up after I listened to a NYT Book Review podcast hailing it as one of the best novels of 2018. I’m honestly not that impressed so far. It’s creepy, I guess, but slow.
  5. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller: Okay, I’ve been working on this book for months. It’s so long, and it really doesn’t have to be. I almost wish I’d chosen a different book about the John Benet Ramsey case.
  6. Playing Big by Tara Mohr: I read the first few chapters of this book a couple months ago and haven’t felt like reading more, but it’s still on the stack of books on my nightstand, so I guess I’m technically still reading it. It’s not for me.
  7. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson: I LOVE G. Willow Wilson, and I love reading about world religions, so this book is doubly amazing! I really should have finished this by now, though.

What did you recently finish reading?

Public Health Law in a Nutshell by James G. Hodge Jr.Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. VaughanWhere Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

  1. Public Health Law in a Nutshell by James G. Hodge, Jr.: I read this book in anticipation of starting my new job! It’s an excellent introduction to the field. I’ll absolutely be referencing it at work all summer.
  2. Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: Saga is one of the best things I have ever read. Period. This wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but it was still amazing.
  3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Fantastic YA novel. You can read my full review here!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I wish I knew! My TBR is currently 1,696 books deep. It increases almost every day as I hear about new books I want to read. Do you have that problem, too? However, I think I have my next reads narrowed down:

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed & Lorraine WarrenThe Love & Lies of Rukhsana AliThe Weight of Our Sky

  1. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: I love the Wayward Children series, but I’m been low-key dreading reading this book because I didn’t love the last book in the series. We’ll see.
  2. The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle: I’ve been dying to read this book. I love horror movies, and The Conjuring is such a fun movie… I can’t wait to read about the real couple who inspired the film! The reviews are mixed, which worries me, but I’m staying positive!
  3. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan: Please give me all the LGBTQ YA novels. The reviews are mixed on this one, too, but I finally got my copy from the library, and I’m excited to read it.
  4. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: The reviews for this book are AMAZING. Another library book I can’t wait to read!

This is such a fun tag, and I’m glad that I got to participate this week! I can’t wait to read everyone else’s responses. Happy reading!

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