WWW Wednesday 08/15/2018

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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So, let’s begin!

I’m currently reading…

 

An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay
I’ve read plenty of Roxane Gay’s essays, but now I’m finally getting around to reading her novel. The story of a Haitian woman who is kidnapped and suffers horrific sexual abuse, this is a really dark, heavy read.

No One Cares About Crazy People, by Ron Powers
I was a psychology major in college, and mental health and the social and systemic issues faced by the mentally ill are very important to me. This particular book isn’t really holding my interest very well at the moment, though. It feels like Powers has chosen a scope of topics a bit too broad, and the book consequently feels a bit unfocused, like one anecdote after another thinly strung together. Also, a lot of the topic is repeat info for me because of my educational background, and I might end up DNF’ing this one.

The Witch of Willow Hall, by Hester Fox
This is a NetGalley ARC. I’ve only just started it so I don’t have much to say yet. Here’s the blurb:

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

I recently finished reading…

 

I had another big reading week. The standout book this week was, by far, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 

I have reviews up for One of Us Is Lying, The Grownup, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoNightingale was an ARC and a review will be up on its release date, Sept. 25, 2018.

Hunger was a good read and I definitely recommend it if memoirs are at all your thing; I won’t be posting a full review of it, as I’m not keen on critiquing someone’s heartfelt expression of their own personal struggles. I’ll make an effort to get reviews up for Big Magic and The Book of Essie soon!

Up next…

 

The Woman in the Window is a repeat from last week’s post, because I got sidetracked with other books, as I tend to do.

The Psychology of Time Travel is a NetGalley book that just came through for me. I’m always a sucker for female-centric science fiction, so I’m ready to give this one a go!

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WWW Wednesday 08/08/2018

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m currently reading…

I received an ARC of Nightingale through NetGalley. It’s a YA horror novel set in the 1950’s. This one’s a flop so far for me.

I’ve been meaning to get to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for ages, and I’m so glad I finally made time for it. I’m absolutely loving this book.

One of Us is Lying is described as “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars,” and that feels pretty succinct. I’m almost done with this one and it’s pretty enjoyable so far, if a bit cheesy.

I recently finished reading…

I had a pretty busy reading week, apparently, and it was a rather good one. I think the biggest flop of the week for me was On Burning Mirrors (which was pretty disappointing because I was excited about it in terms of representation) but even that one I rated 3 stars, so I didn’t read anything truly awful this past week.

Click the links for my reviews of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, On Burning Mirrorsand Goodbye, Paris

The Dinner List and The Book of Speculation will be up at a later date.

Up next…

The Woman in the Window is the next of my Book of the Month books I’m planning to read. I’ve seen pretty much unanimously positive reviews for this one, so I’m excited to get into this thriller!

I adore Roxane Gay, and I was lucky enough to find an autographed copy of Hunger in a bookshop a while back. (The downside is that now I’m scared to lug it around with me and mess it up while I’m reading it, so thank god for audio books through my library!)

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WWW Wednesday 08/01/2018

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I’m currently reading…

On Burning Mirrors, by Jamie Klinger-Krebs
I received a review copy of this through NetGalley. It’s about a married woman who was having an affair with another woman before her sudden death. In the aftermath, her husband finds out about the affair and struggles to reconcile that with the wife he knew, and her lover is mourning the loss while dealing with her own floundering mental health and struggles with addiction.

The Dinner List, by Rebecca Serle
This is another NetGalley book. If you could choose any five people, living or dead, to join you for one meal, who would you choose? Sabrina answers this question as part of a mental exercise with her college roommate. She never imagined that, years later, she’d show up to her birthday dinner to find the people on her list waiting for her. A blending of magical realism and romance, this is a quick and interesting read.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was an unsung hero in medical science; her tissue sample and the cells derived from it helped scientists develop many medical advances. HeLa cells are the most commonly used human cells in medical research, and for years, no one knew the name of the woman who provided them. Skloot’s book sought to change that.

I recently finished reading…

Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land
This was a thriller about the daughter of a serial killer. A review will be up tomorrow.

Before I Go to Sleep, by S. J. Watson
Another thriller, this one was about a woman with anterograde amnesia, meaning she’s unable to retain new memories. She wakes up each day with no memories of the last twenty years. Read my review here.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth
This was a coming of age story about a young lesbian who is sent to conversion camp by her conservative aunt. The movie adaptation comes out this Friday. You can read my review of the book and watch the movie trailer here.

Up next…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ve been meaning to get to this book for ages. I think it was in my “up next” section for last week’s WWW Wednesday as well. I really mean it this time, though! I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and Taylor Jenkins Reid in general.

Goodbye, Paris, by Anstey Harris
I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway. I plan to try to have a review up on the release date, August 7th.

The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn
Like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I got this book through Book of the Month, and I’m super excited to see what all the buzz is about.

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WWW Wednesday 07/25/2018

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What are you currently reading?
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I’m currently reading…

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth
The movie adaptation of this comes out August 3rd! I thought it would be nice to get a review up before the movie comes out. Always read the book before you watch the movie!

Before I Go to Sleep, by S. J. Watson
This is a thriller about a woman who is unable to form new long-term memories and loses her memory each night as she sleeps. I should have anticipated this problem with the premise, but this book feel mind-numbingly repetitive. A full review should be up soon, but the short version is that I don’t recommend it.

Beside A Burning Sea, by John Shors
I’m admittedly not very far into this historical fiction novel, but it’s really not grabbing me so far. It doesn’t help that between this and Before I Go to Sleep, I’ve been hit with two lackluster novels at once. This will probably be the first one I’ve DNF’ed in months. I have too many exciting books waiting on the shelves.

I recently finished reading…

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton, by Tilar J. Mazzeo
I received an ARC of this through NetGalley and it was stunning. A full review will be up when the book comes out in September.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
Another ARC I received which is coming out in September. This was a romance novel that kind of oscillates between cutesy and steamy. Full review to come in September closer to the release date.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
This book destroyed me and I’d do it all over again. A beautiful story and mental health, love, and loneliness, this novel is totally deserving of all the hype. A review will be up tomorrow.

The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, I’m a grown woman and I willingly subjected myself to Stephenie Meyer’s latest work. It went… about as well as I expected. Review to come later this week.

Up next…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugoby Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ve mostly randomized my TBR lately when it comes to books I already own, but I’ve decided I’m going to take a short break to catch up on my Book of The Month books. I received this in June and I’m dying to see what all the fuss is about.

On Burning Mirrors, by Jamie Klinger-Krebs
I recently received a copy of this courtesy of NetGalley.
Jules Kanter is a wife, a mother and a successful journalist; but she’s completely fallen for the subject of her latest story—a talented musician/bartender named Erin. While plagued with guilt over an affair that causes her to question her sexuality, coupled with the fear of hurting everyone she loves, Jules pours her emotions into her writing. But, she never imagined her words would be discovered when she wasn’t there to explain them.”

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WWW Wednesday 07/18/18

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I’m currently reading…

 

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton,
by Tilar J. Mazzeo
This is an ARC I got through NetGalley and I am absolutely devouring it so far. It’s a biography, so very informative, but lots of passages have the feel of a novel. Mazzeo’s writing style makes for an unusually immersive reading experience for a biography.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
I’ve been dying to read this for ages. I’d hoped to have time for it before delving into my book club’s pick before our last meeting, but I’m only just now getting to it. I’m about 5 pages in, so no thoughts so far, but I’m super excited about this book.

The Chemistby Stephenie Meyer
Because I don’t love myself, I guess. I got the audio book through my library out of morbid curiosity of the “I wonder if Stephenie Meyer has improved at all since Twilight” variety. So far, all signs point to no. I’m a little past the first major “plot twist” which was glaringly apparent long before it actually happened.

I recently finished reading…

 

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara
This was a great palate cleanser for me, as the last true crime book I read before this was a bit of a letdown. Read my review here.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepperby Phaedra Patrick
This was my book club’s pick. I’ve seen it compared to A Man Called Oveand plot-wise I can see the similarities, but the tone felt very different to me. This was a cute little adventure story; a recently widowed man finds a charm bracelet that belonged to his late wife and it sets him off on a journey to find out about her life before they met.

The War of the Worldsby H. G. Wells
This was an interesting read; it was somewhat slower than I was expecting, but full of interesting thought experiments about alien life. Read my review here.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight
I’m finally done! This book took me a month to get through. Don’t let that scare you away; it was so well researched and thorough and I think it’s an important book. This isn’t something you’ll want to binge, though. I ended up reading it a few chapters at a time while reading other books to avoid overload on one subject. This was an ARC and I will have a review up in October to coincide with the book release.

Up next…

 

Beside a Burning Sea, by John Shors
This historical fiction novel was the last title I pulled out of the jar for my July TBR. It looks like I might actually finish my TBR this month. Go me!

Before I Go to Sleep, by S. J. Watson
I grabbed the audio book for this mystery/thriller from my library on a whim. Looking at it on GoodReads now, it seems to have very mixed reviews. Here’s hoping it’s not terrible.Capture2.PNG

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WWW Wednesday 07/11/2018

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
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So let’s just jump right in!

I’m currently reading… 

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, by Michelle McNamara
I’ve been on my library’s wait list for the audio book for this for months and it finally came through. I’m not usually super big on true crime, although I do read a little, but this one was so hyped given the developments in the case, so I thought I’d check it out.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight
I’ve been working my way through this one since like mid-June. Granted, I’ve been reading other books as well, so it’s not like I’ve been devoting my full attention to it, but it’s very long and very dense. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way; it’s very well-researched and interesting, it’s just… a lot.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
This is an ARC I got through my book club’s blogging program. It’s a cutesy romance, which is not my usual thing, but it’s okay. It’s trying way too hard to play up the quirky, hot mess thing that Hazel has going on, in my opinion. Eccentric is one thing, but this girl is a veritable cartoon character.

I recently finished reading…

A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey
I have my issues with James Comey, but this was an interesting read. Whatever you think of his decisions, it’s interesting to get the inside perspective and understand his motivations and thought processes.

Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami
I’ll probably have a full review of this up later this week, but it was just… eh. I think part of my issue with this book is that the translation wasn’t great; it felt awkward and clunky at times that felt like clumsy translation rather than poor writing in the original, but that’s speculation on my part. And lord, the romance… and passage after passage of who’s crushing on whom. Really? You kids are in a battle arena to the death and you’re fixating on this? I don’t get it.

The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll
Read my review here. I’m still not a huge fun of Jessica Knoll, but I thought this was stronger than her last novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, although Luckiest Girl Alive has a slightly higher average rating on GoodReads. Interesting.

Next up, I’ll be reading…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
I’m super excited about this one. I’m trying to squeeze it in before my book club’s July pick, which I have to read by Monday.

The War of the Words, by H. G. Wells
Because the last H. G. Wells I read was The Time Machine, way back in 8th grade.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
This is my book club’s pick for the month. It’s been drawing a lot of comparisons to A Man Called Ove, but I don’t know if that’s any indicator of its quality or just the fact that they both have an old, recently widowed man as a protagonist.

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WWW Wednesday 07/04/2018

Hello, friends, and happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!
Today is my birthday and I will be eating ALL of the cake.

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

 

Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight. This is an ARC I got through NetGalley; I started it mid-June and I’m about halfway through. It’s about 900 pages long and very dense, but informative.

Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami. I’m about 100 pages into this one; I’ve been meaning to read it for ages.

The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. This is a thriller/mystery novel with loads of twists and turns. I’m almost finished and should have a full review up later this week.

I recently finished reading…

 

 

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware. Read my review here.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton. This was a fun sci-fi, mystery, thriller.

When Elephant Fly, by Nancy Richardson Fischer. This is a coming of age novel about mental health, forgiveness, and a lot more.

Reviews for these last two will be up next month!

Next I’ll be reading…

 

 

Beside A Burning Sea, by John Shors. I’ve had this historical fiction novel sitting on my shelf so long I no longer remember purchasing it. Time to read it or it has to go.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. I’m beyond excited to read this book. I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews for it.

The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll. I put a hold on this with my library before reading Knoll’s last book, Luckiest Girl Alive, which fell completely flat for me. So I’m not super enthusiastic about starting this one; if it doesn’t grab me within the first few chapters, it may be a DNF for me.

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