WWW Wednesday – March 22, 2017

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


 

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a WWW post.  I have still been taking it pretty slowly and only reading when I really feel like it.  It’s been great so far.  I haven’t been reading as much or as many books but I’m definitely okay with that.

Recently Finished

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These are the books that I have finished so far this month.  Replica was surprisingly really good.  I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.  Broken Hearts was an okay read.  Its definitely not one that I would ever read again and I also decided not to continue reading the rest of the trilogy.  I’ve become obsessed with The Bone Season series so of course I had to read Jax’s pamphlet, On the Merits.  It was very short but gave a nice insight into the different types of voyants.  Beauty was pretty good.  I’ve been getting really psyched up to see the new movie this weekend so it was fun reading a different take on the classic fairy tale.

Currently Reading

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I’m still slogging my way through An Echo in the Bone.  It’s not that I don’t like the story, I do… It’s just that I’m a little peeved that there are chapters in Lord John and William’s storyline and I haven’t quite warmed up to them yet.  I just love Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger so much that I want them and only them haha.  I’m about 44% through of the 830 page book and just needing a break.  So I’ve had A Darker Shade of Magic on my shelf for awhile, along with A Gathering of Shadows and more recently A Conjuring of Light.  This trilogy is so hyped up that I’ve been nervous about starting it.  But lately I keep finding myself drawn towards the series so I finally picked it up.  And let me tell you, I AM LOVING IT.  So far the hype is totally on point.  I love Kell and Lila is definitely a badass.  I’m so glad my gut told me to finally pick this one up because I don’t want to put it down.

Up Next

After I finish ADSOM, I see myself either diving right in to A Gathering of Shadows or finishing up An Echo.  Since it is so big it’s hard to cart around on my commutes so I may have a different book to read while I’m commuting.  I’m just going to continue my process of going with my gut on a book because it’s been working out pretty well for me so far this year.


What have you been reading lately?

 

Shelf Control – March 21, 2017

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

Starting this week I’m going to be featuring only the titles that are on my Priority TBR shelf on Goodreads.  These are the books that I plan on concentrating my efforts on for the foreseeable future.


27190613Title: And I Darken
Author:
   Kiersten White
Published: Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Length: 475 Pages

Goodreads Summary: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: Shortly after it’s release when I saw a signed copy at Target.

Why I Want To Read It: I had heard a lot about this book and how dark and twisty it is.  The past year or so I’ve been finding myself drawn more to villainous characters and stories so it sounded like something that I would really like.  I was so excited to read it right away but then it got set off to the side like so many other books I get excited about right away.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Ever Changing Bookshelves: Part Two

Hey guys! I’m back for part two of my bookshelf tours!  In part one I had a basic overlook as to what my shelves looked like.  Today I’m going to go into more detail on one of my shelves including which books have been read and which I still need to read.  Each post for the rest of this series will go through my shelves one by one.

Part Two

To begin, we will start with one of my smaller shelves on the left side of my book wall.

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I have read 21 out of the 48 books from this shelf, the majority of those being Colleen Hoover’s books.  Now let’s start from the top shelf and work our way down.

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In the first photo you can see all of the books that are on that shelf.  And clearly I need a bookend but for now the wall keeps them from falling completely off the shelf haha.  This is basically my Jane Austen retelling shelf.  In the next photo the books you can see clearly are the books that I have read and the blurred books are the ones I still need to read.

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This is quite obviously my Colleen Hoover shelf.  The only books that I have not read on this shelf are the three Never Never novellas that she wrote with her BFF Tarryn Fisher.  CoHo’s newest books comes out later this year so I’m going to have to find a new shelf that will fit them all when the time comes.  For now, they all fit perfectly here.

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This shelf is a bit of a mixed bag.  We have non-fiction mixed with the ultimate fiction, fantasy.  I didn’t plan that at all so it’s kind of funny 🙂  And although I do love my fantasy, oddly enough the only books I have read on this shelf are three of the non-fictions!  I actually really love Jon Krakauer’s writing.

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And the bottom shelf is completely full of books I haven’t read yet.  Looks like I better remedy that soon.  I especially want to read Big Little Lies before I watch the HBO series!


So that’s all for part two of my Ever Changing Bookshelves tour!  Have you read any of these books?

 

 

 

Ever Changing Bookshelves: Part One

As I have been working on my decluttering project, which is way more than a project if I’m being honest, I’ve been making room on my bookshelves and gradually working towards my goal of having all of my books in one room.  I’m very happy with what my shelves are like right now and the only thing that would make me happier was if I had all matching shelves 🙂

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done a full fledged bookshelf tour on the blog so that’s what I’m going to do.  I even went a step further than just a bookshelf tour.  I also edited the photos of each shelf to blur out the books that I have not read yet.  I thought it was a fun experiment to show myself just how many books I have that are unread without having them strictly on TBR shelves.  I like keeping my series and authors together so I just can’t see myself ever having just a TBR shelf.   Because I have 8 bookcases total this will be a series of posts.

Today is a general overview of my shelves and over the next few weeks I will post more in depth looks at each shelf.

20170315_143312This wall of shelves is in our office on the top floor of our house.  99.9% of these books are mine.  I do have 1 book on this shelf that is technically my husband’s but I keep it on my shelves because it’s a Star Wars book and goes with two of the Star Wars books that I have in my collection.  The hats in the upper right corner are also my husbands.  He collects different military memorabilia and at the moment we don’t have a better way of displaying them.

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On this shelf, only about 45% of the books are mine.  The bottom shelf is mine with the exception of the 6 books on the right end.  The Star Wars Funko pops are mine but the rest of the Stormtroopers are my husbands.

20170315_143911This shelf holds all of my classics.  It used to be overflowing until I really thought about which classics I would actually be reading in the near future and which ones I would be just fine borrowing from the library instead.

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My final shelf is the only one left on the main floor of our house.  This shelf (and a bit extended onto the shelf next to it) are my prized Outlander collection and part of my Wheel of Time collection.  I also have all of the WoT books in mass market but I have those in storage because there is no shelf space for them at this time.  The only book currently missing from my Outlander shelf is the trade paperback of An Echo in the Bone (book 7) because I am currently reading it.

That’s it for today! Stay tuned for part two next week!

Month In Review: February 2017

monthinreviewOoops. I completely forgot about doing my monthly wrap up post until now!  Oh well! Life goes on 😉

February went pretty well over all.  I am definitely enjoying this slower pace and just taking things easy and only when I feel like it.  I did have my first DNF of the year though.  I’ve also been doing so much better with book buying!  I found a new favorite series that I can’t believe I waited so long to read.  The Bone Season is absolutely incredible!  I’m dying to get my hands on book 3 which releases tomorrow (although my preorder isn’t scheduled to arrive until next week for whatever stupid reason)!!!  I am officially obsessed with this series.

# Books Read in February: 6 (including 1 DNF)

# Books Read in 20167: 12 (including 1 DNF)

# Books Towards Goodreads Goal: 12/55

Books Read in February:

  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook re-read)
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (DNF @ 56%)
  • The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

As for my book haul for February, I only got 4 books! I preordered Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because hello, this book is gorgeous.  I had two impulse purchases at Target.  Wires and Nerves was a must for my Lunar Chronicles collection as well as Three Sisters, Three Queen for my Philippa Gregory collection.  I only collect her books in paperback and it was just released in paperback so I had to get it.  Then I got lucky and got a paperback copy of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz a little early!  It’s due to be released March 14th and it is an awesome book!

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