WWW Wednesday – March 12, 2019

WWW Wednesday

WWW 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?


Wow! It has been a LONG time since I last posted for WWW Wednesday! March has been a little bit of a slow reading month for me. I’m in the middle of two massive books so they’re both taking up quite a bit of my time.

Recently Finished

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I took a break on Sunday and read two graphic novels. I’m a huge fan of the show True Blood and the books it is based on, the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The graphic novels aren’t exactly the greatest but they are entertaining enough to hold my interest. I read volumes 2 & 3.

Currently Reading

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Massive book # 1 that I am reading is actually a re-read of The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. It is the 5th book in the Outlander series. It’s my third time re-reading it. Each time I re-read the books in this series I like to read from a different edition so this time I’m reading this UK mass market edition.

Massive book # 2 that I’m reading is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and so far it is fantastic. I feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface though. Things are really starting to pick up where I am at in the book.

Up Next

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I’m not exactly sure what I will read next. It will depend a lot on how I feel after finishing the two I’m reading now. But I still need to fit in two of my #UnreadBOTMChallenge books in so it will probably two from that stack. I also won’t have much time left on my goal to visit the library at least once per quarter so maybe I’ll go this weekend and fit in a library book as well.


What have you been reading lately?

 

 

Shelf Control – June 20, 2018

Shelf ControlShelf 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!


685375Title: Lord John and the Private Matter
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: Published September 30th 2003 by Delacorte Press
Length: 305 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure — a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world — eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents — and life is good for a soldier.

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society — and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything — or nothing.

The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I bought it in the spring of 2015.

Why I Want To Read It: It’s a spinoff of the Outlander series featuring Lord John Grey. As you may already know, I am obsessed with Outlander so I want to read everything and anything I can get my hands on that relate to these characters.

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

Vive Les Frasers – Outlander Season 2

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Today marks the official release day of Outlander season 2!  I am so excited that the show is finally back on.  Starz subscribers got to see it two days early so I ended up watching the first episode yesterday via the Starz add-on subscription to Amazon Prime.  The episode was absolutely amazing!  It starts out with a brief recap of the season finale of season 1.  The opening credits were gorgeous as always.  I just love the theme song.

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There is no doubt that I am a HUGE fan of the Outlander book series.  I read the first book in December 2014 and have been collecting as many different editions as possible since then.  When the show started I didn’t have cable so I had to wait until season 1 part 1 was released on blu-ray to watch it.  I watched it over and over again.  I just can’t get enough!

Season 2 is based on Dragonfly in Amber, book 2 of the series.  While it hasn’t been my favorite of the series, there is a lot of awesome historical events involved.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those of you that haven’t watched or read the books.

Here is my beautiful collection of Dragonfly in Amber editions so far.

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I used to have the entire series in the US mass market editions but I decided to give those to my bestie who also loves Outlander but didn’t have her own set of the books.  I am in love with my entire Outlander collection. Someday I hope to have a better way of displaying it but for now it works just fine!  I have most of the older editions and the new tie-in editions on the top shelf along with things that go along with the show.  On the second shelf I have the US trade paperbacks and the start of the US hardcovers as well as the Outlandish Companions, the Outlander coloring book, signed copies of Easton Press editions of Outlander and Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (book 8) and the Lord John Grey series which is a side story in the Outlander universe.

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Full display

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Top shelf

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Second shelf

My most recent acquisitions for the shelf are the awesome items that were in The Outlander Box from The Bookish Box!  It was one of their one time box deals dedicated solely to Outlander.  They have reopened sales now for what I assume is a limited time offer so if you missed out on the first round, you better get it now!

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Have you read the Outlander series?  Have you watched the show?

Top Ten Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

For this post, I opened up my Goodreads to My Books and sorted my Read shelf by date read.  Then I looked and pulled the first 10 books to come up that I rated 5 stars.  My 10 come from December through March.  I did not include any of my audiobook rereads though.  These are all books that I read physical copies of for the first time.

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  • Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – If you pay any attention to my blog at all, you will know how much I love this book!  I’m currently re-reading it for the 3rd time and loving it all over again.
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – This book  was so cute!  I loved Isla and Josh and their story.  Plus I also loved having the characters from the other two books included in the story.
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – My love for the Outlander series knows no bounds.  The 5th book in the series was so good and filled with so many of the things that I love about this series.  Plus you just can’t go wrong with James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – This book was awesome!  I was in the mood for an exciting thriller and this book totally delivered!
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – My first full length CoHo book made me an instant fan of her writing.  This was so much more than just a romance.

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  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – After reading November 9, I hoped that any of her books I read after that wouldn’t let me down… and she pulled through.  Ugly Love was even better than November 9!
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – This book totally blew me away.  I finally posted my review of it yesterday and immediately wanted to start reading it again.  SO GOOD!
  • Game by Barry Lyga – Sometimes it is hard to find a sequel that is as good or better than the first book.  But Game was exactly that.  So much better than the first book, I Hunt Killers!  This took the thrill from the first book and amplified it x10!
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – This book was fantastic.  The characters and the writing were so real!  This book broke my heart and put it back together again.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I had read an advance excerpt of this awhile ago but finally got around to reading the full book earlier this month.  It was so good!  I couldn’t put it down.  I loved the two main characters and the entire world that the author built.  I can’t wait to read more in this series in the future.

 

What are some of your most recent 5 star reads?

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

685376The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Published October 1st 2002 by Delta (first published November 6th 2001)

979 Pages

Goodreads Summary: New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon mesmerized readers with her award-winning Outlander novels, four dazzling tales featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. Now, in this eagerly awaited fifth volume, Diana Gabaldon continues their extraordinary saga, a masterpiece of pure storytelling that is her most astonishing Outlander novel yet….

The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’ s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Review: SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOKS 1-4

The book picks up right where we left off in Drums of Autumn at the Gathering.  There are so many crazy things that happen throughout this book.  While it wasn’t as good as Outlander, Voyager or Drums of Autumn, I would rate it above Dragonfly In Amber.  Certain characters return to the story.  New characters are introduced.  Bad things happen to beloved characters (no, I’m not saying which ones!).  Just like in books 1-4, don’t get too comfortable when all seems to be going well for the main characters.

Diana Gabaldon is a master.  Just when you think you read a seemingly irrelevant plot line, she turns around and brings it back to circle to another plot line.  I love how intricate her plot lines are and how she ties everything together.  Like I said… MASTER.

The more I read of Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy, the more I love these characters.  Jemmy is adorable and it has been a riot “watching” him start to grow up.  Cutest little family award goes to the Mackenzies!

And Jamie and Claire… I am still so completely and utterly in love with these two.  I absolutely adore how much they are still in love with each other!  Any time Jamie makes a declaration of love to Claire, I swoon.  I mean who wouldn’t want a man to say this…

I love you, a nighean donn.  I have loved ye from the moment I saw ye, I will love ye ’til time itself is done, and so long as you are by my side, I am well pleased wi’ the world.

I am really looking forward to seeing where the next book takes the Frasers and Mackenzies.

5 Stars