Reading Update

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted so I thought I would do an update post for you today.  I’ve been reading some great stuff lately so I’ve been pretty excited about that.  Lately I have been trrying to get caught up on review copies so I can fully dive in to my Outlander series re-read.

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So as you may have seen in my last post, I recently read and reviewed Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.  It was so good!! I preordered it before I was even halfway through because I was hooked.

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After that I read and enjoyed Into The Water by Paula Hawkins.  It was a good mystery and I had fun making theories and seeing which ones were right.  The last chapter totally threw me for a loop!

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Next up, I started my review copy of The Heirs by Susan Riegler but it was really not my thing so I ended up DNFing it.  It just felt like a dull family history of a wealthy New York family and I just didn’t feel connected in any way to the story or characters.

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I then started another review copy I received called The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech.  I’m a fan of country music so I really liked reading this one.  I love the two main characters and totally shipped them hard.  I just finished it last night before bed and it almost made me cry a few times.

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Thursday night I got super excited that Tarryn Fisher’s latest novel, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, was published!  I snatched that one up instantly and started it on Friday.  It was so good that I ended up staying up super late on Saturday night to finish it.

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Last week I received a review copy of Sleep Like A Baby (book 10 of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series) by Charlaine Harris.  I read the entire series (books 1-9) last year and was super excited when the publisher approached me about reading book 10.  I started reading that one this morning on my commute in to work.

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Next up I have two more review copies and then I should be free and clear to start my Outlander series re-read.  I was so excited when Invictus by Ryan Graudin was available as read now on NetGalley for the first 500 people.  I’m looking forward to starting that one next.  Then I will be reading Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.

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With my Outlander series re-read, I’m really hoping I will be able to read through Voyager (book 3) before season 3 starts in September.  Yesterday I saw the new cover of the TV tie-in and it’s my new favorite new image of Jamie and Claire so I had to preorder a copy from Diana Gabaldon’s local bookshop down in AZ.  The new tie-in edition releases August 15th.

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I’m also planning on joining in on the Plenty of Hobb readalong that starts August 1st.  I’ve never read any books by Robin Hobb but have heard so many great things about them so I’m excited to join in.  If you’re interested in joining, click the above link to check out the readalong schedule.  The readalong follows The Realm of the Elderlings as shown above, one book per month.  So starting with Assassin’s Apprentice on August 1st.  I’m going to do my best to keep up with this readalong but I’m not going to push myself too hard.


So that’s what I’ve been reading lately!

Voyager Walk – Help Me Make A Difference

Hey guys! I’ve made the decision today to join in on the Voyager Walk, a 100 hour virtual walk that symbolizes the time is might take a family to travel by foot and bus to reach medical attention in Ghana.  Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire Fraser on Outlander, has created this challenge to raise money for World Child Cancer organization.  Beginning June 1st through August 31, my goal is to raise at least $130 in addition to walking 100 hours over the course of the three months.  For more information on this fundraiser, click here.

My younger brother was diagnosed with a rare cancer when he was 16 and it broke my heart to watch him go through all of that pain.  So I’m making it my mission to do what I can to help children get the treatment and care they need to beat this dreadful disease.  Help me in my quest by donating and sharing with your friends and family.  Even the smallest amount can help!  Check out my fundraising page by clicking HERE or the photo above.

Thank you so much! 🙂

 

WWW Wednesday – February 15, 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?


Recently Finished

1719950417901125It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday post!  I’ve been so engrossed in the books I’ve been reading this month that I’ve forgotten all about doing them.  I finally started reading The Bone Season series and I am 100% hooked on it.  I finished the second book, The Mime Order, a couple days ago and I’m dying for book 3.  Luckily for me it comes out in less than a month.  I’ve been trying to stay on top of my book reviews this year so you can check out my review of The Bone Season here and my review for The Mime Order will go up soon.

 

Currently Reading

2203333530649795I’ve been preparing to continue on in the Outlander series by re-reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes via audiobook.  I’m nearly done with it and it’s been a great one to listen to.  I was approved for an advanced copy of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner which is one of my most anticipated books of the year.  I started reading that after I finished The Mime Order and it’s totally breaking my heart.

 

Up NextI’m going to continue my streak of not really planning my next read and just going with what I feel like in the moment.  At this point I will probably want to read the next book of the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone.  But we’ll what happens after I finish Goodbye Days.

What have you been reading lately?

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?