Reading Update

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post so I thought I would just check in now that things are starting to die down again in my personal life.  We moved out of our townhouse and officially listed it for sale a week ago today.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but I finally started having time to read again this week.  I was so happy to receive an ARC of Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor in the mail last week from The Novl! I jumped up and down with joy.  So I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone to prepare to read it.  After I finish DoSaB, I will move on to Days of Blood and Starlight.  When that is finished I will pick up the ARC.  I’ve flipped through it and the illustrations that made it into the ARC are fantastic!  I’ve already preordered my finished copy so I can’t wait to see the rest of the illustrations.

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I am also still continuing my re-read of the Outlander series.  I had to put it down for a couple weeks but started reading it again last night.  I’ve missed these characters and story so much.  It’s been almost three years since I first fell in love with this series.  Going back and reading it again reminds me of all of the differences between the book and the tv adaptation.  Not bad differences though… I love the adaptation as well.

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I am also currently listening to an audiobook of a non-fiction history book that I read years ago.  It is called The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.  I love Tudor history, especially about Henry VIII and his wives.  Alison Weir is probably my favorite non-fiction author who writes about Tudor history.  The narrator has a very soothing voice similar to Jim Dale who is one of my favorite narrators.

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What have you been reading lately?

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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?