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


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.


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.


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.


Full display


Top shelf


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!


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.


  • 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.


  • 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?

February Book Haul

March is finally here and spring is one step closer!  This morning I woke up to more snow, not much but enough to make me groan.  I miss green grass and leafy trees.

I’ve been trying very hard to significantly lessen the amount of books I buy every month and I have to say I am very proud of myself for how small my haul is this month.  Especially compared to last month’s 70+ book haul!  Yikes!


This month, I ended up with only 13 books!  And two of them were giveaways!  I was really only planning to purchase my two pre-order books but a couple of things came up that I couldn’t pass up.


First off, we have the two giveaway books!  I was SO SO SO excited to get both of these in the mail!  I couldn’t believe I won!  The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson is a finished hardcover and Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace is an ARC.  I am really looking forward to reading them both soon.


Next up are the TWO books that were in the February OwlCrate!  That’s right, this time around there were two books!  The theme for the month was SciFi Love.  The newly released YA book was The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry and the second book was The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.


Then we have my two February pre-orders.  I am not normally a fan of short stories but I will read anything Marissa Meyer puts out about the Lunar Chronicles!  I still haven’t read it yet (oops) but hope to this month.  Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the other pre-order.  I also haven’t read this one yet but hope to get to it soon.  My goal with my future pre-orders (because there are a lot) is to read them right after I get them so they are not sitting around for months.


The first set of unplanned book buys for the month was a small order from Thrift Books.  I lost my copy of The Princess Bride years ago and finally decided to replace it with this gorgeous edition.  Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald was a book highly recommended to me.  And I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower so I finally decided to add that to my collection.


And when A Gathering of Shadows was released there was SO MUCH stuff going around about how utterly amazing this series is so I broke down and bought these two hardcovers from Barnes and Noble.  AGOS is a signed edition, too so that’s pretty cool!


Our local Kmart is finally closing it’s doors and they have been having their storewide closeout sales going on for a few weeks now.  I ended up getting this hardcover for a few dollars.


And last but not least, I finally added the Outlander short stories to my collection!  I just got it in the mail last night and was so excited!  I will be diving back into the Outlander world this month with A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

So that is my book haul for February!  I am actually really looking forward to my book hauls being smaller than they have been.  Throughout the rest of the year I hope to only go with the books I have pre-ordered.  There is at least one for almost every month from now until the end of the year.



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.


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