WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2020

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?

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday! This year has been so crazy and everything feels like it’s topsy turvy. All of my blog posts lately have been book reviews which is so weird for me! It’s been fun though because I have been reading some pretty good books including a new favorite that will be featured in today’s post.

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  • Fable by Adrienne Young – This novel was absolutely incredible. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of it and I loved every second of it. I preordered a finished copy and also preordered the sequel which is due to be published in March! Check out my review here!
  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo: Another advance copy that I ended up really loving! A super fun graphic novel of Beast Boy’s origin story. Definitely left me wanting more. Check out my review as well as a book trailer and sneak peak here!
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  • The Lost Queen by Signe Pike – The tagline for this book, not to mention the cover, had me totally hooked. “Outlander meets Camelot…” yep, I am there for it. I’m not too far into this but so far I am really liking it. I love the setting and the characters are definitely growing on me.
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  • The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike – The sequel to The Lost Queen. I have an eARC of this and it publishes on September 13th so I definitely want to dive right in after I finish The Lost Queen. Really looking forward to this one!

As far as anything else, I’m not really sure. These are both fairly dense books so I think they will pretty much take my entire focus over the next week or so. We will see though.

What have you been reading lately?

Bout of Books 29 Sign-Up

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It’s that time again! Bout of Books week is coming up tomorrow! Bout of Books is a super low-key readathon where you have an entire week to read as much as you want to. I’ve lost count of how many Bout of Books that I have participated in officially and unofficially. Many of the past ones I have some conflicts that won’t allow me to fully take advantage of this week of reading and this round is no exception but I am still going to give it a go and read as much as I can, while I can. This coming weekend we are heading down to visit my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. I am SO excited for it so I probably won’t get much reading in on Friday through Sunday but I don’t care at all because I’ve been waiting so long to finally get the time to go down for a visit.

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges are completely optional. For Bout of Books 29 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I did put together a loose TBR for the week but am not fully committing myself to read these books and only these books. If my mood changes, then I will choose something else.

  • Until I Met You by Tari Faris (ARC from Revell Books)
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

I don’t really have any goals for this week beyond trying to read at least a little bit everyday even if it’s just 10 minutes before bed. I’m really looking forward to reading more this week though so I’m sure I’ll be able to read at least one book from start to finish.

Are you participating in Bout of Books 29?

20 Books of Summer: 2020

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Hello! I’m here for another attempt at the 20 Books of Summer challenge! I don’t know that I’ve ever read all of the books I’ve picked for my challenge TBR but it’s fun to put them together anyways. I am a mood reader so I put together a different variety of genres to keep me interested all summer long. I will also be focusing on ARCs as I mentioned in my last post but I decided not to include those in this list. So here we have my book choices for the next three months. I don’t have them in any particular order so I will just pick and choose throughout the list as I go. The two books marked with an * are books I need to read before two of the ARCs on my list for June.

(All links are to each book’s Goodreads page)

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  1. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  2. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  3. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  4. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan
  7. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  8. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  9. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Misery by Stephen King
  11. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike*
  12. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  13. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  14. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
  15. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  16. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  17. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  18. DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff*
  19. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  20. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The following are the ARCs that I will be focusing on for the month of June. As I mentioned above, two of these ARCs I need to read a preceding book for and I included those books in my challenge TBR, marked with an *. I also marked the corresponding ARCs with an *. I put these in order of publication date and my plan is to read them in this exact order.

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  1. Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
  2. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
  3. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
  4. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  5. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  6. The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
  7. TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff*
  8. The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike*

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Have you read any of the books on my list?

 

 

Big Update: January-May 2020

Hey everyone! It’s been quite awhile since my last post. I’ve been taking a break away from blogging while all of this coronavirus stuff has been going on. My anxiety has been pretty high the last few months so I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading books outside of listening to audiobooks while I work. I started working from home towards the end of March and I am so grateful that I am able to do so. But even though that somewhat lessened the anxiety I was feeling about the whole situation, I still didn’t feel like reading books until the last week or so. First world problems, I know. Huge thanks go out to all of the people who have been working on the frontlines while this has been happening worldwide. You guys are heroes.

Something else that has had my attention since April is Animal Crossing: New Horizon. Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm got my hooked on it and I’ve played every day since then. I have a cool outdoor library, created my own Craigh Na Dun and dressed my character up as Claire Fraser, and reached 5 star island status!

It’s also been super fun to visit her island and have her visit mine.

One good thing to come out of this year is that I’ve been really good about limiting book purchases. So far this year I have only purchased 9 books and I’ve already read 5 of those books since buying them. My goal was to limit purchases and read the books I do buy as soon as possible.

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2020 Book Purchases So Far:

  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (read)
  • Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (read)
  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan (read)
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker (read)
  • Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker (read)

As far as books read this year, the majority have been audiobooks that I’ve borrowed from the library. Some have been really awesome like Daisy Jones & the Six and some a little disappointing like The Pioneers by David McCullough. Here is everything I’ve read the last few months broken down by month.


JANUARY

  • January 2020 Books Read: 27
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 27
  • January 2020 Pages Read: 9,951
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 9,951
  1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  2. Everless by Sara Holland (audiobook)
  3. The White Darkness by David Grann (audiobook)
  4. The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey (eARC)
  5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer graphic novel (eARC)
  6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook)
  9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  11. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (audiobook)
  12. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  13. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (audiobook)
  14. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
  15. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (audiobook)
  16. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (audiobook)
  17. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  18. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  19. The Outsider by Stephen King
  20. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (audiobook)
  21. 1776 by David McCullough (audiobook)
  22. The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood (audiobook)
  23. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (audio re-read)
  24. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris (audiobook)
  25. Fallen by Lauren Kate (audiobook)
  26. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (audiobook)
  27. American War by Omar El Akkad (audiobook)

January Favorite

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FEBRUARY

  • February 2020 Books Read: 4
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 31
  • February 2020 Pages Read: 2,268
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 12,219
  1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (audiobook)
  2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (re-read)
  4. Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker

February Favorite

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MARCH

  • March 2020 Books Read: 12
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 43
  • March 2020 Pages Read: 4,327
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 16,546
  1. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (audiobook)
  2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (audiobook)
  3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  4. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  5. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  6. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (audiobook)
  7. Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (audiobook)
  8. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (audiobook)
  9. Wyoming Legend by Diana Palmer (audiobook)
  10. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  11. The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  12. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)

March Favorite

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APRIL

  • April 2020 Books Read: 5
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 48
  • April 2020 Pages Read: 1,919
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 18,465
  1. Under Currents by Nora Roberts (audiobook)
  2. The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (audiobook)
  3. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (audiobook)
  4. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  5. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (audiobook)

April Favorite

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MAY

  • May 2020 Books Read: 11
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 59
  • May 2020 Pages Read: 4.387
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 22,852
  1. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (audiobook)
  2. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (re-read)
  3. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)
  4. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (audiobook)
  5. Rose Madder by Stephen King (audiobook)
  6. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (audiobook)
  7. The Pioneers by David McCullough (audiobook)
  8. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook)
  9. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
  10. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)

May Favorite

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And that’s about it. Those are all of the books I’ve read this year so far. According to Goodreads I am 2 books behind schedule to meet my goal of reading 150 books this year which hasn’t happened in a very long time. I’m hoping that now I am back in the mood to read that I can get caught up. My plan for June is to focus on all of the ARCs that I am behind on. I am also going to attempt the 20 Books of Summer challenge again so stay tuned for my TBR post tomorrow.

How has everything been with you? Any good book recommendations?

 

 

 

My Top Ten Romance Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is a Love Freebie so I decided to do a post about my favorite romance tropes with two book recommendations for each one. I’m the kind of person that loves having some kind of romance in just about every book I read… I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say lol. A lot of romance tropes drive people crazy and I’ll admit there are quite a few that do not float my boat at all. But the ten on this list are ones that I usually end up enjoying. Click on the book cover image to go to the Goodreads page for each book.

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TIME TRAVEL

Anything with a person traveling back in time and finding true love, I am there for it. Might be a bit obvious with my first choice of Outlander but hey, that’s one of my all time-favorites so it had to make the list. In addition to Mariana I would also recommend The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley that would fall under this category. I really enjoyed both.


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ENEMIES TO LOVERS

In this category you’ll find books like the classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen but I decided to recommend two that I have recently read and enjoyed. Well Met was super cute and I loved seeing Emily and Simon’s relationship shift and change throughout the book. Dating You/Hating You was also a fun read.


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FORBIDDEN LOVE

There are so many great books with a forbidden love story but I decided to go with two of my favorite fantasy forbidden love stories. In A Discovery of Witches, Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire, are forbidden to be together and yet their love will change the world of the supernatural forever. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou and Akiva are beings from two different worlds… or are they? They are two different beings but who Karou really is makes their relationship forbidden.


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FAKE RELATIONSHIP

I put off reading To All The Boys for the longest time because I thought it would be too cutesy but I adored it. I devoured the entire trilogy in a few days and I’ve watched the Netflix adaptation probably at least 3 times. I’m really looking forward to the sequel which premieres on Netflix on the Feb. 12th! Lara Jean and Peter K forever! Another fake relationship story I really enjoyed was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.


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SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE

I really love when characters are able to take a second shot at love with someone it didn’t work out with the first time around. I love second chances in general so adding the romance to it has me sold. Say You Still Love Me was a book I really got into. A cute first love story that didn’t work out and years later they get another chance to rekindle the flame.  And of course, I couldn’t get through this list without adding one from Jane Austen. Persuasion is one of my favorites.


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OPPOSITES ATTRACT

I love reading about two people who seemingly wouldn’t fit together but something sparks between them. These are two recent favorites that fit into that category. Bringing Down the Duke has Annabelle, a recent female entrant into Oxford from a poor family and Sebastian, the Queen of England’s favorite duke. In The Simple Wild, Calla and Jonah are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum… She’s a city girl, he’s a wilderness man.


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SECRET ROMANCE

For one reason or another, some romances need to be kept a secret. In the case of The Royal We, a prince falls in love with an American and they try their hardest to keep their romance out of the tabloids. In Slammed, the new girl and the boy next door hit it off, and then find out that he is her teacher so their relationship has to be kept a secret.


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS

I loved both of these books. F*ck Marriage had a little bit of a difference where the guy had been carrying a torch for the girl for a decade while she was with his best friend. Maybe Someday had two strangers connecting over music, becoming friends and then more.


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SOULMATES/FATE

Last year I ended up binge reading the first 9 books in the Charley Davidson series. If you’re looking for a great paranormal series with a soulmate/fate angle, then look no further than First Grave on the Right. Another great fantasy series in this category is the Caster Chronicles series starting with Beautiful Creatures.


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LOVE TRIANGLE

Lastly there is the love triangle. I don’t typically read a lot of this trope but these are a couple that I really enjoyed. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.


What are some of your favorite romance tropes?