W…W…W…Wednesday (43)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.
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What did I recently finish reading? Last night I finished The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White, I read The Miserable Mill on Monday, finished The Bone Season and Lola and the Boy Next Door this past weekend and Norwegian Wood before that. It almost seems like my working during the day has made my reading more productive. Weird.

What am I currently reading? Persuasion by Jane Austen. The beginning started out really dense, like the way of talking/writing back then was such a special slang that I could barely understand it. Like I could point out places where individual words were used in a different way than they would be today. For some reason I don’t remember the language being this dense with other books from the same period. BUT I’m a little past page 30 and it seems to be getting better for me!

What am I planning on reading next? I think maybe So Long and Thanks for all the Fish. I have all the Hitchhikers books so I need to finish the series.

I’m sorry I’ve still been a little AWOL — I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with work. Retail is a little more tiring than I remember it being!

What are you guys reading right now?

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (32)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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From The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White….Currently reading

When I was a little girl, I still believed I was part of the world’s secret magic.

Mother wrapped her hair elegantly in white cloth. I begged and pleaded until she did mine as well. At the river, Mother gathered pebbles and sand, small plants, sun-bleached bones. I splashed along the banks, or rode on female hippos if Taweret, my aunt and the goddess of childbirth, was with us.

So far, I’m a little lukeworm about this one. But I’ll give it some time!

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Details: 359pp, Harlequin teen paperback
Series: The Iron Fey, book 2
Rating: 7/10

Summary (from Goodreads): Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

***Spoiler warnings: some spoilers for book 1 in review.*** Continue reading

Speaking Of… (3)

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Book-Buying Bans

Before the beginning of this month, I had no experience in dealing with an “official” book-buying ban — “official” meaning that I made the declaration I was not to buy any books. The declaration seemed to work for the first two weeks, with my purchase of the first Mara Dyer book (on sale for Kindle) the only smudge on my record. But then…. Thriftbooks finally had the next three Unfortunate Events books I needed, all for “like new” condition and two were from the same seller, meaning I got a tiny extra discount. So of course I bought them for a total of about $10, enlarging the black smudge.

I recently rewatched an episode of How I Met Your Mother where Robin’s doctor told her she was incredibly allergic to lobster and she could therefore never eat it ever again. But that just made her want it more and she ate it until she looked like Aunt Marge after Harry blew her up. Books are my lobster, it seems; for some reason, making the official declaration that I’m on a book-buying ban has made me want to buy some books more than I usually do.

Then there’s the random fact that sometimes I can get my book-buying under control without officially declaring it. Does that mean that my official declaration is, in reality, counter-productive? How many of you have this same “problem”? (Quotes used there only because books are wonderful and help increase imagination and intelligence so really they can’t ever be a problem.)

W…W…W…Wednesday (42)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I’ve been a little AWOL lately, and for that I apologize. I’ve been juggling quite a few things. But without further ado, here is my Wednesday post!

What did I recently finish reading? I finally read the first Heroes of Olympus book, The Lost Hero and WOW. I friggin loved it. I will for sure be reading and buying the rest of that series!! I still love the way Rick Riordan ties in mythology to his fiction. Before that, I did read The Lucky Ones (which means I finished the Bright Young Things series!) and I finished The Stolen Ones.

What am I currently reading? Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I think it classifies as a contemporary novel within literary fiction and it takes place mostly in 1969 Japan. I’m actually enjoying it much more than I thought I would! The only thing is that the chapters are suuuuper long (the next is 75 pages) and since it’s an OCD trait of mine to read entire chapters in a sitting, I read when I know I have a lot of time.

What am I planning on reading next? Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, my last library book. Then I’ll get back to reading unread books from my collection!

Recommended: Kindle Daily Deal (1)

Hey y’all! A part of today’s (21st July) Kindle Daily Deal is Omens by Kelley Armstrong! Overall, a really entertaining and thrilling read. If you’re looking for a fun mystery on sale, get this deal!! You can read my review of the book here. The sequel is coming this August!

For Kindle – $2.99
For Nook – $2.99
Google play – $2.99

It’s not on sale for Kobo, sadly, and those three above are the only known e-book platforms I know to look for. Do you guys know of any others, for future reference?

Unreviewed Books (5)

A Mad, Wicked Folly; Sharon Biggs Waller. My first book by this author, I gained a lot from the view inside England during women’s suffrage. That’s a topic with which I wasn’t familiar at all, but now I feel as if I gained some background knowledge while adventuring alongside a kick-ass heroine! Not to mention the love interests. I felt like that in combination with the suffrage movement gave a lot of insight into Victoria Darling herself. 10/10

If I Stay (#1); Gayle Forman. This book really made me feel. I sobbed like a baby. I wish I had a good enough reason, though. I wasn’t super attached to any characters, the writing wasn’t anything special. My best guess would be that I easily implanted myself into the situation, hence the feels. But at the same time, I didn’t really like that it felt like the author was depending on this one instance and the result of feels. Don’t think I’ll read the next book. 5/10

Rebel Belle (#1); Rachel Hawkins. A pleasant surprise! I’d kind of been avoiding this one because of the cover (despite the cool plot synopsis) — it is too pink. I still stand by that. The pearls are perfect, the knife awesome. But maybe a different (pastel?) background. I love Harper — a southern belle who undergoes some serious personal growth. Excited for the next book! 8/10