W…W…W…Wednesday (45)

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

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It’s been a slow reading week, though I’ve been enjoying what I’ve been reading. Work is just getting in the way…. It took me 6 days to read just one book. That’s about three times as long as usual, I’d say.

I recently finished reading…: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. This is the one that took me 6 days to read, but I really enjoyed every second of it! Definitely an adventure, though I did get a little nitpicky with Mead’s writing style — her habit of falling back on telling instead of trying to show.

I am currently reading…: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories, the 50th anniversary collection of Doctor Who short stories. UtNS is proving to be a friggin fast read — I only began it yesterday afternoon and already I’m on (Kindle) page 279 of 373! I think I’ll plan to finish it tonight after work.

Next, I plan to read…: Oh, good question. I just took out 3 books from the library, so next up will either be Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) or Parallel by Lauren Miller. Those are the 2 that I requested, so they’ll be the ones I probably won’t be able to renew, if need be.

Luckily, I have another day off of work tomorrow (after taking a sick day Monday and having a scheduled day off yesterday) so I’ll catch up on more reading time. That, and hopefully a doctor will be able to clear up what’s going on — I was in bed for about 14 hours Sunday night to Monday, then I continued to doze throughout the day, plus a mean cough and grossness. Sick is frustrating.

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (34)

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 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she’d get so close.

I figured it was time to discover what the fuss was about with this series. My bookmark lies on the fourth chapter, and I’m about to dig in for more. I am very intrigued with this world, though I hope I can get a clearer image of it!

Speaking Of… (4)

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Real Job-ing vs. Blogging

 For those of you who blog and hold a full-time, paying job, you know that this is indeed a battle. I’ve got a fairly straightforward retail position, but working 30+ hours a week is proving a death sentence to my blogging if you haven’t noticed. What I would love to know is if y’all have any advice? I love blogging, but I love it because I’ve never had to plan for it — it’s been something I’ve always remembered to do (if it’s a day-specific post) or it’s been something I’ve turned to when I’ve had a little extra time on my hands. Now my days (that is, my 12pm to sevenish times) are consumed by retail and I’m far too exhausted to use any more of my brain power writing a blog post once I’m home.

What are your styles of blogging? How do you all cope with blogging and full-time jobs?

W…W…W…Wednesday (44)

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

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I recently finished reading….: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, which was such a fun ride, and The Last Letter from Your Lover — absolutely outstanding! – by Jojo Moyes within the last week. My work schedule hasn’t been conducive to my reading cravings, to say the least.

I am currently reading….: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. Both this and her first in the series, Gameboard of the Gods, are really captivating stories to me. If these were to be made into movies, I can very easily picture them done like BladeRunner and Total Recall.

Next, I am planning on reading….: It’ll be time for me to start Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories for sure. I’m craving some short stories, and who better to turn to than The Doctor?

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (33)

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 Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen….Currently Reading

No one really knows ’bout me. I’m Rob’s secret, I’m his informant, I’m his shadow in dark places. No one ever takes me for more than a knockabout lad, a whip of a boy. They never really see. And I don’t mind that they don’t see. Like, when you walk through a room full of big men drunk off their skulls, it ain’t so bad to be ignored.

This book is taking some time to get into — it’s fast-paced, which is a plus, but I’m not learning about the characters as much as I’d like to.

TBR Addition Saturday (17)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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Hello all, and welcome back to my occasional Saturday meme, TBR Addition Saturday! I say “occasional” for twofold: 1) I now hold a retail job, the hours of which almost fall in “full-time” status, and I’m finding it hard to post as much as I’d like, and 2) Because of 1, I don’t have a lot of time to scope out new books to add to my TBR list. In the 4 (?) weeks since my last post, I’ve added a total of 18 books. A good accumulation for a post.

  • A Spy in the House, by Y.S. Lee. I’m kind of getting into the historical fiction game, and this came recommended from one of the blogs I follow.
  • Scorched, by Mari Mancusi.
  • The Rosary Girls, by Richard Montanari. I read The Stolen Ones and loved the way Montanari crafted his mystery, so I shelved this in case I want a good mystery at some point.
  • Illusive (#1), by Emily Lloyd-Jones.
  • The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, by Genevieve Valentine. I LOVE reading about the age of speakeasies…and I so wish I could experience it!
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna #3), by Stephanie Perkins. I just read Lola (finally, right?) and decided that I really do enjoy the Anna books for the fluff.
  • Vixen, by Rosie Garland.
  • Paris Letters, by Janice Macleod. I’ve never been to Paris and really want to go…so I thought I might be able to satisfy some small part of that itch with some Paris nonfiction.
  • The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2), by Samantha Shannon. The Bone Season is so top-notch that I am of course going to finish the series.
  • Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles. I think I read this in high school because I definitely remember talking about Oedipus…but it was probably some abridged version in our literature books. This is more of a reminder to tell me to read it at some point!
  • Princess of Thorns, by Stacy Jay. *throws hands in the air and jumps repeatedly* WHO ELSE LOVES NEW TAKES ON FAIRY TALES????
  • Forget Me, by K.A. Harrington.
  • Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1), by Max Gladstone. The Book Smugglers blog has written phenomenal things about this series, and I’ve found them to be pretty harsh judges in the past so YES it’s added to my list.
  • Parallel, by Lauren Miller. Free to Fall blew me out of the water so I am super anxious to get my hands of more of Lauren Miller’s stories!!
  • City of Halves, by Lucy Inglis.
  • Snow Like Ashes (#1), by Sara Raasch. I put off adding this one because I’m not a fan of the ginormous, weird-looking symbol on the cover, but hey, the story sounds great.
  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1), by Gail Carriger. I need more steampunk experience!!
  • Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1), by Ann Aguirre.

Have any of you read any of these books yet? And/or would you like to share any thoughts about my additions? (:

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Details: 469pp, HarperTeen hardcover
Series: N/A
Rating: 10/10

Summary (from Goodreads): What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming. Continue reading