WWW Wednesday – January 27, 2020

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday!
This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer the three questions below… easy peasy!

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve been on such an audiobook kick that I haven’t sat down to physically read anything. I just finished The Wife Upstairs on audiobook (a BOTM book I own, lol) through Netgalley. I found a new audiobook from my library, Aurora Rising. I’m going in blind on this one! I borrowed Shielded from the library and I DO WANT TO READ IT but felt like I haven’t had the time to just sit and read. That’s why I love audiobooks! I am making this one a priority every night before bed, even if it’s only 10 pages a night.

What I plan to read next… next week is February (yikes, really?!?!?!) and I plan to read Guns and Gods In My Genes by Neill McKee *part of a blog tour I’m doing* – more on that later 😉

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Top Ten Tuesday – January 26, 2020

Today’s Top Ten is all about new-to-you authors that you read in 2020.

I don’t branch out of my comfort zone that often, so lets see how many new-to-me authors I can find from my Read shelf from last year.

1. Alice Feeney
2. Michael Rutger
3. Adalyn Grace
4. Alison Hammer
5. Neil Gaiman
6. Liane Moriarty
7. A.R. Capetta
8. Lucy Foley
9. Ruth Ware
10. Gemma James

I actually read way more new-to-me authors than I thought last year! Yay to me for that! I like all different types of writing styles (and six of these were audiobooks so I like their narration too).

P.S. I wrote this post quite early in the morning and didn’t realize that I did a top eleven, haha!

Rapid Fire Book Tag

This is my first book tag. I found this rapid fire book tag on Kaya B’s page, and thought it would be fun to do! It was originally created by Girl Reading. You can watch her video here!

E-Book or Physical Book? 
  • Physical has been my thing lately. I won’t turn down an eBook though (because it sometimes does have it’s advantages), so really I’m 50/50 on them.
Paperback or Hardback?
  • Hardback books! I hate cracked spines so paperbacks aren’t really for me. Why I own so many I have no idea LOL!
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
  • I prefer to shop inside a store than online. I like to hold the book, see the front cover, back cover and spine, and get a feel for the book. Buying a book online isn’t as satisfying to me. I do get eBooks online, but they are usually through Netgalley.
Trilogies or Series?
  • I like both. I prefer trilogy over a duology, but I can also get behind a series if the story warrants it. No reason to drag out a series that could of been done nicely in three books, ya know!
Heroes or Villains?
  • I find myself leaning towards the villain most of the time.
A book you want everyone to read?
  • It’s so hard to choose! Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke or Tommy’s Tale by Alan Cumming were books I bought the very first time I drove myself to the local B&N to my house and roamed the aisles. I was so proud of the deal I scored, because they were on the bargain’s table, and they were actually really good books! I haven’t met anyone else who has read them before.
Recommend an underrated book?
The last book you finished?
The Last Book You Bought? 
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
  • I’ve torn a piece of paper (which ended up being a jagged shape) and just threw it into the book as the bookmark. I used it for more than one day too, lmao!
Used Books: Yes or No?
  • I will read a used book, if I do not plan to keep it. People tend to be rough with their books, and I am not. I take care of my books, and bent pages annoy me. I also do not write in my books. I have book tabs and I haven’t used them for fear of damaging the pages. OCD much? Oh well!
Top Three Favorite Genres?
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy/ YA Fantasy
  • Mystery/Suspense
Borrow or Buy?
  • Borrow, borrow, borrow! I use my library like nobody’s business! Between physical books and the Libby app, I should WORK at the library. Or at least be a spokeswoman!
Characters or Plot?
  • Plot. You can handle okay characters if the plot drives the story. If the characters are great but the plot isn’t there, it becomes a DNF.
Long or Short Books?
  • Anything under 350 pages is up my alley.
Long or Short Chapters?
  • Short Chapters
Name The First Three Books You Think Of…
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by JK Rowling
  • Once & Future by A.R. Capetta
  • His & Hers by Alice Feeney
Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
  • Both. If I’m in a fantasy novel I like a lot of world building.
Audiobooks: Yes or No?
  • Yes!!!!! The last two years audiobooks have been EVERYTHING! I listen to books while driving or cleaning my house, or when I cannot sit and open an actual book. And audiobooks you can change the speed in which it’s read to you (I normally go for 1.25x or 1.5x depending on how it sounds).
Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
  • A hundred percent yes. If it’s a beautiful cover I will at least look into what the story is about. If I’m not into the cover I will pass it by without a second thought.
Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? 
  • Book to TV seems to be the trend. If it’s a movie it would only be, at most, three hours long. Something like Outlander neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds to be a TV series for all it’s content.
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?  
  • I prefer the Harry Potter movies over the books, and I think it’s because I read each book once, but I have seen the all the movies multiple times.
Series or Standalone’s
  • Both. I will do some standalones, knowing full well they are standalones. When it’s a series I get invested into knowing the story will go on for awhile.

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

This is my first time linking up with this meme, but I feel like it’s right up my alley. I do not post a whole ton on my blog as of late. At the beginning of the year I usually go through a “social media withdrawal” and just consciously stay away from technology as much as I feel like. I seem to post on Instagram less too, and just be present with my family. My free time I end up reading or listening to a book, or playing a video game. Low key. That’s me!

I did get all super obsessed with this Google Spreadsheet I found on Booktube. It tracks which books you’ve read, when, how many hours you’ve listened to an audiobook, has pie charts and graphs… nerd heaven!
This is the link to mine (it’s view only)

For shits and giggles, I made a Booktube. I posted my first video (with the help of my kids who are way more tech savvy than I am) and I’m stupid excited for what I good job I did for my first video. If you wanna check it out, click here. I also won’t be mad if you subscribed to my channel 😉

Last week on my blog I updated/posted:
WWW Wednesday – January 20, 2020 meme link up
*I updated all five of my challenges main post pages, which I normally check are up to date every Sunday*

Mailbox Goodies: I received a complimentary book from author Neil McKee titled Guns and Gods In My Genes (which will be featured on my blog in mid-February). This type of book is totally not what I normally go for, but the synopsis of the book resonated with me on a personal level and I decided to reach out and get myself a copy. My sister in law sent me two books that she enjoyed and thought I’d like too, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Confess by Colleen Hoover.

Library Haul: I’ve been borrowing audiobooks through my library like it’s my freaking job! Libby app is hands down the best app out there! I borrowed The Dilemma by B.A. Paris, 1st Case and The Inn, both by James Patterson, and Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco all last week through the library. I made a random trip to the library on Wednesday and borrowed a few books- Sword In The Stars by A.R. Capetta, The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Katie Morton and Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins. Total cover grabs because they’re gorgeous!

Next Week On The Blog: I have a Q&A post planned for my blog this week, and I’m sure I’ll do a WWW on Wednesday. I’m trying to find at least a few memes so I can get back into the blogging scene some more. Gonna try to do a Top Ten Tuesday post too, but nothings set in stone there. Know of any I’d like? Leave a comment 🙂 Oh! I’ve been working on my monthly recap post, but it won’t post next week lol.

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WWW Wednesday – January 20, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!
This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer the three questions below… easy peasy!

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently in the middle of The Inn by James Patterson on audiobook from my library (but I also own a copy), and I got in a few chapters of Perfect. by D.D. Larsen on my Kindle app (which I acquired through BookSirens).

I recently finished Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg. Victorian-era books normally aren’t my thing, but with the magic system going on it made it feel more like a fantasy novel than a historical romance type of deal. I also liked the writing of the author (who was new to me at the very end of last year).

I will probably read Sheilded (Shielded #1) by KayLyn Flanders, &/or listen to Sword In The Stars (Once & Future #2) by A.R. Capetta. Shielded is due back to the library by the middle of next month so I moved it up the list to get to. If I don’t pick it up before February I’m just gonna move on with my life… lots of books on my TBR and not enough time, lol!