WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 11)

Many thanks to Meghan and Fizza for the nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here:

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What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

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The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I used to be really into fonts. I could look at a website and tell you all the fonts they used and I probably had a good thousand or so on my computer. I still think fonts are fun, but I’m not nearly as obsessed as I was.
  2. It’s getting to the end of January and I’m still wearing Christmas socks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
  3. I have a new special project at work and recently found out that several million dollars are on the line and am kind of freaking out. (But it’ll be fine.)

Questions from Meghan

On the spot: favourite book from your favourite genre?

YA contemporaries are my favorite, and Starry Eyes is my favorite YA contemporary. ❤

Favourite book of 2019?

I actually just answered this in a different tag! What are the chances. 🙂 My favorite of 2019 was Sadie.

Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about their books? (I like this question so I’m going use it)

Yes and no. I mean, if I like a book, I like a book. I might not like the way Mackenzi Lee acts, treats her fans, or uses her status as a bestselling author, but I can still recognize that The Gentleman’s Guide was a really fun book. That said, do I have any desire to support her further? No.

Any end of the year goals you’re striving for?

Well, I’m getting to this tag a little late, so I’m going to talk about my goals for early 2020 instead. I have two immediate goals:

  • Get through my backlog of ARCs! I moved in September and got into a huge reading slump. I listened to a lot of audiobooks, but physical books are still difficult for me. I have a ton of ARCs I need to read and I’m making it a goal to get through one a week.
  • Finish my 2019 reviews. I was so backed up on reviews that at one point, I think I had like thirty that I had to write. I’m mostly caught up, although there are a couple from 2019 that I still need to get to. This weekend is my deadline!

Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals (if you make them)?

I decided to take it easy in 2020 and not overwhelm myself with challenges. I did a post about my reading goals here. In addition to that, I’d love to do some more collabs with authors (I’m so bad at making the first move, though), attend some more bookish events (I’m going to a Sarah J. Maas event in March!), and get back into blog hopping.


Questions from Fizza

Who is your role model?

Honestly, I don’t know that I really have one. There are a lot of qualities I admire in a lot of different people, but there isn’t one person I look at and say, “Hey, I want to be just like them.”

What is one place you have always wanted to visit? Did you visit it or is it still on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, and I’ve never been there. It’ll happen someday!

What was the best thing about 2019 and what are your hopes for 2020?

2019 was a year with a lot of changes. I made the decision that I needed to do what was best for me, so I quit my job and moved across the country. A lot of people had a lot of opinions about it, but I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.

My hopes for 2020 are that it will continue to be great! Now I’d like to find a good balance between work, fun, and relaxing.

If you could live anywhere in the world for one year where would you go?

Definitely Costa Rica. I spent some time there a few years ago and it was so pretty and so relaxing.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Does Pusheen count?


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer these questions if you’d like! Do you have a role model? What are some goals you have for 2020? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: The ten most recent additions to my bookshelf

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is the ten most recent additions to my bookshelf. These are in no particular order, mostly because I just can’t remember exactly what order I got them in.


Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Malice by Pintip Dunn

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

Keystone by Katie Delahanty

The Sarington Necklace by Tammy Bradley

The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Budget Bytes by Beth Moncel

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What’s the last book you added to your bookshelf? Have you read any of these? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Book Festival Book Tag

Thanks to Mandy & Sha for tagging me to do their original Book Festival Book Tag! Honestly, they come up with the best tags and you should definitely be following them if you aren’t already!


Rules:

.x. pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews .x.
.x. tag the person who tagged you .x.
.x. find an answer to match each prompt .x.
.x. have fun! .x.


Author Lineup

Name your top 3 authors that you would like to meet.

Jenn Bennett! Sally Thorne! R.S. Grey!

The Official Schedule

How do you determine what books you’re going to read next? 

I’m usually reading three books at any given time:

  • I’m always doing some kind of buddy read with my boyfriend these days. We usually just decide on whatever jumps out at us from either our shelves or my Kindle.
  • I try to always have an ARC going in the background. I’m usually not actively reading it, but I’ll pick it up and read a chapter or two when I have free time. I read whichever ARC has the most imminent release date. If there aren’t any coming out particularly soon, I’ll go with the one that’s most overdue.
  • When it comes to audiobooks that I listen to at work, it’s anybody’s guess. I place a lot of holds, so I get surprised with them showing up all the time. When I get down to one or two checked out, I’ll usually scroll through Overdrive and see if anything from my TBR is currently available on audio. If not, I just pick something that sounds fun.

ARC Drops

What ARC would you wait hours in line for? 

Definitely Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett! I’m also really anticipating House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas and What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter.

The Swag!

What bookish merch/pre-order incentives/etc. is your favorite?

I like things I can use, like pens and notebooks and bookmarks. Once I got fuzzy socks and that was nice too.

The Panels

What topic would you love to see some of your favorite authors talk about?

As someone who loves to read but cannot write, I would love to hear my favorite authors talk about their process. Where do their ideas come from? How do they create such real characters? How do they write dialogue that sounds like an actual conversation? I just think it’s so incredible that anybody can pull an entire universe out of their mind and write it down in a way that other people can feel like they’re experiencing it firsthand.

Yallfest, Yallwest, BookCon/BookExpo, YALC, Etc.

What book festival/con would you go to if you had the choice?

I think BookExpo would be fun. I feel like it’s the less crazy, more civilized, less money grabby older sibling of BookCon.


I’m tagging:

MegganSahiSusanRebecca


Please feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you directly! I’d love to see your answers! Which authors would you like to meet? Which book festival would you most like to attend? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Mini-Reviews: Recent DNFs

So, it turns out that once I get on a DNFing streak, I really get on a DNFing streak. Here are some more mini-reviews from books I’ve abandoned.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Source: Borrowed

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

DNF @ 6%

I don’t have a lot to say about this because, as you can see, I made it to 6%. This is roughly page 18. In eighteen pages, Darynda Jones managed to:

  • sexualize literally every character except for an old man ghost
  • make not just one, but two inappropriate and racist statements
  • insinuate that women have to be below a certain weight to be hot

This one just wasn’t for me.

#romanceopoly: dungeon


Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Source: Borrowed

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . . 

DNF @ 8%

Okay, to be fair, I actually said, “I’m probably going to end up DNFing this,” as I borrowed it from Hoopla. I know my romance tastes, and vampires aren’t really part of that anymore. But romanceopoly recommended this for one of their prompts, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Nope.

A big nope.

An hour in, and literally had nothing happened. Except a lot of fighting, I guess, but I don’t read romance for fights.

#romanceopoly: warriors way


Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Borrowed

When Wicked Comes Calling…

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion…

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired. 

DNF @ 2%

To be fair, I think I made it a little further than 2% in this one. There’s an interview with the author at the end of the book, but since I’m not sure where the book stops and the interview begins, we’ll just go with 2%.

If romanceopoly has taught me anything, it’s that I can’t do straight-up historical romance. I can’t get into it, it bores me, it comes across as completely ridiculous, and I just don’t care. This is nothing against the book, which has tons of positive reviews and I’m sure is great, but this genre just isn’t for me.

#romanceopoly: mayfair


Have you read any of these books? What’s the last book you DNFed?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Thanks to Rebecca for recommending my recommendations and tagging me to do The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag!


Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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My favorite genre is YA contemporary, and since it’s been a while since I’ve shouted about it, I’m going with Starry Eyes. This book features a great friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, a camping trip that made even me (a non-camper) want to spend some time in the wilderness, and a great discussion of safe, consensual sex.

2. Recommend a short book

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The Backstagers is a super cute graphic novel about the magical world that happens backstage at a school production. It’s filled with friendship and magical creatures and is so much fun.

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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I have to go with Coraline. The adaptation is basically the same as the book. The book was also a lot spookier than I’d expected! If you’re going to read it, I’d highly recommend the audio, since it’s narrated by Gaiman himself and features some creepy music.

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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I don’t tend to love thrillers, but You had me on the edge of my seat! I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a lot happening and a lot of it was really crazy, but it never felt like too much, like I’d need to set the book aside or take a breather.

5. Recommend a book series

There are so many series I could have gone with, but the first one that came to mind was Dumplin‘ and Puddin‘, so I’ll go with them. I got into Julie Murphy’s books at the end of 2019, and I ended up loving both of these so much.

6. Recommend a standalone

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If you’re looking for a book that deals with religion, sexism, misogyny, finding yourself, you can’t really go wrong with The Poet X. I was blown away by this book, and since it’s written in verse, it’s a pretty quick read, too.

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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There are a lot of books that I don’t think I talk about enough, but for this prompt, I wanted to go with one I loved that I don’t really see other people talking about, either. Beauty Queens is one of those books. Between the cover and the synopsis, it sounds kind of like a trainwreck. But I promise it’s not. It’s so, so good. It’s unapologetic satire of our obsession with reality television, with looking perfect, with being the best at everything. It has a really positive, really feminist message, and as a bonus, the “beauty queens” don’t just fit one stereotypical image of what a pageant girl should be.

8. Recommend your “staple” book 

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Is it even a book tag if I don’t somehow work The Hating Game in there? I mean, really.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading

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I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but the first books I remember reading on my own and really loving were the Beverly Cleary books. I had a stack of them at my grandma’s house and would often read them after I finished my homework.

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books


Tag! You’re It!

I’m tagging the three people above along with Lori, Alex, and Jamsu!


Feel free to steal this tag even if I didn’t directly tag you! I’d love to see your answers! What’s a book that got you into reading? What’s an adaptation that you’ve enjoyed? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Mini-Reviews: The Kitchen, Paper Girls Vol. 6, and Emily the Strange

The Kitchen by Ollie Masters
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Source: Borrowed

New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment. This is the world of THE KITCHEN.

The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives—Kath, Raven and Angie—decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.

THE KITCHEN takes one of the most popular genres in entertainment and, like The Sopranos, reimagines it for a new generation to present a classic gangster story told from a fresh point of view.

Written by talented newcomer Ollie Masters with stunning art by Ming Doyle (Mara) and killer covers by Becky Cloonan (GOTHAM ACADEMY, Killjoys, DEMO), THE KITCHEN is not to be missed.

Collects THE KITCHEN #1-8.

I hadn’t heard of The Kitchen before searching for books that I hadn’t already read that were becoming movies, but it was available on Hoopla and it sounded interesting enough. This graphic novel takes a very simple concept — what if a bunch of mobsters went to prison and their wives took over — and attempts to turn it into a story about gender roles.

I can’t really say that it succeeds, because there’s little difference between the husbands and wives. The women, understandably, want to be taken seriously, but their way of being taken seriously is basically just being very, very violent. Mob stories in general aren’t my favorite, and this one just didn’t have enough outside of the standard grisly murder scenes to keep my interest.

I can see how this could be expanded into a decent movie, but as a graphic novel, it left me disappointed.

#ps19: a book becoming a movie in 2019


Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Source: Borrowed

THE END IS HERE!

After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form one complete mega-image!

Collects PAPER GIRLS #26-30

Paper Girls has been kind of hit or miss for me, wavering between “um, it’s fine” and “wow, that was actually pretty good,” depending on the volume. I was pretty excited when I saw that the final volume was out. I’d definitely been missing Vaughan’s work.

The final volume definitely falls into the “um, it’s fine” category. A lot happens and, honestly, it’s a little confusing. But as usual, the characters are great and the art is amazing. This isn’t my favorite of Vaughan’s work, but I’m glad I read it.


Emily the Strange by Rob Reger
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 19, 2002
Source: Borrowed
Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl — she’s got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats and famous friends in very odd places! She’s got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you’re invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

I’ve seen Emily the Strange stuff for years without really knowing what it was all about. I needed a book that someone was reading in a movie or on a TV show, and this was on the Gilmore Girls book list, so I went for it.

I am confused.

Because there’s no story.

That can be okay depending on how it’s done. I mean, graphic novels can just be a collection of short stories. But I want it to at least tell me something, not just show me an edgy teenage girl doing edgy things. I guess the title is accurate because I was lost, the story was dark, and it was incredibly boring.

#ps19: a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie


Have you read any of these books? What’s the best graphic novel you’ve read recently?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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