WWW Wednesday – May 26, 2021

Hey everyone! I’m back again this week for another WWW Wednesday. I skipped last week because I didn’t have anything to update, but I finished a few books since then! If you missed my last update, click here.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas

I featured this two weeks and still haven’t made any progress on it since then. I was buddy reading this with my partner, Rob, and he finished it weeks ago OOPS.

Hopefully I can get to it now that I’ve finished some of the other books I was reading.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’m reading this for Middle Grade Marvels and missed the last two updates because I literally kept forgetting to read it.

I read the first 1/4 of the book and really enjoyed it so I have high hopes!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rob and I are listening to this together so we haven’t made much progress since both of us have to be in the mood to listen to it. We haven’t listened to any of it in over a week so again you can expect this to remain on my WWW Wednesdays for a while.

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Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished:

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The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I read this with my TWR crew as part of the Hannah Didn’t Mean to Start a Book Club book club.

I think Hallie Rubehold did a really nice thing here trying to give the lives back to the women whom Jack the Ripper killed. We often forget about them and focus instead of the murderer rather than the people whose lives he ended.

Unfortunately, since society is terrible, a lot of this book had to result to being hypothetical since we don’t actually know much about these women. It got a bit frustrating seeing how much of this non-fiction book was guesswork (which again is not the fault of the author).

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I listened to this on audiobook and it was fabulous. I highly recommend listening to it rather than reading it because the narrator really brought these ridiculous characters to life.

The story is told non-chronologically through a bunch of intertwining narratives that connect at several places in time. It was an absolutely wild ride.

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A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Hallie Rubenhold

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This cover is super freaking cute, so I was very excited to read this book. I received a physical copy from Unplugged Book Box, but I ended up listening to the audiobook on Scribd instead so I could do work at the same time.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the main character and I was disappointed that she didn’t go through the growth that I wanted to see in her.

Reading Next

There are a few books left on my May TBR, and I’m definitely not going to get to all of them in time, but I’ll list them here anyways.

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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WWW Wednesday – May 12, 2021

Hey everyone! I’m back again this week for another WWW Wednesday. If you missed my last update, click here.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas

I featured this last week and unfortunately did not get any progress on it since then. I honestly keep forgetting that I’m currently reading it 😂😂😂

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’m reading this for Middle Grade Marvels so I’m around 1/4 of the way through it for our first check in.

This is my first Schwab book and I’m enjoying it a lot!! I’ve got high hopes (cue that song by Panic! at the Disco).

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rob and I are listening to this together so we haven’t made much progress since both of us have to be in the mood to listen to it. We made a bit of progress since my last check in but we’re still less than 1/4 of the way through lol.

You can expect this to show up on the next few WWW Wednesday posts.

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Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished:

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Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I read this for a book tour with The Write Reads and really enjoyed it!

It’s a story that takes place at the end of the world, but the real focus is on the main character, Libby, taking this opportunity to finally break from her shell. The first half was a bit slow but it really picked up after that!

You can read my full review here.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I listened to this on audiobook and it was fabulous. I highly recommend listening to it rather than reading it because the narrator really brought these ridiculous characters to life.

The story is told non-chronologically through a bunch of intertwining narratives that connect at several places in time. It was an absolutely wild ride.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I started this as a book club read a few months ago and then switched from reading the physical book to listening to the audiobook instead.

I have no idea how Julian is supposed to be pronounced because the audibook narrator pronounced it one way and Aiden Thomas at the end of the book pronounced it another. Regardless, Julian was my absolute fave.

Dismal Dreams by Red Lagoe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I got this as an ARC from the author so thank you so much Red Lagoe for sending this to me!

It’s a horror anthology of 13 different short stories. I rated them all individually and should have a post about it up soon, but overall I think 4 stars is right.

A lot of the stories aren’t actually “horror” in the sense that I was expecting (I always default to ghosts idk why). Many were about the horrors of human nature rather than anything supernatural. Still, it’s sure to get your pulse going!

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Reading Next

I read one of the books I listed on the last WWW Wednesday, so I’ll shift them over and add A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow to this list. It’s on Scribd so I should be able to get through it via audiobook!

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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WWW Wednesday – May 5, 2021

Hey everyone! I’m back again this week for another WWW Wednesday. If you missed my last update, click here.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

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Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

I just started this today for a blog tour post I have due tomorrow! It’s got a very interesting and unique premise so I think I’m going to enjoy it!

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas

I featured this last week and unfortunately did not get any progress on it since then. I’ve got a few other books I need to finish before I can get to this one but hopefully soon!

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I started this as a book club read a few months ago and I super failed at keeping up with everyone else. I don’t even remember why I stopped reading it because I was enjoying it quite a lot.

I think I’m about halfway through right now. I’ve switched from reading the physical to listening to the audiobook so that I can get some work done at the same time.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Everyone on Twitter has been talking about this series and so my partner and I caved and started listening to it on audiobook. I don’t know how long it will take us to get through the series since we’re listening to it together but we’re hoping to finish these books and watch the adaptation sometime soon!

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Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished:

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Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My partner and both finished this last week and enjoyed it quite a bit! I found the ending to be underwhelming as I felt it left way too many questions unanswered for me.

I’m still a huge fan of Ashley Poston’s writing and this book kept me engaged throughout.

Sun of a Beach by Mia Sosa

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A few months ago, my partner (Rob) discovered that he has had audible premium pro this entire time and neither one of us knew 🤦🏽‍♀️. I decided to binge a few audiobooks on April 30th while I did some work and this was what I started with. It was very cute but the plot kind of revolves around insta-love which is a bit weird since it’s also a hate-to-love.

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was on my TBR for a while and I have no idea how I didn’t know this book was about a time-loop.

I found it funny, cute, and entertaining, despite its outlandish plot. I knew what was going to happen because it’s a classic predictable type of romance but I enjoyed it very much overall.

Reading Next

I didn’t read any of the books I listed as reading next last week so I’m just going to put them here again and everyone can just pretend this is the first time seeing this collection.

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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WWW Wednesday – April 28, 2021

It’s been so freaking long since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday and I’m kind of glad I skipped so many weeks because April has proved to be a terrible reading month. I couldn’t finish anything for weeks but I finally have some books to update you all on!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

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Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

I’m super close to finishing this one so hopefully I can get it read today or tomorrow!

This is a buddy read with my crew from TWR as part of the “Hannah Didn’t Mean to Start a Book Club” Book Club. I’m enjoying this very much. It’s fast paced and is sure to keep you hooked as soon as you start!

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas

I’m buddy reading this with my partner, Rob, though he’s reading his copy in French.

What’s interesting is that we’ve compared our versions and the translator has changed some of the words that are actually in English in the French version to different English words which is really weird.

So far it’s unclear what is happening in the book, whether it’s supernatural or not. I’m curious to see what the plot has in store next!

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Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished:

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The Order of the Key by Justine Manzano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received a free copy from the author almost a year ago and this book got lost in the sea of my TBR.

Thankfully, I was participating in “Netgalley April” with a few of my bookish friends where we decided to spend April catching up on our backlog of requested reviews.

I’m so happy I got to this because it was a great YA fantasy novel. My review for it posted yesterday so you can read my full thoughts here.

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour so you can read my full review here.

This book was absolutely lovely! I’ve read I think four of Becky Albertalli’s books and this was definitely my favorite of all of them. The plot centers around two best friends who have a crush on the same guy. And while I absolutely hate love triangles, this book handled it so well.

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Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgie Hill

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a sweet story about a woman who is struggling to get by at work now that a new (and evil) manager has taken over. There’s also a nice side plot about her love life.

What I thought was the best thing about this story was the emphasis on working together to get something done. It was a very nice “found family” type of feeling.

This was for a blog tour, so you can read my full review here.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Poirot Investigates is a collection of 11 short stories about Hercule Poirot. I read the collection from a different book than the picture included here but because that book includes a bunch of other short stories, I decided to use this version when logging my Goodreads shelves.

Overall I thought the stories were very average. Since they’re so short, you can’t really connect with any of the characters so I didn’t feel any emotional reaction to the results of each crime.

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Reading Next

I’m not sure what I have coming up next but I do have a few books that Rob still wants me to read and some requested reviews from authors so I’ll include some of them below!

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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WWW Wednesday – February 17, 2021

I missed last week’s WWW Wednesday because of two blog tour posts being due that day but here I am, back again! I’ll cover books that I’ve read since my last update.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Guess who still hasn’t made any progress on this book!!!

I’m in a bit of a reading (and mental health) slump and I’ve had basically no motivation to read anything lately, which is a shame because I think I’m going to really like this book. Hopefully I can finish it this month.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

I started this a few days ago because it’s a book my partner, Rob, chose for my TBR this month. I’m enjoying it quite a lot. The main character is a total dick but he knows this about himself which is a new take on this.

I’ve been reading so many books lately where the main character is a terrible person and doesn’t seem to realize it, so this is strangely refreshing.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is part a buddy read with Hannah’s Not-a-Book-Club Book Club. We split this book into four sections to cover over four weeks and I missed last week’s section (oops) so I’ll have to do some extra reading to catch up before our next discussion.

So far nothing has really happened in the parts I’ve read so I don’t really have an opinion on this yet. I hope it lives up to the hype!

Recently Finished

Since my last update on February 3rd, I’ve finished the following books:

Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour so you can read my full review here.

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series and I enjoyed it a lot! The writing style is very informal and funny so I laughed quite a bit. I’m also a huge fan of DCI Winters and I’m hoping that I’ll see more and more of him as this series progresses.

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Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I read this book for a blog tour with The Write Reads and I unfortunately didn’t like it. It is book that has a really big sense of humor and is sure to illicite many laughs from you, but I found it’s view on feminism very harmful.

It’s a very sex-positive book, which is great, but it relied too much on virgin-shaming for me to be on board with it.

You can read my full review here.

A Brush with Death by Fiona Leitch

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the second book in the same series as Murder on the Menu that I mentioned above. I also read this for a blog tour so you can read my full review here.

I didn’t like this one as much as the first because it dealt with themes that I really don’t like such as cheating and love-triangles. I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to continue the series because it’s relying very heavily on the love-triangle trope right now and I hate them so much.

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Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

I really really disliked this book, which is unfortunate because it has SUCH A GORGEOUS COVER. I read it as part of a blog tour and had to switch to a spotlight post because of how much I disliked it.

Not only was I not a fan of the writing style or plot, but I also felt like this book never took mental health seriously. You can visit my spotlight post here.

A Dash of Romance By Paullett Golden

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book might have singlehandedly saved my reading week. It consists of a short romance novella and several short stories and the novella was the ultimate feel good novel. I loved it so much.

The only thing that I wanted to change was a small plot point involving the heroines dad. I didn’t understand why he did/didn’t do what I expected him to do and I can’t make sense of it. Maybe I’m missing something…

You can read my full review here.

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Reading Next

I have a blog tour coming up and several books I have to finish in order to complete my February TBR. Here are a few of them!

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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WWW Wednesday – February 3, 2021

I’ve been a hot mess lately and missed a bunch of these but I’m finally bringing back WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

Currently Reading

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I started this a long time ago and still haven’t finished. It was actually a book club read for December but my book club never even gathered to talk about it, so me not reading it didn’t affect anything.

Despite taking so long to read this, it’s actually pretty creepy and interesting. I just had a few months with too many books to read which is why this has been on the back burner. Hoping to finish it this month!

Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch

I technically haven’t started this yet (at the time of my writing) but it’s for a blog tour and my post is due tomorrow so I’ll be starting it very soon.

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series and I’m also doing a blog tour for the second book as well. I’ve been trying to read more cozy mysteries so I’m quite excited!

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Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished the following books:

White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was really interesting and had phenomenal world building. If Goodreads allowed quarter stars, I’d probably rate this a 4.25.

David R. Slayton is an amazing writer and he had me hooked by the very first chapter. This is the first book in a series so I’ll definitely be waiting for the next installment to be announced!

You can read my full review here.

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The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was one of the books that Rob picked for me to read in January and in true fashion, I waited until the very last minute to read it.

While I still am very much enjoying this series, I’m upset at how much the love triangle trope was played up in this book. It’s one of my least favorite tropes so I found myself getting more and more frustrated as it went along. I’m still 100% continuing on to the next book though.

This is the second book in The Dispossessed Trilogy and you can find my review of the first book here.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I kind of wanted to give this book a 4.75 because while I felt like it wasn’t a 5-star read for me, it definitely felt better than a 4 or 4.5.

Reading this book was a strange experience for me because although I had never read it before, I kept feeling a sense of deja vu throughout.

It was tragic and powerful and I definitely think everyone should give it a go.

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Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book suffered from another case of “the blurb is misleading”. I thought that this was going to be a cute YA romance about forbidden love but instead what I got was an incredibly dark and tragic love story.

Granted, it is marketed as a Romeo and Juliet retelling (which I don’t necessary agree with but oh well) and Romeo and Juliet is pretty freaking tragic so maybe I should have expected it.

The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a lot of fun! It was a blog tour book that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did because I’m normally not a fan of historical fiction.

As someone who DNFed Pride and Prejudice, The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady was basically the book that I wished Pride and Prejudice would have been. While it wasn’t an enemies-to-lovers, it still had a good amount of drama and angst that I loved.

You can read my full review here.

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Reading Next

I have a few blog tours coming up so that’s what I’ll be focusing on reading in the next week.

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Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney

My tour post for this is due February 7th and I’m going to be completely honest–I have no idea what this book is about.

BUT JUST LOOK AT THE COVER!!!! I’M SO EXCITED!

A Brush with Death by Fiona Leitch

This is the second book in the same series as Murder on the Menu that I mentioned above.

My post for this is due on February 10th which is the same day as the next WWW Wednesday so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do a WWW Wednesday next week. We’ll see!

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Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!


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#Blogmas Day 23: WWW Wednesday – December 23, 2020

Round five of WWW Wednesday and Day 16 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

I am happy(ish) to announce that the only books I am currently reading are two from my last two WWW Wednesday books:

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I haven’t made any progress on them this month, but now that I’ve caught up on my other reading, I should be able to finish them within the next week!

Recently Finished

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour for The Write Reads and I really enjoyed it! I’m not much of a Middle Grade reader so I can’t really say how well it fits into that age category, but I think readers of all ages will find enjoyment in Amari and the Night Brothers.

You can read my full review here.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was another wonderful book club read with my crew at The Write Reads! We don’t have a book club name yet but I’m referring to it as the “Hannah Didn’t Know She Started a Book Club” Book Club for now.

This was a book that took a while for me to get into because I don’t care for historical novels, but once the action started going, I really enjoyed it! Though I was upset with the ending, I was still satisfied by it–if that makes any sense.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I just finished this one earlier this evening. I didn’t know what to expect, but I guess it was better than I thought it would be? This is one of the books on my TBR that my partner, Rob, chose for me to read and it’s a novella so it was pretty quick. I was surprised (and impressed) by how much happened in such a short amount of pages. I think I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series at some point.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book chosen by Rob and he chose it because it was a 5-star book for him and one of his all time favorites. Although I didn’t like it as much as he did, I still thought it was a really good book! It is just over 800 pages so it’s a bunch of a chonker, but I didn’t feel bored at any point. I read it in 50-150 page chunks so that might have helped a bit.

Reading Next

There are two more books that I want to have finished before the new year!

  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a book for another book club I’m part of (The Backlist Readers Book Club) and One of Us is Next is the last book that Rob chose for my December TBR. I’m trying to read these as fast as I can, but with Christmas coming up, I also want to be able to take some time to rest. Can I do both? Who knows! Wish me luck!


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#Blogmas Day 16: WWW Wednesday – December 16, 2020

Round four of WWW Wednesday and Day 16 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

I’m still reading basically all of the stuff I was reading during the last check in. I did forget to mention last time that I’m also reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.

This is a book club read so we read a certain amount for each week which is why I haven’t finished it yet. I’m having so much trouble keeping up with the names on this book. I keep calling one of the main characters Lisa even though her name is Sara. I have no idea why. It’s pretty good so far so hopefully the second half is just as good!

Here is a recap of all of the books I mentioned last week that I am still reading.

I haven’t made any progress in Catching Fire and The Bride Test but I am reading The Priory of the Orange Tree pretty consistently! I originally was trying to do 50 pages per day but I got too busy and haven’t succeeded in this the past few days.

Recently Finished

Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I finally succeeded in reading a NetGalley book and then I ended up receiving another one for an upcoming blog tour so my percentage has not really change unfortunately.

This book was pretty good but the weird insta-love between the two main characters was very strange for me. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing-style which seemed more YA than Adult and was repetitive or contradicting at times.

I would say that the best part of this book was the fantasy aspect involving witches and spells, so I wish it would have explored that side of the story a bit more.

You can read my full review here.

The Spark by Jules Wake

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book shocked me with how much it related to my life. It follows a woman and her new boyfriend as they struggle with an ex who refuses to let go. I went through very similar events around two years ago so I related to this book so much that it physically hurt at times to read it, but I just couldn’t stop.

You can read my full blog tour review for this one here.

Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe by CP Ward

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This, like The Spark, was a blog tour read for Rachel’s Random Resources. It’s super Christmassy–if you couldn’t tell from the title–and involves a fifty-two year old woman taking a risk on her dream of running a cafe in an amusement park called Christmas Land (told you it was super Christmassy).

Despite some of the British phrases that often stumped me while I was reading, I really enjoyed this book. Once I finished it, I was desperate to figure out how to make hot chocolate with cocoa beans and marshmallows without gelatin.

You can read my blog tour review here.

Reading Next

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston (Tour Date: December 19)

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Though I want to mostly focus on continuing/finishing the books I’m currently reading, I do have an upcoming blog tour post for Amari and the Night Brothers. I’ve literally only seen 5-star reviews for this, so I’m super excited!

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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#Blogmas Day 9: WWW Wednesday – December 9, 2020

Round three of WWW Wednesday and Day 9 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

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This is a book I got approved for on NetGalley and I’ve been trying to up my percentage. I have 4 blog tour books on there that I can’t review until my day on the tour, but this one is not blog-tour related.

So far, I’m enjoying this an average amount. I’m not a fan of the writing style nor how certain plots are unravelling, but I’ve got my fingers crossed!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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This book is SO HUGE and Rob chose it for my monthly TBR, so I decided to get started on it early on. It’s extremely well-written, but I’m getting overwhelmed with how many names and relationships are being thrown my way. Rob says that it’s good at reinforcing previous names/events, so I’m hoping that’s enough for my terrible memory.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Yeah, I haven’t made ANY progress on this book since last week because I’m a hot mess. I’m hoping to get back into it soon and hopefully finish it this month (or week).

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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This is another book that I featured last week that I haven’t made any progress on. I’m in a bit of a reading slump if you couldn’t tell. Basically all the books I’ve been reading recently are for blog tours. I’m around a third way through with this, I think, so it shouldn’t take too long to finish it. I’ll just have to settle in one day and get it done.

Recently Finished

A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from the Author in partnership with Book Tasters. Going into this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it much, but it actually ended up being pretty great. It covers some heavy topics but the message that it presents of being open to new experiences was really nice.

For my full review, click here.

You Never See Rainbows at Christmas by Elaine Spires

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a blog tour book with Rachel’s Random Resources. The writing wasn’t my style, but the overall message of the book was extremely powerful. This is not only a book about learning to move forward from past trauma/mistakes, but it’s also deals with issues of homelessness and classism.

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Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was another blog tour book with Rachel’s Random Resources. I was pretty excited to see how many Christmas-related novels I signed up for this month because I love the Christmas atmosphere.

I never really felt like I connected with any of the characters in this novel, which is why I had a hard time getting into the story. It was, however, really refreshing to see how emotionally mature these characters were.

For my full review, click here.

Reading Next

I’ve got two tours coming up in the next week so I’m planning on reading those very soon.

The Spark by Jules Wake (Tour date: December 11)

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Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe by CP Ward (Tour date: December 14)

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Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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#Blogmas Day 2: WWW Wednesday – December 2, 2020

Round two of WWW Wednesday and Day 2 of Blogmas! To read my first WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I started this book MONTHS ago as a buddy read but then I got caught up in a bunch of other things and never finished.

This is a reread for me so hopefully I can finish it soon! I honestly don’t remember how much I liked it the first time but dystopian YA might actually be my favorite genre (I know I’ve led a lot of you to believe that it’s romance but I’m not so sure).

I’m looking forward to finally finishing this because I’ve kept my buddy read group waiting for way too long.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I started reading this back in October and put it down because it was honestly creeping me out. There’s an extremely weird power imbalance between the two main characters that makes me severely uncomfortable.

I’m hoping that the story will get more reasonable as I continue through it because I enjoyed The Kiss Quotient a lot. You can read my review for that book here.

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A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio

I got a copy of this from the author in partnership with Book Tasters so I should be finishing and reviewing this book within the week!

I think it’s a romance novel, but I’m not quite sure. It’s got promising reviews, so I’m hoping I’ll like it!

Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished the following books:

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a reread for me and to be honest I don’t think I cared for it much. I was listening to it on audiobook with Rob and I wasn’t really a fan of the narrator, so that might have influenced my decision.

This was a novel that didn’t do a good job at keeping me hooked and I often found myself zoning out while listening. I’ve never read the third book in this series before so here’s hoping it’s more enjoyable!

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Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I got this book from a Bubbles & Books book box and I was excited to figure out what exactly it was about! The main character is a woman who has special abilities and is part of a secret organization for people like her. When she buys and unlocks a mysterious puzzle box, she finds herself face-to-face with a super hot shapeshifter. Chaos ensues.

This book leaned more on the fantasy side than on the romance side, but I wasn’t mad about it. I do think that it bit off a bit more than it could chew and as a result certain plot lines didn’t quite make sense to me.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t really read non-fiction books, so I was a bit scared about reading this book. I hoped that since it was marketed as YA it would be more readable, and thankfully that ended up being the case.

I didn’t rate this five stars in the end because a few chapters rubbed me the wrong way–for example, the chapter where he deadnames his cousin several times–and sometimes I felt like there was too much focus on trying to make the last sentence of a chapter a catchy/strong one-liner. Sometimes I felt like that these one-liners ended up taking away from the strength of the overall point.

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As usual, Karen M. McManus delivers another wonderful mystery/thriller novel!

This book is full of twists and turns (though admittedly many were predictable) and I loved all of the main characters.

I read this book for a blog tour so you can catch my review here!

Smash It! by Francina Simone

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This book had so much promise and I really liked the writing style, but in the end it ended up being 300 pages of people being completely terrible to each other and apologizing over and over again. I really don’t enjoy when I find the main character of a book unlikable and I didn’t like Olivia nor several side characters.

The book also has some offensive/insensitive comments/jokes included in it. In particular, statements regarding a Hawaiian character and an Israeli/Palestinian character.

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A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was a fun and lighthearted Christmas romance and a very quick read. The plot is incredibly unrealistic, but if you’re looking for a nice escape this holiday season–like how we all love to watch A Christmas Prince on Netflix–you’ll probably enjoy this.

It relies heavily on the insta-love trope, so just a warning beforehand if that’s not your cup of tea. I also read this for a blog tour so you can read my review here!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ahhh I love Maggie Stiefvater so much. This book was very slow in the beginning but once it picked up, I couldn’t get enough of it!

Maggie Stiefvater has a way of making me constantly ask “wtf is going on!?!?” in the best type of way. I’m excited to read the rest of this series because I was not ready to let Ronan Lynch go at the end of The Raven King. I will defend that boy to the ends of the earth.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Rob really wanted me to read it, but I often find adult books like this wordy and boring. While I did complain to him about there being “too many words” while faking exhaustion, this book was actually pretty exciting.

Heavy trigger warnings for gore, rape, and sexual assault in here. It was a lot more rapey than I thought it would be. Leigh Bardugo has constantly stressed that this is NOT a YA novel so definitely don’t go into it thinking it will be light.

Reading Next

I have a lot of tours coming up in December and Rob’s picked 3 books he wants me to read in December so here are some books I plan on starting within the next 7 days.

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Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell

I’m reading this as part of a blog tour and I’m excited because the cover is so freaking cute!

My tour date is December 7th, so I’ll need to get this started and finished in the upcoming week!

You Never See Rainbows at Christmas by Elaine Spires

This is also a blog tour I’m participating in and it fits right into the Christmas theme. I’ve never really read many Christmas books in December before, so I’m excited to feel the Christmas spirit in my reading.

My tour date for this is December 5th.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is one of the books Rob chose for me to read and it’s an absolute beast, so I want to get started on this early on and give myself the entire month to finish.

I’m honestly extremely terrified of the size of this novel, so I’m hoping I can survive it.

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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