WWW Wednesday // 06.20.18

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Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!

What am I currently reading?

dark matter   crazy rich asians   kingdom of ashes

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:
    This has been at the top of my to-read pile for far too long, and I need a good sci fi book in my life right now after binging on some YA and serious fiction books. Dark Matter follows Jason Dessen, a physics professor from Chicago who leads a normal life beside his wife and child… at least, in this world. Following a night out, Jason is abducted and sent to an alternate reality where his life is not his own; he is told that he created a device that allows for people to jump between realities, a device so top secret that those close to him are killed or are killing to protect its secrets. The book follows him as he tries to figure out how to return to his world, and how to survive the one he is currently in. I’m about 50% through this one and while the premise is enticing, and the writing moves so smoothly I barely feel like I’m reading, I still have way more questions than I do answers – and I hope I get them before this book is over.
  • Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan:
    One of the biggest pillars of my personal philosophy is that I always read the book before the movie/TV show/other adaptation, and that holds true for this series as well after I saw the trailer pop up on Facebook last week. Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-Chinese woman, who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Singaporean Nick Young, to attend his best friend’s wedding and – more importantly – meet his family. What Rachel doesn’t know is that Nick’s family is essentially royalty in the Asian world – CEOs of international businesses, lawyers of the highest calibers, designers and actors, and their globetrotting/spoiled dependents. She also doesn’t know that Nick’s family doesn’t know about her – at least, not really. When she arrives in Singapore, she is thrust into a world she only distantly knew existed, and expected to thrive in the center of it. I’m kind of low-key obsessed with Asian culture, so I’m so pumped to read this book. I’m 25% in and so far nothing too crazy has happened yet, but I have high hopes.
  • Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas:
    Oh, look – another YA series and retelling! No surprises here. I read the first book in the series (A Wicked Thing) almost three years ago now, so my summarization may be a bit off BUT… The series follows the Princess of a far-off land called Alyssiana, a girl named Aurora who was cursed by a witch shortly after her birth and put into a deep sleep from which she can only be awoken with true love’s kiss. So far, this sounds exactly like Sleeping Beauty, right? Like, they didn’t even change the princess’ name. But fret not, for this is where the story starts to diverge. When Aurora finally wakes up, her “true love” is a man she harbors no strong feelings for and who’s kind of a spineless prince unable to help her reclaim her kingdom – that has moved forward in time one hundred years without her. A tyrannical, egotistical king is the new leader of her country, and she attempts to fight him in small ways throughout the book while attempting to reintroduce herself to the world. In Kingdom of Ashes, the story continues after Aurora has left her kingdom in flames behind her and attempts to find support elsewhere to claim back what is rightfully hers. To be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, but I didn’t hate it either – so I’m hoping the second book will impress me more than the first.

What have I finished recently?

a little life . roseblood2 . 2nd chance

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    Rating: 5 / 5 stars, review posted here
  • Roseblood by A.G. Howard
    Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars, review coming soon
  • 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson
    Rating: 3 / 5 stars

What do I think I’ll read next?

artemis   this savage song   the glittering court

  • Artemis by Andy Weir:
    I love space stories, and I especially love when Andy Weir is telling them. The Martian is probably one of my top 5 favorite books of all time, because the writing is spot on, and the humor is so natural and prevalent throughout the book. So when I heard that Weir was composing another novel taking place in space, I had to pick it up… and then put it on my to-read pile for monthsc as it glared at me. Artemis follows Jazz, a lowly porter on the planet of Artemis, where truly only the rich succeed. She is a small-time thief in order to get by, but when a more promising score presents herself, she can’t pass up the opportunity to make a little more money. But one little job turns into a whole conspiracy, and Jazz gets caught up in the wildness of Artemis and the political strings intertwining it. I am so pumped to see where this story goes.
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab:
    Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Kingdom of Ashes instead – whoops!
  • The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead:
    Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Crazy Rich Asians instead – whoops!

Well – that’s it for this week, folks! Hopefully I make some headway off the “currently reading” and into the “what’s next”!

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A LITTLE LIFE

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Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
Review: 5 / 5 stars

Summary: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

!Reader warning!: This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self harm, suicide, drug addiction, and other potentially triggering themes. If you want to know if this book is safe for you to read, please feel free to reach out to me.

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The Rainbow Book Tag // 6.17.18

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Hey, all! Saw this fun little tag bouncing around the sites and decided to do my own version of it! To challenge myself a little bit, I told myself I had two rules: to feature only books that had not been on my site before, and to choose books that didn’t belong to a series, as a lot of series (like Throne of Glass) tend to have one book per color of the rainbow – and that was an easy way out. I also mixed it up a little bit between books on my “read” and “to-read” shelf, so I went into a little more detail than what the original tag requires. Hope y’all enjoy!

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  • Red: The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan // Status: Read
    • Review: The hype was a 5 / 5 stars, the book itself a 2.5 / 5 stars
  • Orange: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver // Status: Owned & Unread
  • Yellow: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion // Status: Owned & Unread
  • Green: Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue // Status: To Read
  • Turquoise: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple // Status: Currently Reading
  • Blue: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // Status: To Read
  • Purple: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock // Status: To Read
  • Pink: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  • Brown: The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman // Status: Read
    • Review: 3.5 / 5 stars
  • White: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell // Status: Read
    • Review: 4.5 / 5 stars, only because his other books are all SOLID 5/5’s
  • Black: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra // Status: Owned & Unread
  • Bonus! RainbowThe Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus // Status: To Read

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES (ACOTAR #1)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book #1 / 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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WWW Wednesday // 6.13.18

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Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!

What am I currently reading?

a little life . roseblood2 . 2nd chance

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Am I reading this because Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye seems to be obsessed with it and I’m convinced we’re kindred spirits? Maaaaaybe. Honestly, I bought this novel before I ever knew Antoni existed, but his obsession with it inspired me to take it off the to-read shelf it had been collecting dust on. I’m about halfway through at this point, and I have to say: the first half was INCREDIBLY slow, with a lot of detail and character/plot building that is finally starting to pay off, 50% of the way through the book. I normally was reading it in 50 page increments, but I just read 150 in one sitting before having to put it down because I was crying too much. Is this a good sign? Stay tuned.
  • Roseblood by A.G. Howard: If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – I’m a sucker for a good retelling. Phantom of the Opera will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the first real musical I ever saw performed by professionals on a top tier theater (West End). I also went into it thinking I’d hate it, and ended up leaving with tears streaking down my cheeks, so. Anywho, I loved A.G. Howard’s Splintered series, even if the ending wasn’t my favorite, and I’m excited to see how she retells the tale of the Phantom!
  • 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson: I am also a sucker for James Patterson, even though to be honest, his writing isn’t the best. I’ve read most of Alex Cross and the Private series, mostly because they’re just so easy to read! I didn’t even know that Women’s Murder Club existed until my grandma told me about it, honestly. She said I would love the strong sense of feminism the main characters all display, as the book revolves around a group of four women whose jobs bring them into contact with some of the most atrocious homicides their city of San Francisco has to offer. The four women – a detective, a medical examiner, a lawyer, and a journalist – all work together to help solve the mysteries because GIRL. POWER. I read the first book and it felt a little rushed to be honest, but the premise is promising and I’m excited to follow Detective Lindsay Boxer (the main character)’s next move.

What have I finished recently?

indigo spell   vicious   war storm

  • The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
    Rating: 3 / 5 stars, review coming soon
  • Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
    Rating: 2 / 5 stars, review coming soon
  • War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars, review coming soon

What do I think I’ll read next?

dark matter   the glittering court   this savage song

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: I got this novel as part of my Christmas haul two years ago, and I was so pumped to read it… and it’s been sitting on my to-read shelf collecting dust ever since then. The plot follows a man named Jason, who wakes up to a life that isn’t his, although everyone around him swears it is. In this alternate reality, he is left to decide whether the life he thought he had is the real one, or the one he woke up in is. COUNT. ME. IN.
  • The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead: I always promised myself I wouldn’t read Vampire Academy, but I somehow got sucked into that, then Bloodlines, and now… this. Although it’s unrelated to the VA universe, I’m sure that the writing is the same quality/caliber – and that’s to say, a bit amateurish. However, I’ve been craving a high fantasy book for a while, ever since I finished the ACOTAR series – and this might be what I’m looking for. It follows an aristocratic girl named Adelaide who enters what basically sounds like high quality prostitution to escape an arranged marriage… which doesn’t make a ton of sense to me, but sounds interesting enough that I’m willing to buy into it. Mead usually has pretty good world building, so I’m hoping that this new universe will be intriguing and fulfill my fantasy needs.
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab: Again, this is another attempt to fulfill my fantasy needs, as the book follows a duo escaping a failed assassination attempt in a dark, dystopian, futuristic city where monsters run amok. Just that sentence alone checked off multiple boxes for me, it also helps that it’s written by Victoria Schwab. Although I obviously didn’t enjoy Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s foray into adult fiction as seen above, I still love love LOVE her A Darker Shade of Magic series – and I’m hoping this new young adult series will be similar to that type of writing, which she excels at.

Well – that’s it for this week, folks! Hopefully I make some headway off the “currently reading” and into the “what’s next”!

Book Traveling Thursdays // 5.25.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielle’s Book Blog). This week’s challenge is: “Freebie week. Today you can choose whatever you want either it is a book you’ve been wanting to talk for a long time or one of the previous themes.” I’m not really creative enough to come up with my own prompt and I’ve been pretty lazy with the posting this month, so I decided to steal one of the earlier themes: “May 18th – Choose a book that has originally a red cover.”

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CROOKED KINGDOM (SIX OF CROWS #2)

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Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Book #2 / 2 of the Six of Crows duo logy
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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