WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Her Darkest Lie by J. T. Ellison, I have been reading this one for a few weeks now. For whatever reason it is a slow going book for me but hopefully I can finish it in the next few days.

I am also about half way through Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho. This one has been on my shelf since it came out and I am so happy to finally be able to get to it.


What did you recently finish reading?

Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst – 3 Stars

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle – 5 Stars


What do you think you’ll read next?

I am hoping to get to a few different books next and not sure which ones I will be in the mood for.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Like Cats and Dogs by Kate McMurray

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It Had To Be You by Georgia Clark

Top 5 Tuesday – April 13th

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This weeks topic is books that I would re-rate. I find this funny because just last week I actually changed 2 of my ratings, I will go over those again as well as 3 others I might think about changing my rating for.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I just talked about this one last week about how at the time of reading I thought this was a 4 star because I wasn’t thrilled with the ending. But after reading it almost 6 months ago I still think about it all the time I decided to bump it up to a 5.

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center – After my third re-read of this book I decided to bump it up to a 5 Star. The book still gets me in the feels and I love it!

The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker – I have read this book at least 3 times and I have it as a 4 star but I think if I read a book this many times it might need to be a 5.

Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward – As the same for the book above, I have read this one many times and I love Zadist’s journey and this one should probably be a 5 star.

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction – This is one of the best comic/graphic novel series I have ever read! I have no idea why I have it as a 4. I should probably re-read them again.

Do you ever go back and change ratings after sitting on them for awhile?

Reading Round Up April 1st-10th

Hello friends and happy Monday! I am so proud of myself for actually being on time for my first round up of the month!! I read 4 books so far and I have DNF’d 1. They have all been good for the most part and my favorite of the month was my re-read of How TO Walk Away by Katherine Center. How is your month going so far? Have you read a new favorite of the year? Let me know in the comments below!

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center – 5 Stars (Re-Read) This was my first book by Katherine Center and having read a few more this one is still my favorite, I have now read this one three times. She writes such great real characters and I always enjoy her stories. In this one we have Margaret who is scared to fly but her boyfriend convinces her to go up in his plane anyways and then they end up having an accident. After waking up she realizes that she is now paralyzed in her legs and we follow her on her journey to learn to live with her new life. The cast of characters in this book are so amazing! Her parents and sister and IAN!!! I love grumpy characters and Ian is one of the best. While heartbreaking at times this is such a beautiful book and I highly recommend trying it out.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 Stars I recently finished my 3rd book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow. This one was quite different than her others as it was fantasy based. One of the things I love about her books is she is opening me up to a place that I know so little about. So far all of her books have taken place in Mexico and during different time periods.  In this one we are following Casiopea who accidentally unlocks the bones of Hun-Kame who was once the God of the Mayan underworld Xibalba. What follows is a journey to restore him to his rightful place while Casiopea learns about what she truly wants from life. If you love great writing and fantasy set in 1920’s Mexico then you should check this one out!

The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod – 4 Stars I am not going to say a ton about this one right now as I have something later this month planned for it. This is the story of Toni who gets the chance to temporarily join a new all female rock band called The Lilly’s. We follow Toni as she struggles to learn what she really wants in life and along the way meets back up with her childhood best friend and former crush Seb who is The Lilly’s manager. We also get to see some great female friendships in this book with the bad mates! I am looking forward to more from Xio Axelrod. Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for my gifted copy!

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay – 4 Stars I finally got to read this book and I am so glad that I did. The beginning started a little slow for me but once I got a third of the way into the book it really picked up. When we start that book we learn that Matt Pine’s family was killed by a gas leak while on vacation in Mexico, leaving his only remaining family his older brother who is in jail for murder. There are multiple points of view in this book and the two main ones are from Matt Pine and FBI Agent Sarah Keller. The FBI gets involved because while they think the deaths are from a gas leak there is also some details that make them think there might be more to their deaths. There were times that I found this book difficult to read because we are getting points of view from the deceased family members and that made me pretty emotional. This was a great thriller and the ending got me and I did not see the ending coming. I can’t wait to read more from this author and I hope we get more books that follow Sarah Keller. Highly recommend this one. Thank you Minotaur and Goodreads for my copy!

The Push Ashley Audrain by – DNF I want to start this by saying that this book may not be for everyone. The subject matter was difficult for me and that is why I DNF’d at about 50%. I thought the author’s writing was great and that’s the only reason why I tried pushing my self to get more read in this one. This book follows Blythe who had a hard life growing up and when she finally has a child of her own the experience is not what she thinks it will be. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away about the story. If you think you might want to read this one here are some trigger warnings: Child Birth, postpartum depression, mental health issues, death of a child, child abuse both physical and mental.

S4S – April 11th

Happy Sunday!! It’s time again for Six for Sunday which is a weekly meme created by A Little But A Lot – Todays topic is Magical books. I could have done way more than six books for this one. Fantasy books were what really started my love of reading and it was hard to choose so I just went with my all time favorites. There are few authors where I chose more than one series because I could!

1. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan – This was one of my very first series that started my love of fantasy books. I have memories of reading this with my husband who was at the time just my boyfriend. This is an epic fantasy series that has so many plot lines and characters I don’t even know where to start talking about it.

2. Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier – This was the first series by her that I read and she has since become one of my all time favorite authors. I have read Son of Shadows more times than I can count. This series is about a family that lives on what is now Ireland and how they interact with the fae that live around them.

The Warrior Bard Series by Juliet Marillier – This is her newest series and it follows Liobhan who is trained as a bard but wants to become one of the elite warriors from Swan Island. Book 3 comes out later this year and I can not wit for it!

3. Wayfair Redemption Series by Sara Douglass – The Wayfair series was my first by Sara Douglass and quickly became another favorite author of mine. I have read almost every single one of her books and was so sad when she passed away a few years ago.

Threshold by Sara Douglass -This book is one of her stand alones and is one my top 5 favorite books of all time. All of her books have great magical settings that sweep you away to a great story.

4. Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews – An Urban Fantasy series that deals with wizards, shifters, vampires and other magical creatures. Kate and her partner Curran are one of my OTP’s!

5. Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain – Karigan is a normal girl on her way home from school when she meets a dying man who is one of the magical green riders, messengers for the king. Caught up in this Karigan soon learns she has what it takes to become one too.

6. Written in Red by Ann Bishop – A new take on shifters living in the “modern” world but in this series they were they first and allowed the humans to live freely. After many incidents the “Others” as they are known as decide that the peace is over and begin taking back the rights that the allowed humans to have.

What are some of your favorite magical books? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Tag: The Clue Game Tag

Happy Saturday Friends! I saw Sarah from the Bookish Knitter on youtube do this tag awhile ago and thought it was fun! I love the movie Clue but not much of a fan of the game.

Characters

Mr. Green – Takes place in the UK – Druid’s Sword by Sara Douglass – Fantasy series that takes place from ancient England through WWII. Great Series

Col. Mustard – Takes place in the military – Trading In Danger by Elizabeth Moon – I don’t read a lot of military books so I went with Space Military. I love reading good Space Operas.

Mrs. Peacock – Patriotic book – Mornings On Horseback by David McCullough – This one is about Teddy Roosevelt’s life from birth till his first election.

Mrs. White – Character in service of a household – Longbourn by Jill Baker – Follows the characters that work for the Bennet family Pride and Prejudice.

Rooms

The Library – About books – Much Ado About You by Samantha Young – Vacation where main character works in a bookstore in England as part of living abroad experience.

The Kitchen – Culinary book – Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu- Graphic novel about a hockey player who loves to bake.

Conservatory – Plants, flowers or trees on cover – Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Contemporary Romance – One of my all time favorite covers.

Hall – Takes place in a mansion – Black Dagger Brotherhood – My favorite book is Lover Awakened – Paranormal Romance – Great vampire series set in upstate NY.

Weapons

Candlestick – Takes place before 1902 – Persuasion by Jane Austen – Classic – My favorite Austen

Gun – Mystery featuring a police officer – Fallen by Karin Slaughter – Thriller – Will Trent is one of my favorite characters ever, he is a special agent with the GBI.

Wrench – Skill trade worker – Beard in Mind by Penny Reid – Contemporary Romance – Both main characters are mechanics and Shelley is also a welder.

Dagger – Ritualistic murder takes place – Catch Me by Lisa Gardner – Mystery/Thriller

April New Releases

Hello Friends! I decided to start this series a bit late this month but was like its ok we have only had one release date so far this month. Each month I am going to be highlighting the books that I am excited for to be released during that month and if I have already read them then I will link my review for you.

Let me know in the comments below what you are looking forward to releasing in April!

Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane out 4/1

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon out 4/6

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle out 4/6

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin out 4/6

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth out 4/13 – see my thoughts here

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne out 4/13

Lover Unveiled by J.R. Ward out 4/20

Under The Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey out 4/20

Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras out 4/27

Meant To Be Immortal by Lynsay Sands out 4/27 – see my thoughts here

Reading Round Up: March 21st-31st

Hello Friends! I finally finished my last reading round up of March! I read 5 books and they were all mystery/thrillers. My favorite was Whiteout but they were all good reads.

Legacy by Nora Roberts – 4 Stars Adrian is a well known health influencer who got started as a baby with her mother’s company; Yoga Baby. When Adrain is 17 and launches her first solo project she starts receiving threatening poems every year. When she suffers a family loss, Adrian moves back to her home town and decides to move her base of operation to her grandparents home. Adrian survived a traumatic event when she is 7 years old and surrounds herself with people who will deal anything to help her. So when her stalker seems to start escalating, she has an entire town who is there to help her find out who the stalker is. This was a very fun and often times heartbreaking book to read. I can’t say how many times I cried while reading it. The friendships in this book are amazing as well as the family connections Adrian has. And the main love interest is so swoony and sweet! He has moved up to one of my favorite book boyfriends! There are many trigger warnings in this one, so I would recommend looking into these if you think you might need them. I can say abuse, murder, school shootings but there might be others as well. Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for my gifted review copy.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 4 Stars I am going to confess here and now that I almost always read the ending of book before I start it. My reason is that there are so many books that I want to read that if the ending doesn’t do it for me I move on to another book. So almost exactly a year ago I tried reading this one it was going slow and I was having a hard time getting into it so I looked at the ending and was like nope, I’m done. Fast forward a year and I am participating in March Mystery Madness and looking at my library for an audio book and decided to try this one again and man am I glad I did! This book is told from two perspectives in two different times. First we have the silent patient Alicia and we are getting her journal entries from the time leading up to when they found her holding a gun and her husband dead. Years later we are following Theo who is a psychotherapist and his journey to try and get Alicia to talk. This book took a few turns and even though I thought I knew the ending I did not. Highly recommend!

Thick As Thieves by Sandra Brown – 4 Stars This was my first book by Sandra Brown and I really enjoyed it. We are following Arden Maxwell who returns to her home town twenty years after leaving when her father ran off after robbing a local store. This book is told in two time lines and from multiple points of view. We get the story from 20 years ago when the robbery took place and from those who were involved. We also have present day with Arden moving back and dealing with the results of her father leaving. Like I said I really enjoyed this one. There was a mystery that had me guessing till the end and a small romance which is what I like to read 😁. Thank you @grandcentralpub for my #gifted copy!

Untamed Shores by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 Stars After reading Mexican Gothic last year I fell in love with Silvia’s writing and I am slowly making my way through her back list. Untamed Shores was my second book and while I did not love it as much as Mexican Gothic it was still a great book! This one takes place in 1979 in Baja California in a small seaside village where fisherman butcher sharks that they catch. Viridiana is a well educated young woman who recently broke up with her boyfriend because she does not want the life that has been laid out for her. Often working as a translator for tourists she is hired to be a live in transcriber for a wealthy family that consists of a husband and wife and her brother. Viridiana is at once infatuated with the siblings and gets dragged into their affairs when one of their party ends up dead. While this book was a historical fiction it also had thriller elements and I enjoyed Viridiana’s story. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing is so detailed and I could smell the dead sharks that she describes throughout the book. I can’t wait for my next read by her.

White Out by Danielle Girard – 5 Stars This was an interesting mystery because the main character Lily, regains consciousness after a car accident but has no idea who she is or how she got there. At the same time Detective Kylie Milliard finds a woman murdered and thrown into a dumpster. Lily and the dead woman have a connection but no one knows what it is. I always like police procedural thrillers and when you throw in amnesia and a tragic past I am a sucker for it. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series that coms out later this summer!

Thrift Store Haul #7

Hello Friends! I am here with another thrift haul from March and I still have one more to go! However, we are a week into April and I haven’t been thrifting yet so thats a win! So 2 of these I have already read and the others are ones I want to get too or they are completing a series. Also I have future plans for one of these books in a new series I am hoping to start on my blog soon.

Home Before Dark by Susan Wiggs – Contemporary Romance

In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston – Paranormal Romance – Love this series and am collecting paperbacks.

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas – New Adult Romance – I know this book is some peoples favorite so I picked it up.

Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen – New Adult Romance

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – Historical Fiction

When A Rogue Meets His Match by Elizabeth Hoyt – Historical Romance

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn– Historical Romance

Seeing Darkness by Heather Graham – Paranormal Romance

The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner – Mystery

The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner – Mystery

No One Knows by J. T. Ellison – Mystery

1st Quarter Reading Stats – January – March 2021

Hello friends! I am here today with my Quarterly update. I have never done this before but I thought it was fun and will continue throughout the rest of the year. I am doing good with reading considering I have been slumpy at times, to help with this I am just leaving off what ever book is putting me in that mood and trying something else. I am also really happy that of the 34 books I have read 18 were ARCs. I feel like I am behind on them but 50% of my reading is great!

So far for the year my favorite thriller is The Good Sister and my favorite romance is The Float Plan.

What has been your favorite read so far for the year?

Books I read January – March

  • Physical Books – 14 Books
  • E-Books – 13 Books
  • Audio – 7 Books
  • Library Books – 8 Books
  • ARC’s – 18 Books
  • DNF’s – 2 Books
  • Pages Read – 11,992

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 16 Books
  • Thriller/Mystery – 8 Books
  • Romantic Suspense – 3 Books
  • Paranormal Romance – 2 Books
  • Cozy Mystery – 1 Book
  • Historical Fiction – 1 Book
  • Historical Romance – 1 Book
  • Graphic Novel – 1 Book
  • General Fiction – 1 Book

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Year Book Was Published

  • 2010 – 2019 – 6 Books
  • 2020 – 10 Books
  • 2021 – 18 Books

Star Ratings

  • 2 Stars – 1 Books
  • 3 Stars – 7 Books
  • 4 Stars – 16 Books
  • 5 Stars – 10 Books

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Update on my 2021 Challenges

  • For my Backlist books I want to read 25 off of my shelves – I have read 3 so far – need to read more.
  • For Kayla’s Buzzword – I am doing great, I have done all 3 of the prompts for the the first part of the year.
  • My Goodreads Goal is 125 – I have read 34 books so far and I am at 27% of my goal which isn’t too bad!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Spell The Month In Books! April

Happy Monday Friends! Today I am doing this fun challenge I saw over on Julie from One Book More‘s blog and it was created by Jana from Reveiws from the stacks. The challenge is to spell the month with book titles. This month I went with books that are on my physical TBR.

After uploading this I realized I spelled April wrong but I am too lazy to re-take the picture so we are just going to keep it.

A – Among The Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

P – Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

R – Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

I – It’s Been A Pleasure Nomi Blake by Claire Christian

L – Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey