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Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

I’m still on a break from Stephen King’s The Stand and I’ve put the audio edition of Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins on pause as well. Mainly, these books are on hold due to my reading like a banshee for The Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge, hosted by Olivia at The Candid Cover.

For the challenge, I’ve pledged to read a total of ten books – thank goodness the challenge lasts a little over a month! Since I’ve got a poor track record regarding completing reading challenges, I chose to pick pretty short books on my TBR to wipeout! 

My Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge list:

  1. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  2. The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner
  3. Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tales for Troubled Children by Angus Oblong
  4. The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
  5. The Vision, Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  6. Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
  7. Moon Knight, Vol. 1: Lunatic by Jeff Lemire
  8. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  9. A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
  10. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher by Carolyn Keene

Simultaneously, I’m still buddy reading Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie with my pal, Lea. We’re both slacking on reading it, although it’s an awesome cozy mystery, as we keep getting distracted by other books, but, hey, at least we’re on the same page! 😀

I’m also reading Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram and I adore it! I’m so tickled that it was recommended to me! I LOVE retellings and, quite obviously, this book is a Cinderella-esque tale; SO CUTE! Finally, I started the graphic novel, Moon Knight, Vol. 1: Lunatic for the Wipeout Challenge and, though I’m not far into it, I think it’s going to be really different from anything I’ve read thus far!

Just Finished

I finished reading Ghosts a few days ago and absolutely loved it! My review can be found HERE!

Next

Upcoming reads for me include everything on my Wipeout Challenge TBR! Like I said above, I’m so grateful the challenge won’t end until early August, so I’ve got plenty of time to read my picks so long as I stick to my list!

I’ll also be getting back to The Stand, which I want to finish by September as well as The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I’ll be participating in #ARCAugust this year as well, so I’m looking forward to clearing out my NetGalley reads so I can request MORE BOOKS!

Here’s a little list of my ARCs to be read in August:

Love, Maggie

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WWW Wednesday

Standing Around

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

Well, I’m taking a little break from the behemoth Stephen King novel, The Stand, for a bit to pursue some other, lighter reads. I’m enthralled with King’s post-apacolyptic epic – I never dreamed I’d love his writing as much as I do, but it’s so engrossing. I’m right at 60% finished with it, which is further than I expected to be by now – I’d set September as my goal month to finish it!

I’m doing my first ever buddy read with one of my Twitter pals and it’s such a blast, even though I keep getting behind! We’re reading a cozy mystery – a genre which I recently discovered I love – by Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It’s the first in the Flavia de Luce series and I’m really enjoying it! 

Also, I’m listening to Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle via Audible. I really like this quirky tale, but since I usually listen to it at night, I’m bad about falling asleep and losing my place! I love audiobooks, but I do have a tough time focusing on plots while listening as opposed to actually reading.

Just Finished

I’ve been on a serious Walking Dead graphic novel kick lately, although I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago, as it got really convoluted and confusing for me. However, reading the story makes the show make so much more sense! I’ve noticed a lot of plot points in the books that didn’t make it on screen that I wish had been written into the show, but, oh, well.

In the past few days I finished reading Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars and Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire. I’m anxious to get on to volumes five and six, alas, I have them on hold from the library for now. Le sigh…

Next

I really don’t know what I’ll read next, other than volumes five and six of The Walking Dead, which I’ll read as soon as they become available. I am dying to read, err, listen to, Caitlyn Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life, which I have on Audible, so it’ll probably be my next read.

Plus, I’ve absolutely got to get to reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury and then A Court of Wings and RuinI FINALLY read A Court of Thorns and Roses in January, so I’m anxious to find out how Feyre’s story continues and ultimately ends!

Love, Maggie

WWW Wednesday

A Series of Circuses

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

I finally picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So far – and I’m about 30 pages in – I adore this book! I’d really like to curl up and read it in one sitting, but, you know, life!

I started listening to Carolyn Keene’s The Message in the Hollow Oak on Audible. I don’t think I need to mention again just how much I love Nancy Drew! 😀

My goal this week is to finish listening to the final seven hours of the Audible edition of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. I’ve been struggling with this book for a few weeks now – I don’t think I’d pass a pop quiz on what I’ve listened to thus far!

I hope to complete it by the weekend, as my co-bloggers at The Bookkeepers’ Secrets and I want to do a group Caraval review! I’m really looking forward to putting our review together; it’s going to be interesting to see our differing, and similar, opinions!

Just Finished

I have been recently inspired to return to my goal of finishing A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, especially because I’m in love with the Netflix series based upon the books.

Luckily for me, only the first four books have been made into shows thus far, meaning I’m free to watch the whole series! A few days ago, I completed the fourth Snicket book, The Miserable Mill, and I really enjoyed it. I think it’s my favorite unfortunate book so far.

Next

Being the mood reader I am, if I had to choose right now what I want to read next, I’d pick A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas or Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. Both are books I want to read before their sequels debut this spring!

That wraps up my reading plans for the week! If you drop by, be a dear and leave me a link to your WWW Wednesday post so I can visit you back! 😀

Love, Maggie

WWW Wednesday

The Caraval Conundrum

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

I started The Miserable Mill, the fourth in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events the other day. I think this is my favorite installment in the series thus far. I really want to hurry up and get the whole series read so I can watch the Netflix show – which I really hope is still on by the time I finish!

I haven’t listened to my audio book of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval in seemingly forever. I just haven’t gotten excited about it, which I hope will change soon. I’m almost two hours into the Audible edition, but I don’t feel like anything is happening – nothing exciting to me anyway. I’m going to give it another go shortly, but the jury is still out…

I feel like I SHOULD love Caraval, if only because of the hype and the outstanding reviews I’ve read. However, I did notice on Twitter that there are brutal scenes between the sisters at the heart of the tale and their father. I’m still waiting to be shocked!

Just Finished

I blew through my ARC of Ensnared by Rita Stradling. Let’s just say that I highly enjoyed this book – I can’t believe it won’t be released until December! I’m looking forward to finding out what other readers think of it.

A futuristic take on the beloved Beauty and the Beast, Ensnared is really creative and exciting, yet predictable, because, hey – retelling! Nevertheless, I love that the romance is set in the future!

Next

Okay, I know I said last week that I was planning to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but Lemony Snicket ruined my plans. But, I am for certain reading The Night Circus next! I’ll be ready for it after my light reading of The Miserable Mill.

I also want to read a classic soon, alas, I am undecided on which to pick up. I figure I’ll see where my reading mood leads me following Morgenstern’s sure to be beautiful tale – I have high expectations.

Love, Maggie

P.S. If you stop by, leave me a link to your WWW Wednesday post – I’d love to visit you back! 😀

WWW Wednesday

ARC Attack

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

At the moment, I’m reading Ensnared by Rita Stradling. A futuristic take on Beauty and the Beast, Ensnared reminds me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer thus far – lots of robots!

I’m still stuck on listening to the Audible edition of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. I’m just not excited about it anymore…I think my expectations were set incredibly too high due to the book’s huge hype.

Just Finished

Yesterday I finished an amazing cozy mystery releasing soon, Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany. I read it in two days – I’m lucky I loved it so much, as I only had a few days to get the Sherlockian tale read before it was archived on NetGalley!

I’m really excited to write a full review of Delany’s first book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Needless to say, I will be delving into other books by Delany!

I also finished Cameron Jace’s Figment, the second installment of the Insanity series. While I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as the first, Insanity, the plot makes sense as a jumping off point to the third tale in the series, Circus.

Next

I am incredibly excited to get my eyes on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I’m totally planning to pick Morgenstern’s novel up after finishing Ensnared, but, being the mood reader I am, my plan can definitely change!

I’ve heard that The Night Circus is a gorgeously written book – if the story is half as appealing as the cover, I’ll be a happy reader!

Plus, I’m looking forward to taking an ARC reading break for a bit!

Love, Maggie

WWW Wednesday

Book Blast

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

Today I started reading the second installment of Cameron Jace’s Insanity series, Figment. Thus far I’ve only read a few pages and I’m hopeful I’ll love it as much as I did the first in the series, Insanity.

In addition, I’m listening to Caraval by Stephanie Garber on Audible. I’m an hour or so into the book, and it’s just okay so far – I’m still waiting for excitement. I’ve seen mixed reviews of this one, with some citing offensive topics and others absolutely loving it. I wanted to read Caraval before the controversy, but it definitely made me curious enough to go ahead and pick it up!

Just Finished

This morning I finished my first ever book by Kasie West, The Fill-In Boyfriend. I absolutely LOVED this book and gave it a five-star rating on Goodreads! I’m so excited to write the review – so many emotions were stirred within me as I read – and that doesn’t happen to me often.

Long story short – I cannot wait to read the rest of West’s work. The Fill-In Boyfriend is a book I typically wouldn’t just pick up, but I was haunted by it and kept seeing rave reviews. I’m so tickled with myself for branching out of my genre comfort zone and discovering a new favorite author!

The other day, I finally finished The Throne of Fire, the second in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series. I took nearly three weeks to read it – I apparently had a hard time finding freedom to read, as I really enjoyed this tale and could’ve finished it quicker.

Next

I have a bunch of galleys I need to get through and write up reviews for before they’re archived. Luckily, I’m looking forward to testing out the books for which I’ve been approved. I still can’t get over the fact that I was auto-approved by Udon Entertainment, which produces Manga Classics! 😀

That’s it for me this week! How about you?

Love, Maggie