WWW Wednesday 10.03.18

I AM DETERMINED TO DO A WWW WEDNESDAY EVERY WEEK. I mean… except for last week when I was so busy at work that I barely got any reading done. In fact, I was so frazzled by the time I got home that I would just open a bottle of wine and binge old USA Network shows. AND I ended up getting sick that weekend from all the work stress (and family stress but that’s a different story). So that was fun. But… since I was sick, I did manage to get a lot of reading done last weekend… so this is going to be a rather long WWW Wednesday. Just like this long, rambling introduction that I’m probably not going to edit even when I’m sober. 🤷🏻‍♀️

ANYWAY, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on her website, or if you don’t have a blog, just answer the questions on her post.

The three questions (Ws) are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

The covers all link back to the Goodreads pages, so feel free to check the books out… and here we go!

What are you currently reading?

You're the One That I WantWhat We Were PromisedEleanor Oliphant is Completely FineSpinning Silver

“You’re the One That I Want” – Still slowly getting through this. Honestly not quite sure how I feel about it so far – I want to love it because I love the author… but Maddy is KILLING ME. I may need to take a break from this book and reread “Billy and Me.”

“What We Were Promised” – Since I’ve officially booked my Asia trip, I’m starting to prep for it by reading this! Plus, as someone who’s half Shanghainese, I’m excited to see little Shanghainese phrases pop up in the book… and to remember what Shanghai culture is like when compared to American culture.

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” – A) I like the Australian cover better than the American. B) This is really cute so far. And it’s been on my TBR list for SO long I’m honestly surprised I’ve started reading it.

“Spinning Silver” – I’VE FINALLY STARTED IT! And then I got sick and since I didn’t want to drool over my book, I’ve put it to the side. But I’m going to the suburbs this weekend so I’m aiming for a ton of reading time… which I should have, especially since it’s a long weekend (for me at least)!

What did you recently finish reading?

The Book of Lost and FoundA Whole New World
Red ClocksThe Incendiaries

“The Book of Lost and Found” – Finished my reread on my way home from work one day and my heart just burst. This book just gives me ALL THE FEELS and I love and hate it – I’m a sucker for a happy ending but I also love realistic endings and… UGHHHHH. But also, I started looking for flights to London, Corsica, and Paris. Really more Corsica because I’ve never been there and it sounded DIVINE. (But I’d need to learn to drive.)

“A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale” – Another one of those Disney “What If” books! This time, Disney asked, “what if Jafar got Genie’s magic lamp before Aladdin did?” I didn’t love this as much as I liked the Mulan one… but I’m determined to read all of the books in the series! I’ll probably read the one about Sleeping Beauty next. Maybe.

The “Abandon” trilogy – After finishing “The Incendiaries,” I needed a serious palate cleanser… so I decided to start rereading Meg Cabot’s “Abandon” series. Even though it’s a little dark, I’ve always loved the Hades/Persephone myth – honestly, not quite sure why but I just loved them! However, after being disappointed with the series after this reread, I think I need to find a new Hades/Persephone retelling – can anybody recommend something?

“Red Clocks” – WOW. That’s all I’m saying. WOW. I read this for my book club (and it’s been in my TBR for while), and honestly, I got so many chills during and after finishing this book – especially with the Kavanaugh trial going on last week. Yeah… probably not the best week to read this particular book. 😅 (But also, #believewomen.)

“The Incendiaries” – I really wanted to like this book since the blurb was so interesting and it’s been so hyped this year… but I just didn’t. 85% of the book is essentially character background, and the whole looking for the girl he loves after a bombing from the blurb bit? That happens in the last 15%. 😒

What do you think you’ll read next?

Family TrustA River of StarsA Ladder to the SkyCity of Lies
City of SecretsThe InvitationNext Year in HavanaThe Song of Achilles

“Family Trust” – Um… I somehow got an ARC of this book in the mail? Maybe mistakenly but there was no letter or anything so 🤷🏻‍♀️. But this book looks and sounds like something I would totally pick up from a bookstore anyway – and I do love Asian-American books! Very excited to finally start reading this. Soon. Hopefully.

“A River of Stars” – Again, I love that Asian-American authors are having a MOMENT – and I totally want to support it by reading their books! The premise of this story totally intrigued me so I’m also very excited to start reading this book! Soon. Hopefully.

“A Ladder to the Sky” – I’m a member of Penguin’s First to Read program, and have been saving up my points until I found a book that I needed to have… so I used some on this upcoming John Boyne book. I’ve never read a John Boyne book although many of them are still on my TBR list, so I’m extremely excited to start reading this one.

“City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady 01)” – My second First to Read digital galley is the second book of this series… something I didn’t know when I chose it. (I just picked it because it sounded interesting.) But if you know me, then you know that I have this slight compulsion to read books in series order… so I ended up picking a copy of “City of Lies” from the library just so I could read my other digital galley. I know, I make life harder for myself. Let’s not talk about it.

“City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady 02)” – THIS BLURB SOUNDED SO GOOD THAT I USED SOME OF MY First to Read POINTS TO GUARANTEE A DIGITAL GALLEY. And then I find out it’s part of a series so that’s ONE MORE BOOK TO MY TBR LIST. WHYYYY.

“The Invitation” – Now that I’ve finished my reread of Lucy Foley’s first book, I can finally start on her second. Maybe. Either way, I’m very excited to get lost in another book, dreaming about the Italian Riviera… and then planning a trip. Because I’ve never been to Italy, and Foley has this ability to transport you to another place and just MAKE YOU WANT TO GO THERE. But also, wanderlust FTW.

“Next Year in Havana” – I know, I keep pushing this book back in my TBR but that’s because I need to find someone fluent enough in Spanish to go to Havana with me! But I WILL READ THIS. EVENTUALLY. THIS MONTH. SOME TIME.

“The Song of Achilles” – And yes, I still haven’t read this. But since I just finished rereading Meg Cabot’s “Abandon” trilogy, I’m in a Greek mythology mood, so I’ll probably start reading this rather soon. Probably this weekend when I’m stuck relaxing in suburbia (I don’t know how to drive).

So I had planned on posting a WWW last week… but then I was at the office until 7-8pm every night, thus getting home at 9-10ish. Then I caught a nasty case of the flu – and when I get sick, I’m completely out of commission for ages. So that was fun. Didn’t even start reading regularly again until this week… but I’m still surprised that I managed to finish FIFTEEN books last month! Insane. Granted, some were rather fast and easy reads, but still! Let’s see if I can beat that number this month. (Probably not, but why not try… right?)

Also, WOW I have a lot on my TBR list. And there’s about 900 more on my actual list. SOMEBODY HELP?

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