WWW Wednesday!

A little more than a week into the New Year, and I am already behind on my reading goal! Is anyone else having this problem?

I suppose that’s what happens when you make several ambitious goals at once. This month, I’m also doing a Whole30, trying to get to yoga 4 times a week, and journal every day. It’s been a lot of running around, and I haven’t spent nearly as much time reading as I would usually like.

So I may not meet my goal of five books this month, but here’s what has been going on in my reading life lately…

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.It’s a simple and fun way to see what everyone is reading. After looking at some others this morning, I’ve already added a couple books to my list! Here’s how it works…

The Three W’s are:

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

I’m going to include both the actual books I’m reading, which count toward my goal, and audiobooks, which are rereads, and don’t count, but bring me lots of joy!

Currently Reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama

This is something of a peer-pressure read. In other words, I’m reading it because everyone else is reading it, and I feel like I should. I’ve always liked Michelle Obama without knowing much about her. (I’m shamefully uninformed and apathetic about politics, particularly given that I live in DC). However, she always comes across intelligent and poised so I was interested to learn more about her life. I’m a little more than halfway through at this point. It’s very well written: the sentences are beautifully composed and I think the book is organized effectively. It’s one of those not-slow-but-not-fast reads. I’m glad I’m reading it, but I don’t think this is one I’ll reread or feel the need to own. See above apathy about politics.

Current Reading (Audiobook): The Secret Place by Tana French

In December, my book club read In the Woods, French’s first novel. I lent my copy to a friend, and so I decided to listen to it on Audible. I’ve basically been binge-listening to all of her books ever since. Let me say, they are all outstanding.The narrators are stunning. If you’re a Tana French fan, or a mystery fan needing a new book, please. Go listen to them. Anyway, I’m a few chapters into The Secret Place, which wasn’t my favorite of hers the first time through. I’m interested to see how the dual-POV feels in an audiobook. I only have one more audiobook for Tana French, so I don’t know what I’m going to listen to when I’m done!

Recently Finished: One Day in December by Josie Silver

This is technically not my most recently finished book, but it’s the most recently finished book that I really enjoyed. I got it for my Book of the Month pick, feeling like I needed something light and fluffy to get me out of the holiday grump. This book delivered! I loved the characters, and the way the novel followed a core group as their lives shifted and changed. It had a great balance of levity, romance, and depth. It was one of those books that gave me more than I was expecting from it. And the romance was so sweet! All I wanted to do when I finished was kiss my husband. Totally got me out of the grump.

Recently Finished (Audiobook): Better Than Beforeby Gretchen Rubin

I’m totally a Gretchen Rubin fangirl, and I don’t care how dorky that sounds. I’ve read The Happiness Project, the book she’s most known for, at least twice. I listen to her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin,regularly, and I even got to meet her once at a book signing in DC. Better than Before is my favorite of her bestsellers, because advice and strategies in there are just so good. Gretchen does such a fantastic job of taking the abstract and making it concrete. I can’t say I’m nearly as good at keeping my good habits as she is, but she makes me feel so hopeful that I can do better and build a happier life.

Me with Gretchen during her Four Tendencies Tour

Up Next: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’m so excited to sink my teeth into this one! My good friend Betsy, who has impeccable taste in books, recommended The Hating Game to me. She’s also great at picking out top-notch chic lit, which I’ve been promised that this is. It also seems to be a sort of modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and I’m always intrigued by modernizations of Jane Austen. Still a 100-odd pages left of Becoming left, and then I will be jumping right in!

Thoughts on these choices? Which ones have you read? Have you done the WWW meme? I would love to know what you’re reading!

Happy Reading,
Angela

WWW Wednesday!

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Hello fellow book lovers,

Well, my summer goal of blogging regularly certainly got away from me. I would give some excuses for myself, but since I haven’t written a word of…well, anything…since July, I couldn’t really tell you where the rest of my summer went.

But solidly into October, and the weather in DC has not turned, but I’m in full teacher mode. It’s the time of the year where I’m finally hitting my groove, which means I’m not face-planting into bed every night so I actually have the energy to read a little before passing out.

Seems a logical time to return to this book blog thing.

And as it’s Wednesday, I am the WWW meme, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Here’s how it works…

 The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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A good friend in my book club recommended this pick. We have an affinity for historical fiction in my club, and this one is a hit so far! The Alice Network is the story of two women, Charlie and Eve, who so far seem pretty badass. Charlie’s side of the story takes place right after World War II in France. She’s enlisted the help of Eve Gardiner to find her cousin Rose, who went missing during the War. Eve’s side of the story takes us back to World War I, when she worked as a spy in occupied France.

What I like in the first 135 pages I’ve read: rich, vibrant characters. Both Charlie and Eve are strong, compelling women, and I’m completely hooked on both of their story lines already. This would be a great book club read! I may need to revise my rule about only reading books no one has read…

Recently Finished: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

SweetLittleLiesOK, technically this isn’t the last book I finished. But I didn’t loved that book, and Sweet Little Lies is the last book in recent memory that had me totally absorbed—to the point where I’m pretty sure I read the last 100 pages in one sitting. This was my August Book of the Month pick, which I somehow didn’t get around to reading until late September. (Again, I blame school). This crime fiction is very reminiscent of Tana French, who is one of my favorites. Sweet Little Lies follows Cat Kinsella, an emotionally effed up detective as she investigates a murder that has a connection to her past. I loved everything about this book. It did start a little slow, but picked up maybe 50 pages in or so.

What I liked about it: great character, well-paced, and a great blend of mystery and psychological conflict. And yes, a few great twists in there too. I didn’t see the last one coming at all! Please. Just go read this book.

Again, why couldn’t I have picked this one for book club?

Reading Next: The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

TatooistThis one is actually for my October book club meeting. Not one of my suggestions, so I can’t take credit if it turns out to be awesome. (That accolade will be bestowed upon my friend Hillary, fellow teacher and book club member extraordinaire). After a random assortment of picks, including a memoir, a romance, and a disappointing mystery, Hillary offered this World War II novel up to the group. We immediately accepted. The Tatooist of Auschwitz is about Lale Sokolov, a Jew who is put to work tattooing his fellow prisoners. There will be resistance to atrocities of the camp, and a love interest. I look forward to starting this one, and seeing what my book club thinks.

Thoughts on these choices? Which ones have you read? Have you done the WWW meme? Let me know so I can see what you’re reading!

Happy Reading,

Angela

WWW Wednesday!

Hello fellow book lovers!

I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year. It could be the sunshine, the warm weather, or the fact that I’m on my 8 week vacation from teaching. Let’s be real, it’s the latter. But the free time is definitely enhanced by the sunshine, as I have been spending most of my afternoons poolside.

And I have been reading a lot of fabulous books while working on that tan.

Today, I am going to be doing the WWW meme, hosted by Sam over at Taking On a World of Words. I’ve seen a number of awesome book bloggers rock this weekly meme, and I’ve been meaning to do it for weeks. But then I keep staying at the pool to read…

The Three Ws are:

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

 

Currently Reading: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.

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I’ve been meaning to read another of hers since Big Little Lies, which I absolutely loved. I’m a little more on the fence about this one. The story is about three couples: Sam and Clementine, Ericka and Oliver, and Tiffany and Vid. Ericka and Clementine have a problematic friendship as it is, and everything gets a whole lot more complicated when they go to a barbecue at Tiffany and Vid’s. Moriarty holds out the big reveal of what the heck happened at said barbecue until nearly the end. There’s definitely a lot of tension and mystery in this novel. I have about 100 pages left of this one, so I’m interested to see how Moriarty resolves things.

 

Recently Finished: This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. 

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This is the third Jill Mansell novel that I’ve read this year and I absolutely loved it! Mansell is a British author, so in addition to being great romances, you also get heaps of British charm! This Could Change Everything takes place in Bath. Essie Phillips wrote an email to her best friend for a joke, and it accidentally gets sent to everyone in her address book. Her boyfriend dumps her, then kicks her out of the apartment, and to add insult to injury, she loses her job, since she was working for his mother. Luckily Essie meets the stylish and vivacious 83-year old Zillah who decides to rent her a room. It’s a heart warming story about the healing powers of new places and new people, with a corky and fun ensemble cast. Fans of Maeve Binchy or Jenny Colgan, you’ll definitely want to read some Jill Mansell.

 

Reading Next: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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I will be perfectly honest: this is one I chose because I know the movie is coming out soon. I do that occasionally. I love to see movies based on books, but I have to read the book first. I enjoy dissecting the way that the book differs from the movie. I like discussing the casting choices, the sets, costumes, all that good stuff. Book lover’s paradise! But this one also fits into theme of my summer reading so far: Fun and fluffy reads. As the name implies, this one is going to be about what happens when Rachel Chu meets her boyfriend’s parents, and they turn out to be more than a little bit loaded.

I can’t wait to start this one!

 

Thoughts on these choices? Which ones have you read? Have you done the WWW meme? Let me know so I can see what you’re reading!

Happy Reading,
Angela