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 –insert link—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

 

An American Heiress: A Review

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‘I am Cora Cash. I am very rich. I have a flour fortune, not the flower you can smell but the flour you make bread with. Bread, you know, is the stuff of life. Would you like to kiss me? Most men want to but I am just too rich.’ And then she felt the darkness coming again, and before the young man could answer, she fainted into his arms.

An American Heiress
By: Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St. Martins
Purchased at: Barnes and Noble
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 Why I Read It

I love British period pieces: everything by Jane Austen, Dickens, the Brontes. Lately though, I’ve gotten away from these classics in favor of more contemporary fiction. But I still love a good story about British high society, which is why I became a Downton Abbey devotee during the show’s run. A fellow anglophile friend of mine recommended The American Heiress as a salve for my Downtown withdrawal. Sadly, it doesn’t help my missing Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, but otherwise Goodwin’s debut novel was right up my alley.

Caveat: you have to be interested in this time period. If not, you probably won’t be as riveted as I was by this book.

Premise

The American Heiress is about the rich and beautiful Cora Cash, whose parents have more money than God in turn of the century New York City. But Cora’s mother is after the one thing that her money can’t buy—a title—and so they set off for England in search of an eligible bachelor who can supply one. Fortuitously, Cora takes a spill off her horse in the woods belonging to the Duke of Wareham. A whirlwind romance follows, but being a Duchess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. British High Society is as unforgiving as it is secretive, and Cora, the American and outsider, has a lot to learn in order to manage her new life.  Continue reading “An American Heiress: A Review”

By the Book: A Review

Seeing Adam’s library now made me feel ill with want. I felt like he’d stolen part of my dreams, like he was living the life I’d wanted. “This was supposed to be my library,” I wanted to scream. Was he taunting me? Showing me the life I could have had if we hadn’t broken up?

By The Book

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By: Julia Sonneborn
Published by: Gallery Books
Purchased on: Amazon
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Why I read it

I bought this book on a whim. I was looking for future book club picks on Amazon, and this title popped. When I read the premise—a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion—my heart dropped a little. For NaNoWriMo 2017, I also wrote a modern retelling of Persuasion, which I’m still working on. So, naturally, I had to see what this one was like, and I bought it on the spot.

Premise

Anne Corey is living the dream as an English Professor at a small college in California. Unfortunately, that dream also includes crushing student loan debt and the struggle of trying to get an academic book published—not to mention that her job security depends on getting said book published. Add to that an aging father who needs to be moved to an assisted living facility nearby, and she’s got quite enough to be going on with outside of her teaching load. But then, everything gets a little more complicated as her ex-fiancé makes his debut as the new president of the college. Continue reading “By the Book: A Review”

Ready Player One Review

You only know what I want you to know. You only see what I want you to see.
–Art3mis to Wade, Ready Player One

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Ready Player One
By:
Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Purchased On: Amazon
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. My husband mentioned it maybe a year ago, but then he said the word “video games” and I promptly lost interest. Then more recently, a good friend and fellow bibliophile told me, in no uncertain terms, that I had to read this book. So, I gave it a shot.

Ready Player One is about Wade Watts (aka Parzival) who is by all accounts a lonely gamer dude whose life pretty much sucks. The year 2044 is basically a hot mess for humanity. Spoiler alert: Global Warming is real. Luckily for Wade, he can spend almost all of his time in the OASIS, where everything doesn’t suck. He spends most of his time hunting for the Easter Egg left behind by eccentric creator of the Oasis, Jim Halliday. Mostly this involves a lot of 80’s nostalgia. As the game intensifies, there are real life consequences, and Wade is no longer fighting just for the multibillion-dollar prize (though that helps), he’s fighting for his life.  Continue reading “Ready Player One Review”

The Girl Who Reads

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.
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Welcome, fellow readers, bibliophiles, bookworms, or any name for book lover that you may call yourself!

My name is Angela, and I am a Girl Who Reads. When I’m not teaching 4th grade, stumbling in a yoga pose, baking, or writing, you will most likely find me with my nose in a book. To be honest, you’ll find me reading before you find me doing most of those other things (minus teaching, because… bills).

About a month ago, my husband asked me a question that ultimately led to the creation of this blog. We were at dinner, and I was experiencing my usual bout of February blues. Something about the apparent endlessness of winter puts me in a mild funk between February and March. And Phil, preferring to fix things rather than just listen to me whine, asked me this question:

“What brings you the most joy?”

The answer seemed so obvious that I almost wasn’t sure why he was bothering to ask me.

“Reading.” I said, in a tone that very much conveyed: well duh, sweetheart.

“Good,” he said. “Do more of that then.”

And then returned to his pizza or whatever it is that we were eating. As if the solution to my feelings of listlessness and winter boredom could be so assuaged.

But here’s the thing….and don’t ever tell him I told you this….he was right.

After that conversation, I had the first meeting of a book club I’d started the month before. It was fantastic! I loved sitting around on a Sunday morning and discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with a group of women.

However, I am not a bookworm that can be satiated by talking about books on a once-a-month basis. There are too many things to say about too many great books to be confined to one day a month.

That’s how Bibliofindings was born.

This will be a place where I will share my thoughts, generally in the form of reviews, about the books that I’m reading. It will also be a place, I hope, where I can read your thoughts on these books as well.

I look forward to sharing my first review with you soon!

Happy reading,
Angela