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WWW Wednesdays [9/7/16]

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Hello everyone and welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a Wolrd of Words! šŸ™‚

The three W’s are:Ā 

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

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Currently:

I mentioned in my post yesterdayĀ that I was readingĀ Emperor’s BladesĀ by Brian Stavely. I started it this weekend, after much urging from the Mister (who is a big fan of the series), and am really enjoying it. I also have been reading through theĀ FablesĀ series for the last year or so, and while I’m not always in love with what they do, I think it’s a very interesting and entertaining series. I love fairy tales and am a real sucker for anything involving them!

Finished:

I just finished upĀ Bands of MourningĀ ignoring it for way too long! It was a good read and I liked it better than the previous Mistborn book (Shadows of Self). I’m a huge Sanderson fan so I’m always happy diving into the worlds he creates.

Up Next:

I’m not the best at planning on what to read next. It’s usually just me staring at a shelf and picking something out at random, but I’ve been wanting to read these two pretty bad, so I think they’re a safe bet. I’ve hadĀ The Queen of the TearlingĀ on my shelf for a very long time and I’ve always thought it was such a pretty looking book! As far as theĀ Last Wish, the Mister and I have been playing through the Witcher games (starting with the first one) and it’s a pretty in-depth world. I’ve heard good things about the novels, which came out first!

What are you reading? If you’re doing WWW Wednesday, too, please leave me a link to yours in the comments. šŸ˜€

 

Happy National Read a Book Day!

I found out that today was National Read a Book Day! Ā While I usually ignore the randomness that comes with celebrating something every day (like Watermelon day* or whatever), this one seemed pretty appropriate! šŸ¤“

I’ve decided to celebrate by reading more of the Emperor’s BladesĀ by Brian Stavely! I started it this weekend and I’m enjoying it so far.

Hope y’all are enjoying some reading time today! What are you diving into?

*Watermelons are pretty delicious, though… šŸ˜›

The Friday 56, Book Beginnings, & TBYS Readathon: The Emperor’s Blades

Friday MemesHappy Friday! It’s a long weekend and on top of these two memes, I’m doing a readathon. I know I haven’t been here for a while (sorry šŸ˜…), but I do have some exciting plans to get this little blog up and running! Now, let’s get started.

Firstly, I’m taking part in the Taking Back Your Shelves ReadathonĀ going on this weekend! It’s for finally reading books that you have had on your shelf for far too long. You can check it out by clicking on the link and if you want to see more updates on my progress, you can look at my Instagram and Twitter. šŸ˜€

Also, Iā€™m participating in two different blog memes today. They complement each other so well, why not?

The first is The Friday 56Ā from Fredaā€™s Voice! The rules are:

1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just donā€™t spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Fredaā€™s most recent Friday 56 post.

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The second is Book Beginnings from Rose City Reader!Ā The rules are:

Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the authorā€™s name.
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The book I selected isĀ The Emperor’s BladesĀ by Brian Staveley! I’ve had this book sitting on the shelf since it’s release and I’m always meaning to read it. The Mister has already read the whole series and has been hounding meĀ to start this. I decidedĀ that this Readathon was a good opportunity to get this giant book off my TBR.
Book Beginning:

Rot. It was the rot, Tan’isĀ reflected as he stared down into his daughter’s eyes, that had taken his child.

56:

Valyn hesitated, suddenly conscious of the weight of her hand on top of his own, of the delicate, salty scent of her hair. She held his gaze with those wide, almond eyes of hers, her lips slightly parted.

Those sentences are pretty different! The first is quite dark and the second is a little romantic, which is actually a pretty good combo for me :P. I’m excited to dive into this book! What are y’all reading this weekend?

The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Friday Memes

Happy Friday everyone! I bet you are all as happy as I am that Friday is finally here. To start off this day, I’m participating in two different blog memes. They complement each other so well, it just had to happen!

The first is The Friday 56Ā from Freda’s Voice! The rules are:

1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

The second is Book Beginnings from Rose City Reader!Ā The rules are:

Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the authorā€™s name.
The book I selected for this Friday isĀ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages (I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t šŸ˜› ). So, I’m starting it today!
Book Beginning:

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

56:

Instead of reading, she could perhaps use the pianoforte, but… well, it had been a while, and she wasn’t sure she could endure the sounds of her own clumsy playing. She traced a finger over a splotch of fuchsia silk on her dress. All those books, with no one to read them.

These sentences definitely want to make me read the book right away—mission accomplished! šŸ˜€ What do you guys think? Do you have a 56 or book beginning?

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes for the Book Genie

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish every week! This week the topic is what wishes you would want the all-powerful book genie to grant you. It’s weird to do a genie post without being limited to 3, but who am I to complain about more wishes? šŸ˜›

  1. More time to read in the day! It’s hard to find time to read sometimes, life gets in the way. Maybe a place where time will pause and I can just read there for a while.
  2. To be able to do other things while I read!Ā Kinda goes with the first wish. Audiobooks let me drive/cook/fold clothes while “reading,” but sometimes I wish I could read physical/digital books instead.
  3. All the pretty covers!Ā I wish all books had beautiful covers.Ā I don’t want them all to be lovely in the same way, that would be so boring, but I do really hate it when books I love have awful covers.
  4. Better memory!Ā This goes for more than just books šŸ˜…Sometimes I know I read a book and I have no recollection of it at all. It does usually speaks to the books quality, but it still bugs me. Conversely, there are so many books I remember adoringĀ as a kid and then I don’t remember the title of author! So, I have no way of finding them again šŸ˜±
  5. Ability to underline and markup my books while keeping them nice!Ā I love a pristine hardcover, but I also love a book that looks loved and is full of my thoughts and underlined passages. I’m on both sides of the spectrum and it’s tough sometimes.
  6. Beauty and the Beast style library!Ā No more explanation necessary. šŸ’
  7. Anime version of Western books!Ā This is a really nerdy request, no shame! I am usually very disappointed with movie adaptations of books, especially scifi and fantasy. I think than an anime or any type of animation would be so much better! Don’t have to worry about the magic and stuff looking dumb with bad CGĀ and the characters and different races won’t just be made into humans.Ā Mistborn is one I REALLY think would make a great animated series.
  8. AbleĀ to buy all the books!Ā I wish I couldĀ get all the books I want and actually have space to put them all.
  9. Books I’ve been waiting for to FINALLY come out! This goes out to GRRM and Tamora Pierce, especially. I don’t need to explain Martin, I don’t know if we’re ever getting the ASOIAF books. Pierce has been promising more Tortall books forever and they still haven’t come out. I just want that Numair book, is that too much to ask!?
  10. Taking the stories from my imaginationĀ to the page!Ā This wish isn’t too fantastical, but it’s something I would really love to happen. I have always been nervous/afraid about writing and putting myself out there. I need to gatherĀ up my courage and give it a real shot! Hopefully all of the things on this list happen šŸ˜‰, but this is the one I really want to come true (with a TON of effort from me, of course).

Do you have any wishes for the book genie? šŸ˜Š

Book Traveling Thursdays: Crazy Plot Twist

This isĀ Book Traveling Thursdays!Ā A weekly meme created byĀ CĆ”tia [The Girl Who Read Too Much]Ā andĀ Danielle [Danielleā€™s Book Blog]. The goal is to share the covers from around the world of a book related to that weekā€™s theme. You share the original cover, cover from your country, your favorite, and least favorite covers. You can find out more onĀ theĀ Goodreads group.

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This week’s theme isĀ for a book that had a major plot twist. I do tend to fawn overĀ books with crazyĀ plot twists, so at first I had a tough time thinking of one book in particular. Until, I was looking at my shelf and saw Pierce Brown’sĀ Golden SonĀ peeking out at me. This book had anĀ insane number of twists and turns, every time I thought I had figured out where it was going, Brown changed it up on me again. How could I pick anything else?

Original, My Country [USA], & Fave Cover:

So simple and graphic. The laurel wreath lighting on fire is the perfect representation of Golden Son.Ā I also love the way that the title is written vertically across the cover and the wreath is tilted towards it, drawing your towards the words. It’s just very cleverly designed.

Least Favorite Cover:

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This cover is just so bad. I’m sad for Germany that they have to look at this. It takes a modern, scifi novel and makes it look like some outdated bookĀ published in the 80’s about the history of space or something.

And that’s all for today, folks! What do you think of the covers? šŸ™‚

Shelf Control: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Bookshelf FantasiesĀ is hosting a new weekly feature calledĀ Shelf Control! It’s all about books we already own, whether it be physical or digital, and finding things to read without rushing out to buy new books all the time. So many TBR posts are about upcoming or new titles—I thought it was interesting to focus on appreciating the things we already own (I really don’t need to spend more money and/or have the space for more books šŸ˜› ).

My pick for this week is:

Title:Ā Rebecca

Author:Ā Daphne du Maurier

Date Published: 1938

Format:Ā Paperback {own}

What itā€™s about? {synopsis via Goodreads}

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .”
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

How I got it?

I purchasedĀ it.

When I got it?

At least 4 years ago.

Why I want to read it?

There is no justifiable reason for me not to have read this book already. It’s been adapted to film by Hitchcock and is one of my favorite movies of all time. They always say that the book is better, which would be tough in this case, but even if it’s not, I’ll still probably adore it! Halloween is coming up and it’s a gothic mystery novel, so it’s a good time to rectify this mistake. šŸŽƒ

Do you have any books already on your shelf that you want to read?