WWW Wednesday – July 22, 2020

WWW Wednesday

Since I’m really enjoying checking in here weekly, I’m going to continue doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. I like having a chance mid-week to share what I’m reading and see what you guys are up to, as well.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This is another Libby hold I’ve been waiting for so I wanted to go ahead and get to it before I have to return it. This is a thriller which follows a group of friends who go on a New Year trip and get stuck at a secluded hunting lodge when a blizzard rolls in. Oh and someone is murdered. I’m only two chapters in, but it already feels a lot like The Guest List. I really enjoyed that book so I expect I’ll either also love The Hunting Party, or I’ll be unimpressed by it. We’ll see!

I finished four books since last Wednesday. First, I finished Black Enough which is a short story collection edited by Ibi Zoboi. I really enjoyed every single story in this collection and that is rare in short story collections. I love that not every story was about pain and suffering; readers get to see Black joy which I think is incredibly important. Some of the stories that stuck with me include “Black. Nerd. Problems” by Lamar Giles and “Kissing Sarah Smart” by Justina Ireland. Definitely pick this up if you’re interested in discovering new black authors; it’s a great way to sample over fifteen in one go.

I also finished The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This is a non-fiction book that discusses the fact that even though the US had a Black president, we aren’t past racism. Specifically, Black men and their communities are suffering the effects of continued mass incarceration. I listened to this on audio while I was cleaning and doing laundry. I definitely want to pick this up physically at some point. There is a ton of information in this book and I know I missed some pieces. This is a little more dense than some of the other nonfiction I’ve read recently so I went through it pretty slowly but it was worth it. I think Alexander offers a huge piece to the puzzle that is the current situation in the US (and globally).

I also read continued my read-through of the Percy Jackson series with Rick Riordan’s The Sea of Monsters. I can’t say too much without spoiling the first book but I will say that I think this sequel brings the same comedy and action that I love in the first book. I only wish it was longer! The ending of The Sea of Monsters really has me pumped to continue the series next month. Also, I really love Tyson and want him to be protected at all costs.

Additionally, I finished Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. I listened to this on audio while reading along and I definitely have some thoughts. This play follows John Proctor and Abigail Williams who live in Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials. Everyone’s being accused of being a witch, the girls are acting weird, and there’s total chaos. I read this in high school and had a good time with it. This time around I was more in tune with the connection to the Red Scare of the 1950’s but I had some problems with the way women and people of color were talked about. I’ll definitely have a little more to say in my July wrap-up, though.

The last book I finished this week, I just finished last night. That was Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. This is a nonfiction memoir where Ward tells the stories of the men in her life she lost to suicide, drugs, accidents and also talks about her experiences growing up poor in the southern US. This book has an interesting narrative structure that, on paper, sounds confusing, but really works. Ward’s writing is powerful and beautiful while telling a truly heartbreaking story about a world that just doesn’t work in favor of, or value, Black men.

Next up for me has to be The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee. This is on my original TBR for the month and I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet because of all my Libby holds (oops). This is part of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe and follows Avatar Kyoshi, a female Avatar who existed before Aang. The second book in this series is out this month and I’m just excited about having more Avatar content in my life.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

WWW Wednesday – July 15, 2020

WWW Wednesday

Since I’m really enjoying checking in here weekly, I’m going to continue doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. I like having a chance mid-week to share what I’m reading and see what you guys are up to, as well.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Black Enough which is a collection of short stories edited by Ibi Zoboi. I know I said I was reading this two weeks ago, but as you might know, a ton of my library holds came through at once and I had to put this down for a bit. I am now able to get back into this collection. There hasn’t been a story I haven’t enjoyed yet which is rare for anthologies, I think. Additionally, I am listening to the audiobook for The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This non-fiction work discusses the ways in which the US prison system works to maintain racial control. The New Jim Crow is both frustrating and enlightening. Seeing the same events continue to happen over and over again will certainly make you angry considering how much everyone preaches that we shouldn’t forget or erase our history.

I’ve somehow finished three books since I last checked in. First was The Deep by Alma Katsu. Last week I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if this book contained too many plot elements in one story. Those feelings didn’t change. I found myself unsure about why some scenes and even characters were included in the story. I also think the ending was a bit confusing and drug out. I will definitely talk about this more in my wrap-up but generally, I was pretty disappointed with this one which sucks because it had so much potential.

I also read another one of my Libby holds, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. This is a romance that follows Chloe who is just trying to “get a life” after a near-death experience. I don’t read romance. Ever. But other people I know who don’t really read romance seemed to be enjoying this one so I thought I’d give it a try. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It had those cheesy romance moments but also tackled important issues such as chronic illness and recovering from an abusive relationship. It’s also definitely got some STEAM! I don’t think I’m going to turn into a serious romance reader or anything but after this experience, I’m definitely more likely to pick one up.

I also FINALLY read a book from my original July TBR this month! I picked up Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and it was such a joy! I was at my mom’s this past weekend and I wanted to bring a smaller book to throw in my bag and this seemed like the best option. I really enjoy reading books by hilarious women and this was no exception. Not only did I laugh, but I also want to watch The Mindy Project again because she mentioned that the male lead, Danny, is inspired by Mr. Darcy and now I feel dumb for not seeing this show as a modern Pride & Prejudice. Plus, I just want to laugh at Morgan Tookers some more.

Next up for me is probably The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. I started the Percy Jackson series for the first time back in May and I had SUCH a fun time. I’ve been excited to continue the series but it just wasn’t in the cards for me in June so I definitely want to make it happen this month. I put it on my TBR specifically to ensure that I actually get to it. I’m beyond ready to jump back into this magical, mythical world.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

WWW Wednesday – July 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday

In an attempt to try and be more consistent with my blogging, I thought I’d try doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Since I don’t have any semblance of a posting schedule and don’t review every book I read, I figured this might be a way for me to give some quick thoughts about what I’m reading. 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Deep by Alma Katsu. This book follows a woman, Annie, who survived the Titanic’s infamous journey and is now, four years later, on the sister ship as a war nurse. Anything I wrote about in last week’s WWW Wednesday went out the window because a bunch of my holds on Libby started coming in. This is one of them. This book has a ton of elements I enjoy reading about – the Titanic, World War I, sirens, and ghosts? – but I am concerned that it’s too much in one story. I’m not sure yet because I’m still really having fun reading this book and I have hopes that I will be satisfied in the end.

I’ve finished two books since last Wednesday. First was So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. I got the audiobook for this through Libby and listened to it while working around the apartment. This is a nonfiction book primarily for beginners in anti-racism and covers a variety of topics including microaggressions and cultural appropriation. Even if you aren’t a beginner, I think it might be good to revisit some of these topics and be reminded of how to approach different conversations regarding race.

I also read another one of my Libby holds, Wilder Girls by Rory Power. This is a YA horror about a group of girls who are quarantined on an island because of a disease called “the Tox.” This disease changes their bodies in some graphic and horrific ways. I can’t say much more about the plot of this book because I think it’s best to just jump in if you’re going to read it. I really enjoyed this book and am continuing to think about Power’s underlying themes of womanhood and puberty and I think this is one that will stick with me for quite a while.

Next up for me is Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. This is the last Libby book I have for now and I’ve been waiting for this for ages! I don’t usually read romance but I like the idea of it. From what I’ve heard about this book, I think this will be one that I will enjoy because the characters seem well-rounded and interesting outside of just being in love. I’m hoping this starts a long relationship between me and romance novels because sometimes I just want something sweet and fun.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

WWW Wednesday – July 1, 2020

WWW Wednesday

In an attempt to try and be more consistent with my blogging, I thought I’d try doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Since I don’t have any semblance of a posting schedule and don’t review every book I read, I figured this might be a way for me to give some quick thoughts about what I’m reading. 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Black Enough which is an anthology of short stories edited by Ibi Zoboi. I bought this along with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for the #BlackPublishingPower challenge. Black Enough contains stories by a multitude of black authors that speak to the experience of being black in America. I haven’t read much yet but I am excited to read from a perspective outside of my own and hopefully discover some new-to-me black authors.

I’ve finished a couple of books since last Wednesday. First was These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This YA book about elemental witches got a high three stars from me and and finished it in just a couple of days. I really enjoyed the plot since it had an element of mystery and suspense. I think where it lost me was the characters. I didn’t really feel connected to any of them besides Gemma. Keep a lookout for my June wrap-up for more of my thoughts on this book.

Since last Wednesday, I also read Riley Sager’s Home Before Dark. I had two days left of the month and really wanted to squeeze in one more books. This one was SCARY, like I ran down my hallway the other night because I was so creeped out. Sager has a way of making you think one thing is going to happen and then throwing you for a loop but the ending of this particular book REALLY had me shocked. I am planning to write a dedicated review because it was definitely my favorite book this month.

Next up for me is probably The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Percy Jackson series and since I really enjoyed the first book in May, I’m really excited to continue the series. I don’t know anything about the plot and really want to go in blind so I’m just going to have faith that Riordan can create magic and enjoyment a second time. I didn’t get to read this in June even though it was in my initial plans but from here out, I want to try and read one book from the series each month and finish in October. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’m mad I didn’t read this series earlier.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

WWW Wednesday – June 24, 2020

WWW Wednesday

In an attempt to try and be more consistent with my blogging, I thought I’d try doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Since I don’t have any semblance of a posting schedule and don’t review every book I read, I figured this might be a way for me to give some quick thoughts about what I’m reading. 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading both The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

I put The Hate U Give on hold through Libby back in April and June came along and I still had over a six-month wait. I’ve been trying to buy fewer physical books but when the #BlackPublishingPower challenge was happening, I thought it would be a good time to buy this book. (I also bought Black Enough which is an anthology put together by Ibi Zoboi). I am only about 140 pages in but already it is very impactful especially considering the target audience is YA. Getting these messages to people when they are younger is vital to change in future generations.

I am also reading The Fellowship of the Ring right now. This is for the #MakeYourMythTaker readathon prompt to read a book featuring a magical battle. This is a reread for me; I haven’t read this since high school. Since I don’t typically read fantasy, it is a bit dense but I’m listening to the audiobook while I read along and it’s been a good time. I’m a little over halfway through (just past the council of Elrond). I still have one book after this for the readathon but I’m not sure I’m going to finish on time. Oh well.

I recently finished reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Libby said I had another three weeks to wait on this book but just as I was about to go to bed, I got an email saying it was ready. Needless to say, I stayed up quite a while reading. I will talk about this more in my monthly wrap-up but I loved the experience of reading this book and devoured it in less than two days. Amazing.

Next up for me is These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This will fulfill the last prompt for the readathon I’m participating in this month – read a book with occult themes. I am excited to read this book though I know there are some mixed reviews floating around. I might not finish it in June but I will still carry it into July because I’d really like to get to it soon. After that, I am going to try to read Black Enough and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager since I got both of them this month. We shall see!

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!