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WWW Wednesday, 22-September-2021

22 Sep

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The Three Ws are:

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

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Crows

Currently reading: I’ve made so much progress on The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray! I’m optimistic in thinking I can finish this week. It would feel really good to finish a book, especially one that’s so long!
No progress with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but I’m optimistic I will make some more here in the near future. It’s so easy to have an ebook on my phone to pick up when I have a few minutes. It’s got a fast paced plot that’s helping me move through it, too.
Small steps forward on True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey but steps forward none the less. I’m enjoying the voice that Carey gives Ned and I’m looking forward to pushing forward in this one.

Recently finished: Nothing yet but I have a feeling there will be something here soon!

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Reading next: It seems I’ll be ready to start The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir soon! I’m excited to get to a book so many of you say you’ve enjoyed before.

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WWW Wednesday, 15-September-2021

15 Sep

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The Three Ws are:

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

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Kelly

Currently reading: I was able to start running again which means The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray is getting some play time! It feels great to get out, even if it’s just a mile for now. I decided I want to do a 5K on Thanksgiving so I’ll be keeping it up!
I found a chunk of time to read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson when the Baby was sleeping so I’m moving forward with this still. Slow going, but it’s taken a turn that I’m excited to explore.
I started making some good progress on True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey again. I’m focusing on it now so I’m hoping this will continue to move forward. I’ve liked what I ready so far.

Recently finished: No surprise, nothing here.

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Reading next: I’ll get to The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir someday…

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WWW Wednesday, 8-September-2021

8 Sep

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

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Ghost

Currently reading: Right now, The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray is the only book I’m making much progress with. I try to get out for a 1-2 mile walk each day. Sometimes, my husband keeps the Baby and I’m able to listen which is a treat.
I think I finished a chapter of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but not much more than that. It’s moving pretty fast so I’m curious how long this book would take if I really dedicated some time to it. I might have to do an experiment this week.
I’ve been slacking with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I have some early childhood books that I’m skimming and it’s taking time away from reading this one. I only grab enough time for a few pages before my eyes close so once I am dedicated to it, it may still be slow going.

Recently finished: Nothing again this week. I’m honestly not expecting anything for a while. Baby has really slowed me down!

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Reading next: I’ll keep The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir on the backburner. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually!

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WWW Wednesday, 1-September-2021

1 Sep

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

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Crows

Currently reading: I keep pushing forward with The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. Washing dishes and some nursing times get dedicated to this which had kept me moving pretty steadily. I should finish in the next month before the service is discontinued. I’m being optimistic.
I wasn’t able to grab any time for The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. I thought having a sleeping baby on my chest would be a good time for ebooks, but my arms have been too tired. We’ll see if I can find some more time next week.
I haven’t read much of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I used to read a lot in bed before sleeping but that’s changed a bit in the past month. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday, but it might be a while first.

Recently finished: Nothing new this week. I did manage to get my review of The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona D. Chivenko posted on Monday. As I said last week, this book wasn’t for me. I ended up giving it only One out of Five Stars.

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WWW Wednesday, 25-August-2021

25 Aug

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

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Kelly

Currently reading: I found out my library is discontinuing one of their eaudio platforms and it’s the one I’m using to listen to The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. Needless to say, I’m pushing had to finish this one! I have about eleven hours left so it will be a small challenge, but I need a reading challenge these days and I’m ready for it!
I’m still grabbing small moments to read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. I feel like it’s moving pretty quickly so I think I’ll finish it up in better time than some of my past ebooks.
I’ve only just started True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey so I can’t say much about it yet. I’m excited to have a new physical book, though!

Hangman

Recently finished: I finally finished The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko! This one was a real struggle for me. I liked the beginning of it, but there were scenes that were just so difficult to get through that I’d get stuck for a week or more, reading a page at a time before I grew frustrated and put the book down. It ended with a section like that, which was even more infuriating because I slowed to a crawl. I’ll post a review as soon as I find the time for it but know this got One out of Five Stars from me.

Reading next: No plans just yet. I’ll see how much reading I’m able to do with Baby around. They are sleeping well, but I’m not so a lot of my free time has been dedicated to napping and cleaning the house. I’ve got another month before I go back to work to try and even things out a bit.

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WWW Wednesday, 18-August-2021

18 Aug

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Hangman

Currently reading: I’m back, all! Happy to be checking in after a few weeks off. I was a little single-minded with the new baby but we’re starting to develop a routine and get back to a few things. I even managed to read some of The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko and I think this will be the next book I finish. Here’s to hoping!
I’ve found a few minutes from time to time for The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. It’s mostly while washing bottles and if I do my daily walk without my husband, but it’s something. I’m moving slowly but still really enjoying this one and looking forward to seeing how this series ends.
I find short bursts of time that are good to fill with reading The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. This book started off a lot differently than I suspected and I’m still interested to see where it goes.

Recently finished: Nothing new here this week and probably not again for a little bit, but I’m fine with the slower pace and expected it.

KellyReading next: I grabbed True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey and even took it to the hospital with me. That was a bit optimistic, in retrospect, but I was basing it on how much sitting around I had at a previous visit. I hope to crack this one open soon!

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WWW Wednesday, 28-July-2021

28 Jul

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Ghost

Currently reading: I’m dedicated to finishing The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko now, though it may slow down a bit with Baby coming this weekend! My mom insists nursing is good reading time, but we’ll see where my energy levels are. They might be at more of an audiobook level for a while. Here’s hoping I finish it!
I’m loving The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray and I’m flying through it. It’s been a long time since I read a series so finishing one off has a lot of satisfaction tied to it. It helps that the narration on this is spectacular!
I’ve gotten through a little bit of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson and I’m getting some serious Ghost Bride vibes. Not sure if that’s good or bad yet. We’ll see how this goes. It did start with quite a bang so I hope the tension stays high!

MoscowRecently finished: Reading Buddy and I met Tuesday for our final discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Finished just in time before Baby! I’m feeling great about this and even managed to post my review on Monday. We both ended up enjoying this one a lot even though my Buddy was a little apprehensive when we started. I gave it Four out of Five Stars. I hope we can start reading together again soon. I told my husband that’s one thing I’d like his support to do as a new parent.

KellyReading next: I’ll likely need a physical book next and I’ll honestly grab the next thing on my shelf because I doubt I have the brain capacity to go to the library or do an Interlibrary Loan any time soon. So next up is likely True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I’ve had some good luck with true crime books this year (though this one is fictionalized, it’s still making me think of Say Nothing) and I know a bit about Ned Kelly so I’m excited to get into this and see how it goes.

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WWW Wednesday, 21-July-2021

21 Jul

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Crows

Currently reading: I keep pushing through with The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko but I have come to a quick stop to try and finish my buddy read before Baby comes. I’ll finish this eventually but I’m in no real hurry.
Reading Buddy and I met on Monday and we’re powering through the final section of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We’ll meet early next week to talk about the ending, right before Baby is coming! I’m sure we’ll take a break from this for a month or so but I can’t wait to read with her again, it’s a real joy to make time to talk about books with a good friend.
Some new books! I was so excited to start on The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. I wanted to listen to this one earlier but my library was having issues with their rental system and I grabbed another book instead. I’m excited to finish this series that I’ve been enjoying a lot for a few years now!
I’m having repeated issues with book availability for my next ebook. I wanted to read Rosen’s Dollface, but it’s no longer available! There’s another title I was looking for that’s not letting me borrow it for whatever reason. So, third string attempt. I started The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. This is one my sister in law gave me for Christmas years back and I haven’t picked up yet. I’m excited to see what she’s picked for me.

Lateral

Recently finished: I’m so glad to have finished books! I wrapped up Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono while waiting on a procedure (doctors offices are good for something!). I found it dragged in parts and was fine in others. I gave it Three out of Five Stars overall and posted my review on Monday.
I also finished up New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson on Saturday! I was driving to a workout and it wrapped up as I pulled into the parking lot so you know it was mean to be. This book was a big disappointment for me and unfortunately turned me off to the author in general. I gave it only Two out of Five Stars and posted my review yesterday.
Reading next: I’m just starting so many things that I don’t have any plans at this time. We’ll see what moves fast and where I’ll need another book soon. I’m just so excited to have finished a few things!

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Challenge Update, August 2020

1 Sep

I slowed down reading this month but I’m optimistic that my slump is over and I’ll be reading more again the rest of this year. I knew a quarantine slump would happen and I’m honestly surprised it took this long. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page. I’m also starting a monthly mailing list. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

Books finished in August:

Before the Devil Breaks You // Libba Bray (5/5)
Old Baggage // Lissa Evans (2/5)
The Narcissism of Small Differences // Michael Zadoorian (4/5)
In the Shadow of the Banyan // Vaddey Ratner (3/5)

With such a short list, I’m glad I’m also caught up on reviews.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

10/12
Nothing new this month. With only two to go, I’m still feeling comfortable with this one. I think I can manage to find some good books to fill in the missing time periods. Now I just have to carve out the time to do it.

Goodreads Challenge

44/55
Eight ahead is nothing to sneeze at! I’m happy with this and I think the cushion I gave myself earlier this year will carry me through to the end of the year. Not a lot that I’m nervous about at this point.

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Book of the Month

I’m enamored with this series and it was easy to pick Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray for this month. I don’t give a full 5 Stars often and this book deserved it. I’m excited to keep moving on with the series though I know I’ll be sad when it ends.

Added to my TBR

I’m down one, to 44 this month. I consider it an overall win to be down even a little bit. If I dip below 40, I’ll be shocked.

  • The King of Crows by Libba Bray. Obviously, I have to finish this series. It’s so fun and I’m sure this last book will be a wild ride. I have my fingers crossed for a satisfying end.
  • In the Distance by Hernán Díaz. This is a book club pick and I’ll probably grab it and start very soon. I know nothing about it, which is how I like to go into books. Fingers crossed it’s one I enjoy.

How are your challenges going so far? I hope you’re off to a good start. If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge for this year, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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Book Review: Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (5/5)

10 Aug

I have mixed feelings on slowly going through this series. On the one hand, it means that now that I’m ready for the final book, it’s out and I can dive in as soon as I want. On the other hand, I could have fallen in love with this characters years ago. This series has been so much fun and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to writing this gushing review.

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Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3) by Libba Bray

Other books by Bray reviewed on this blog:

The Diviners (Diviners #1)
Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2)

Summary from Amazon:

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They’re more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten–ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they’ve ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation–a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

I’d forgotten that I was in love with Evie and Sam. I forgot how much I loved getting a chill up my back while I listened to this series. I’d forgotten how much fun super long books can be! This book was a pure joy from beginning to end. It could have easily suffered from some middle-book-syndrome, but I found it wonderful. It’s setting up for a major final battle and I’m excited about it.

The characters are amazingly diverse in this book and we dig into it even more. Either I’d forgotten or it was newly revealed that Ling is LGBTQIA+. I find her incredibly interesting, though I’ll admit I was skeptical of a character introduced in book 2 and how she’d fit into the group. I think Bray has done well and my skepticism is long gone and I’m back to admiration. All of the other characters are great because they seem so unique. I like that they’re all keeping something back, all of them not showing their full hand. It keeps them very dynamic and keeps me very interested in them and seeing how they develop.

Libba Bray
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Theta was my favorite character this time around. She had a lot to deal with between Roy and Memphis and I could really feel her stress and anguish. She had a lot of different pressures weighing on her and I thought her behavior was very appropriate to the situation she found herself in. I wish she’d opened up to Henry a bit more, though. I think that the relationship was strong enough to take it.

These characters are just starting to push away from their childhood and into their adult lives more fully and I related to that. They’re pushing away adults who cared for them and venturing out on their own. It seems young, knowing many of these characters are around 18, but that’s also very appropriate for the 1920s. This isn’t exactly a coming-of-age story, but it’s a reminder of life after college for me. Well, except for the ghosts. I didn’t run into any ghosts.

Theta’s showdown with Memphis and Roy was my favorite part of the book. I loved how forgiving Memphis was able to be when faced with the truth and realization of what Theta did for him. I think her character will come into play in a big way in the final book and I really look forward to her future with Memphis.

Mabel’s story was the least compelling for me this time around. Her fight with Evie seemed unnecessary and I think it pushed her way too far toward radical than it should have, knowing her character. I knew something extreme was going to happen the more she broke away from Evie. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll stop here.

The audiobook was narrated by January LaVoy, who did the first two books. She’s incredible in this series. Honestly, the voices she does for Sam and Evie are so different that I’m amazed it’s the same person. She’s very talented and I look forward to hearing her bring the series to a conclusion and then searching out some other books she’s narrated.

The Diviners have to trust each other a lot, which can be hard to do. We see them grow into a ‘framily’ during this book and their reliance on each other is incredible. I think that reliance and trust are going to be very important in the end. Every paragraph I write is making me want to forget my other books and just dive into the end of this series!

Writer’s Takeaway: When writing, a writer is always advised not to ‘head hop,’ to go from one character’s thoughts to another’s within scenes. That’s Bray’s style and she makes it work. Within one scene, we might get two or even three characters’ thoughts, especially when the topic touches on something that they are keeping secret or something that makes them nervous. It’s so well done that I’m not sure I’d notice if I wasn’t looking for it.

A great book and one that’s got me excited for the series to continue. Five out of Five Stars.

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