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WWW Wednesday #34 | December 12, 2018


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.

I think it's safe to say that this year has well and truly caught up with me. I've reached burn-out stage and it shows in my reading (or lack thereof) as well. I've read virtually nothing in the past week and haven't had much motivation to change that. I'm trying to just go with flow instead of forcing myself to read, read, read. I have started a couple re-reads which seem to be easier and more enjoyable than diving into something new right now. Anyone else feeling end-of-year burn-out? 



WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
      
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover
I had planned to start this re-read last week but it never happened. However, I plucked my physical copy from my bookshelves last night and read about 30 pages last night. I'm already enjoying my second visit with these characters that I love.  

Rule (Marked Men #1) - Jay Crownover

I don't know what it is about this series, but the audio versions just do it for me. I've listened to the complete series twice - once in 2016 and again in 2017 - and here I am starting it again. I guess this is now a yearly tradition. :)  

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell
The only reading that took place in the last week was me finishing up the audio of The Third Wife. While it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it. This was less mystery and more domestic drama. I thought the narration was excellent and I found myself caught up in all the relationships and the intricacies of the blended families.    

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
     
I'm hesitant to even hazard a guess, considering how very unbookish I've been feeling lately, but hopefully both Maybe Now and The One You Fight For will happen soon.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

Best In Books | November 2018


Best in Books is a monthly feature created by BookTuber Hope Ortego
A playlist of her Best In Books videos can be found HERE.
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I'm so excited to be back with a Best in Books post! Best in Books has long been one of my favorite features but it's shown up pretty infrequently this year - a sign of my inconsistent reading and some big life events that left little time for reading/blogging. In fact, the last Best In Books post was way back in May! But I'm happy to say that November was a return to the norm, in reading if nothing else. And there was enough read to actually put together a Best In Books post. *insert wild cheering* So let's jump right into it...

First the stats:
Books read in November: 8
Ebooks: 4
Audiobooks: 4
DNFs: 1 

Ratings:
1 @ 4.25 stars
5 @ 4 stars
2 @ 3 stars




Tie: Sophie from Steadfast and Lark from Keepsake
I usually have no problem picking one per category but I gave up this month and allowed a couple dual picks. Both Sophie and Lark were real stand-out characters and I couldn't pick one over the other. Sophie had lost so much (her brother, her boyfriend, a functional family) but she didn't spin out of control. She was strong and dependable, hard-working and loyal. And her love for Jude was unwavering. Lark was dealing with the aftermath of a horrific experience but was taking steps to move past it. I loved how she allowed herself to be vulnerable with Zach and was strong enough and brave enough to admit when she needed help.


Tie: Jude from Steadfast and Zach from Keepsake
Can you tell the characters from these two books made an impression on me? In Steadfast, my heart broke for Jude again and again. This was a guy who had so much stacked against him, had been treated so unfairly and was being kicked while he was down, and yet he just put his head down and kept moving forward. He didn't recognize the strength of his own character and determination and it was easy to cheer him on all the way. Zach was absolutely precious and it was impossible not to fall in love with this gentle man. Zach had a past few could understand and he struggled to find his place and believe in his own worth. I loved watching as he opened his heart to Lark and provided strength when she needed it most.


Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
To be honest, there were some rather cheesy covers happening in November and it made picking the best of the bunch fairly easy. The cover for Quiet Girl in a Noisy so perfectly summed up Tung's tale of being an introvert. 



What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner 


All I'm asking is that you try, that you let me in again. Just... give me this time with your heart before you decide to give it all to him."


The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez
The whole plot of The Truth About Lies was over the top so a plot twist (or three) was to be expected. The last was a real kicker and provided the perfect set-up for the next book.   





The Truth About Us by Aly Martinez
The baddies in this duet were straight out of a B-movie. Organized crime bosses, crooked politicians... they were here and they were larger than life characters who used drugs, abused women, and killed without a thought. Their actions were so extreme (and unchecked) and their dialogue so crazy that it sometimes went into eye-rolling territory, but they definitely qualified as the "best" villains I read about all month. 




Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

This graphic novel was filled with so many funny moments, mostly because they were so relatable.

it rode in on
Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
Sadly there were no 5 star reads in the month of November but that doesn't mean I didn't have plenty of enjoyable reads. And at the top of the list is Steadfast. I was so invested in this story of first love and second chances. Jude's struggle with addiction and guilt hurt my heart and I marveled at his strength and resiliency despite having very little in the way of support. Sophie had a generous spirit and often put others ahead of herself, when it was appreciated and even when it wasn't. This was a case of two people being so much better together than apart. 

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Now it's your turn: 
What is the best book you read in November? 

The Sunday Post #132


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:


What a busy week it's been! Between work and special events it feels like it's been nonstop. Yesterday in particular was go-go-go. 

A couple months ago The Husband was nominated in a contest for a new car (technically, a free two year lease). A local dealership was giving away six cars: one to a police officer, a firefighter, a nurse, a teacher, corrections officer, and a veteran. Robert was nominated in the veteran category. He made it to the final three and yesterday was the big event at the dealership - music, bbq, presentations and the announcement of the winners. He did not win the car but it was great to see so many local heroes and public servants recognized. And he's always a winner in my eyes.

We also had a holiday party to attend last night (my company party). It was a formal event so we glammed it up and I even hired a makeup artist to come to the house and do my makeup. Total treat! I gotta say, social events like that usually send me into a tailspin of anxiety but it was actually an okay night. Had a decent dinner (typical party buffet fare), won a prize, socialized until I hit my peopling limit, and then headed home. I give myself a gold star for effort. LOL

And now it's Sunday, supposed to rain virtually all day, and I'm looking forward to running a quick errand this morning and then hibernating the rest of the day. Perfect balance to yesterday. How was your weekend?

Unfortunately with the busyness of the week, I only managed to get one blog post up. And other than some audiobook here and there, I have not read at all this week. I've been meaning to start my reread of Maybe Someday but I just haven't found the time. Maybe today... *fingers crossed*


Wednesday, November 28
WWW Wednesday #33


WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:

  
Not quite what I expected but still entertaining. Definitely more domestic drama than mystery.

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 

Not a thing right now! No physical book, no ebook, no audiobook. Hopefully today I'll dive into something new.

    
I'd requested this one back in September and never heard anything. I just assumed I'd been declined. But three months after requesting... the approval comes. Surprise! :)
    





How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

WWW Wednesday #33 | December 5, 2018


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
      
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover
With the surprise release of Maybe Now, I had the urge to reread Maybe Someday. It was the first book I read by Colleen Hoover and I've never reread it since that first time 4+ years ago. I'm so excited to experience the one again. 

The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell

I've had this one on my Kindle for ages and just hadn't got to it. I recently saw the audio version was available on Hoopla so I decided to go that route. So glad I did! The narrator is wonderful and hearing the accents and the voices is really bringing the story to life for me. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
Forever, Interrupted - Taylor Jenkins Reid
So glad I picked this one up! I couldn't find anything I wanted to read last week and finally settled on this one. It hurt my heart but I fell in love with Ben+Elsie and their story. Elsie's evolution from whirlwind romance to grieving widow to figuring out what comes next felt utterly realistic and I loved it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
     
I'm likely to dive right from Maybe Someday to Maybe Now and continue all the Ridge+Sydney feels. And after that I should probably move on to The One You Fight For since the release date is less than a month away.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

The Sunday Post #131


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:


Happy December! Isn't it crazy to think we're weeks away from Christmas and the end of another year? Mind-boggling.

Yesterday The Husband and I spent much of the day shopping - something we don't often do. We started at Bath & Body Works because it was their annual candle sale. It's when I stock up and my haul generally lasts me for all of the following year. We also hit up Kirkland's for a couple Christmasy home decor items, and at the mall (someplace I probably hadn't gone to in a year) I found a jacket I needed for a holiday party next weekend. Quite the successful outing.
     

In bookish news, Colleen Hoover dropped a surprise release on Friday! The long-awaited follow-up to Maybe Someday, called Maybe Now. She's good at keeping secrets! :) I am crazy excited to dive in and revisit Sydney and Ridge!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway for the Black Friday Book Bonanza (hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Reviewer). The winner (chosen randomly by GiveawayTools) was Jeanna M. and the book she chose is already on its way to her. Congratulations again, Jeanna!   

Wondering when your favorite Christmas movie is going to air? Look no further... iHeartRadio has shared a comprehensive schedule of all the Christmas movies and holiday specials from now through December 24!

And BookBub has shared some great lists recently, including: memoirs everyone should read, NPR's best books of 2018, and romance books to get you in the Christmas spirit.

And now I'm off to meet my mom and sisters for our monthly breakfast. Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. Happy reading!



WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:

  
Another wonderful addition to the True North series.

Even more over the top and ridiculous than the first book, but it was good for a few (unintended) laughs. LOL *audiobook*

Absolutely loved it. Broke my heart, made me feel all the feelings, but I fell in love with this one.

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 

I haven't started another physical book yet since finishing Forever, Interrupted yesterday. I needed a breather after all the emotion and tears. I plan on totally revamping my library today (I'm already tired of the rainbow shelves and I'm going back to alpha by author) so I'll likely choose a book while I'm in there playing with them all. :)

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:
I'm listening to The Third Wife and while it's not one of her highest rated books, I'm still intrigued.

    
Woo hoo!
    





How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!