WWW Wednesday #80 | March 18, 2020


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Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.


Day by day things get more surreal. More restrictions, more businesses closing their doors, entire cities on lock-down. The Husband and I are both working from home now. Whatever things are like in your area, I hope you're being cautious and staying safe.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

    


Currently reading: I started Anticipating Spring on Sunday and I'm so happy to be back in this world. Each book in this series can easily stand alone but the characters are all interconnected. It's like revisiting friends. And getting Joe and Maggie's story... I've been waiting for this since the first book! It's told mostly from Maggie's POV but here and there are a few brief pages from Joe's perspective and I'm living for those. :) 
Current progress: 53%

Currently listening: Two YA novels in progress at the same time? Who am I??? I'm just not particularly drawn to YA stories these days but there are rare exceptions. And these two authors are among them. When it comes to Simon, my love knows no bounds. My re-reads of this one are about to hit double digits, but it never gets old. 
Current progress: 88%

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Another Christina Lauren release that left me with mixed feelings. I haven't written my review yet but I will say that so much time was spent on the celebrity couple whose marriage was crashing and burning that it completely took center stage. And that left me feeling like too little time was given the main couple and I never really got to know them. Actually, despite it being from their POV's, they often didn't even feel like the main couple because the celebrity couple's issues were constantly the focus. It left me frustrated and feeling like the balance was off. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?


  

Not sure exactly what I'll pick up next but these are all strong contenders. 

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

35 comments

  1. Yep, these are my exact thoughts on Honey Don't. Maybe the book should have just been a second chance at love book about the celebrity couple (while making them less horrendous) OR put them more in the background. They definitely took over the story.

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    1. Exactly, Jen. I don't know if the book didn't deliver what it meant to, or if it was just my expectations, but either I was a little flummoxed by the final product.

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  2. Hope you enjoy the rest of Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda! I haven't read the book yet myself, but I saw the movie recently and it was so cute and heartwarming. I just finished reading Becoming by Michelle Obama (which was a great read!) but I haven't decided what I want to start next yet.

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. They did such an amazing job with the movie adaptation. I loved it (and just watched it a couple nights ago, actually). And I've been meaning to read Becoming ever since it released.

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  3. Every single one of these are on my TBR. I'm bummed to hear that you didn't love The Honey-Don't List. You amped up my desire for Simon's story, though.

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    1. Alison! You need to read Simon! Go do that... I'll be waiting right here. *taps foot* Seriously, though, it's amazing. Both the book and the audio.

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    2. HaHa! I will do my best to rectify this mistake soon!

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  4. I agree that The Honey Don't List was spent too much on the Tripps. I don't even know if it was a romance. :/

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. Ditto, Amber. I didn't finish it feeling like I'd read a romance novel. It was more about the Tripps... and some about Carey growing up and taking control of her her life. Not at all what I expected.

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  5. Wild at Heart looks pretty good to me. And yes things are crazy. Stay safe and be well!

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  6. I'm sorry The Honey-Don't List left you feeling like that :( still have yet to read this one, same goes for Twice in a Blue Moon.

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    1. It was enjoyable enough, just not really what I wanted... or expected.

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  7. I have to agree with many people about the romance playing back seat to the other couple's drama in Honey Don't, but I still had a great time reading the book. Honestly, it read more women's fiction to me, because I felt like Carey was going through a big period of growth and figuring out her future. Regardless, I still enjoyed it.

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    1. Yeah, the romance definitely wasn't front and center and it did deal a lot more with Carey's growth than the relationship.

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  8. Anticipating Spring sounds good! I love when a series makes you feel like you are visiting old friends. That's the best feeling ever when you settle in with a good book, and much loved characters.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Lora Richardson is just wonderful. I've read all her books but one and she has an amazing gift for creating a feel-good small town setting.

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  9. I'm the same way right now, I've really gone off YA a lot, but every once in awhile, one comes along that sounds interesting!

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    1. There's a very small handful of YA authors that I still make exceptions for, otherwise I've mostly lost interest in YA.

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  10. The world is definitely surreal right now! I'm reading this MG book for review called The Queen Bee and Me, and it's really cute. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I've seen that one. It looks like a cute MG read. :)

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  11. I read SImon awhile ago and really enjoyed it. I'm reading Girl Gone Viral right now. I'm not sure how I feel about it right now though.

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  12. I haven't been loving the sound of The Honey-Dont List the way I'm curious about other CL books so given what you've said I may give that one a pass... Sorry it wasn't better for you. :(

    I too am WFH where I can. We've now had the "social distancing" order and the announcement that schools will be closing this Friday (with no date given for expected reopening!) I'm in a state of near disbelief at what we're seeing around the world. Never would I have thought I'd ever see something like it!

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    1. Yeah, some of their books I have loved so much... but this one just didn't wow me.

      I agree, Nicci. I'm guessing none of us have seen anything like this in our lifetime. :(

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  13. I've read several reviews that felt the same way for The Honey-Don't List. Maybe it didn't bother me since I read them before I started the book. I knew it would be that way, so I just went with it. I ended up loving it. Sorry you didn't feel the same.

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    1. I'm so glad you loved it! I know plenty of people have. Just wasn't quite what I wanted or expected, I guess.

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  14. I've been hearing so many mixed things about The Honey-Don't List. I haven't really fell in love with anything by Christina Lauren yet so I think I may skip this one too! I hope you're enjoying Simon! I love both the book and the movie.

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    1. I've read some by Christina Lauren that I truly loved: Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. And there were some I really liked but didn't quite love. But there have also been a couple that just didn't do it for me - like The Honey-Don't List and Twice in a Blue Moon (their two most recent). They're kind of turning into hit-or-miss authors for me.

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  15. It sounds like I need to give Simon a try, huh? I have only read one Christina Lauren book and I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I hope you have a great week and are able to escape into a book for a bit.

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    1. I recommend Simon all the time. It's such a feel good story. :)

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  16. I lvoed Where the Lost wander! I hope you'll enjoy it too!

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  17. Awww, Simon. I haven't re-read that one yet but it definitely seems like it would be a great escape from reality right now. Sorry to hear The Honey Don't List left you with mixed feelings. I enjoyed it but I do agree about the romance taking a backseat to the crazy celebrity drama.

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    1. Simon is one of those rare books that I don't get tired of. Same with the movie version. I've watched it so many times. Always makes me happy. :)

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