WWW Wednesday #38.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


HI!

I’ve been feeling kind of reading slumpish. I’ve been trying out a bunch of different books this week, but can’t seem to want to sit and read for long periods of time, so I have been reading a few pages here and there. I have a 15 hour long car ride coming up Sunday though, so maybe I will get a ton of reading in then! 😀 Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I am about 75 pages into the Unlikelies and it’s pretty enjoyable so far. Hopefully I can read some more at some point this week. This week is going to be insanely busy for me with getting everything ready for our honeymoon trip. I am halfway through the audiobook for A Torch Against the Night and honestly I am so bored. SO FREAKING BORED. I haven’t picked it up again in a few days. I really loved An Ember in the Ashes. 😦 Maybe the second half of Torch will be good when I finally get around to picking it up again.


Recently Finished:

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Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I finished Saga Vol. 1 and it was so so good. It was my first real attempt at a graphic novel and I loved it. It got a little weird sometimes, but it was still great. So many feels. So many! It had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well. I love Marko and Alana. They were hilarious. I am really excited to continue with the series.


Reading Next:

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Same deal as it has been for the last few weeks for my reading next. I’m not entirely sure what I want to read next, but here are a few options I have and also the next two volumes of Saga (not pictured). I’m not bringing a ton of physical books with me on my trip, but I have my Kindle loaded up with a TON of books including these three. I’ve had the Windfall in my reading next list for the last few weeks. It’s the last ARC I have on Netgalley and it’s releasing at the end of June so I want to get to that one soon. I am dying to see what happens next in the Bone Season series. I read a couple chapters of The Song Rising and looking forward to reading more. I loved Nowhere But Here SOOO much and I am really looking forward to reading Walk the Edge, so we’ll see happens! What I’m reading next is really up in the air right now, to be honest.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.
Friday Finds #64.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.


Hi!

The topic for today’s TTT post is a freebie. I decided to go with ten books that have the word “SUMMER” in their title that are on my TBR list. I own nine out of the ten books that will be included in my post. I knew I owned a lot of books with “summer” in the title, but I honestly didn’t think it was going to be nine books, lol. 😛

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The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole *this is the one I don’t own*

Some of these books I’ve had since 2015 and still haven’t read them, ugh. I’m so behind in unread books. Maybe this year I should make it a goal to read at least five of these books over the summer, lol. They all sound really good and give off a summer vibe…I guess with summer being a key word in them, lol. 😛 A lot of really cool summery book covers as well, which I love.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Friday Finds #64.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Friday Finds #64.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

I am so glad that it’s Friday! I am in desperate need of a nap when I get home from work today. I feel so tired today. Zzz…

Today I have four books to share with you guys that all sound like they are going to be pretty amazing reads! Included down below is the Goodreads description as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I love Peter Pan so much and I haven’t read a ton of retellings of Peter Pan. I think the only one I read was Everland (which is a steampunk retelling that I loved), so I am excited to read Peter Darling. Peter Darling sounds like it’s going to be completely different and it sounds so good! It was released back in February, so I really want to get my hands on a copy of it soon.

Goodreads Description: Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.


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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

I read Marieke’s other book This Is Where It Ends and I really liked that book a lot. I am looking forward to reading her new book. Before I Let Go sounds like it’s going to be a really heartbreaking read like her other book was. I love the book cover as well! Releasing in January 2018. I am hoping I am approved for this one on Netgalley.

Goodreads Description: Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…


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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I am all about this summer book cover vibe with this one. Alex, Approximately sounds like it’s going to be a really fun read. I am actually debating on if I want to go buy a copy of this book right now or if I should wait. It was released in April, so it’s out in the world and I kind of really want it right now, lol. I think I may hold off until next week to decide though. Maybe the e-book will go on sale before then.

Goodreads Description: Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


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Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

Last but not least, I added Forget Me Not to my Goodreads TBR and I really want to add it to my bookshelf too, because that book cover is AMAZING! The hardcover is a little over $9 on Amazon right now and it’s so tempting! It also sounds like it’s going to be really good. I never read a book about someone that has Tourette syndrome and I think it’ll be interesting to learn about something that I am not all that familiar with.

Goodreads Description: A girl with Tourette syndrome starts a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse. Calliope June has Tourette syndrome. Sometimes she can’t control the noises that come out of her mouth, or even her body language. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But soon the kids in her class realize she’s different. Only her neighbor, who is also the class president, sees her as she truly is—a quirky kid, and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public? As Callie navigates school, she must also face her mother’s new relationship and the fact that she might be moving again—just as she’s starting to make friends and finally accept her differences. This story of being true to yourself will speak to a wide audience.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #37.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #37.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


HI!

I mentioned last week that I was taking a little break from reading, which lasted for about 4-5 days. Over the weekend I got back into reading and read one of the ARCs on my list and also so far this week I was able to finish an audiobook as well. 😀 Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I’ve been seeing a lot of good things about Saga, so I decided to give it a chance. This is my first time reading a graphic novel. I’m about halfway through with it and I really like it so far. I decided to order the next two volumes and I’m super stoked to finish this one and continue on with the series.


Recently Finished:

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Legion by Julie Kagawa
Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds

Legion!! I have SO much love for this series. Legion was just as amazing as the other books in the Talon Saga. Julie continues to shatter my heart. Julie and this series has all the millions of pieces of my heart. Amish Guys Don’t Call wasn’t exactly what I expected and turned out to be a little weird for me, but it was still a decent read. I’ll link my review of it at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

My reading next still looks about the same as last week minus two books that are now in my recently finished. Still up in the air for what I’m going to read next. Possibly one of these two ARCs that I have left and both releasing in June. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading over the next few weeks. This week and part of next week I’ll be busy getting things ready for vacation/honeymoon; we leave next weekend! When we actually leave I don’t know how much time I will have between doing things in Washington DC and New York City. I’ll have these ARCs along with me (if I don’t read them before we leave) and the next two volumes of Saga, so we’ll see what happens!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Amish Guys Don’t Call.
Friday Finds #63.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Thoughts|| Amish Guys Don’t Call.

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she’s finally been accepted into the popular girls’ clique called “The Sherpas.” But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam’s new friends can’t miss this opportunity to tease and torment her. Sam has never really come to terms with her parents’ divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach’s apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 13th 2017

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture for some reason and it’s always cool learning about other cultures as well. My first impression of Amish Guys Don’t Call was that it was going to be a fun and cute read. It ended up being a pretty weird book, to be honest. It still had it’s fun and cute moments though, don’t get me wrong. I even laughed out loud quite a bit.

Samantha was struggling a lot through this book, she had so many things going on in her life. Her parents divorce, her mother not always home, trying to fit in with the popular girls at school, and she also had a problem with shoplifting. This girl had a lot going on in her life! I felt like she did the best she could though and it helped having Zach in her life. Things with their relationship was a little awkward though, but I guess it was understandable since it was her first relationship and Zach had just left the Amish and was learning how the English (non-Amish) people lived. There were times though that I felt like Sam didn’t always act her age (16-17). I got a younger age vibe from her.

Zach’s dialogue was a bit strange for me. He talked really “proper” like instead of saying “don’t” he would say “do not” or instead of “can’t” he would say “cannot”. It was hard to get used to the way they he talked and worded things. He also threw in some Pennsylvania Dutch at times too since that was the language the Amish talked. That took a bit to get used to, but it was interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Samantha’s friends. They were basically the mean girls and they really bugged me. They all had their own things they were dealing with too though.

There were a lot of things going on in this book and there was one scene that was like a “WTF” moment and I had no clue what was happening and I was kind of shocked. It had to do with a haunted house, but I don’t want to go further into it because it could be a spoiler. But it was just so weird and I had no idea what was going on and after reading the authors note at the end of the book, it’s a real thing that happens now and that the author herself experienced. There are a lot of things in this book that the author herself experienced, actually. It’s hard to really point out exactly why I felt a certain way about some things without saying exactly what happened in the book and I hate spoilers. Knowing that a lot of things that happened in the book, happened in real life helped put it in better perspective and took away some of the weirdness that I got from it though.

Overall, I liked the story even if at times it was a bit strange for me. There was just so much happening and sometimes I was like “wait, what?”. Sometimes it felt like too many things happening in such a short amount of time (pages), so it felt a little rushed or things weren’t explained as well and came out of nowhere.  Once I got used to Zach’s dialogue, it was easy to read and I was flying through the book in about a day and a half. It was hard to put down, because I was still really into the story and wanted to see how it ended. I was still rooting for Sam and Zach.

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #63.
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyred

Friday Finds #63.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

Today I have three books to share with you guys and since it’s not many, I decided to include the Goodreads description in the post as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. Onto the books! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The book cover for Invictus is is amazing. I’m saying this is my favorite book cover that I have seen so far this year. I might have to go pre-order a copy of this one. It sounds so freaking good too! AHHH! Need it! Releasing in September.

Goodreads Description: Time flies when you’re plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.


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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

The Art of Starving is compared to More Happy Than Not and I love that book so much! This one sounds like it’s going to be a pretty tough read, but I think it’ll be a good one. I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book about an eating disorder or none that I can remember reading. It sounds really interesting about these super powers that Matt thinks he developed by not eating. I’m really looking forward to getting this book. Releasing in July.

Goodreads Description: More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future…Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away. Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe? Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.


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The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

The book cover for The Color Project is so pretty and I love the font of the title. I’ve been seeing this book around a lot on Twitter this week and it sounds really good! I definitely need to get my hands on this one. I believe it’s releasing in July.

Goodreads Description: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

So stoked that it’s finally Friday! 😀 I’m so ready for the weekend and a couple days off work. I haven’t been reading at all this week, which has been a nice break. I may try to read one of the ARCs I got this weekend. Over the last few weeks I have started and finished a book every Sunday, so we’ll see if that happens again this Sunday!

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #36.
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.
Friday Finds #62.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #36.

wwwwednesdayflower

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I am so tired this week, but I’m glad it’s Wednesday! That means I just need to get through today and two more days of work until the weekend. 😀 Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Currently Reading:

I am not currently reading anything right now. I’m taking a little break from reading since I’ve been reading so much the last month and a half. I don’t want to get into a full blown reading slump and force it, so I need a bit of a break. I’m also like 30+ episodes behind in all of my favorite TV shows. I may use this reading break to catch up with some of my tv shows and also continue on the second Kingdom Hearts game that I’ve replaying through.


Recently Finished:

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

I loved Nowhere But Here more than words can ever express. I am also so dang jealous that I am not a part of their family. “Reign of Terror! Hoo-ra!” I also cried way too much, but it was also fun and cute too. So many feels though. *insert crying emoji* I’m excited about reading the other two books in the series (my library needs to hurry up and check them out to me!), but a little disappointed that they are about other characters in the book instead of the MCs in Nowhere But Here. I did like them in Nowhere But Here when they made appearances though, so it’ll be cool seeing a more in depth look into who they are. I surprisingly really liked The Best Kind of Magic. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. I’ll link my full review of it at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Legion by Julie Kagawa

I’m not sure what book I am going to read next once I’m finished with my little reading break. It will most likely be one of these books. The first three are ARCs that are all releasing in June. I am really excited to read them all. I don’t want to read them while I’m in this little reading slump, because I don’t want to force it and end up not enjoying them as much as I would if I was into reading. I have the Legion (book 4 in the Talon Saga) audiobook and I am super stoked to start it. I may start that later this week or next week. I miss my dragons and this series is everything to me.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.
Friday Finds #62.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray