WWW Wednesday 9.1.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I started reading Nine Perfect Strangers a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of the Hulu adaptation and I’m currently halfway done. It is definitely different then the show (I’ve only watched the first two episodes) and I’m enjoying it. The book takes it time to build up the creepiness of the health resort and the show really jumps into it. I do enjoy the humor of the show though.

Since today is the first of the month I wanted to start on my September TBR so I went with Rock Paper Scissors since I need to review it next week and wow, am I obsessed. I’m 34% through and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s incredibly atmospheric and even though it was in the high 80’s today I was feeling all the chilly vibes. The writing is also incredible and I have been highlighting lines in my Kindle. This is one of those books that is dangerous to read before bed because I might just stay up until I finish it. Fingers crossed that this book has an ending worthy of the five stars I really want to give it!

What have you recently finished?

My review for Dark Notes should be up early next week but I ended up giving it 2 stars.

I picked up Locke and Key Vol. 1 last time I was a the library and I decided to bring it with me when we traveled for my son’s laser treatment. I ended up enjoying this so much more then I thought I would and gave it 5 stars. I will also hopefully have my review up next week for it. Unfortunately, my library has every volume of this series except for the second but I did see it was on Kindle Unlimited so I might try to read the next one that way. If not, then I will just buy it, which I might do anyways, since I really loved the first one.

I will have my review for Where I Left Her up tomorrow but this is another one where the ending really disappointed me. I gave this 3.5 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This comes out September 7 and my blog tour post for it is September 9

Meet Chloe Sevre. She’s a freshman honor student, a leggings-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study for psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can’t comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

Never Saw Me Coming is a compulsive, voice-driven thriller by an exciting new voice in fiction, that will keep you pinned to the page and rooting for a would-be killer.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 8.25.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I meant to have Where I Left Her finished yesterday but this week has been even busier than I was anticipating so I’m getting behind in blog related things. I am so close to being done with it though and I have been hooked on this book since the first chapter. It is a true thriller and after the last book that I read I am really enjoying the pace and constant reveal of information. I will finish this tonight but because we are going out of town tomorrow because my little one is getting another laser treatment on his birthmark I won’t be able to post my review until next week.

I still never got around to finishing Dark Notes and I think I’m 80% done. I plan on reading this in the waiting room Friday so I might finish it or at least come close enough that I can finish it over the weekend. Since I’m not that invested in this romance and it got to the final dramatic moments I kind of lost interest. This will probably be a two star read unless the ending blows me away.

I started reading Nine Perfect Strangers this weekend and I’ve made it to page 173. I’m hoping that I read far enough to cover all of episode 1 of the show which premiered on Hulu today. I think the first four episodes got released today and I definitely didn’t read far enough to cover all of them. But since we are going out of town for a few days maybe I will get some good progress in.

What have you recently finished?

I will have my review up next week for The Guilt Trip. This was a two star read for me and the writing and the narrator of the audiobook are the only reason I made it all the way through.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is another Netgalley book that I meant to read last year and didn’t.

A page-turning novel of suspense about the perfect family, and the perfect lies, by the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and The Waiting Room.

Adopted by her controlling foster mother at the age of eight, twenty-year-old Tara has seen little of the outside world. Lonely, punished for the slightest offense, her only distraction comes from watching the Feely family’s online videos. They’re an affectionate vlogging quintet and an internet sensation. Most important, they are Tara’s mental refuge. Then the opportunity arises for them to be something more. When Tara accepts an internship with the close-knit clan, they’re her escape.

Daring to run away, and defying Mother’s rules, Tara is welcomed into the loving fold. But the more Tara gets to know them, the more she realizes that not everything is as it seems. As secrets slowly surface, the image of the perfect family begins to crack. For Tara, it’s another trap.

To claim a life of her own, she’ll need a new escape plan. Because as the show’s popularity explodes, reaching even more fascinated viewers, Tara can’t shake the feeling that Mother is among their ranks. She’s watching. She’s waiting. She’ll never let her go.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 8.18.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

I have been wanting to read a Pam Godwin book for the longest time and when I was looking for a book to read on my Kindle before bed she popped into my head. Dark Notes is the first Godwin book that I bought so it seemed like the best place to start. It is a dark sub/dom romance between a 17 year old student and her 27 year old teacher. I only have a few chapters left and I have to say this isn’t my favorite forbidden romance that I have read. I do feel for Ivory and she has been through so many heartbreaking things but I can’t quite connect with the romance. This will probably be a three star read for me depending on the ending.

My plan was to have finished Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by now but I didn’t read that much over the weekend since it was the last weekend before my older boys went back to school. I only have 50 minutes of the audiobook left and I’m curious about what’s going to happen since the big mystery was just solved. My guess is that it is setting up the next book in the series which comes out next year.

What have you recently finished?

Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass

What do you think you’ll read next?

Since I haven’t finished Marion Lane I haven’t had a chance to start this but I’m hoping to do so tonight.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 8.11.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on World of Words (who just had a baby!) and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

Tomorrow is my blog tour post for Such a Good Wife so I will have my full review up for it tomorrow. I’m so close to the end and I’m enjoying it although I do have some issues with it.

I am listening to the audiobook of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder and I have gotten a lot further listening to it then I did reading it. Which I’m kicking myself for now because I didn’t realize that it is an underground private detective agency with a school like setting. I’m roughly a quarter of the way through it and so far I’ve gotten some Harry Potter vibes. The book starts out with a murder that takes place at the agency so it automatically seems to narrow the suspect list down. However, we are also learning about the world the book is set in so it hasn’t given off any locked room trope vibes.

What have you recently finished reading?

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillian

I read All the Rage, Before Her, and Ripped From the Headlines over the past weekend because I wanted to concentrate on some Kindle Unlimited books. I also reviewed Killer Jam in my weekend wrap up post since it is also available on Kindle Unlimited.

What do you think you will read next?

In keeping with my goal to concentrate on Netgalley books this month my next read will be The Guilt Trip. This book came out at the end of May so I’m behind with this one. I will probably concentrate on Netgalley books for the rest of the year to get caught up but might take a month off whenever the next round of the PopCulture Readathon is.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 8.4.21

It has been a long time since I have put together one of these posts! It is always one of my favorites to do and read so I’m happy to be back on the bandwagon. This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I recently got an audible subscription since I have recently discovered a love of listening to books while I knit or cross stitch and Killer Jam was added to my library so I must have gotten the audiobook free when I purchased this book way back when. Killer Jam is the start of a cozy mystery series involving farm life and homesteading. The narrator does a great job of making everything sound interesting and I am enjoying our heroine work on the farm and solve the crime of who murdered a lady no one liked in town. One annoying aspect of this story is that every time the sheriff is in a scene the author always has to describe how large he is. I don’t understand why authors do that since it doesn’t add anything to the story.

This month my TBR is filled with ARC’s for ARC August and To Tell You the Truth is one that I have shamefully had for a year. I am so close to the end of this book and I am saving the end to savor when my kids are in bed and the house is quiet. One of my favorite tropes is an unreliable narrator and this book does it magnificently. Fingers crossed I love the ending!

What have you recently finished?

I read a fair amount of books since my last WWW post so I thought it would be better to just share what I have finished since August started. I posted my review for this book yesterday which you can check out here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is another old ARC that I have and really want to get to. I previously tried to read this book before but couldn’t get past the first chapter because I was having a hard time getting into books back then so I am hopeful that I can actually get into it now. I checked the audiobook out from my library so I can both listen to it and read it physically.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 6.2.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

I just started reading What Big Teeth today because I didn’t get around to it last month and it is due back to the library in a couple of days. I am already on page 65 and it’s around 300 pages so I feel pretty confident I can get it done before it’s due back. So far I am enjoying the story even though I’m still not quite sure what is going on although something big happened right before I stopped reading so perhaps the story will take more shape now. The writing is very descriptive and I’m not sure if all of it is necessary but it is a relatively short read so I guess we will see how I feel about the writing when I finish it.

I’m still working my way through A Court of Mist and Fury because I find a lot of it boring and Feyre isn’t a character I particularly enjoy. I’m liking it more than I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses probably because there is more Rhysand. I’m 45% through so I will hopefully finish this before next Wednesday. I absolutely flew through Crescent City and that is a chunky book too so it is definitely her earlier books that I am struggling with. But I guess that’s a good thing since it means her writing has definitely improved over the years.

I have only opened Hummingbird Salamander up once in the last week but I am anxious to keep reading it because I want to know what is going to happen. I am hoping this weekend I will have some time to dedicate to this one.

What have you recently finished?

The only thing I have finished since last week are for blog tours which is probably why my regular reading is going so slow. Not that it’s a bad thing since I gave all these books four stars or higher.

The Rooftop Party by Ellen Meister

Trouble in Big Timber by B.J. Daniels

You Will Remember Me by Hannah McKinnon

What do you think you will read next?

I plan on reading this tonight since I have a blog tour review for it going up tomorrow. I love these Harlequin category romances so much and I can usually read one in one or two sittings. After this and I finish up at least one or two of my current reads I will start reading books from my June TBR that I will be posting on Friday.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 5.26.21

This fun weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My buddy reading group is reading A Court of Mist and Fury this week and I was a little worried because I found the first ten percent incredibly boring but thankfully it has picked up a lot. I’m a little behind the rest of my group so I only just started part two but I have high hopes that I will like this book way more then I did ACOTAR.

I started reading Hummingbird Salamander last month and then I put it down for some reason. I recently picked it back up and I’m still really enjoying the story even though I have no clue where the story is going. This is my first Vandermeer book so I have no clue how it stands up next to his other works but his style of writing reminds me a lot of Chuck Palahniuk.

What have you recently finished reading?

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

The Nesting is a fantastic introduction to Nordic Noir and I gave it five stars. I am so behind on reviews and I have a stacked blog tour schedule coming up but I do hope to have a review for this up next month. I gave it five stars.

Hard Sell by Hudson Lin

Get a Life, Chloe Brown is one of my favorite romances I have read and definitely my top favorite of this year. I again want to have a review of this up next month and this was an obvious five star read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series next month.

I received an ARC of Just One Look from Netgalley so I will have my review for this up on or near it’s publication date, July 27. This is a seriously engrossing, captivating and creepy tale with a main character that makes you cringe that you are actually rooting for. Think a less terrifying Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes (no wonder they blurbed her on the cover!). I gave this five stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will be spending today and tomorrow reading You Will Remember Me for a blog tour post on Friday. The synopsis of this sounds so good and it has such a high rating on Goodreads that I feel like I might just fly through this one tonight.

After I finish the previous book I will be picking up Real Men Knit since it is almost the end of the month and I would love knock another book off my Pop Culture Readathon TBR.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 5.19.21

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m almost done with Hard Sell which is great since my blog tour post is due tomorrow. Thankfully this week I’m feeling like myself but my infusion I had at the end at the end of April really knocked me around and last week was a bit of a loss since just laying on the couch was exhausting. So I’m about a week behind in everything and I’ve had to rearrange some blog tour posts but I’m *fingers crossed* getting back on track. Anyways, Hard Sell is a super cute and steamy romance that I am really enjoying but you will find out my full thoughts on it tomorrow.

I have been avoiding reading Get a Life, Chloe Brown for awhile because I knew it was going to hit close to home but I can’t even put into words how wonderful it is to see myself reflected in a book. Of course our diseases are different but Chloe Brown’s experiences are quite similar to mine although also very different at the same time but it is so heartwarming to read about a character where the way we have to move through life is normal. Also the romance in this is so swoon worthy and Red is probably one of my favorite heroes I’ve ever read. Honestly, I’m less than a hundred pages from the end and I can’t see myself giving this anything other then five stars.

What have you recently finished reading?

Archie Vol. 4, Night of the Mannequins, House of Hollow, The Project and The Promised Neverland Vol. 1 were all four or five star reads. I hope to have reviews for them up soon. Although, I think I might do a review of Archie after I finish the rest of the volumes I have checked out from the library.

I am still trying to decide what I want to give Catherine House so right now I have it as a 3 star on Goodreads but I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I finished it so I might rate it higher at some point. I also hope to have a review for this up soon.

A Good Mother by Laura Bazelon

New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have been wanting to read this for the longest time and I have procrastinated on it so long that it is due back to the library on Saturday so as soon as I finish Chloe Brown tonight I will be starting this one. I usually fly through mysteries so I should have this done in plenty of time to get it back to the library on time.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 5.5.21

Happy Cinco De Mayo! This fun weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I just started Catherine House last night and I have been avoiding reading the synopsis so I have no idea what this book is about. The writing is very creepy and I’m enjoying myself even though the plot is seemingly meandering around right now. I know people either love or hate this book and I’m hoping I fall into the love it category.

My buddy reading group is reading House of Hollow this week and I am really loving this YA horror. This book is creepy, atmospheric, and captivating. I am loving the way the story/mystery of what happened to the eldest Hollow sister is being unraveled and I hope the ending lives up to the rest of the story.

What have you recently finished?

I started off the month reading Local Woman Missing for an upcoming blog tour post. I really enjoyed the way Mary Kubica told this story and I gave it four stars. My post with my full thoughts on it will be coming at the end of this month.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

I wanted to read something quick after I finished Local Woman Missing so I picked up the third volume of Archie that I got from the library. This is the one that introduces Cheryl Blossom and I really enjoyed what she brought to the story. I gave it 5 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not feeling the best today (It’s 95 degrees today and I need to figure out how to manage the heat- thank goodness my house has air conditioning!) but it works out because I need to read New Girl in Little Cove for a blog tour post tomorrow.

Once I finish reading Catherine House I think I will probably pick up Vol 4 of Archie because I grabbed a few volumes from the library and I need to work my way through them.

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday 4.28.21

This fun weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions;

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I have only barely started The Ivies so I don’t have a real grasp of the story yet. So far the writing seems decent but I’m really not far enough into the story to say either way.

I started reading His & Hers during Dewey’s 24 hr readathon and I’m about half way through. I have been dealing with a lot of fatigue since my infusion so my reading has really slowed down but I’m hoping to finish this one soon. So far it seems like this whole book takes place during one day and I’m eager to see how it ends.

I started reading Hummingbird Salamander before the readathon started last Saturday and I haven’t gone back to it. I’m around 35% through this one and I have absolutely no idea where the story is going. I am really enjoying Vandermeer’s slippery, ominous writing and I will be picking this one back up as soon as I finish His & Hers.

What have you recently finished reading?

I actually DNF’d Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates because it deals heavily with the death of the characters Grandma but I did share a mini review of it yesterday as part of my blog tour post.

The Only Good Indians and And Then There Were None were books I read for Dewey’s 24 hr readathon and I will be wrapping that up on Friday.

I finished ACOTAR and gave it 2.5 stars. It was mostly boring and I didn’t feel any chemistry between Feyre and anyone let alone the person she was trying so hard to save. I’m hoping as the series progresses that I will enjoy it more.

Soulless was another book that was mostly boring but I did really enjoy the ending of this one so I gave it 3 stars. Next month I’m planning on starting the next arc in this series and this is the one I’m the most nervous for because Preppy does some very questionable things to women and I don’t know how Frazier is going to redeem him.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My buddy reading group is reading this one this week and I’m behind on reading it but it is a reread for me. I first read this back in 2016 but I never continued on with the series which I’m excited to do this time around with my group. I need to finish at least one of the books that I’m currently reading before I start this because I really don’t want the way that I’m currently feeling to turn into me carrying around even more partial read books.

~Cassie