WWW Wednesday #57.

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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.


Hey!

Not going to lie, I am kind of getting stir crazy being home pretty much 24/7 now that I work from home. I feel like I never leave the house and if you know me, I am a person that actually loves being at home so this is new. I still have boxes to unpack, but I’ve been kind of just ignoring them and reading or watching TV instead. Here is what I’ve been reading the last week and a half and what I hope to read soon.

Currently Reading:

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am currently reading Daisy Jones & The Six and I am really enjoying it. I definitely really like this one. I am 60% into it and I should have it finished today. It’s so addicting to read. It’s honestly so hard to stop and I curse work and adult responsibilities because I just want to read it all day. I love how it reads like a documentary. It goes back and forth between the different people involved in Daisy Jones & The Six band telling their story of past events and their stardom. It’s so rock ‘n’ roll and I am living for it.


Recently Finished:

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You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

I recently finished You Asked for Perfect and The Test. I liked You Asked for Perfect, but it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. It was still a good read and I actually flew through it. It was really easy to read and the characters were really likable. I didn’t relate to it too much and I think that’s why it didn’t blow me away. I can see why so many people really love it though and I would definitely recommend checking it out. The Test….HOLY CRAP! This book was insane! It was intense! And I honestly can’t even put my thoughts into words. I loved it so much and gave it five stars!! I still think about it. It’s a pretty short story, but it’s so damn good that you don’t even notice how short it is. You’re sucked right into it from the start, it’s crazy.


Reading Next:

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser (Netgalley)
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (Physical ARC)
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

I said March would be a month full of ARCs and it hasn’t really worked out that way….YET! I am really hoping to at least get The Beauty of the Moment and Summer of ’69 read this month. Heroine is one of my most anticipated book releases of the year and it finally released yesterday, so I may have to read that one next or really soon. So it’s looking like one of these will be my next read.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #76.
Random|| Birthday & Other Things.
Review|| Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #76.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


Hey!

I have four books to share with you this week that all sound like they are going to be pretty awesome reads! The covers for all of these books are so amazing as well as how they sound. 😛 I’ve included the book descriptions below as well. 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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Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Goodreads Description: In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime. Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself. When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families’ pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?


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How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Goodreads Description: Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was six. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface–normal okay regular fine. But after what happens on the beach–first in the ocean, and then in the sand–the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears, and with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe–maybe maybe maybe–there’s a third way Biz just can’t see yet.


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The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

Goodreads Description: Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does. And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her. The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.

 


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We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

Goodreads Description: Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.

 

 


Have you added any new books to your TBR? Have you read any of these? 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;
Random|| Birthday & Other Things.
Review|| Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.
Wrap Up|| February.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Review|| Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
5 out of 5 stars

“Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe.”

Goodreads Description: Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six. But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder. Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too. As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.


I received an ARC of Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released in February of 2019.

A new Jeff Zentner book?! YESSSS! I am so stoked that I was approved for Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. Jeff always writes books that make me ugly cry and end up loving to pieces. Rayne & Delilah was no exception! I felt all the feels and let me tell you, there are so many! This book was so fun to read….and so easy to cry over.

I loved Josie and Delia’s friendship so much. They were funny and connected so well together. They had a strong bond and connection and it was perfection. They had me laughing almost non-stop and then there were the moments where they had me crying almost non-stop! Throw in new friend Lawson and it was a riot! There were a lot of family aspects to the story that were really sad, but I loved Delia and her mom’s relationship so much. I loved the horror movie aspect of it and all the movie references. I even caught a some Serpent King references in the story, which was fun! I’m sure there were Goodbye Days references that I missed, but it was fun that there were some little connections to Zentner’s other books. 😛

Overall, I loved Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Mantinee so so much! It was everything I hoped it would be. I laughed, I cried, and had so much fun reading it. The characters were great, the story was great, so much friendship and love in one story. It made me so sad and so happy at the same time. I highly recommend reading it. Now I must go find some low quality old horror films to watch. 😛

“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding pain at all costs. Maybe it’s about having one or two people who have signed up for the messy job of being your salvation, who make your life bigger.”

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| February.
Review|| The Little Star.
Book Haul|| February.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| February.

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Hey!

February was a crazy busy month for me, but also an exciting one. So many things were going on in my person life, because we bought a house! I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted this month, which was a bummer! I didn’t get to read any books for my Reading the Alphabet challenge, but I did get to read a few other books and started a couple others to finish in March. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of February.

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – 3 out of 5 stars.
I read Rupi’s book Milk and Honey last year, so I wanted to check out more of her work. I flew through the poems in The Sun and Her Flowers. They were good and I liked them. I really liked the illustrations that went along with some of the poems as well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 out of 5 stars.
I am so happy that I continued with the Six of Crows series, because I ended up loving Crooked Kingdom so much. I loved it a lot more than Six of Crows, although Six of Crows was still pretty awesome!! I had so much fun reading it and my heart….so many feels. When I started Six of Crows, I found there is going to eventually be a book three in this series so I am happy that I finally read it. I am STOKED there will be another book! I need more of this series and of these characters.

Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell – 5 out of 5 stars – Review.
I really loved Just for Clicks. Amazing characters and relationships. I loved that it was more family and friendship driven. Such a fun story. It was interesting reading about social media and being internet famous. It’s very relevant to today and I think a lot of people can relate. Feel free to check out my review for me.

Verity by Colleen Hoover – 3 out of 5 stars.
I liked Verity, but a lot of it was predictable and the story didn’t blow me away like I hoped it would. There was one moment I was a little surprised, but not enough to “wow” me. I was hoping for more from it, especially because it’s so hyped and everyone seems to love it. I’m starting to question my love for Colleen Hoover books, to be honest. There was a time where I loved every single one, but her last few weren’t my favorite, including this one.  UGHH.

The Little Star: A Story of Who and What You Are by Randy Richburg – 5 out of 5 stars – Review.
The Little Star is a children’s book, but I thought it was great! It was sad, but it was also happy. Easy to read and tells and illustrates a mother’s love for her children perfectly. The illustrations were amazing and so colorful. The book itself is linked to Amazon instead of Goodreads, because I didn’t see it on their site yet. I really enjoyed it and I think that a lot of parents (especially mothers) would love it.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of February, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A Soldier and a Liar and Rayne & Delilah are February ARCs that I started, but didn’t get the chance to finish. I will continue with them next month and hopefully get my reviews up ASAP. So far I am enjoying them. I was actually hoping that I finished Rayne & Delilah yesterday, but sadly I got busy throughout the day and didn’t get the chance. I should have it finished today though.

In March, I think I am going to try to stay focused on ARCs. I have these two that I need to finish and some that are coming up in April that I want to get a head start on and reviews written before release dates; crossing fingers. So when I am not working and doing house things, I plan to read as many ARCs as possible starting with the ones that I am currently reading! I also have a couple library holds released to me, so I may try to sneak those in this month if possible. 😛 Once I get caught up and ahead with my ARCs, then I’ll be able to jump back into my backlist for my Reading the Alphabet challenge.

What did you read in February? What do you hope to read in March? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

My birthday is this weekend (on Sunday!) and it also happens to my my childhood best friend’s wedding that day as well. I am really excited for both! We’ll probably go out to breakfast (hubby, sister, and I) since my friend’s wedding it at 4:30pm. I think it’ll be a pretty fun day. Plus….free dinner, drinks, and cake on my birthday? Sounds good to me, haha. 😛 I’m super stoked for them though!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February.
Hello, Central Florida.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| The Little Star.

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The Little Star by Randy Richburg
5 out of 5 stars.

Description: The Little Star: A Story of Who and What You Are is an illustrated children’s book about the infinite persistence of a mother’s love. Across an ocean of stars, from one end to the other, a Mother Star’s words of wisdom and love will follow her child from the inception of the Universe all the way to the arrival of life on planet Earth. This book has especially appealed to scientifically enthusiastic young parents, and children alike. It is a must read for scientists of any age who may have a soft spot for touchingly tragic stories about life, death, beginnings, ends, transformations, and unconditional love.


The Little Star is a children’s book, but I thought it was great! It was sad, but it was also happy. I was actually able to meet Richburg back in December and he was such a cool guy and I had no idea at the time that he wrote books, but I am so stoked that I know now and was able to buy a copy. I don’t have kids and I honestly don’t know if I ever will, but I really enjoyed the book even without that experience. I got emotional reading it. I put myself in the child’s point of view and thought about my own mother. It was so easy to read and shows a mother’s love for her child perfectly. I really loved it and I think a lot of people would as well, regardless if you have children or not.

Now onto the illustrations! The illustrations were amazing and so colorful. I also love the space and galaxy vibe of the story and illustrations to match. The author illustrated the book himself, which I think is really cool. Here are a few pages from the book, so that you can see some of the awesome illustrations!

I love that they are so colorful and gorgeous. I am a sucker for science and space, so this book was perfection. The book is linked to Amazon (above) instead of Goodreads, because I didn’t see it on their site yet. I definitely recommend checking it out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February.
Hello, Central Florida.
Review|| Just for Clicks.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| February.

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Hey!

It’s already that time for my book haul post! This month flew by so fast. Hopefully this is the last month that I don’t take my own pictures for my haul posts. I am finally moved into my new house (check out my post about it linked at the end of this one), so I should be able to take my own pictures going forward! 😀 And maybe I’ll be able to get back into bookstagram again really soon once I am completely settled into my new house and routine. Thee are the books that I got in February. I got quite a few books to share with you!

Books I Bought:

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
The Little Star: A Story of Who and What You Are by Randy Richburg

Priory and Rayne & Delilah are two of my most anticipated releases of the year, so of course I had to buy them ASAP! Priory is a freaking beast though and I’m not going to lie…I’m intimated! I am thinking about buying the e-book as well, because I find it easier to read larger books on my Kindle, lol. I am so stoked for it though, because I love The Bone Season series so much so far and I am DYING to see what else Samantha Shannon has up her sleeve, plus…DRAGONS! I had to get Rayne & Delilah, because I love Zentner’s books so much. I need to own everything he writes. I bought The Little Star (it’s a children’s book) to support one of my best friend’s friends. I’ll have a post about it soon. It’s linked to the Amazon page, because it’s not up on Goodreads right now.


Books from Publishers:

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Switchback by Danika Stone
The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Moe Bonneau
How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman
Mind Games by Shana Silver

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Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez
(Sequel to Sweet Black Waves)
The Ghost Seekers by Devon Taylor
(Sequel to The Soul Keepers)

I was sent a Spring 2019 ARC package from Fierce Reads and these were the eight books that were included. I am really excited to read them. A couple of them (last two) are sequels from series I haven’t read yet, but I may have to check out the first books ASAP so I can read these sequels.

Netgalley:

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Husband Material by Emily Belden
Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

OH, HEY! It’s Rayne again, :P! I was approved for Rayne & Delilah two weeks before the release date. I honestly didn’t think I would be approved because it was already February and it hadn’t happened yet. I had the HC on pre-order, because like I already mentioned…JEFF ZENTNER! I’m stoked I got approved for the ARC though. I’m currently reading it and plan to write a review sometime in March. I was also thrilled that I was approved for Husband Material, because I really like Emily Belden’s previous books, especially EightysixedSummer of ’69 sounds so fun, so I requested it. I also love the song titled Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams, which is why I even looked at the description for this book to begin with, haha.


E-Books:

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The Fever King by Victoria Lee
The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

I got the first two books free, because of the Amazon First Reads program and then the others are books that I’ve been wanting to read and I’m excited I caught them when they were on sale.

What books did you get in February? Have you read any of the books that I got? Feel free to link me to your book haul posts.

In case you missed it;
Hello, Central Florida.
Review|| Just for Clicks.
Friday Finds #75.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Just for Clicks.

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Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom. Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .


I received an ARC of Just for Clicks from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was just released on February 19th. 

I love books involving social media and the internet world, so I knew I wanted and had to read Just for Clicks. It did not disappoint and I actually ended up loving it so much! It’s so relevant for today with blogs, YouTube, going viral and becoming internet famous happening pretty much daily. I think a lot of people can relate to that. The story itself was fun and cute, but also had some real emotional and important moments as well.

I loved that there was a lot of focus on family and friendship. I really enjoyed Claire’s and Rafael’s friendship so much. There’s a slow burn romance as well, which was great. I liked that it was more focused on friendship. Poppy and Claire both struggle with internet fame in different ways, which I think is so true for so many people that are internet famous today. So many people handle situations differently and I think this is a huge one. I loved that we got to see a bunch of different sides of it between Poppy, Claire, and their mom. They love each other so much, but there are also so many dysfunctional aspects to their family as well, so you get to see all of that too.

Overall, I really loved Just for Clicks. I loved the characters, the relationships, and pretty much everything about it. It was fun and cute, but it also had its moments where things turn and I’m like “WTF IS GOING ON”. I did get emotional at times as well, because I was really invested in the characters and their stories. I personally don’t know if I would ever be able to handle being “internet famous”, but I love that you get to see all the positives and the negatives of that world and that life. I would definitely recommend reading Just for Clicks.


I am moving tomorrow (ahhhh!!!), so I may be a little MIA for a bit until I settle into my new house and new routine. I’ll still try to pop on as much as I can though, but just a little heads up if you don’t see me very often for the next week or two.

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #75.
Review|| Comics Will Break Your Heart.
Random|| Life Update – New House!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack