WWW Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link in Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next

What am I currently reading?

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The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson – It’s all wrapping up! I’m so excited to see what happens with the different cases unfolding in the conclusion to this amazing mystery series by Maureen Johnson. These books are so good. I’m thrilled to be learning all the answers to my questions. Will Stevie see a moose? Will Nate get some words on paper? Is Alice still alive? Is Stevie somehow actually related to the Ellingham case? Only 200 pages left to find out! Maureen has built such a wonderful world for these characters. I’m wholly invested in finding out what happens next.

John Laurens and the American Revolution by Gregory D. Massey -I’ve been saving this as a treat for when I finish my draft and as of the writing of this post (several days before actual Wednesday) I have not completed this task but I have a rough outline of what I need to happen and I should have it done before this post falls out of the queue. See my twitter @decoolz to see if I just lied to you.

Anyway, I’ve only read the introduction of this book, so I’m not into the meat of it yet. HOWEVER, in the introduction, Massey takes about things he would have changed between the hardcover copy of this book being released and the paperback version, which I guess the kindle version I’m reading is taken from, and he says he wouldn’t have said Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens relationship was definitely not romantic. I think you know where I stand on this particular matter. I want to actually finish the draft of the novel I’m writing where the two previously mentioned Revolutionary War veterans fall in love and kiss each other before I read too much more of this book where that very clearly doesn’t happen. It should be interesting. I want to know more about John Laurens so I can get his character right in the book and reading his biography is probably the best way to do that.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo I will be listening to this audiobook and I technically haven’t started yet. I just started a new job which changed my commute from 1.5 hours to 12 minutes. So I’m trying to find out where and when I’ll be able to listen to books. This is a 3-hour audiobook, a book I really want to read so I think this will be a good one to start with as I find the groove of listening to audiobooks with my new job. We shall see. Everyone, including my little brother which was unexpected, has said this book is great and I look forward to getting to hear it.

What did I recently finish?

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Valley Forge by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin- I read this for research and also because I like reading books about history. This one was pretty good. I enjoyed it. I learned a lot for my novel. There were some side quests of the war that I forgot about which will add some needed drama to the story. If you like military history books that go out of their way to tell you, Alexander Hamilton under no circumstances, ever even thought about kissing John Laurens even though they copied Spartian poems and gave them to each other, you’ll like this. For clarification, the book literally says that.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark- A memoir about two amazingly talented ladies of podcasting. This book isn’t for people who don’t like the podcast, I don’t think, but I love the podcast. This book talks about mistakes, both personal and in the podcast, and explains how to grow from them. I think it was a well-done book.

We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding- I don’t think I’ve read a book about the ending of a friendship before. I’m sure I’ve read books where friendships ended but I don’t think I’ve read on that gets into how friendships end. This book does it by showing some serious realness, there isn’t a big blow-up, there’s no big drama, which I really loved. This is a really great and well-written book. I would recommend it.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson – As I mentioned above, I love this series and I’m so happy I decided to reread the whole thing before I went into the third book because I forgot about so much about what happened. This series is so good. I love Maureen Johnson and her writing is so funny and smart. It’s truly brilliant.

What will I be reading next?

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Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens- I haven’t seen too much about this on blogs, or at least not since it first came out in 2017, but it has high marks on Goodreads. It’s about a tom-boy girl who trying to figure out who she is with her sexuality and what that means as a preacher’s daughter. It sounds really good and the reviews say it has a kind of 80s movie feel with how the characters are presented. So I think it will be just my kind of book.

The Mall by Megan McCafferty- I love McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of her latest book The Mall. Remember in the latest season of Stranger Things were so much happens at the mall, this book is going to have that kind of vibe without (I’m assuming) the whole Russian spy subplot. I’m pretty into it and I’m excited to get into this one.

That’s my week in reading, I’m still trying to figure out how my reading time will change with my new job and stuff. I’ll figure it out.

What are you reading this week?

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

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