Blogmas Day Seven: WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Choice by Nora Roberts.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Soulsmith by Will Wight.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta.

Antonia- I most recently read The Choice by Nora Roberts.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next I want to finish City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda.

Antonia- Next I’d like to read A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab.

What is your reading update for this week?

Previously on, ​#SciFiMonth

ARTWORK: this year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.

Hey, lovelies! I thought it would be fun to share a list of science fiction that I’ve read since last years #SciFiMonth festivities. These are all books I enjoyed, and this is me recommending them to you. Now, these books won’t be all new releases, just books that are new to me.

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Like everyone else she knows, Mallory is an orphan of the corporate war. As a child, she lost her parents, her home, and her entire building in an airstrike. As an adult, she lives in a cramped hotel room with eight other people, all of them working multiple jobs to try to afford water and make ends meet. And the job she’s best at is streaming a popular VR war game. The best part of the game isn’t killing enemy combatants, though—it’s catching in-game glimpses of SpecOps operatives, celebrity supersoldiers grown and owned by Stellaxis, the corporation that runs the America she lives in. Until a chance encounter with a SpecOps operative in the game leads Mal to a horrifying discovery: the real-life operatives weren’t created by Stellaxis. They were kids, just like her, who lost everything in the war, and were stolen and augmented and tortured into becoming supersoldiers. The world worships them, but the world believes a lie. The company controls every part of their lives, and defying them puts everything at risk—her water ration, her livelihood, her connectivity, her friends, her life—but she can’t just sit on the knowledge. She has to do something—even if doing something will bring the wrath of the most powerful company in the world down upon her.”

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.”

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
“A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . . As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head. But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?”

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
“Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship? But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne. Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.”

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
“An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.Until something goes wrong…

What books are on your new to you lists?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston and I’m listening to The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling.

Antonia- I’m currently reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I think The Counselors by Jessica Goodman is still the last book I finished.

Antonia- I most recently finished Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I really want to read The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts.

What are your answers this week?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently listening to The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling. I’m in the middle of The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper and The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal, but I haven’t picked either of them up in a while.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished The Counselors by Jessica Goodman.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I don’t know what I’ll read next. I have a few spooky season audiobooks borrowed from my library, so probably one of those.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

What have you been reading?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is books on my fall 2022 TBR list.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece

We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke

The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke

These are some of what I’m hoping to read this fall. Whats on your list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished, and enjoyed, The Counselors by Jessica Goodman.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I want to pick up something spooky to get me in the mood for spooky season.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet but I’ll be on vacation for the next week so I’ll have to see what my Kindle has to offer.

What are your answers to this week’s questions?

Amanda Recommends Books to Read in One Sitting

Hey, lovelies! I’m back with another recommendations post! This one is some books I’ve read this year that I read in one (or two, since I have a small baby) sitting because I was so hooked I just couldn’t put the book down. Some of these I listened to the audiobook, some I read physically, and some I read the eBook.

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
“Iris Gray knows witches aren’t welcome in most towns. When she was forced to leave her last home, she left behind a father who was no longer willing to start over. And while the Witches’ Council was lenient in their punishment, Iris knows they’re keeping tabs on her. Now settled in Washington, Iris never lets anyone see who she really is; instead, she vents her frustrations by writing curses she never intends to cast. Otherwise, she spends her days at the wildlife refuge which would be the perfect job if not for Pike Alder, the witch-hating aspiring ornithologist who interns with them. Iris concocts the perfect curse for Pike: one that will turn him into a witch. But just as she’s about to dispel it, a bird swoops down and steals the curse before flying away. If the bird dies, the curse will be unleashed―and the bird is a powerful amplifier, and unleashing the curse would turn not just Pike, but everyone in the region, into a witch. New witches have no idea how to control their magic and the consequences would be dire. And the Witches’ Council does not look kindly on multiple offenses; if they found out, Iris could be stripped of her magic for good. Iris begs Pike to help her track the bird, and they set out on a trek through the Pacific Northwest looking for a single bird that could destroy everything.”

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy
“A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.
Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?” She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income. In I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants.
Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.”

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
“After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.
Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?”

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.”

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
“Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?”

Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
“This action-packed Middle Grade Novel features Maisie Lockwood on all-new adventures along with everyone’s favorite dinosaurs from Jurassic World Dominion—roaring into theaters June 10, 2022!
This original hardcover novel tells the all-new adventures of Maisie Lockwood as she navigates a world filled with dinosaurs both ferocious and friendly.”

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
“Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.
On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square. Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.”

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
“Lee Stone is a twenty-first-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that’s better than Tesla, thank you) and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed…That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust love. After four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school—who wasn’t actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind. Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated—and competitive as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.”

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
“Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship? But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne. Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.”

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
“Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them…”

The Mask Falling is the fourth book in a series and I flew through all of them, but it’s the most recent one in the series I’ve read. The Relentless Moon is the third in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed all of these and read them so, so quickly. Are there any books you’ve read recently that you read in one sitting?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.

Antonia- I just started Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I want to get back into The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts.

What have you been reading recently?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Enough to Buy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library. I don’t buy a lot so I’m going to do a mix of books I read first then bought my own copy and books I’ve already read but still want to buy.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Graveling by Kristin Cashore

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

What books do you love enough to buy?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin and The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. I’m also listening to Frostbite by Richelle Mead, again.

Antonia- I’m between books right now. I’ve been struggling to find something I’m in the mood for.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I’m going to visit family so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done over the next week.

Antonia- I’m not sure, whatever gets me out of this reading funk.

What have you been reading recently?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently in the middle of (and slowly making progress on) The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Seigemund-Broka. I’m also trying to read The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’m listening to Frostbite by Richelle Mead again also.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I think the last thing I finished was This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollen.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I have no idea. I got lots of birthday books, so I have no shortage of choices.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m actively reading The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace and To Light A Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I finished This is Your Mind on Plants by Micheal Pollen.

Antonia- I most recently finished The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I really don’t know.

Antonia- I’m going to try to get back to my physical TBR next.

Share your answers below!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m certainly in the middle of a few things. But I’m in the middle of a chaotic road trip so I haven’t been reading anything for the last week.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I think the last thing I finished was The Book Of Gothel by Mary McMyne.

Antonia- I most recently finished Network Effect by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I really don’t know.

Antonia- Next I’ll read The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I finished The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne.

Antonia- I most recently read Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I have no clue what I’m going to read next.

Antonia- I’m not sure but plan to keep working through my physical TBR.

Here’s our update, share yours in the comments!