WWW Wednesday: December 28th, 2022

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

I will not go into a day-by-day breakdown like I usually do. It will take up too much time, and my brain is still fried from Christmas.

Christmas was good. I got a Kindle Scribe which I was thrilled about. I had the Oasis, and it was beginning to die (was freezing, and I had to reset it frequently). So this was needed. I love being able to take notes. But the main thing is that I can easily read at night without my glasses on. I had an issue with the font being too small on the Oasis (even with adjusting everything).

We didn’t do a ton of presents for Christmas. BK got a deep fryer with an oil filtration system. Miss B got Air Pods (to replace the ones I washed), an iPhone 14, and some other smaller things she wanted. Mr. Z got a gaming mouse and gaming monitor, a lot of books, and a hardcover comic book. Miss R got an iPad (along with an otter box and a drawing pencil), a box set of Dav Pilkey graphic novels, a National Geographic book about horses, and a 3 Bayers horse sets (all separate) she wanted (Quarter Horse, Morgan, and Appaloosa).

I did have some excitement on Christmas Eve. Someone got my Best Buy credit card number and tried to buy themselves an Apple Air Pod. Fortunately (or unfortunately for the guy), I checked my email before going to bed and was able to cancel the order. I also changed my password and added two-step verification. I checked again on Christmas morning and saw that they had tried so many times that my account had been locked, and that was a quick fix….lol.

Reading:

I have read a ton since the kids have been out of school. I finished all but one book that I had gotten on Kindle Unlimited. Since I am starting to read my review copies/reading challenges books next week, I am enjoying this break.

The longest book I read this week: First Do No Evil. It wasn’t a long book, but I wasn’t a fan of the first 60% of the book. But the last 40% was fantastic, and I was able to finish it quickly. It took me a couple of days to read.

The shortest book I read this week: It is a tie between The House in the Cerulean Sea and Little One. I read each within a couple of hours of downloading them.

I am also finished going through my Want to Read shelf and adding books to either the Kindle Unlimited shelf or the Downloaded to Kindle Shelf. I think I have around 280 books left. My next project going through the books on my Read shelf. Wish me luck with that because I am sure that my Want to Read/Kindle Unlimited/Downloaded to Kindle shelves will increase tenfold. I will add the next books in the series (or previous ones).

I am still behind with writing reviews. I have four reviews to write before New Year’s Eve and two due the first week of January. So, I am behind by six reviews. I’m not sweating it, though. The only ones that must be written by a specific date are the two in January.

So that’s the essential things for this past week. How was your week?

As always, let me know if you have read or are planning to read any of these books!!


What I Recently Finished Reading:

“Take my hand, little one.”

Fran finds her standing by the swings. A little girl, Esther, no older than seven years old, by herself in the dead of night, her pretty but old-fashioned yellow dress covered in grass stains and her hair dishevelled. She says she’s waiting for Father, and that strikes Fran as particularly odd.

After Esther is reunited with her family, Fran can’t stop thinking about this pious child whose imaginary friend is God. Fran’s instincts tell her something is very wrong. Why does Esther keep running away from home, and how did she get that bruise on her leg?

Fran’s husband warns her not to get too close, but one morning, Esther and her family disappear. Where did they go? Why did they leave their furniture behind?

Fran knows in her gut that something terrible is going to happen to that child, and she can’t stand by while it happens. No matter the cost.

After all, she found her. But can she save her?


What I am currently reading:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


What books I think I’ll read next:

for Cover Scavenger Hunt 2023

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

ARC

A device that can save a life is also one that can end it

Kadence, a new type of implanted defibrillator, misfires in a patient visiting University Hospital for a routine medical procedure—causing the heart rhythm problem it’s meant to correct. Dr. Kate Downey, an experienced anesthesiologist, resuscitates the patient, but she grows concerned for a loved one who recently received the same device—her beloved Great-Aunt Irm.

When a second device misfires, Kate turns to Nikki Yarborough, her friend and Aunt Irm’s cardiologist. Though Nikki helps protect Kate’s aunt, she is prevented from alerting other patients by the corporate greed of her department chairman. As the inventor of the device and part owner of MDI, the company he formed to commercialize it, he claims that the device misfires are due to a soon-to-be-corrected software bug. Kate learns his claim is false.

The misfires continue as Christian O’Donnell, a friend and lawyer, comes to town to facilitate the sale of MDI. Kate and Nikki are drawn into a race to find the source of the malfunctions, but threats to Nikki and a mysterious murder complicate their progress. Are the seemingly random shocks misfires, or are they attacks?

A jaw-dropping twist causes her to rethink everything she once thought she knew, but Kate will stop at nothing to protect her aunt and the other patients whose life-saving devices could turn on them at any moment

for Scavenger Hunt TBR Book Challenge

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did.

On the day of Cora’s twelfth birthday, Quinn leaves a box on her doorstep with a note. She has decided that the only way to fix things is to go back in time to the moment before her brother changed all their lives forever—and stop him.

In spite of herself, Cora wants to believe. And so the two former friends begin working together to open a wormhole in the fabric of the universe. But as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of time travel to save their siblings, they learn that the magic of their friendship may actually be the key to saving themselves.

for 2023 TBR Toppler

Alec Harbinger, Preternatural Investigator

I’m the guy you come to when your spouse gets bitten by a werewolf, or your honey is kidnapped by a demon. I’m the guy who knows how to save your ass when an evil sorcerer casts a curse on it.

At least, I was that guy until the Society of Shadows sent me to Dearmont, Maine, a sleepy town that had a zero rating on the supernatural occurrences scale.

My plan was to spend my days sitting in the office with nothing to do except drink coffee and eat apple bakes made by Felicity, my new assistant.

But when a woman hires me to find out if her son has been possessed by a demon at a rich kids’ party, and a young man comes to the office insisting he’s been bitten by a werewolf, Dearmont goes from zero to hero.

Oh, and did I mention that someone in the Society wants me dead?

Time to sharpen the swords and go to work…

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