WWW Wednesday: April 28th 2021

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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:

Allergies are still bad here. Miss B, Miss R and myself are so congested and sneezy, it isn’t even funny. I can’t wait for the trees to stop releasing their pollen and life to get back to normal.

Miss R is still loving school. Right now, she has a boyfriend. She told me that she went up to this boy (she had known him since preschool) and told him “You are my boyfriend and you will like it.” I died laughing at that and thought to myself “If only it works that way.

Miss B is enjoying Beta Club. She has attended two meetings and the seniors made her feel very welcome. Right now, they are working on pinatas for the prom (I think). Speaking of that, her school’s prom will be in person. Since there are about 45ish kids in the senior class, they are holding it at an outdoor venue that is down the street from us. Nothing like my prom, which had 400 kids in the senior class.

Mr Z plays the violin in orchestra and he is getting frustrated. See, the orchestra teacher is having the kids play Dragonhunter and he cannot keep up (the violins go fast). He is questioning if he should do it next year (I told him yes because he will be in school and will be able to hear the other players). I have suggested practicing but that goes over well….lol.

BK had a Covid scare last week. There is a long and involved story to this scare and I can’t get into much detail. I will say that BK is vaccinated and he did get a test done. He was negative (thank God). I am keeping an eye on the kids (I had both shots and will be considered vaccinated this coming Saturday).

I started watching Lovecraft County and man, that show is scary. When I saw that Jordan Peele was one of the directors, I knew that it would scare my pants off. I am also watching The Irregulars and The Nevers. I am also still watching The Magicians. Over the weekend, I watched the new Mortal Kombat movie. I liked it but it was very violent. Miss B and Mr Z loved it. Miss R was not allowed to watched it. For her, we watched Little Rascals (the 1994 movie).

I am still playing Black Desert Online. Right now, I am on this super long fishing quest and I am at the part where I have to fish for starfish. It is driving me nuts because I don’t know where to find them and there is next to nothing online. I am still playing BitLife (on my 53rd generation) and still doing the color by number apps.

I am making Smothered Chicken tonight for supper. I am hoping the kids like it. I know Miss R will like the bacon (she loves bacon) but other than that, its up in the air.

Blog

I have stalled (again) with updating my posts. I know that I need to do it but the WordPress changes has made it super difficult to do.

Reading

I read 3 books since last week. I am pretty pumped for that. I am hoping that I can read that much for this week, but I doubt it. I am stuck on my ARC read. Uggh.


What I Recently Finished Reading:

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If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?


To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

This book was super creepy to read and I loved it. There was this twist at the end of the book that both horrified and saddened me. And how the killer was blew my mind!!!!


What I am currently reading:

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Claim the hand that wears the ring, and the empire falls.

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, claimed the hand that wears the Abiding Ring, but the prophecy remains unfulfilled. Queen Euthalia of Calanthe returned to her island kingdom, but broken in mind and body. With the blood of war unleashing ancient terrors, Calanthe isn’t the haven it once was.

Lia must use her magical bond with Calanthe to save their people while Con fights to hold off the vengeful Emperor Anure and his wizards. Con and Lia will have to trust in each other—and in love—to fend off ultimate disaster.

I am having such a hard time getting through this book. It started off slow and is just now gaining momentum. I also feel a little lost reading this book and blame that on missing book 2 during my hiatus. Hopefully, The Promised Queen ramps up and delivers!!


What books I think I’ll read next:

I have a short list this week (Hurray!!). Here’s the order I will read them in. Books 1 and 2 are library books. Books 3 and 4 are the books that I still haven’t gotten to and will be reading this week.

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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?
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As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
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Ten thousand years ago, a mysterious race that we only know as the Overseers took primitive humans and scattered them on dozens of worlds across the galaxy. Now, some of those people have found their way back to Earth. A young Justice Keeper named Anna Lenai has tracked a criminal through unexplored regions of space in the hopes of recovering a symbiont that grants its host the ability to bend space and time. Her search leads her to Earth, where she befriends a young man named Jack Hunter. Together, they will face enemies with advanced technology as they struggle to recover the symbiont before its power falls into the wrong hands.
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What to do when your crush turns out to be a monster (and other such problems).

Just when correctional nurse October Grace has a handle on her stressful job and taking care of her mentally ill mother, a shapeshifting warrior and a half-vampire plunge her into a foreign land that’s on the brink of starvation. Now, with a ticking clock and a target on her back, October takes up the mantle of becoming one of the rare Omens who can bring hope to a dying world.
Mason and Von remain by her side to shield the national treasure while she sacrifices herself to reap the souls that will feed the nations of Terraway. As the death toll rises daily, October finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat world where fairytale creatures run wild… and every day is a new bloody battle.

WWW Wednesday: April 21st 2021

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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 got my 2nd Covid shot. Talk about a huge relief. Once I got my shot, I felt a thousand pounds lighter and I am start living again!!

My health issues have gone away (knock on wood). My only issues are allergies. Here in NC, we are in the middle of what we call “The Pollinating.” Our cars are covered in an inch thick green pollen. And it is wreaking havoc with my allergies.

Miss R is enjoying being back in school. She got her 1st in school progress report and she is at grade level for everything except….writing. I wasn’t surprised by this and they are working with her to catch her up. She is loving being around other kids her age and going to her special classes in person (PE, Guidance, Library, and Art).

Miss B is also back in school full time. The district made the decision last month to send grades 6-12 back to school 4 days a week. She is loving it. She also had her first Beta Club meeting this week. She told me that there was only one other freshman invited to this group. I told her that was amazing and she should feel special!! Now, we are waiting for an invite to the induction ceremony (should be in a couple of weeks).

Mr. Z is still at home. I gave him the option of going back to school or remaining virtual and he chose virtual. Since he is straight As, I allowed it. But, he will be going back in the fall. He needs to person to person interaction.

BK is back to traveling for work. Since the end of March, he has been to Florida, Missouri, and Michigan. It was weird, at first, him being gone. But I have gotten used to it and I am enjoying the quiet (well relative quiet).

I haven’t been watching that much TV lately. If I do turn it on, its to watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and then it goes off.

I have been playing a lot of Black Desert Online. I also have been playing BitLife on my phone. Along with those, I have been using color by number apps.

I made Slow-Cooker Smothered Beef Brisket in the crockpot for supper tonight. Not sure how it is going to taste or if the minions will like it but we’ll see. It does smell delicious!!

Blog

I started back on going over my posts and fixing things. But, with the changes WordPress did, finding those posts are next to impossible. But I’m determined to do it!!!

I noticed that I am getting tagged in a lot of meme posts. To the people who are tagging me: I will get to them. I am just terrible at doing that stuff.

Reading

I haven’t been reading that much lately. I am too tired at night to pick up my Kindle. But that did change on Monday. Between Monday and today, I have read 3 books. Yes, you saw that right. 3 books. I am hoping to have at least 2 more finished by the end of the week (maybe more if I keep up streak!!)

I am failing miserably in my reading challenges. I am 18 books behind on my Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge. As for the challenges on The StoryGraph…here they are:

Reading Writers of Color—I have 20% done. I have finished 3 prompts out of the 15 listed. In my defense, I have been waiting on a particular book to come off hold (I have had it on hold since the beginning of December). Once its off hold and read, then I can start knocking off the other prompts.

Clear Those Shelves 2021—I have 31% done. I have finished 16 prompts out of the 52 listed (I did finish all of the bonus prompts).

Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder Challenge—I have 13% done. I have finished 3 prompts out of the 24 listed.

Tropes in Romance—I have 0% done. I have finished 0 out of 15 prompts. Whoopsie. I need to work on that.

Beat the Backlist 2021—I have completed 15% of the bonus prompts. All of the prompts are bonus prompts, so yeah.

TBR and Beyond – 2021—-I have 18% done. I have completed 5 out of the 28 prompts.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021—I have 8% done. I have completed 3 out of the 40 prompts (I have also completed 50% of the bonus prompts)

Exploring New Horizons-Reading Challenge 2021—I have 8% done. I have completed 1 out of 12 prompts.

ReadWhatYouOwn2021—I have 40% done. I have completed 20 out of the 50 prompts.

The StoryGraph’s Genre Challenge 2021—I have 10% done. I have completed 1 out of 10 prompts.

The Booklist Queen Reading Challenge 2021—I have 10% done. I have completed 5 out of 52 prompts.

21 Books for 2021—I have 0% done. I have completed 0 out of 21 prompts.

The Unread Shelf Project—I have 0% done. I have completed 0 out of 12 prompts.

AtoZ Reading Challenge—I have 0% done. I have completed 0 out of 26 prompts.


What I Recently Finished Reading:

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For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

I really enjoyed reading Marked in Flesh. Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors, so me liking any of her works are a given. But this book gave me chills. The build up to when The Elders destroyed the human cities was amazing. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. And the end of the book left so many questions. Thankfully, I do have book 5 and will be reading it!!


What I am currently reading:

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After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave

I read only a chapter or so last night but what I read has made me want to devour this book!! The only thing I am hoping for is that there is no romance. It would ruin the vibe this whole series has.


What books I think I’ll read next:

The first two books, I will definitely read. They are on loan from the library and I have a limited time to read them. The third is an ARC that I need to get read. I have a review due for it in 2 weeks. I am hoping to get to the last 2 books. They have been sitting on my currently reading list for a few weeks. Me reading them hinges on if any books come off hold from the library. The last time I checked, I have one that should be coming off hold soon. If it doesn’t, then I am good to go. If it does, then I read that one first.

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Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.
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If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.
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In The Promised Queen, the thrilling finale to Jeffe Kennedy’s Forgotten Empires trilogy, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Con, Lia, and their allies sacrifice everything in a final bid to destroy the corrupt empire.

Claim the hand that wears the ring, and the empire falls.

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, claimed the hand that wears the Abiding Ring, but the prophecy remains unfulfilled. Queen Euthalia of Calanthe returned to her island kingdom, but broken in mind and body. With the blood of war unleashing ancient terrors, Calanthe isn’t the haven it once was.

Lia must use her magical bond with Calanthe to save their people while Con fights to hold off the vengeful Emperor Anure and his wizards. Con and Lia will have to trust in each other—and in love—to fend off ultimate disaster.
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Ten thousand years ago, a mysterious race that we only know as the Overseers took primitive humans and scattered them on dozens of worlds across the galaxy. Now, some of those people have found their way back to Earth. A young Justice Keeper named Anna Lenai has tracked a criminal through unexplored regions of space in the hopes of recovering a symbiont that grants its host the ability to bend space and time. Her search leads her to Earth, where she befriends a young man named Jack Hunter. Together, they will face enemies with advanced technology as they struggle to recover the symbiont before its power falls into the wrong hands.
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What to do when your crush turns out to be a monster (and other such problems).

Just when correctional nurse October Grace has a handle on her stressful job and taking care of her mentally ill mother, a shapeshifting warrior and a half-vampire plunge her into a foreign land that’s on the brink of starvation. Now, with a ticking clock and a target on her back, October takes up the mantle of becoming one of the rare Omens who can bring hope to a dying world.
Mason and Von remain by her side to shield the national treasure while she sacrifices herself to reap the souls that will feed the nations of Terraway. As the death toll rises daily, October finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat world where fairytale creatures run wild… and every day is a new bloody battle.