WWW Wednesday #46

WWW-Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Samanneelizabethit’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read

Better late than never! Check out where we are in this week’s WWW-Wednesday.

Currently Reading

Sash

I will withhold final judgments until I am finished reading Felix Ever After. So far I am impresses with Callender’s way with words, his MCs and side-characters are well-written, I’m interested in how Felix’s love turns out.

I realized that I had not read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein before and if I did I do not remember. I know so much of her personal history and I’ve seen the movie Frankenstein but I’ve never read the book, smh. This is where I’m supposed to be grateful to required reading summer classes, we shall see.

Wordslut is an impressive piece of writing. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the book but I found myself drawn in before I even got to Chapter 1. My mind is going to be continually blown while reading this.

Hmmm, still reading The Chase. I haven’t picked up in quite some time. The story isn’t bad but it’s easily put-downable. I’ll finish eventually. Sadly, I most likely will not continue the series.

Carmen

Sash and I went to Indigo, while she got 7 volumes of a particular manhwa, but I picked up The History of Sex: A Graphic History Through the Ages and boy is it graphic but it’s very educational. I like it a lot so far.

This second half of the summer, Sash and I are in two of the same classes so Frankenstein and Poe are required readings for those classes.

Recently Read

Sash

I recently read all seven volumes of the manhwa (comic) Hitorijime My Hero. I’m a sucker for all things yaoi or boys love (whichever version you choose). I watched the anime a while ago and found bits of the manhwa online but I needed more and boy did I get more. I can’t wait for the eighth volume coming out in November.

Reading Next?

Carmen

I meant to start wordslut this weekend but I didn’t anticipate how busy I would be between camping and finishing exams for the first half of the semester.

Since Sash and I are in the same class we have to read Beloved next for Lit of the Fantastic.

Sash

The Portable Edgar Allan Poe is required reading for my Edgar Allan Poe class (that’s legit what it’s called). I’m pretty excited, he is the only poet whose poems resonated with me. I am not a poetry person, but Poe gets me.

Since this summer is jam-packed with required readings, I’m going to keep on the yaoi manhwa theme and read Here U Are as it gets uploaded, boys love manhwa’s are my happy place.

Immediately after I finish Frankenstein I have to get started on Toni Morrison’s Beloved. My respect for Morrison as a black writer knows no bounds, I’m happy to re-read this one.


Happy Reading Everyone!

Super curious…anyone read Manhwa, Manhua or Mangas?


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Our Most Anticipated Releases for the Summer of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week we will post our Top Ten of the selected theme.

In creating this list Carmen and Sash discovered, that they don’t follow release schedules. Coming with a list of ten proved to be challenging, but they did manage to find a couple of books that they are looking forward to reading in the fall and next year. They’re ready for those lists!

Disclaimer: All Synopsis’ included in this post were taken from Goodreads

Cinderella is Dead book cover

Cinderella is Dead

July 7

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

I’ve decided to rejoin the YA squad, at least on a trial basis. What better introduction than a black Cinderella trying to take down the patriarchy?!
-Sash

A Sweet Mess Goodreads Book Cover

A Sweet Mess

July 14

Bake a chance on love.

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see her gorgeous Korean unicorn again...

For some reason, I really enjoy baking romance stories. Plus it’s great to read a book by a Korean author. Diversify the book world!
-Sash

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Engagement and Espionage

July 14

‘Engagement and Espionage’ is the first book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series, is a full-length cozy mystery, and is a spin-off of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series. This novel is best read after ‘Beard Science,’ Winston Brothers #3.

Cletus and Jenn were my favourite pairing from the Winston Brother series and I’m so excited to see more of them, especially in the context of a cozy mystery.
-Carmen

I read the Knitting in the City series and loved it! So much so that I started my own knitting group. Even though I enjoy the In Death series (J.D Robb) which is a mystery series, I’m not generally a fan of mystery novels. So I’m on the fence about this one, even though I love Penny Reid.
-Sash

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The Extraordinairies

July 14

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

I read TJ Klune’s Bear, Otter and the Kid Series (still reading actually) and am enjoying it immensely. I also like fanfiction so Nick being a fanfiction writer is intriguing.
-Sash

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The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea

August 25

Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan’s two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . .

This is the final book of the series and I’m super excited to see how it ends. This romantic pairing has been teased from the get-go and I can’t wait!! I shipped them so hard.
-Carmen

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Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England

September 1

Until the mass hysteria of the seventeenth century, accusations of witchcraft in England were rare. However, four royal women, related in family and in court ties—Joan of Navarre, Eleanor Cobham, Jacquetta of Luxembourg and Elizabeth Woodville—were accused of practicing witchcraft in order to kill or influence the king.

Women’s History books are my jam. This I think will be an interesting perspective on female nobility and witchcraft. I’ve never before come across a book covering this area, so I’m eagerly awaiting its publication.
-Carmen

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Shadows in Death (In Death Series #51)

September 8

Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

Even though I am super stoked about this book, I must confess that I am about 7 books behind this one. There is time!

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Well Played

September 22

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.

I read the first book of this series Well Met and loved the characters and the setting of a Renaissance fair. I can’t wait to be introduced to these characters and revisit Simon and Emily from the first book.
-Carmen

Hope you found some books that you can look forward to. Suggest some books you think we might like, in the comments.


WWW Wednesday #45


WWW-wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by 
Samanneelizabeth, it’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read

We are getting tired of saying just how busy we are and even though it’s reading week (a week off of classes). We have a lot of catching up to do for lectures and required readings for our classes. One class down, two more to go. Well, when Carmen finishes her exam on Thursday and Sash will be finished after her research essay which is due on Thursday; good luck to them both!

Now on to this week’s WWW-Wednesday, let’s see what they’ve been up to!


Currently Reading

Carmen

I am still reading Slaughterhouse-five and have even added Virginia Woolf’s Orlando into the mix. As you can tell, I’m clearly behind on my required readings.

The jury is still out about Slaughterhouse-five, I think I will like it better than Cats Cradle though. Orlando is a very compelling examination of gender and gender norms. I’m haven’t made a sizeable dent because I had to focus on my essay for my Travel Writing class.

Sash

I’m still reading The Chase by Elle Kennedy, it’s slow going but it’s a very easy book to pick up and put down again.

However, I’ve found a GEM this week! I’m reading and will continue to be reading the Manhwa series Are U Here by Djun, it’s a boys love (BL) comic. I was so pleasantly surprised by not only the depth of the main characters (MC) but the side characters as well. I am invested and I HATE that I have to wait a whole week for another Chapter (I’m currently on 27).

The Bride Test …. Bite me! Helen Hoang you are great just struggling through no fault of your own. It’s just life


Recently Read

Carmen

The interesting Narrative cover

My only recently read book is Equiano my required reading for Travel Writing because I’ve worked on that damned essay.

I liked this reading so much that I actually wrote a paper on it which I will maybe post in the future. It has opened a whole new of interest for me and I look forward to reading abolitionist narratives in the future.

Sash

I finished Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography and man was it a doozy! Woolf published Orlando in 1928 and the reader follows Orlando over a span of 500 years.

Like Carmen says it really challenges gender norms which in itself is shocking for the time period.


Reading Next?

Carmen & Sash

Sash did not start reading Felix Ever After unfortunately because classes got in the way and when she was looking for something to read.

I need light and fluffy at the moment and that’s why I read Djun’s Manhwa Here U Are.

BUT… Carmen and Sash are so excited about our next read which is Amanda Montell‘s Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to taking back the English language! We tuned in for Amanda’s takeover of Harper Collins Instagram. We were just in time to catch her reading an excerpt from Word Slut, it immediately captured our interest in the book.

Amanda has graciously gifted us with a PDF copy of Wordslut. Our review will be completely honest, but we’re pretty optimistic that it’s going to be a fun and educational read 😁 .

Amanda’s passion for her work as an author and linguistic really spoke to us as Sash wants to be an editor and Carmen wants to be a librarian! Plus it’s really nice that she took the time not only to like everyone’s comments but comment on them too!

We’re totally fangirling and TBH it’s probably going to get worse after reading the book (can’t say we didn’t warn you)!


We are so incredibly excited for our upcoming reads, can you tell?

Let us know your thoughts on any of these books and see you all next week, it’s going to be another doozy, we’re warning you now! Carmen probably still won’t be finished her books (and the class will be over by the end of the week) SHAME!