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WWW Wednesday: 2nd January 2019

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What’re you currently reading?

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages by Christopher Berry-Dee

It sounds like a strange book to read but it’s part of my research for the story I’m hoping to write this year. I’ve read all sorts of books on the topic of psychopathy. While this book is interesting, I just find the author quite arrogant as he details how he “honey-trapped” so many psychopaths into confessing to him. OK, you’re great, I get it! The case studies are fascinating otherwise but I don’t think I want my psychopathic character to be as extreme as the ones mentioned in this book.

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What did you recently finish reading?

Don’t Look Away: 35 Terrifying Tales from the Darkest Corners by William Dalphin

I’m a big fan of the NoSleep podcast and the author is a frequent writer for the show. I absolutely love scary stories and have been on the lookout for one to truly terrify me. Maybe it was because I mostly read it at night (not intentionally) and on my own, but most of these stories were truly terrifying. With just 19 minutes left to read (on Kindle), I begged my over-tired fiancé to stay up with me until I was done because I was too scared to be left on my own. I tweeted the author to praise him for essentially scaring the crap out of me and got a grateful reply. I highly recommend this book.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Unexplained: Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times by Richard MacLean Smith

This is another podcast I absolutely love, and the first book produced by the author. I’ve recently moved house and this has become buried in my mass of books in what is temporarily my junk room. As soon as I find it I’ll read it.

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The World of Lore: Dreadful Places by Aaron Mahnke

Yet another podcast I love, and the third book produced by the author for this series. Again, this is also lost in my junk room. I hope I find it soon!

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019

Every year I aim to read as many books as I can, but it’s only as I reached my goal of 2018 that I realised it took the fun out of reading for me as I rushed to meet my goal. So this year, I’ve set a minimum number of books I want to read rather than a maximum. I’ve set it at 20 which is a no-brainer and hopefully I can rediscover my love of reading. Is anyone else doing a challenge?

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WWW Wednesday: 19th September 2018

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What’re you currently reading?

Great Irish Reportage by Olivia O’Leary and John Horgan

Like I said last week I bought this because one of my old Journalism lecturers has an article featured in this anthology of great Irish reporting going back as far as the Civil War in the early 20s. I’m absolutely loving it and I’m sorry I didn’t read it sooner.

What did you recently finish reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Another book I’m sorry I didn’t read sooner. I wonder why I gave up on it way back when. It’s such an easy read and a great classic story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

My brother and sister-in-law gave me this book a while ago and as I’ve mentioned I find the story of this time in America absolutely fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading this.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week the topic is Books on my Fall 2018 TBR. I’ve so many books to read that this list is too easy.

1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This was given to me by my brother with a good recommendation so I’m planning to read this next. I recently listened to the Stuff You Should Know podcast on the topic which only makes me want to read it more.

2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I bought this book for the obvious reason that I am an introvert, but it got buried in my endless mountain of books and it was only when it was featured in another blog that it’s come to my attention again, so it’s now on my immediate reading list.

3. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Thanks to Caroline Foran, author of Owning It and The Confidence Kit, I’ve gotten into Stoicism as a means of coping with my anxiety. I wouldn’t say I’m a fully fledged stoic but I hope I’m on the path to it. I’ve read Meditations and I read The Daily Stoic everyday, and this is another book recommended that I’m looking forward to reading.

4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This has been gathering dust on my book shelf for too long. I honestly think I picked it up because I had a gift card or it was on offer, or something. Nevertheless it sounds good so I’m going to give it a chance.

5. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

I’ve heard so many different things about this book that it piqued my curiosity. I have a special edition copy of it that has also been gathering dust somewhere in my room.

6. The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman

I don’t watch the series anymore because it’s getting too repetitive, but I enjoy the graphic novels. This was something I asked for for my birthday but haven’t gotten around to reading. I also have the third compendium.

7. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Another book given to me by my brother. It was on a previous TBR list but somehow got knocked off it.

8. Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5) by Peter James

I got really into this series but decided to take a break after the first four books. It must be months now since I’ve read them. I think it’s time to get back in.

9. One Day by David Nicholls

I haven’t seen the film (not a big fan of Anne Hathaway) but it was given to me by my future father-in-law with a good recommendation so I may as well give it a read.

10. The Ghost by Robert Harris

This disappeared from my bookshelf without me knowing. It wasn’t until my brother confessed to borrowing it that I realised. I loved The Hitler Diaries so I imagine I’ll enjoy this too.

 

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WWW Wednesday: 12th September 2018

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I attempted to read this book many moons ago but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. I honestly don’t know why because I’m reading it now and I love it! It’s so well written and the characters are so unique and likeable, bar Count Dracula of course, but that’s a given!

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My brother loaned me this. I had heard about it and the TV adaptation, but I never knew what it was about. Ever since Trump became president there are three books that have suddenly become popular again: The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and It Can’t Happen Here. I’ve read all of them now, and it is frightening at how possible they seem to be in the times we are now.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Great Irish Reportage by Various Authors

I bought this during my Masters studies in Journalism. One of my lecturer’s pieces is featured in it so I’m finally going to give it a read.

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WWW Wednesday: 20th June 2018

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

The Confidence Kit: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Owning your Fear by Caroline Foran

I read her first book Owning It last year and I loved it. It opened my eyes about how I was pointlessly trying to fight my anxiety rather than embracing it and using it to my advantage. This book is similar, but it talks about fear and this is also something I struggle with.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

I read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in a row, and it wasn’t easy! Whilst I enjoyed reading the books, they were hard to get through (for me anyway). Nevertheless, I’m happy and proud of myself for finally reading them.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaren Mahnke

I love the Lore podcast and the first book in this series. I bought it in hardback so it would match the first in my collection. I look forward to reading this, but not carrying it to work with me!

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WWW Wednesday: 10th January 2018

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Sweet Pea by C.J. Skuse

This was a Christmas present from my fiancé and I have to say, as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I’d love the main protagonist – Rhiannon. She essentially hates everyone and takes it one step further by murdering them. I love me some revenge stories and this definitely fits the bill.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

As I mentioned before this was also a Christmas present, this one from my sister. It took me until after finishing the book that the title spells out THUG, lol. I loved this book and I loved Starr. And I loved how the author was true to reality when she wrote the story, not dressing it up in pretty bows and telling it like you think we want it to be. It’s a harsh reality and in that sense it’s very powerful. I can’t wait for the film!

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I love Cheryl Strayed. I read her book Tiny Beautiful Things a few years back and I listened to Dear Sugars religiously. I haven’t seen the film yet but I want to read the book first. It might not be the next book I get to, but it’s on the list.

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WWW Wednesday: 27th December 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Darker by E.L. James

To be honest, I really don’t know why I bought this. I didn’t enjoy Grey because I felt it took away the mystery that is Christian Grey. Now I see how needy he is and it’s not appealing in the slightest. I also see that James is not a great writer. In the original series I was so caught up in the forbidden romance thing that I didn’t really notice. Now I do and it’s such a struggle to finish this book, but I have to finish what I started.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Vanished Ones by Donato Carrisi

This is a sequel to The Whisperer, which I absolutely loved! It’s seven years later and we’re back with Mila, who has been asked to help out on a peculiar case in which people who went missing years ago are suddenly returning and murdering others. What I loved about Carrisi is that he keeps you on tenterhooks throughout the book, ending chapters on cliffhangers so that you can’t help but keep reading. While I was a little annoyed by the ending, it was still a great read.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was a Christmas present and sounds very interesting so I can’t wait to start it. Apparently it’s supposed to become a film, but I’m not sure!

Sweet Pea by C.J. Skuse

Another Christmas present which I can’t wait to get stuck into!

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WWW Wednesday: 8th November 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Life to the Limit by Jenson Button

The reason Button became my favourite Formula One driver is because he’s so humble and seems like a genuinely nice guy. It sucks that he left the sport on a low thanks to the under-performing engine of McClaren-Honda. I’m glad I got to see him race at Monza 2016 even if he did finish near the back. His book is brutally honest and I cannot believe just how much he went through in his first few years in F1. I imagined that once you had a drive everything was smooth sailing, but not at all!

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What did you recently finish reading?

The One by John Marrs

As I said in my last WWW I loved the premise of this book, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. I felt a lot more could’ve been done with such an interesting concept, but instead it was predictable but it still held my attention so I think Marrs is a promising author.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

A Kindle book! Life to the Limit is a paperback so my next book has to be a Kindle book (my own rule), I just don’t know which one!

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WWW Wednesday: 25th October 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

The One by John Marrs

My sister recommended this book and I have to say the plot intrigued me. The idea that we can be matched to our soulmate through DNA and that it may not end up being the perfect life you imagined. I’ve only just started the book so I’m interested to see how it plays out.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mankhe

I love this podcast so naturally I had to get the book. The content is simply his podcasts put into words but enjoyable nonetheless. I think he’s more sceptical that he lets himself on to be. He says he’s fascinated by the paranormal and yet he kind of jokes about how silly people’s beliefs were back in the day, almost mocking. As a believer this irked me a little, so I can’t give it a full five-star rating. If you just focus on the stories and not his opinions, however, you’ll love it.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Life to the Limit by Jenson Button

My fiance got me into Formula One years ago and we’ve since attended two races in the last two years. The first one was in Monza and we got to enjoy a pit walk. I went straight to the McClaren Honda garage and came SO close to meeting Jenson but I just missed him. I hate how his career kind of dwindled to an end but I’m looking forward to reading how it started and about when he was on top.

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