This is a great one for me. I’m going to include the sequels that haven’t been released yet as well as the second books in series I just haven’t gotten yet. I love series and don’t leave them open-ended that often, unless the next book hasn’t been released yet. I joined the All About YA group on Goodreads, which has a place for you to track your series – it’s been really helpful! Most of my unreleased sequels don’t even have covers yet 😦 I need a time machine.
WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading, where we answer three questions: what are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? and what are you planning to read next?
I just started Catching Jordan the other day and am already pretty far in. So far the characters are amazing. I LOVE Jordan and all of the boys on her team that seem to have her back no matter what. I can’t believe I haven’t read a book about football yet considering it’s my entire life during autumn. I’m still working on Poisoned Apples. Because it’s a book of poetry, I’m just kind of slowly reading through them. I’m listening to Rites of Passage on audio right now and I have extremely mixed feelings. I like that Sam is such a badass who doesn’t let anyone bring her down. I like the impending romance that’s happening. BUT – I absolutely can’t stand the hazing and misogyny. I know that it’s supposed to show their attitudes and how resilient Sam can be, but it’s just really hard for me to listen to. I’ve thought about stopping it quite a few times but I’m not one to DNF books. I know the hazing is only going to get worse, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle it, but I like that the romance will be coming into play soon and that she’s starting to figure out what’s really going on at the DMA. I’m interested enough in the characters to see what happens next, but it just is not easy to hear.
I finished Dissonance, which exceeded my expectations by a million miles. It was great. I highly recommend it to people who like world-building and are interested in parallel universe books. It was an extremely complex world that was broken down and explained really nicely. Some bloggers thought it was slow because of the world-building, but I was pretty enthralled the entire time! I also finished Just Like the Movies, which was super cute. The whole thing was very cliche and yes, just like the movies! I think that really worked though. I liked the characters a lot and the movie references were really fun to follow along with.
My next audiobook will be The Maze Runner. My boyfriend has been listening to audiobooks while he works a lot and he decided to give it a try. He really liked it and I’ve always been intrigued by it, so I’ll probably go to that one next. Plus, he’s been bugging me about seeing the movie and obviously I need to read the book first! My next real read will be The Diviners, even though I have some library books I should probably focus on first…. I want to read something kind of creepy for Halloween and I LOVE Libba Bray. I haven’t read anything by her since 2007 so I am in need of this book!!
Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
First impression: This sounds like the most LAUREN book of all time… Seriously. Someone find out if Erica O’Rourke is psychic.
Last impression: Afghlkfdjglkfljf eeekkkkk
Format: Hardcover from Library / 484 pages
Publishing Info: July 22nd 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None yet!
Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.
Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.
When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.
I am FINALLY, happily reading Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke. I’m glad to say that so far I’m about 50% in and it is certainly meeting/exceeding my expectations. The concept of multiple universes being created for every decision we make is absolutely fascinating to me. I’ve thought about this since I was a kid and can’t believe someone created a book about it. Her writing style is perfect and I’m so engrossed in what’s happening. I’m hoping to have this one done by the weekend. I don’t have a current audiobook since I just finished Big Little Lies (below) this morning.
I finished Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini FINALLY (review). It was a great book and I wish it didn’t take me so long to read. I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel to this book because it left in a little cliffhanger. Not a shocking cliffhanger, but one that makes you NEED to see what happens next. A lot of the book focused more on world-building and setting the stage for the following books, but that really worked for me. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (review posting later today) was a really funny, light read that was exactly what I needed. I sat down and finished it within a few sittings over the course of two days. The characters were great and I LOVE dual decision books like this one. It definitely made it onto my favorites list! This morning I finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, which I was expecting to be blown away by. I felt that way about The Husband’s Secret (review). My review will go up on Friday so you’ll see a little more about my thoughts, but I unfortunately predicted quite a bit of the novel so most of it was not nearly as shocking as I was expecting. I generally read YA more often than adult because I can’t directly relate to the more “adult” experiences of ex-spouses, having kids, schoolyard drama, etc. It was an overall enjoyable and entertaining read though!
I added Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann to my currently reading shelf a few days ago, because I’ve been planning on reading a few poems each day, but I’ve been so focused on other books and other life things that it hasn’t happened yet! I’ve been highly anticipating this one because it’s feminist poetry about fairy tales…I literally wrote a research paper on that exact topic in college! I plan to read a poem or two tonight to actually get started. I got Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore out from the library and should probably get going on reading that one next. It seems really cute. I’m giving into the mega hype surrounding Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley; I have not seen a single negative review for this book. It kind of reminds me of the Disney Channel movie Cadet Kelly with my girl Hilary Duff. I have been avoiding the book overall because the idea of a military setting did not appeal to me (despite my love for Cadet Kelly), but I’ve decided that everyone must love it for a reason! This is my next audiobook.
Okay so not much has changed since last week and that makes me sad. Again I had to pause my reading of Trial by Fire to finish up two book commitments. I’m finally making some progress, although I’m realizing now that it wasn’t the best book to be stop-and-go with. It’s not that I’m confused, it’s just that I somewhat forgot some of the things that happened. I plan to definitely finish it by the end of the week so hopefully my review will up soon! I’m still listening to my audiobook of Big Little Lies and things are starting to get really good. I love Liane Moriarty’s style.
I read Just Like Fate for Andi’s Parallel Time Loop, starting this month! My guest post for her will be showing up on October 13th. I really enjoyed that one and posted my review last week. It was nice to get into the parallel universe books I’ve been talking about for so long but haven’t even read. I got Famous in Love through On the Same Page ARC tours and my review will be posted on the release date (the 21st). I had mixed feelings on this one. It was enjoyable for the most part as I read it, but looking back I was irritated by a lot of the elements of the book.
Yeah, yet again, Dissonance is up next. It’s still sitting on my desk, waiting to be read from the library. I’m going to have to renew it within the next few days. Ooops. I am thinking of posting an October TBR post sometime soon, now that I have my “TBR First” shelf on Goodreads. It’s been easier for me to manage what books I have to read or want to read by a certain time. As excited as I’ve been about this book, the size is a little daunting. I almost wish I just bought the e-book; it’s going to be hard to lug that around in my purse! Hopefully it’ll be worth it 🙂 (especially after all the hype I’ve made for myself).
I received Trial By Fire in the form of a physical ARC from the publisher and have been reading it in between all of my other reading committments. I am definitely enjoying it and wish I could devote all of my time to it, but it hasn’t been possible given the ARC tour scheduling and the reading I need to finish for a guest post (stay tuned!). Just Like Fate is great so far! I’ve been absolutely cranking through it because it’s so good (and because I need to finish reading it before Friday :)). My current audiobook is Big Little Lies, which is interesting so far. I’m not very far along yet but its nice to throw in some adult fiction every once in a while…especially because I love Liane Moriarty.
Well I’ve been making up for lost time, finally! I finished Second Chance Summer, which completely exceeded my expectations. I received Damsel Distressed from On the Same Page ARC Tours and had to make sure I finished it within the week. I really liked it, but it was definitely darker than I expected. That Summer, once I realized it was in my library’s audiobook files, was an impromptu choice. I was a little disappointed in it because not much happened plot-wise and the characters were too selfish.
Again, thanks to On the Same Page ARC Tours, I will be starting Famous in Love as soon as it arrives on my doorstep! I’m excited to have the ability to read a few books that are going to be released in October, which allows me to schedule out some reviews farther in advance. I try to post the reviews on the book’s release day so people are encouraged to go out and buy it! Everyone is probably tired of me talking about Dissonance since I (a) feature it on a million posts and (b) somehow have not gotten around to reading it yet. WELL I finally checked it out from the library, so I have no excuse at this point. Once my ARC reading is done, Dissonance will finally be read!