It’s My Birthday! What Are You Reading?

It’s my birthday! …Well almost. My birthday’s tomorrow and I’m so excited!

Last week was crazy busy (thank goodness for writing some posts ahead!) and I finally got to take a weekend for me, about me…because BIRTHDAY! Which is also why I’ll be skipping tomorrow’s Top Ten Tuesday which is about Top Ten past or future setting’s you like to read about. Not to be cheesy but for me, tomorrow is alllll about the present.

I also got a chance last week to read some fun posts on other blogs involving bookish travel/touring and it gave me some inspiration! Not sure where it’s going to take me yet, but I’m looking forward to sharing it with you once I do!

I managed to snag few deals last week on some new (used) books! There’s a post coming on where to find deals soon!

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Total savings $0.91!

 

This week I’m reading:

Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger (Yes, still. It’s incredibly interesting but non-fiction just does not read as quickly for me. I’ll get through it eventually)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

This week I finished reading:

Nothing, I finished nothing. It happens.

 

What are you reading?

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

scarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer

Format: Kindle e-book

Length: 512 pages

Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopia

Goodreads: “Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

Hmm…where to start with this one? I really enjoyed Cinder, the first in the Lunar Chronicles series. What I enjoyed so much about it was that it had a strong, female protagonist, and she didn’t let her feelings for someone stop her from doing what she had to do to save her family and those she cared for. She even sacrificed the budding relationship that was forming between her and said someone (aka Prince Kai) to protect him from Queen Levana. Scarlet, kind of throws all of that girl power to the wind…kind of.

Cinder herself continues to stay her badass course…Scarlet however is a little too Twilight for me. Though she starts off strong she ultimately goes too far into  “ignore your genetic makeup and aggression for me” territory with Wolf, and that stole my thunder a bit.

The biggest reason I loved this series as much as I did after reading Cinder was that the romance was light, and that ultimately, the lead heroine saved herself; she wasn’t miraculously rescued by the charming love interest, she wasn’t reduced to the damsel in distress. Unfortunately for me, Scarlet played a little too much damsel in distress and a little less brave heroine.

The story remains compelling and I’m still very much interested in the rest of the series. I’m just a little less infatuated than I was with Cinder.

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Format: Unabridged Audiobook from audible.com

Length: 10 hours and 7 minutes

Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Genre: Historical Fiction

Audible: “Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in Verity’s own words, as she writes her account for her captors.”

Goodreads: “I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.”

I cannot say enough good things about how much I loved this book; though I will say my fervor for this beautiful, haunting novel is firmly rooted in having listened to it via audio book. I have become a huge fan recently of reading by way of audio book through my various commutes. When I saw this book roll across my Audible feed as a daily deal, I decided to give it a try on a whim. Best. Decision. Ever.

Just reading the Goodreads description gives me chills all over again! I can hear Verity’s voice speaking to me in her beautiful Scottish brogue. The voice work done by both Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell as each heroine is superb. It even prompted me to buy Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (also narrated by Morven Christie) with my next Audible credit!

On to the actual story…not only is this the fictional tale of two kick-ass women assisting their male counterparts in WWII as a pilot and an intelligence officer, but their friendship gives me some serious relationship goals.

And the reveals in the second half of the book, oh man! I’m not going to spoil it but this book never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday (1-26-2016)

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This Tuesday was a freebie and I got to catch up on some TV binge-watching while Winter Storm Jonas let off some rage over my town which led me to my grand idea…

Top Ten Book to TV Adaptations I’m excited about in 2016!

Cue band music, applause, and awards. Thank you! Thank you! Muah! Muah!

Yeah yeah, I’ll get on with it…

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Jessica Jones

Ok so this one isn’t from 2016, but it’s so freaking GOOD!

Warning! This not your average Pepper Potts saves Tony Stark from his own inner demons Marvel production! This is deliciously, beautifully, and wonderfully dark as befits it’s heroine and storyline.

You can find Jessica Jones on Netflix. All episodes of the 1st season were released Nov. 20, 2015

Adapted from: Alias, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis (author) and Michael Gaydos

Goodreads: “Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed superhero, but not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations – a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases.”

 

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The Magicians

I have been waiting in ecstatic anticipation for this one since they announced it and released a teaser trailer over a year ago.

The book series was sold to me as what if the wizards of Harry Potter were adults, making adult choices…and it delivers. I can’t wait to see what Syfy does with this. This is another one that can go down a very dark path…hopefully they don’t shy away from that.

Premieres on Syfy on Jan. 25.

Adapted from: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Goodreads: “Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician’s Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren’t black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.”

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (1-25-2016)

Better late than never right? I had some issues with the site, but finally got them ironed out and my post up here! Enjoy!

This past week I started some fun new adventures in adulting, am still trying to figure out where I’m going to be living in a couple of months, and got to enjoy not one, but two! snow days!
You’d have thought that would have meant I read A LOT…except I didn’t. Mainly, I cleaned. And then when I finally attempted to get some relaxed reading time in, my cat did this:

cat + bathtub + book = no bueno
cat + bathtub + book = no bueno

So yeah, I’m still working on:
Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

This week I read:
Legend by Marie Lu (review coming!)

New Year, New Reading Goals

I am not a fan at all of New Year’s resolutions…nobody ever sticks to them. Ever. But I am a fan of looking back on what I accomplished the year before and setting a goal to either improve or maintain, and this year is no different.

Last year I participated in 2 reading challenges just to test myself, and feel pretty confident going into this year. According to Goodreads.com I read 174 books last year..wowza! Now that number is more than slightly skewed by my comic book addiction. I read A LOT of single issue comics and track them on Goodreads which adds to my books read count. According to the nifty spreadsheet I use to keep track of my reading I read closer to 50 novels, which would make my comic habit a whopping 124 single issues. I’ve debated myself and read a debate about whether or not to count comics on your Goodreads count, and I take a very laid back approach. Yeah, it skews my numbers on the site itself, but I am allll about me some data; it’s not getting lost by me. And reading comics is still reading; it counts.

Anyway, back to what’s important…this year. I set myself a goal this year of reading only 60 books on Goodreads for their 2016 Reading Challenge. I like my challenges with

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My Very First Post!

Welcome everyone to the first post of Reading in Wonderland! I’m so grateful you’ve stopped by my tiny corner of the world wide web! Firstly, a little about myself…my name is Whitley and I love books, knitting, cooking, and telling you every little detail about it. I’m an engineer and a huge nerd; and though I’m not a teacher, a bookseller, or a writer I’m excited to share my adventures in reading and writing – but mostly reading – with you!

So what made me want to share with you lovely readers and future followers? Though my family, friends, and amazing bf loveall of the book recommendations and pictures of food and craft projects, they’re getting a little tired of it. My phone storage is also getting a little full due to those pics and I don’t see myself sitting down with my future grandchildren one day to lovingly flip through a scrapbook full of pictures of dishes I made, crafts I crafted, or books I read; that’s just weird. So I thought I would document it in real time (or pretty darn close). It will also be a motivation for clearing out the pile of half-finished craft projects and To Be Read books I have laying around begging for attention.

The primary focus of this blog will be books,

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