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WWW Wednesday, with What Happened Last Week / This Week in a Coulee #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsreads #bookbloggers

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WWW Wednesday! is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words where we answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses.

The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Let’s get started……….

What we are currently reading:

Web_L147-3_brunette_brown-eyes Dear Mrs. BirdDear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Norma is starting Mrs. Bird with our Traveling Friends.  Lindsay and I will be joining in soon.

 

My Real Name Is HannaMy Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

img_6349Web_L149-2_blonde_blue-eyesBrenda and Lindsay are reading My Real Name is Hanna with our Traveling Sisters.

I have just started When the Lights Go Out and enjoying it so far.  The discussion is going on in the Traveling Sisters group.  I can’t wait to jump into the discussion.  Lindsay will be joining in soon.  Norma has already finished this one.

When the Lights Go Out    When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

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What we have finished:

The Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Lindsay finished this one with our Traveling Freinds and Norma and I joined in on the discussion.  This was such a fun one to read in a group. It was interesting to see the different thoughts everyone had on this one.

What we thought:

Overall the Friends really enjoyed this one and thought it was a fun, entertaining and fast-paced read.  When Norma and I read this one it left our heads spinning trying to keep track of the characters and how they were connected.  One friend pointed out to me she thought maybe one of the reasons it worked better for her was because she read it in one sitting and that helped her keep track of everyone.   It did seem like the friends and sisters who read this one in one or two sittings enjoyed it more than us.

3 out of 5 for a fun, and entertaining read

4 out 5 chance it will have your head spinning

4 out 5 chance it will give you a book hangover from reading it all night

4 out 5 for a fast-paced read to hold your attention

5 out of 5 for unlikable characters

Good chance you will either love this one or not at all!!!

Who we recommend to:

We recommend to readers who like a slower paced mystery, with some family and drama that needs you to pay attention and for anyone who likes a good atmospheric and gothic read.

The Other WomanThe Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman is a fun and entertaining domestic suspense thriller with some very unlikable characters.

What we thought:

We enjoyed the different take here with who the other woman is.  We liked the very unlikable characters who left us with a lot to discuss.  We had differing thoughts on what we thought of the ending and it separated us with how we felt about this story.

3 out of 5 for a fun, and entertaining read

4 out 5 for a different take on the other woman

5 out of 5 for unlikable characters

4 out of 5 for character development

Who we recommend to:

I recommend this one to readers looking for an entertaining and fun read with some very unlikable character and an ending that we will challenge your detective skills. There is some need to spend some disbelieve with some of the actions of these characters.

Not Her DaughterNot Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter explores the lengths a woman goes to save a child from her mother.

What we thought:

We had some very different thoughts on this one.  Some of us really enjoyed this one and then some who had mixed feelings and some of us this story did not work for us.

Norma’s Stats: 
Cover: Eye-catching and an extremely fitting representation to the storyline.
Title: Drew us all in instantly & perfectly ties into the plot.
Writing/Prose: readable, straightforward
Ending: Maybe unrealistic but I felt it fit the story well and ended just the way I wanted it to.
Overall: A very good read for me but there were some aspects to this story in the way that a character was portrayed that didn’t sit well with me and for some of us TS and therefore interfered a little bit with our overall enjoyment towards this novel. And I found some areas much more engrossing than others.

Who we recommend this one to:

Would recommend to thriller fans looking for a unique approach to your usual kidnapping story.  However, it will require you to suspend disbelief as there is a lot of events and stereotypes to this story that really seemed implausible.

The Lightkeeper's DaughtersThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

Norma read this one with our Traveling Friends and everyone just loved this story.  It goes on our list as a huggable book that has become a favorite for us.

 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover:  Love that beautiful and eye-catching cover!
Title:  Fits the story well and had me totally intrigued.
Writing/Prose: Beautifully written, eloquent and spellbinding.
Plot:  Interesting, held my attention and loved everything about it.
Ending: Took me a little by surprise and loved how all the storylines came together. Moving, memorable and satisfying.
Overall: An outstanding read! Would highly recommend!

Who we recommend to:

We recommend to everyone!!!

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What will be starting this week

Her Mother's Grave (Detective Josie Quinn, #3)Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan

 

 

 

Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1)Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell

 

 

 

Have you read any of these titles?  What are you reading?  What have you just finished?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!!

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Posted in Book Musings

Random Book Musings: Can you skim read or do you read every word? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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We are going to start something new here for us and see how it goes and hope a few of you will join in on the discussion with us. Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

Norma’s random book question:

Can you skim read or do you read every word?

BobbiNorma’s answer

I am unable to skim and have to read every single word. I think I am missing out or cheating for some reason if I don’t read every word. Plus, if I don’t read every word I think I might miss something relevant to the story.

I do wish that I was able to skim though because I even have to read the “he said” or “she said” at the end of dialogue sentences. LOL

Web_L143-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s answer

I don’t read every word and always skim a bit while reading.  I like to think it’s more speed reading than skimming.  lol  If the story is slow and I feel I don’t need to know something or it’s just not working for me I will skim to get through it faster.  Sometimes if I really want to know how the story ends I want to skim to find out and then I have to really slow myself down.

Web_L149-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s answer

As far as skimming, I do tend to skim if I’m not really enjoying the book. If it’s just “ok” and doesn’t seem to be anything special, I’ll skim to try to finish faster so I can move on to the next book in line.

WinonaKristin’s answer

I cannot skim at all. I have to read every single last word like it’s my job. (And I wish it were! Lol) It’s actually quite frustrating sometimes, though.
But, I figure if I’m gonna commit to a book, I’m going to read all of it. If I’m really not enjoying a book at all, I won’t think twice to call it quits. I feel like I’ll waste my time skimming, since I’m not getting the full story.  It’s interesting to see how different readers handle slower/redundant parts of books, and reads that they’re not particularly enjoying.

Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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