WWW Wednesday – 3/05/14


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

What am I currently reading?

Wayward (Wayward Pines #2)The List

What did I recently finish?

Better Off Friends

What am I reading next?

I’m not for sure yet.

Super Six Sunday – Favorite Covers of 2013


Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the weekly schedule of themes here.

Posting a bit late this week.

Rose Under FireOne SummerHereafter (Shadowlands, #2)The Book of Broken HeartsEerieThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was Forced To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

These are the ten books that I can remember being forced to read in school.

  1. The Catcher in Rye by J. D. Salinger
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – Took me a long time to get through this one.  That’s almost all I remember about it.
  4. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  5. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  7. The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  8. The Berenstain Bears by Stan Berenstain
  9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – One of my favorites.
  10. The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe – I loved this story.

The Catcher in the RyeThe Scarlet LetterFor Whom the Bell TollsRomeo and JulietHamletMoby-Dick; or, The WhaleA Light in the AtticBears on WheelsA Christmas CarolThe Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Top Ten Tuesday – The Best and Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.


The Worst:

  1. Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite #3) by Blake Crouch – I hate it when the author doesn’t tie up the loose ends.  There was a lot left unexplained in this book.  And the stories that he wrote with Jack Kilborn just glossed over these characters.   Otherwise the series was great.
  2. Ominous (Private #13) by Kate Brian – Technically, this is not the last book in the series, but I haven’t read the very last one.  I am disappointed in the direction the last books of the series went.
  3. Seeds of Yesterday (Flowers in the Attic #5) by V. C. Andrews –  I re-read the Flowers in the Attic series because I read the first three books as a teen and never finished.  The series wasn’t bad for being V. C. Andrews, but enough is enough.

Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 3)Ominous (Private, #13)Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)

The Best:

  1. The MacGregor’s by Nora Robert –  I loved this whole series.
  2. Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) – loved the sequel to one of my favorite books.
  3. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins – one of my favorite series.

Three Series That I’m Looking Forward To:

  1. Privilege by Kate Brian
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare



Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Would Love to See as Movies or TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  4. Perfect Little Town by Blake Crouch
  5. Abandon by Blake Crouch
  6. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
  7. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  8. anything by Sarah Dessen
  9. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
  10. The Woods by Harlen Coben

Uglies (Uglies, #1)Hate ListTell No One

Perfect Little TownAbandonLook Again

The Forgotten GardenAlong for the RideForget You

The Woods

Review – Abandon by Blake Crouch


Title:  Abandon

Pages:  450

Author:  Blake Crouch

Series:  No

Publisher:  Minotaur Books

Date Published:  December 20, 2012

Source:  Amazon Prime Library

My Rating:  *****

Goodreads Summary: 

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

My Thoughts:

Blake Crouch is one of my favorite authors.  His books pull you in from the first page and do not let go until the last.  Sometimes I get tired of the same old stories with the same old plots because I read so many books, but Blake Crouch thinks outside of the box.  This is a story of greed that spans over 116 years.  I didn’t think I would like the story switching back and forth between 1893 and 2009 because most of the time I don’t.  It gets confusing trying to keep track of the characters and plotlines, but I didn’t have that problem with this book.  The author does a very good job and keeps the suspense going until the very end.  I didn’t expect the ending of this book at all.  It is horrible what greed will drive some people to do.

About the Author:

Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.