Monthly Wrap-Ups

March 2018 Wrap-Up

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What a great month!  I was lucky enough to be performing and working in Guys and Dolls for the entire month with an absolutely incredible cast of people.  I’m so sad to say goodbye to this show and these lovely humans, but I’m excited to get back to NYC and find out what’s next!

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Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 15 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 7 of 26 (C, G)

Classics Club: 3 of 50 (Murder on the Orient Express– Review Post to come)


Broadway Book Chat: Mallory King

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March Reviews

 • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah •

March Posts

Blog Tour: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Favorite Book QuotesCurrently Reading TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books That Surprised MeBook Blogger Insider TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBRA-Z Bookish Survey TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country •

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Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Mallory King

It's Liberation Day.

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other. I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature. Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and cast mates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Mallory King

Currently performing in Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre

www.malloryking.com

instagram/twitter: @mal_king15

What are you currently reading?

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.

What is your favorite book series?
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Harry Potter– is that even a question?

Who is your favorite author?

Ooooh.  I kind of have a list.  So I love Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware, Jodi Picoult, and JoJo Moyes.  I recently went to a book signing event and had the opportunity to hear JoJo Moyes speak.  I loved how she talked about how it took her several books to get one published, several published to get one bestseller, and then several best seller books to have one turned into a film (Me Before You).  I found her to be truly inspiring.  You can tell she’s an incredibly hard worker.

What book inspires you and why?

I would have to say The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I love how it’s about a female writer who stands up for what she believes in.  There’s also a little bit of mystery in it because as you’re reading you want to know more about the lives of these women.  I’m also a huge fan of historical fiction, so it’s everything I love about books poured into one novel.  And have you seen the movie? Talk about female power.  I was also inspired by Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult recently.  Schools should integrate it into their English curriculum. It’s pivotal.

Which literary character would you like to play?

I would love to play Zelda Fitzgerald.  I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Anne Fowler, and I really got into her head.  I also LOVE the 1920’s era.  It’s kind of cool that she is a character in several novels, as well as the wife of one of the greatest authors of all time.  I mean Zelda was a pretty amazing woman… who kind of went crazy, but we’ll set that aside.

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If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?

Probably Serena in Legally Blonde because she would teach me how to properly “bend and snap.”

What book would you like to see made into a movie/musical/play?

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  There is a huge plot twist… can’t say much more or I’ll ruin it for you.

What is the next book on your reading list?

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  It takes place in a suburb of Cleveland (my hometown) and it’s on Reese Witherspoon’s book list… and she KNOWS how to pick good books.

What show are you working on now?

Right now I am in Guys and Dolls at the Fulton Theatre, and before this contract I was on the national tour of Annie as Lily St. Regis.

What is your favorite show you’ve been a part of and why?

I feel like ANY show where I have had the chance to work with amazing people and spend time onstage is a blessing.  But I have to say being Lily St. Regis in Annie was a total blast!

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Mallory and I backstage in Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre

I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews!  Thanks to my old friend, and college theatre buddy, Mallory, for sharing with us!  It’s always fun to swap books with you 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Other Countries

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I love to travel, and when my bank account says no, it’s easy to fuel my wanderlust with books.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books That Take Place in Other Countries.

Italy

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


France

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


India

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


Sweden

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


England

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The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


Spain/Egypt

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Scotland

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


Germany/England/Russia/USA

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett


Afghanistan

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Australia

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Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman


What books fuel your wanderlust? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 Happy Travels!

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A- Z Bookish Survey Tag

I saw the A-Z Bookish Survey Tag on Reading Through Infinity’s blog, and it looked like too much fun not to do myself!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Meg Cabot.  I love her.

Best Sequel Ever:

The one that comes to mind now is A Court of Mist and Fury.

Currently Reading:

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee or tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book.  When I was on tour my Kindle was convenient, but I always miss the physical book.  I can only read on my Kindle for so long.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Fred or George Weasley.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman.  I was so underwhelmed by Practical Magic (which made me so sad because I love the movie), and it made me nervous to read the prequel, but OMG am I glad I did.  It’s one of, if not my favorite, books I have read so far this year.

Hidden Gem Book:

Prism by Nina Walker.  I was sent this book to review, and I fell in love with the series.  I’m dying for book 3.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I had my first book hangover after reading All-American Girl by Meg Cabot… I was probably in 6th grade and it is the first time I ever remember having that feeling of being half-empty and half-full.

Just Finished:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Incredible.  I don’t understand why it took me so long to finally read it.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Religious fiction.. it’s not for me.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon- 1,443 pages

Major book hangover because of:

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I was a zombie after that one.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

One…. and its overflowing everywhere.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The entire Harry Potter series… that’s pretty much it.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bath tub.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The secret is here in the present.  If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it.  And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.” -The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (I could have chosen a million other quotes from this book too….)

Reading Regret:

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.  Why did I waste all of that valuable reading time!?

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Oh god so many.  The Earth’s Children series, The Sookie Stackhouse series (I have one left and I’m putting it off cuz I’m not ready for it to end), the Outlander series… the list goes on.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Oh man. AHHHHHH!

  1. Harry Potter in its entirety
  2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss…. Pat… I don’t mean to pressure you, but like…. it’s been years.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying books when I have a million to read.

Your latest book purchase:

I have been on a book buying ban since NOVEMBER (I know.  I’m dying.) and I’ve actually stuck to it and gotten through a ton of my physical TBR pile!! The only exception was when I went to Kristin Hannah’s book signing and bought The Great Alone, but my boyfriend gave me the money for it as a present…. so it doesn’t really count 🙂

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  I couldn’t stop.

I tag anyone who sees this and think it looks fun like I did 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

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Until I started blogging, I never wrote down my To Be Read List.  I did for the first time this winter, and I was actually pretty good at sticking to it (with a few additions depending on my mood).  I made a good dent in my pile, and read a bunch of books that have been on my list for a long time.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books on my Spring TBR, so here are my first 10 additions to my Spring TBR, a good mix of Review Requests, ARC’s, and books from my overall TBR list!


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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Daisy Jones by Mack Mama

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Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg

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We Other by Sue Bentley

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Full Circle by Regina Timothy

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Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book Reviews · Reading Challenges

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Review

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Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

My Thoughts: She does it again.  This book is fabulous.  I went into it having no idea what to expect, other than that I have loved every other book by Kristin Hannah.  I was captivated by the premise, and as soon as they made it to Alaska, I was hooked. The way Hannah has of creating real and flawed characters that burrow their way into your heart is unparalleled for me.  I immediately connected with Leni and her family, and felt for their struggles.  I think her mother, Cora, was my favorite.  She was so complex, and I really think that Hannah did an amazing job in creating a vessel for this extremely complicated and difficult subject matter.  All of the characters were wonderfully vivid and unique, and helped to establish the vibrancy of Alaska, which might as well have been a character itself.  The setting was so beautifully fleshed out in great detail and it felt alive.  The time period played such a huge role in the development of the story, from the small pop culture references to the bigger issues, like a woman not being able to get a credit card without her father or husband to sign off on it, or the lack of diagnosis for PTSD.  In another time, the story would have played out very differently.  There was a deep intensity and an underlying sense of foreboding throughout the entire book, and it kept me riveted all the way to the final page, where I was sobbing like a little baby (as her books tend to make me do).  So thank you Kristin Hannah for once again grabbing  hold of my heart and pulling it into your story, where I feel a part of it still is.

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Book Hangover

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

Happy Thursday bookworms! I was tagged by the lovely Jessica at Reading With Jessica to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag!  Make sure you check out her answers and her blog too! ❤

Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On my lap top, usually either in bed or in my living room.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review? 

Probably between 30-60 minutes depending on the book.  Some books are easy to gush/complain about.  It’s the middle grounders that take a little more thought.

3. When did you start your book blog? 

April 2017- I was feeling in a bit of a rut during audition season in NYC, and I needed a creative outlet other than theatre to put some positive energy and thought into.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

Feeling pressured to read certain books that have a lot of hype, even though they don’t appeal to me at all.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

The book blogging community is incredible.  I love seeing what every one says and thinks, and I have discovered so many books that I never would have known about without blogging.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far? 

My 2017 Bookish Overview.  2017 was my first year of blogging, and I had so much fun looking over the whole year and everything I accomplished.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? 

I love doing my monthly Broadway Book Chat.  It’s always fun to see what my friends are reading and get some insight into their show shenanigans.  I also really do enjoy writing book reviews.

8. When do you typically write? 

I’m all over the place.  Lately since I’m doing a show, I write at night in bed, but usually it’s just whenever I can find some time to sit down and focus.

9. Do you review every book you read? 

No.  I got to a point where I just wanted to be able to enjoy reading for the sake of reading, so I only review books where I feel like I actually have something to say.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby? 

I almost always have coffee or tea (usually coffee) with me while I write, and when I’m home in NYC, I usually have my roommate next to me to bounce ideas off of and to tell me when I sound stupid.  Thanks Joey ❤

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book? 

It depends.  I usually let my thoughts marinate a bit before writing a review.  There have been a few times where I hastily review something and then after thinking about it change my mind.  I try to keep a good log of notes while reading so that I have things to look back on when I decide to write the reviews.

12. How often do you post? 

Since this past December, I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  I found it was a lot harder to stick to my schedule when I started working on another show, but I was able to do it with the exception of one missed Saturday (that I still feel guilty about).

I TAG:

Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Blue Green Reader

The Green Eyed Reader

Loose Leaf Book Reviews

Hawthorn Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

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Today is my 100th post on Reading in the Wings! Yay! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is: Ten Books That Surprised Me.  Here are my picks:

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I was given a copy of Prism by Nina Walker in return for an honest review, and I was surprised by how much LOVED it.  I can’t get enough of these characters and this series, and I’m dying for the next book.


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I had heard good things about this book before reading it, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  It floored me.  I am obsessed with it, and everyone needs to read it right now.


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I was so luke-warm about Practical Magic, so I was definitely surprised by how much I fell in love with this prequel.


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The ending of this book PUT ME THROUGH IT.  I had no idea what was going to happen and it was sooooo good.


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I was excited about this book, but it was so much better than I expected.  I was surprised by its world building, character development, and exciting, well-written plot.  I’m a huge fan.


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When I read what happened in this book, I literally threw it across the room in anger.  I’m glad I kept reading, but I was NOT expecting that plot twist.


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Speaking of plot twists… this book had my jaw on the floor. No words.


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I still can’t believe how much this book surprised me.  I expected it to be a dumb fluffy YA book, but I ended up crying and loving every minute of it.


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I was very underwhelmed by A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I had lower expectations for this one…. boy was I wrong.  It ended up being my favorite book of the year.


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I don’t normally read Sci-fi, I tend to stick to the fantasy side of the genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

What were your biggest book surprises? Let me know in the comments! Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

Book Reviews · Reading Challenges

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Review

23734628Goodreads Summary: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

My Thoughts: This book was everything I wanted and more.  I had heard great things about it, but it surpassed my expectations.  I started reading it late at night before bed which was a huge mistake, because I could not stop reading.  I loved how it poked fun at Harry Potter, and almost seemed like fan-fiction, but in the best way.  The world of magic was so creative, clever, and hilarious, and everything was incredibly developed and fresh.  It made so much sense to me and was really realistic.  (Words have power. DUH!)  It was interesting to join them in their final year at school, instead of in the beginning like most other stories.  Learning about everything that had happened up to that point was fun and surprising, and added so much character development.  I fell in love with the characters, Baz especially, and each of their voices in narration were specific, witty, and just plain enjoyable.  The different points of view worked really well in moving the story along.  The plot was addicting, and I sped through to find out what was going to happen to my favorite characters.  I could gush about this book forever.  The minute it was over I wanted to re-read it.  It was funny, sweet, exciting and magical in every possible way.

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Book Hangover

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Currently Reading Tag

I saw The Currently Reading Tag on Boston Book Reader’s blog, and it looked like fun.  I love seeing other people’s reading habits!

How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve been trying to stick to one at a time, but I’m usually always reading Harry Potter in addition to my current read…

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’m such a mood reader, so whatever I feel like reading at a certain time.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if I lose my current one.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Either in my backpack/purse or next to my bed.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading? 

During my commute on the subway.  I’m on the train for AT LEAST 2 hours every day, if not more.  Otherwise I read at night in the bath tub.

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It changes.  I would say typically about an hour.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Mostly off, especially since I read in the bath tub a lot.

What position do you mainly use to read?

I am constantly moving to get comfortable.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Yes.  I never leave home without a book.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading? 

Pretty much after every reading session.  I’m kind of hooked on it.

I tag anyone who hasn’t already done this tag 🙂