WWW Wednesday – 31 January 2018

Hello! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

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

I was a tad worried that my reading would go really slow and I would have the same answers to these questions as last week. Lucky for us I have a whole new set.

What are you currently reading?PandaBlog

At the moment, I’m making my way through American Panda by Gloria Chao. I hope to finish it tonight and make it my final read of January! 

AnnaBlogWhat did you recently finish reading?

Before writing this post, I finished the last 5 minutes of Anna Kendrick’s book, Scrappy Little Nobody. I love listening to the author’s read their own works of nonfiction because it feels so much more personal and means more than if they had just hired a random narrator. BTB

What do you think you’ll read next?

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is next on my list! This novel is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion. I’ve never read the classic, but the plot of this book has a lot of promise. 

QOTD: What is your current read?

Thanks for checking out the latest installment of WWW Wednesday. Write to you all soon. 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

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WWW Wednesday – 24 Jan 2018

Hello! I hope everyone who comes by this blog is doing well. Starting today I’ve decided to try my hand each week at the WWW Wednesday meme. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

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

LESMISWhat are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books.

Throughout the month of January, I have been making my way through all 1400+ pages of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is more like 60 hours of audio as I’ve been listening to the audiobook, which I highly suggest. The x1.5 speed button is a gift from the reading gods on the Audible app.TGF

The second book I’m currently reading is The Gender Fall by Bella Forrest which is the 5th book in The Gender Game series. This series has been fantastic! I only have two more books after this one and I’m going to be sad to say goodbye.

What did you recently finish reading?ADSOM

My most recently finished book was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I loved this book and cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series. If you want to know more of  my thoughts on this book check out my review here:  A Darker Shade of Magic

What do you think you’ll read next?

Panda  OR  BTB

It’s up in the air. I currently have two ARCs that I’m deciding between and they are American Panda by Gloria Chao and By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I’m hoping to put up reviews for both in the next couple weeks for their upcoming release on the sixth of February.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and I’ll write to you all again soon! 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives




Top 5 Wednesday #9: Favorite Creepy Settings

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This week’s post was thrown together as I completely lost track of the days and all of sudden it is now Wednesday! How did I do for a written on the day blog post? 

This weeks topic is Favorite Creepy Settings


1. Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King
     Before I had even read this book, I had visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This hotel was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the book. Now, after reading the book, I never want to step foot in there again! The novel being set inside a hotel gave an extra creepy factor to the novel as there are only so many locations for action to take place. Basically, this means the hotel itself is like one big haunted house. For me, the most creepy setting of the novel was the hotel’s topiary garden and when it “comes alive.”


2. The island of Vane in The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
The island of Vane and its residents really added a creepy feel to this novel. Setting wise the different locations like the cave and her father’s study really made the spine tingle, while the characters themselves made an uncomfortable feeling settle around you. If you get a chance to read this book, please do, as it is a very interesting read.


3. London in Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
London in the time of Jack the Ripper was a very hunting place. The books really brings the creepy feel of that time to life! I absolutely loved this book and the imagery that the author includes let’s you paint a graphic image as you traverse the streets with Wadsworth and Cresswell! –  You can my find my review of this novel here! I fully recommend this book if you are looking for a chilling read this Halloween season! 

4. Alchemists facility in Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
     The Re-Education facility in the Bloodlines series was absolutely terrifying. It creeped me out more than any strigoi could have. The measures that the alchemists took to re-educate their people, showed you a more disturbing layer to the Alchemists. Their thought processes in their world of vampires, damphirs and strigoi was more unsettling then you would have originally thought. 


5. Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak
   This one is cheating a bit as Crimson Peak is a movie, but they did write a companion book so it counts…right? I immediately thought about Allerdale Hall as I thought of my favorite creepy settings. The dreariness of the house along with the appearances of the crimson colored ghosts really set the tone for this fantastic ghost story. The use of imagery really pulls you into the plot and gives you a chill all at the same time! If you are a fan of a good ol’ ghost story, please check out this film! You will love it! 

QOTB: What is one of your favorite activities to do during the Halloween season? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite creepy settings! 


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



October’s Spooky TBR ~ 2017

Halloween is only a few weeks away and to get into the spirit I have chosen three books that showcase the paranormal in different ways! We have supernatural powers, a 33784373haunting, and vampire which all await me in this month’s TBR! Without further rambling, here is what I am reading this month.

I’ll be starting off the month by reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Earlier this year, I read her debut novel, Stalking Jack The Ripper, and loved it.  I fell in love with not only her writing style but also with her storytelling. I cannot wait to meet back up with our characters, in Romania, as they begin this new mysterious adventure.

51yeLeY4vfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Next, I will be beginning a new series that seems to have been on my radar forever and I just never picked it up off my shelf and that is…The Diviners by Libba Bray. The third book in this series was released this past Tuesday, October 3rd, and it jump-started my need to read this book. We are moving on from murder & vampires in Romania, to murder & supernatural powers in 1920s New York City. A book containing flappers, speakeasies, and the supernatural sounds right up my alley! Do you think I’ll need a password to open the book?

Finally, I will be moving on to the haunting tale of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Taking place in two different 24376529asylums, we see our main character, Grace Mae, use her powerful mind to help assist at crimes scenes and hunt a murderer. She does this all while dealing with the darkness that lurks in her own past. This book sounds absolutely chilling and I cannot wait to flip thru its pages!

QOTB: What is at the top of your TBR this month?

Can’t wait to read what is on your TBRs as well as fall into the books on my list! Thanks for reading!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



Top 5 Wednesday #8: Books Featuring Witches

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Top 5 Wednesday on my blog or my YouTube channel. I’ve started slowly posting reviews about once a month but I’m ready to dip my toes back into the TAG pool. I absolutely love the list of spooky topics we get to cover this month! October was definitely a great place to start back with this TAG.

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Witches

I decided to step back in time to some of my favorite witchy books from my school years. We are time traveling all the way back to 3rd grade for this first book and will move forward from there! 

1.  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Even though this book is first about a boy wizard, it was the beginning of a series that brought forth some of my favorite book witches. These witches include Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Nymphadora Tonks. It gave us strong female characters that we could look up to and watch them fight against the forces of evil…and I think we all know that Harry would have been lost without them.

IMG_44402. T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld

T*Witches was probably one of my first book series about witches. It revolves around two twin girls who find out they are witches as well as sisters and how those revelations twist and change their lives. I loved waiting for the next book to come out. I want to say I picked this one up at the Scholastic Book Fair one year and never looked away from the series. It is a great witchy series for younger readers.


3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Sweep is a step up in reading level from the T*Witches and revolves around a girl, named Morgan Rowlands, who with a few of her friends become a part of a coven of witches. Throughout the series she begins to slowly learn the truth about who she is and what her past will say about her future. I began reading this book series when I was sick with Tonsillitis and had to keep returning to the bookstore everyday to get the next book as I would easily finish one each day. Quick reads filled with drama, magic, and a little dose of romance.




4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

It wouldn’t feel right not to include a story of the Salem Witch Trials. This play was required reading my Junior Year of high school and then my Senior Year our Drama classes performed the play. It is such a gripping play, that will keep you on edge as you see the hysteria of the witch trials unfold for the Proctors. If you haven’t read this play, I beg you to pick it up.

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan


   Balefire is a bind-up series of 4 books. Taking place in New Orleans, long-lost twins are reunited. One knows about magick and the other is thrust into this unknown world. Brought together they will learn about their family and the mystery that surrounds them. It is a quick read and I love that the book takes place in such a mystical setting of New Orleans and the French Quarter.

QOTB: What is your favorite witchy read? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and stay tuned for more spooktacular posts this month!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives