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WWW: What am I reading on 13 July 2022

My reading has finally really picked up! Yay!

On a sidenote: my typing is very slow as I injured my finger. It’s not the only thing I injured! We’re dogsitting for a friend and their dog and our dog were getting on ok, so last night we left them alone to sleep in a big space. Then this morning we were suddenly woken by the dogs fighting (my dog telling the other dog off – not properly attacking because luckily she didn’t bit him or anything – just made a racket, but we did not know that!). So half asleep I jump out of my bed, run out into the hallway and trip over something. Result: some awful carpet burns, a bruised big toe and my wedding ring slicing into my finger web. Ouch, ouch and ouch again. Not a great start to the day. Luckily it turned out the dogs at least had not hurt each other.

So, slow typing, slow walking and generally feeling a little worse for wear today, but let’s talk about books!

WWW Wednesdays’ home is at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. Check it out!

The three Ws are:

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

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What am I reading?

My main book is The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick. It’s the first book in a series about Eleanor of Aquitaine, a fictionalised account of her life. It’s set in the 1100s. In this one she is married the French King. I am not quite halfway (210 pages in), but I am enjoying it. A good summer read for me. I knew very little about Eleanor apart from that she is the mother of Richard I.

I am listening to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I have never read Dickens, but always meant to and I figured audio would be a great way to do so. The audio book is narrated by Matt Lucas and he is actually doing a really good job. I am enjoying the listen. I have the paperback as well, so I know I am about 80 pages in.

Finally, I am reading an anthology. I am reading Better Than Fiction, edited by Don George. Its subtitle is ‘True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers’. I am 4 stories in and I am enjoying it so far. It makes a nice change every now and then.

What did I recently finish reading?

In the last week I finished a paperback, an e-book from my 2022 TBR and an audio book : paperback: The Reader by Bernard Schlink, e-book: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, and audio book: Wildwood by Roger Deakin.

I absolutely loved Wildwood. That was a new favourite read for me. I also enjoyed The Reader quite a bit, more than I expected for sure! To Kill A Kingdom was not really my kind of book, but it was decent enough.

What will I read next?

I am hoping I will feel confident enough in my current reading pace to finally pick up The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, but I may have to sneak in a short book first. I certainly won’t be finishing my audio book any time soon. Probably not even before the end of the month!

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