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WWW Wednesday: 18 January 2023

I actually first wrote 18 June in the title. June! Someone has spring on the brain. To be honest, I can’t wait for winter to be over. At least it has stopped raining every day and I have actually seen some sunshine in the last couple of days. It does a human bean good to see that star in the sky again, even if it’s for just a while. I had almost forgotten she existed – it has been so miserable!

Anyway, on to the 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?



I have three books on the go at the moment. A physical poetry collection, which is Sound Mind by T J Singh. The first part of that is a collection of poems that form a story about wolves, but which is really about humanity. I am just over halfway through that story. The second half is just a poetry collection. I have heard mixed things and I am feeling mixed things. Sometimes I think some stanzas are great and others are just… * shrug*. This was a collection I bought this month, so it’s nice to be getting to it swiftly.

I am reading The Visitor by Katherine Stansfield on my Kindle. I think it’s supposed to be a historical mystery. I am about 50 pages in and I am not quite sure of the vibe yet. So far I find it a bit depressing. It’s set in Cornwell, a timeline in the 1880s and another in the 1930s, one following Pearl as a girl and the other as an old woman in a seaside town undergoing big changes. I am enjoying it, but like I said, the vibe is not cheerful.

Finally, on the opposite side of the spectrum I am listening to The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell. This is a non-fiction memoir of a guy who finds a penguin that is a victim of an oil spill and takes it home. It’s funny and light hearted and I am enjoying the listen so far. It’s narrated by Bill Nighy.


I only finished the two books that I was reading last week, which were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which was a lovely cozy classic middle grade listen, and Armageddon’s Children, the first book in the Genesis of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. The latter is a dystopian/fantasy novel and as I read so much Terry Brooks when I was younger, his writing feels so warmly familiar. I like that feeling and the story was better than I remembered. Well, to be fair I did not remember much at all. They both ended up being 4 1/2 * reads.


I still have an ‘unlikely book’ to read and my choice ( reduced to two since I already DNFd one) is between Green Rider by Kristen Britain and Decider by Dick Frances. So either YA fantasy or a horseracing mystery. I will let it depend on my mood.

At the moment I would be leaning towards Green Rider, as I am in a fantasy kind of mood, but that may well change! It’s a bigger book (500p vs 350p appr), so if I have lots of time it would be a great way to go.

I am happy with how I am going through my January TBR. I may even have some time left. If I do, I may just pick a book from my February TBR or maybe pick a book from my Winter TBR.


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