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WWW Wednesdays: 25 November 2020

This reading week has been kind of slow, but I don’t think I mind too much.

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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 currently reading?

I am about halfway through The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. I am reading quite slowly right now, but I am enjoying it. It’s a light read so far and it’s fun. I love that there are characters from all sorts of classic (monster) literature in there.

I have also started listening to Black and British by David Olusoga. I am a couple of chapters in and it’s so interesting. This is a long audio book (25 hours!) and it may be interrupted by something else, so I may be in it for the long haul. However, I really like it so far. So much information on a subject I sadly know too little about.

I did also pick up Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, but I have not read on yet, favouring fiction for actual reading right now. I will probably pick it back up in the coming week.

What have I recently finished reading?

I finished my previous audio book, which was I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke. I loved that one. He is such good storyteller and his voice is so distinctive. I would highly recommend the audio book. I will be diving into some of his work soon.

I also finished In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin almost a week ago. It was an enjoyable read, but to be honest it did not really stick at all.

What will I be reading next?

I am really in the mood for some more poetry, so there may be some of that coming. Not sure what yet. I have a few poetry books that I could pick up.

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WWW Wednesdays: 18 November 2020

I have really been enjoying reading again lately, partly helped by reading some books I absolutely adored.

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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 currently reading?

I am just over a quarter into In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin. It’s a fiction book that follows Casanova’s first love Lucia. I like it so far, but I doubt it’s going to make more than 5 out of 7 stars for me. We’ll see.

I am also still listening to I Wanna Be Yours, poet John Cooper Clarke’s autobiography. I am really enjoying that one, but it’s a big book and is taking me a while!

What did I recently finish reading

I read two novels; Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman and The Power by Naomi Alderman. Call Me By Your Name was an enjoyable atmospheric read, which did not quite blow me away. Unfortunately I really did not enjoy The Power very much and that one will disappear from my shelves. I did not hate it, but it just did grab me.

I also read The Broken Wings ,a lyrical novella by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese writer, which was first published in Arabic in 1912. Only 44 pages, but it was one of the most gorgeous things I have ever read! It completely broke me though, leaving me in floods of tears. I can’t wait to read more of Gibran’s work.

Finally, I read Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass by Lana Del Rey, which is a poetry book. I really enjoyed the experience of reading this. I loved the poems and the design of the book.

What will I be reading next?

I am not sure yet. I am just mood reading at the moment! I have a few books I would like to get to before the end of the year, so….

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 11 November 2020

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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 currently reading?

I am about two thirds through modern poet John Cooper Clarke’s autobiography I Wanna Be Yours. I am enjoying it a lot. He knows his way around words without too much fuss for sure.

I have also started Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman. I have seen the movie, which is really good, so I am giving the book a try. I am only about 35 pages in and so far it’s ok. I have heard it has some scenes that are more ‘interesting’ than in the movie, so I am secretly curious.

What have I recently finished reading?

I read Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot, as it is autumn and naturally I felt like a light summer read 😋. It was fine. It kind of did what it needed to do. Yesterday I finished The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, which I absolutely adored. It made me think (I am still thinking) and I love it when a book does that.

What do I think I will read next?

I have five books left on my 20 for 2020 and time is rapidly running out, so I may pick up one of those. Not sure which one yet.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 28 October 2020

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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 currently reading?

The only book I am reading right now is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It is slow going. Not because of the book, but because I am not taking enough time to read at the moment. I am enjoying it, but I am having a bit of trouble focusing at the moment.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished listening to Lenny Kravitz’ autobiography Let Love Rule yesterday. I really enjoyed that one. He has a soothing voice and there was something kind of beautiful about his story. There is just so much love in it. Would highly recommend if you enjoy these kind of biographies, even if you’re not a huge fan (which – though I like him – I am not either).

What do I think I will read next?

My next (musical) book club read is How To Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy. I will probably pick that one up on e-book. As for audio book, I may go for John Cooper Clarke’s book. My next physical read I am not sure yet. Whatever I am in the mood for once I have finished Good Omens.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 21 October 2020

My reading is still very slow, so bear with me!

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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 currently reading?

I am about 45 pages into Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I am enjoying it, but I am finding it hard to keep my mind on it for some reason. On audio I am listening to Lenny Kravitz’ autobiography Let Love Rule for a book club. I am really enjoying that one a lot. He narrates it himself and he is a joy to listen to. So far I would highly recommend. He is a very interesting guy!

What did I recently finish reading?

In the last week I have finished The Templars by Dan Jones, which was an audio book. That one was a proper history lesson, but I feel I learned a lot about a group of people, who we now think of as almost legendary. I also finished China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan. That one was just meh for me. Though I didn’t hate it, it really wasn’t very good. It mood me back in a bit of a reading funk I think.

What do I think I will be reading next?

I received my signed copy of I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke in the post and I am tempted for that one to be next audio book, depending on what book turns out to be the next read for my book club. I also really want to read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 7 October 2020

Again it has been a few weeks since I did one of these. My reading has started to pick up, which is good!

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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 currently reading?

I am almost 2/3rds into L C Rosen’s Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts). I am enjoying it so far. It’s very matter-a-fact about gay teenage sex without being icky about it. I appreciate that for sure. So far, I like the characters and the story.

I have also resumed listening to the audio book of The Templars by Dan Jones. Brushing up on some history! It’s an interesting subject and he tells it well, so I am enjoying it.

What did I recently finish reading?

I have finally started readig at a decent clip again, so yay! I finished my audio book, which was Just Kids, written and narrated by Patti Smith. That one really took me by surprise. I loved it so much! I immediately bought myself a physical copy and a couple more of Patti’s books. I love her writing.

I also finished The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I felt like a thriller/murder mystery would be a good kind of book to get into the swing of reading and it was. It was a fun read, even if the story was a bit too convenient sometimes.

What will I read next?

I am leaving this one blank. I am mood reading at the moment and probably will be for a while. I will be mainly concentrating on books I bought this year, both physical and e-books.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 16 September 2020

It has been a few weeks since I did one of these. My reading has been pretty slow!

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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 currently reading?

I am reading Deeplight by Francis Hardinge at the moment. I am only about 40 pages in, but I should be starting to make some progress now I am feeling my reading mojo returning! So far I am liking it.

I have started listening a new audio book as well this morning. I have chosen The Templars by Dan Jones. I love medieval history and the Templars are a pretty fascinating subject.

What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished How Music Works by David Byrne, which was such an interesting read! If you are into music, you need to read this one.

I also finished my audio book a couple of days ago, which was Stephen Fry’s Mythos. I thoroughly enjoyed that one and I would highly recommend it if you’re interested in Greek myth. It’s a great starting point. As a result of listening that one I chose to read For The Love of Hades by Sasha Summer, which is a far better retelling/interpretation of the Hades/Persephone myth than the cover suggests!

What do I think I will be reading next?

I am tempted to pick up Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library next!

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WWW Wednesdays: 19 August 2020

Definitely not reading a lot at the moment. I am listening to music a lot and watching telly instead. Oh well 🙂

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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 currently reading?

I am about 50 pages into Den of Wolves, the third book in the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier. I have not really been in the mood for it (not the book’s fault) for this type of story this week, so I picked up another book for a while. I should go back to it today and hopefully it will keep my attention better.

I am also still listening to Just Around Midnight by Jack Hamilton, which is a non-fiction book discussing rock and roll music and race. It’s very interesting, but also pretty academic in its tone. I have two hours to go, so I expect to finish it soon.

What have I recently finished reading?

I finished Feathers by Thor Hanson, a book about the amazing nature of feathers. It does not sound very interesting, but it really was quite fascinating. I like Hanson’s writing a lot.

I have also read Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert, which is an adult contemporary romance. I enjoyed that one, but I wish it was a bit longer. At only 150 pages I felt like it was not quite fleshed out enough, which is a shame, because the story was actually pretty good.

What will I be reading next?

I am yet to decide what to listen to next on audio. After Den of Wolves I should pick up one of the otehr books on my 20 Books of Summer list, but I am also dying to pick up Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library, which arrived on my doorstep this week.

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WWW Wednesdays: 12 August 2020

Oh man, the heat this past week has been too much! I am melting! It has been close to 35 degrees C for almost a week now, which is pretty much unheard of in my part of the world. Result is that I have read a decent amount, because it’s too hot to move much.

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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 are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Feathers by Thor Hanson. He is a biologist that writes such interesting books! I have read Buzz by him before, which I loved, and this one looks at, well, feathers. I love the angle at which he approaches his books. We get to learn about the subject with him and because of his background he explains it all very well. I love this author.

I just started the third and final book in the Blackthorn & Grim series, Den of Wolves, by Juliet Marillier. I am expecting to have a good time with that one.

And finally, I am listening to Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination by Jack Hamilton. I am reading that one for a music themed book club of sorts that I like to keep up with. Such an interesting choice after finishing my previous listen. Bascially this looks at the rock genre and how it went from its black pioneers to be an almost exclusively white genre. An especially interesting book to me, as I am someone who listens to a lot of (indie) rock music over other types of genres.

What have I recently finished?

I can’t have expected my August reading month to have a slow start, but I have done well so far.

I finished Beach Read by Emily Henry, which was just ok for me. I really had an issue with some of the ways the male love interest Gus treated our leading lady January and it was longer than it should have been. I did not find it very memorable, but I did enjoy it. 4/7 stars.

Of last week’s choices I read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. This is a fictionalised account of Egyptian queen Nefertiti’s rise to pharaoh from the viewpoint of her sister. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. It had been a while since I read a book set in Ancient Egypt and I want more!

I finished listening to How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi, which I took a lot away from. I loved the passion that he displayed for this important subject in the audio narration.  However, I did find myself zoning out a bit towards the final third of the book, which was a shame. Overall though, this was such a valuable listen. 5/7 stars.

Finally, I finished reading A Scot To Remember by Angeline Fortin on my Kindle yesterday. This one was kind of as surprise. I picked it up randomly a few weeks ago because I felt like I needed some historical romance in my life. Turned out it was a time travel romance, but the romance was not too heavy handed and I actually really enjoyed this one (despite the awful cover). It was set in the 1910s and was really well done.  I will be reading on in this series at some point soon.

What do I think I will be reading next?

I have a few books still on my Summer TBR, so I will choose something from that. It may be Hamnet (Maggie O’Farrell) or Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman). I am also looking to read Broadwater by Jac Shreeves-Lee, which as far as I can tell is a collection of multicultural short stories. It sounds really interesting.

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What are you reading? Planning to read? Please link your WWW down below. Have a great reading week! 🙂

 

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WWW Wednesdays: 5 August 2020

As predicted, these past seven days have been much slower readingwise, but I am enjoying my reading and that is what counts!

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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 are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Beach Read by Emily Henry (just like everyone else it seems!). I am almost halfway. It’s ok. I am not completely loving it, but I think it depends on where it goes from here. I am not really that into either of the main characters.

Henry, Emily - Beach Read   Kendi, Ibram X - How To Be An Antiracist

I am listening to How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. I am so impressed with this book. I love how Kendi is taking his own experience and perspective and how he is the applying that to the world at large. I love how much passion is in his narration for the audio book. I am finding I am hanging on his every word in a way that I maybe would not have done if I had read the physical version. A very important book for sure and one I just know I will come out of wiser. I am about halfway into this one as well.

What did I recently finish reading?

I only finished two books since last week:

Rushdie, Salman - East,West    Marillier, Juliet - Tower of Thorns

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (Blackthorn & Grim, book 2): I adored this and I am reading the final book this month I hope! 6*/7

East,West by Salman Rushdie: This is a short story collection that was just ok for me. 4*/7

What do I think I will read next?

I want to read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran next. I have not read a book set in ancient Egypt for years and years and it used to be one of my favourite subjects. I am really looking forward to this one.


I also want to finish another fantasy series if I can. I am not sure whether I will go with the final book in the Blackthorn & Grim series (Den of Wolves) or Darkdawn (Nevernight trilogy by Jay Kristoff). I definitely feel in a fantasy mood.

If I can finish a few of my fantasy series this August, I will. I am keen to start some new ones!