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WWW: What I am reading on 15 June?

It’s been a while. My reading has been too erratic to document to be honest, but I am feeling like I am getting back in the swing of things. I am also looking forward to seeing what all of you are reading, cause I haven’t checked my reader in ages, so I have been missing all your posts! * need to do better

It’s a lovely sunny day today. Apparently it’s going to be very hot tomorrow and the day after. Not good for doing anything apart from reading, so fingers crossed for catching up.

Anyway, on with the show.

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 Music & Silence by Rose Tremain. It’s one I have been meaning to read since I bought it last year, but it’s reasonably sizable and I felt a bit intimidated by it. I decided I did not care and that I just felt like reading it. I am only 20 pages in, as I was out all day yesterday, but so far so good. It’s historical fiction centering around a lute player in the royal court of Denmark.

I am listening to Revelation: Connecting with the Sacred in Everyday Life by Russell Brand. This is an Audible original I think. I think I got it as an extra when there was a buy one get one free offer on Audible and nothing else spoke to me. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Russell Brand. Sometimes I think he’s a pretentious git and sometimes I feel like he’s talking lot of sense between his big words. So it is with this audio book. There’s some fluff, but overall the subject matter interests me and I like hearing to him speak. He’s clearly very passionate about it and I am pleased for him that he managed to turn his life around so completely. And, to be fair, a lot of what he is saying here makes sense to me. All in all, I am enjoying the listen.

I am supposed to be reading Spring: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison), but I have made no progress in that. I do hope to get that one read this month. Otherwise I will keep it till next spring.

What did I finish reading?

I finished A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari, which was a rare NetGalley e-ARC. It’s a historical mystery set just after the first world war and I actually really enjoyed it. It was a light read and just moved along at a nice clip.

After that I read We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman. God, I loved that book. It’s a tearjerker; one of those dealing with disease, death and love, but it was so well written, so beautifully done, that it just worked. It’s not the kind of book I want to read too often, but it was just what I needed I think.

Those two books were polar opposites, but I enjoyed them both and they helped me find my mojo back,

What will I be reading next?

Well, I have a ton of books still left on my Spring TBR due to me hardly reading for the past month or two. There is no way I will be able to read them all, especially since many of them are big books. Ah well, I will just read what I feel like when I finish my current read.

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WWW: What I am reading on 18 May 2022

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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Again, I have not been reading very much. I don’t feel slumpy – I have just been doing other things. We have been hanging out with friends a lot over the last week, so a lot less time for reading. It was a lovely week, but now I am back to the normal more antisocial animal that I am!

What did I finish reading?

Only one book! I read Gold Dust by Ibrahim al-Koni. It was a good read, but my mind was drifting a lot, which says more about my state of mind at the time of reading than the book itself. It’s definitely a book I will re-read in the future as I am not sure my reading it at this time did it justice.

What am I currently reading?

I made little progress in either my audio book (The Life of Olaudah Equiano) or my anthology (Spring, edited by Melissa Harrison) this week. I have started reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which is on my 2022 TBR. I am just over halfway and I am intrigued. I am not quite sure whether I will end up loving it, but I am definitely interested in what I am reading.

What will I read next?

I am not sure. My spring TBR reads are not going well – I have been way too slow reading this month and I have three really big books on there! We’ll see. A lot can change. I may read tons in the next two weeks. Who knows?

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WWW: What I am reading on 11 May 2022

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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Well, it’s been a rough week. My week of seeing live music in audiences meant I picked up Covid somewhere along the way and I was pretty sick for a few days. Still, it was worth it! Mostly recovered now, though yesterday I did too much in the morning and felt like shit the rest of the day.

Anyway, I did get some reading done, so let’s talk about it!

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished When I Found Home by Susan Mallery. That one was just ok for me. It was on my 2022 TBR, but I don’t think I will remember much of it by the end of the year.

Luckily, I really loved The House with the Golden Door, the second book in the Wolf Den Trilogy by Elodie Harper. I requested it on NetGalley after finishing the first book and I am glad I got to read it already! Downside is, it will be a long wait till book three!

What am I currently reading?

I started the final seasonal anthology Spring, edited by Melissa Harrison, but I did not get far into it yet at all. I hope to give it some more time this coming week.

I am still listening to The Life of Olaudah Equiano, but I have not been doing many chores this week on account of being ill, so haven’t made much progress. Although it is interesting, it is not grabbing me at the moment.

Finally, I have just started Gold Dust by Ibrahim al-Koni yesterday. This one was first published in 1990 in Arabic. The author is from Libya. It’s a story about a man and his camel. Intriguing, right? I am only 20 pages, but I think it’s the kind of oddball book I will end up loving.

What will I read next?

I think next I will read either Exit West by Mohsin Hamid or The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

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WWW: What I’m Reading on 27 April 2022

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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It’s King’s Day here in The Netherlands, but it’s also my mum’s birthday, so we’re going avisiting. I don’t expect to notice much of the national festivities and that’s fine by me! We went out to see some live music last night (young Irish band Inhaler) and I am feeling a little tired.

Reading has been slow this past week – almost non-existent, but it’s been a very busy week with lots of appointments and live music in the evenings. It’s been a good week though. As for the reading, I am sure I will get back into the swing of normalcy soon.

So…

What am I currently reading?

I am still reading Spring, the first book in the Hyddenworld series by William Horwood. Now, this is a re-read and the first time I gave it the equivalent of 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads (about 5/7 stars in my own blog rating, but it was pre-blog!). The writing is really messy, as if it’s been edited badly, even if the story itself is good. I think it will end up with a lower rating. It’s not quite holding my attention either, but that may also have to do with the fact that I have so many other things to think about at the moment.

In the evening I have been reading When We Found Home by Susan Mallery. Since I am only reading this one ten minutes at a time, it’s been slow going. I am enjoying it though. This is one of the e-books on my 2022 TBR. I plan to go away for the night tomorrow with a friend – I may get a little time to read. I will take my Kindle anyway.

Finally, I have started listening to The Life of Olaudah Equiano on audio. This is a memoir of a slave originally published in the late 1700s. I think it will be a fascinating listen/read.

What did I finish reading?

I only finished my audio book, which was Horses Never Lie by Mark Rashid. I thoroughly enjoyed that one. It’s a horsemanship book and a bit of a memoir rolled into one. It was right up my horsey street.

What will I be reading next?

I am not sure yet, but one book I would like to read in May is The Hero of Ages, the final book the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Whether I will start with it depends on how I finish this reading month. If my mind still feels scattered I would be better off starting with some shorter books.

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WWW: What I am reading on 20 April 2022

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 did I finish reading this past week?

Since last Wednesday my reading has still be a little on the slow side. I did finish a few books, all of which I was reading at last week’s WWW. The first one is Hex by Jenni Fagan. It’s only short, and I struggled to get into it, but luckily I loved it in the end!

Then I finished Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith. There is nothing to say apart from that I love the way Patti writes her memoirs. This was wonderful on audio book.

Finally, I finished Upstream by Mary Oliver, which is a wonderful collection of essays that just worked for me.

What am I reading right now?

I am reading Spring, the first book in the Hyddenworld series by William Horwood. I am just over halfway. It’s a re-read so I can continue the series. The start of this book is so clumsy, but it does get better after about 100 pages, just as I remembered. Am I totally invested? No, but I am enjoying the re-read well enough and now reads away quite easily. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars six years ago. I am not sure it will quite get there this time, but it’s ok. I can’t remember how it ends, so…

I am listening to Horses Never Lie by Mark Rashid on audio. I have this one on paperback as well, but it was in the Audible sale, which was the perfect excuse to read it. It’s a book about horse training and since I have a couple of ponies, it’s interesting to me. I agree with a lot of his training methods, so it works for me. It’s kind of a memoir of his experiences with horses as well and why he ended up trainig the way he does. It’s very readable as a book.

That’s it for the moment.

What will I read next?

It’s about time to read a book from my 2022 TBR, so I will be reading one of those next. I may pick up some poetry soon as well.

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WWW: What I am reading on 13 April 2022

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 did I finish reading this week?

It’s been an odd reading week. I read a lot at the end of last week and so far this week I have hardly read anything at all.

Anyway, I finished stuff, so let’s start with those! I read The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper, which was a joy to read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Soon I think! I am so curious to see what Amara will be doing in that one.

I also finished my audio book, which was A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie. It’s a Miss Marple read by Emilia Fox. It was enjoyable and straightforward. Nothing more needs to be said, I guess. I do like an Agatha Christie on audio!

Finally, I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I did not quite love it, but I certainly enjoyed it. It was a fun read and a bit different for me, which is probably a good thing! I would happily read more by this author.

What am I reading?

I am reading a few things. I am supposed to be reading Hex by Jenni Fagan, which is only a novella. Still, I keep picking it up and putting it down. I feel very restless at the moment. Hopefully I will find some time to just curl up and read the rest of it in one setting. There’s no reason why I couldn’t. It’s only 100 or so pages long and I am on page 30! It’s not that I don’t like it. It’s interesting and intriguing, but I am just having trouble with reading these last couple of days. Uh oh! I hope it’s not the start of a slump. I hate those things! I have been buying too many book to get a slump now!

Anyway, I am listening to Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith on audio book. If you asked me what this third memoir by the unimitable Patty Smith is like, I couldn’t tell you. It’s kind of all over the place. A musing on getting older, I guess. Still, listening to Patti is so soothing and I am enjoying it a lot. It’s only a short audio book and I only have half an hour to.

Finally, I am reading Upstream by poet Mary Oliver. This is actually a collection of essays and they’re wonderful! I haven’t picked it up for a few days, because I supposed to take it to appointments and read it whilst I waited, but I keep forgetting to take it. I tell you, my brain is not functioning as it should at the moment!

What will I be reading next?

This is cheating really as I have already started Spring by William Horwood. Well, the first few pages until I decided I better hold off reading it until I finish my current read. I have read it before and I had forgotten how badly written the beginning is. I remembered thinking that last time, but I also remember that it got better as it went on. I am very curious to see what I will think second time around. I hope I will still be excited to continue the Hyddenworld series!

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WWW Wednesdays: 6 April 2022

Happy humpday!

The weather is miserable and after a lovely March, the weather is as grumpy as I am. Well, I think I’m grumpy because of the rainy windy weather.

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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?

My current main read is The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper. It’s a historical novel about prostitutes in Pompeii. I am enjoying it a lot.

On the side I am reading Upstream by Mary Oliver. It’s collection of essays centred around nature. I read one of Mary Oliver’s poetry collections before, but I think I am enjoying this more.

Finally, I am listening to A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie on audio. It’s a Miss Marple and I have to say, it’s not my favourite. It’s nice to listen to a mystery on audio though. I much prefer Agatha Christie in this format. Plus they are nice palette cleansers after a hefty non-fiction listen.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished God: An Anatomy on audio. It was such a fascinating listen! Really enjoyed learning about the history of the God familiar from the Bible and I enjoyed the format the author chose to tell it in.

I also finished Book Two of The Masnavi by Rumi. I just appreciate the stories and this form of poetry. I think the translator made it very readable. There is a lot of explanation of the references in the back as well.

I read Galatea, a short story by Madeline Miller. I just really enjoy everything she writes and that one was a nice little book I could read in half an hour curled up on the sofa. Short reads are underrated!

Finally, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It was a good read, but I was surprised I did not end up loving it. Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing is just ok for me. I am not sure.

What will I reading next?

I have only a few books on my April TBR, but I think I will go with Spring, the first book of the Hyddenworld series by William Horwood. It will be a re-read, so I can finally get to the rest of the series. It’s not a well known one at all. What I remember from my first read of the book about six or seven years ago is that it starts pretty weak and gets stronger.It’s fantasy, but kind of contemporary. I’m looking forward to diving back into it. I am a little apprehensive, but I enjoyed it in the end last time, so I hope I will this time as well.

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WWW Wednesdays: 23 March 2022

Hello book folks! How are you this Wednesday. I’m pretty good, thank you.

For a moment I am trying not to think of all the crap going on in the world. The sun is out, I have some live music lined up and I am reading some good books – I am allowing myself to be happy!

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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 currently reading too many books! My mood has been over the place this past week, and so has my reading.

So, let’s start with my audio book, as I have been reading that one the longest. I am still reading God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stravrakopoulou. I am still loving that one. It’s absolutely fascinating. I am learning a lot about the history of the god from the Bible. I am not religious myself, but I think theology is fascinating. I am almost halfway now and I have some hefty chores coming up, so I should make good progress this coming week.

My main physical read at the moment is My Damascus by Suad Amiry. The author is looking at her family’s connection to Damascus and tells us a somewhat fictionalised version of her family history. I am really enjoying it. The author is an architect and you can really tell how much she loves the buildings. If you are used to fiction, this book feels a little all over the place, but as a fiction/non-fiction hybrid I think this works perfectly.

At nighttime I have been reading Looking For Alaska by John Green. This was one of my lingering books and it seemed to be an easy one to pick up besides the other books I am reading.

Finally, I have made very little progress in Book Two of The Masnavi by Rumi. When I do read a few lines, I enjoy it, but my brain has been too scattered for poetry lately. I will come back to it when my mood suits it better, because I want to give it my full attention.

What did I recently finish reading?

I have actually had a really good reading week overall. I finished three books.

The first one I finished was The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. That one was a bit disappointing. It just did not grab me the way I had expected it to, considering it was about music!

Next I read The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott. It was the second book by this Australian author I read and I loved them both. It’s the perfect kind of magical realism. It’s sort of dystopian as well. A wonderful read.

Finally, I finished The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Set in Nigeria, this story about a young girl trying to make her way in life was another excellent read and one I highly recommend.

What do I think I will read next?

The only book left on my Winter TBR is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, so I will definitely try and get that one read this week. I am a bit apprehensive about that one, as I have heard so many mixed things. That kind of makes me curious as well though.

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WWW Wednesdays: 16 March 2022

This last week was not a great reading week for me, but I have had a good week in general. I have simply been busy with other interests. That does not mean I have not been reading at all, just less than usual. There were a couple of days I hardly read at all. That’s ok. I could do with stepping up my reading game this last couple of weeks of March, but if it doesn’t happen… *shrug*

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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 currently reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. That is my main read at the moment, but I am not loving it to be honest. I thought I would, as it is about music, but so far it’s leaving me a little indifferent. I am almost halfway and I want to read a chunk of it today to get myself back onto the reading track.

I have hardly read anything from The Masnavi (Book Two) by Rumi this week. I plan to get back to that one when I am back in the reading swing. It takes a bit of concentration that I simply cannot muster right now.

I have been listening to God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou, which I have been really enjoying. Theology is an interesting subject to me. If you believe in God as described in the Bible, this book is not for you, but for me (as an agnost) this is fascinating stuff! I am loving it. I have the hardback of this and it’s gorgeous! It also has a lot of pictures, so I like leafing through it after listening to a section.

What have I finished reading?

I only finished The Well of Ascension, the second Mistborn book by Brandon Sanderson. I enjoyed it a lot, though not quite as much as the first book.

What will I be reading next?

I need to get going on the remainder of my Winter TBR, so likely my next read will be The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott. I loved Flames, so I am hoping I will love this one as well. I also may make a start on Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

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WWW Wednesdays: 9 March 2022

It’s been odd week. We had our storm ravaged roof fixed and we moved back into the main house at the weekend. It is my birthday week, but I don’t really feel like celebrating at all. I am not sure why. Just not in the ‘people’ kind of mood. I am feeling fine in general, but just need lots of me-time. At the same time I have not been reading as much as I have been. It’s been a patchy week. However, the sun has been out and spring is in the air – yay!

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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?

Well, this is a mess! My main read is The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, the second book in the Mistborn series. I am enjoying it quite a bit. It’s such an interesting world. I try and read 100 pages a day, but this week I have only managed that once and I am not quite halfway.

I have also started Book 2 of The Masnavi by Rumi. Epic poetry from the thirteenth century, rooted in sufism. I read Book 1 last year sometime and enjoyed it and I figured it was time for Book 2. I have only just read the introduction and I am just about to get into the poetry.

Finally, I am reading a bit of The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce on my Kindle at bedtime, as I don’t want to lug a chunker of a paperback into bed. I’m not very far in as I a read only a few pages at a time, but I am enjoying it so far.

What have I recently finished reading?

I finished three books, which sounds like a lot, but one was under 200 pages and one was an audio book that I had been listening to since mid February.

So, I finished Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. This is the third book in the Wayward Children series and my least favourite. It was the last one I owned in that series and at the moment I do not feel compelled to continue the series. It just about scraped a 5/7* from me, but maybe it was a 4*.

I also finished Psycho, book two in the Necessary Evils series by Onley James. These are quite smutty romance books. The first book I enjoyed quite a bit, but this one just felt like more of the same and I found myself a little bored with it in places. The idea of this Umbrella Academy like set-up is intriguing though. However, only a 4 out of 7* from me for this one. I won’t continue this series for now.

Finally, I finished my audio book yesterday, which was The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson. That one I really enjoyed. It was a wonderful listen. These ocean going birds are definitely fascinating, as so many of the creatures on this planet are. If you’re interested in nature books, I would highly recommend this one. 6*.

What will I be reading next?

I will be starting my new audio book today, which I am excited about. Digging into some theology with God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou. Although not particularly religious myself, the idea of God and religion fascinates me and this one just sounds right up my street. I have the hardback, but I will be listening to it on audio. It’s a long one, so I will be in it for the long haul. I expect this one to be on my WWW for a good few weeks to come! It should be very interesting.

As for a physical book, I have a stack to choose from, but I will be mood reading and since it will be a few days yet before I finish my current book I don’t know what I will be in the mood for yet.