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WWW Wednesdays: 17 March 2021

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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?

Reading is quite slow at the moment, but I am reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I am about halfway. It’s very good, but it feels quite dense and takes quite a lot of reading for me.

I am listening to Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble on audio. It’s a very soothing kind of listen. It’s about walking and nature and it makes me feel very calm.

I am also reading The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire. This is French poetry, but I don’t know enough French, so I am reading the English translation. I am not that far in, but I like the poems. I am just having trouble concentrating on them at the moment, so I have not read any for a few days. Hopefully I will go back to them once my mind has settled a bit.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Dominicana by Angie Cruz, which was ok for me (4/7*). I liked the overall story, but not the writing. I also finished Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick on audio. I liked that one, but did not quite love it (5/7*).

What will I be reading next?

Not entirely sure. It depends how drained I feel after finishing The Secret History. I am also not sure what audio book to pick u next. I want to start walking again once the weather improves, so I may well be listening to more audio when that happens. There is a chance I may tackle a long classic that I have been meaning to read, but not sure yet.

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WWW Wednesdays: 17 February 2021

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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 reading Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. It has been on my shelf for ages and I have heard good things about it. I am about 100 pages and I am enjoying it so far.

I am listening to Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, which is ok so far. I am not blown away by it, but there are times when his turn of phrase is gorgeous. His overall manner of telling his story is not grabbing me though. Sean Penn is doing the narration. I wonder whether it is the narration I am not connecting with. I have the paperback, so I could pick that up instead… But I need an audio book…. Oh well…

What have I recently finished reading?

It’s been a good reading week quantity wise, not so much quality wise… I finished three books, which were A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke (5/7*), Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (4/7*) and finally my audio book There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (5/7*). I liked all of them, but did not love any of them, which is always disappointing. That has been pretty much been the trend this whole February.

What will I read next?

I will start reading Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen (from NPR Tiny Desk Concerts) at some point this week as my next musical book, probably at the weekend. For my next physical book I want to pick one up from my 2021 TBR. I am thinking either Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell or Flames by Robbie Arnott. I need a book to love!

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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: 17 April 2019

My reading is much better at the moment, so yay!

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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 270 pages (of 797) into Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan. This is the tenth book in The Wheel of Time series, which is apparently being turned into a TV show at the end of the year (an apprehensive ‘yay!’ is appropriate here). It’s a re-read, which makes it a pretty easy read. I am also reading Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon. Although I am not feeling as slumpy as I have been, I still feel like reading lighter books, so picked this one off my shelves. I have been reading this one in bed, as Crossroads is so unwieldy! I am only about 30 pages in and I am not sure so far. Not the biggest fan of the writing style, but maybe I will get used to it.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last week I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, which enjoyed but did not love (5/7 stars), Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen, which was fascinating (6/7 stars) and Adulthood is a Myth (Sarah Andersen), a comic book, which I loved (6/7 stars). I am pretty pleased with that.

What do I think I will read next? 

Watkins, Sarah-Beth - The Tragic Daughters of Charles I

Well, I will definitely start reading The Tragic Daughters of Charles I by Sarah-Beth Watkins in the next week. This is my third biography by this author and so far I have liked them a lot. They are informative and interesting without being too dry. I expect more of the same.

Apart from that I will probably mood read.

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WWW Wednesday: 3 April 2019

Not in the best of moods today. I parked clumsily and hit the car next to me. Completely my fault and completely avoidable. Such a stupid move! I am so annoyed with myself!

Besides that, my reading slump continues, but I have sorted accepted that. In general though, I have been feeling so uninspired. Blegh!

Anyway, my WWW:

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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

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Jaster, Natalia - Foolish Kingdoms 1 TrickWhat am I currently reading?

Well, since I am having quite a bit of trouble reading at the moment, I picked up something on the lighter side. I have picked up Trick by Natalia Jaster, which I guess is a fantasy romance? I have only just started it. It feels a bit novice writer-ish here and there, but I think I will enjoy it.

Paver, Michelle - WakenhyrstWhat did I recently finish reading?

I finished reading Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver yesterday. This was an e-ARC and the novel is out tomorrow. It was well enough written, but it really was not the book for me in my current slumpy state. I think that I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I been in a different mindset and I did take that into account in my review of it.

Matzen, Robert - Dutch GirlWhat do I think I will read next?

Not sure, but a book I will pick up in the next week or so, is Dutch Girl (Robert Matzen), which documents Audrey Hepburn’s life in The Netherlands during WWII. I am actually quite looking forward to that one. I have seen interviews with her and I find her tremendously fascinating. She was such an icon.

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WWW Wednesday: 6 March 2019

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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?

Christie, Agatha - The ClocksThe only book I am currently reading is The Clocks by Agatha Christie. I have been reading that one off and on for a couple of weeks. It has not really been grabbing me and at around 100 pages, I am about halfway. It’s by no means a bad book, and it’s actually an interesting mystery, but it’s just not holding my attention for some reason. My mind keeps drifting.

I will probably pick up another book tomorrow, but I will try and read more of The Clocks first.

What did I recently finish reading?

Last year I read just one 7-star book! And that was in December. Now I have just read two in a row! One non-fiction, one fiction. The non-fiction read was Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao, which was simply such an inspiring book of surving the odds. The fiction book was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; totally worth the hype!

What do I think I will read next?

There is nothing I HAVE To read this week, so I will probably let my mood pick a book tomorrow. Maybe one on my Kindle… Mood reading suits me at the moment.

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WWW Wednesdays: 9 January 2019

Woah! The past week has flown by!

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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 have started The Wrath and the Dawn this morning. I am just under 50 pages in and it is yet to enthrall me, but I am sure I will enjoy it! This book had been on my Kindle the longest, so I thought it was about time I read it.

I am also reading Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons, which is edited by Melissa Harrison. I am just past halfway and I am loving this one! Most of the snippets of non-fiction stories are about 3 pages long at most, interspersed with some poetry and brief bits of fiction. For example I just read an bit from The Dubliners by James Joyce. This is so perfect for January (as it should be)! I have collected all the other seasons as well, so I will read them throughout the year. This is such a treat!

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last Wednesday. Then I went on to read White Stag (Kara Barbieri) followed by Longbourn (Jo Baker). That is a pretty good week for me. I enjoyed all of those books, though I still feel White Stag missed a trick or two.

ivey, eowyn - the snow childWhat do I think I will read next?

I am pretty sure I will pick up The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) next. It is another book from my Winter Project.

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I have been really enjoying reading wintery books recently. White Stag really fitted that wintery feel as well, as did Longbourn and Harry Potter in parts.

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WWW Wednesday: 2 January 2019

So , my first WWW of 2019. I feel like 2018 flew by and brought quite a few changes and ups and downs, but overall it has been a pretty good year, personally and reading-wise.

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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

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Rowling, J K - Harry Potter 4 and the Goblet of FireWhat am I currently reading?

I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I meant to finish it on New Year’s Eve, but I have simply been too busy! And when I stopped being busy, I just wanted to watch telly instead of reading. Not that Harry Potter is a chore to read. This is a good one. I have about 50 pages to go, so I am confident I will finish it today.

What did I recently finish reading?Johnson, Milly - A Winter Flame

I finished reading A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson on Christmas Day. That one was pretty disappointing. I had been saving it for Christmas reading, but though it was Christmassy and wintery enough the romance also left me pretty cold (ha!).

What do I think I will read next? 

Barbieri, Kara - White StagI have 1 NetGalley ARC a month for the next few months, which is perfect and the next one is out on 8 January, which is White Stag by Kara Barbieri, so I will be reading that one next. The reviews I have seen so far are not that encouraging, but I will go into it with an open mind, as I have loved unpopular books before. Hopefully I will like it.

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That’s it, my first WWW of 2019! Happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesdays: 28 November 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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

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People! I can’t believe November is coming to an end already. Autumn seems to be flying by, but I am looking forward to Christmas music and a Christmas tree to be honest to brighten up these darkest of days.

So for my last WWW of November:

What am I currently reading?

 

Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse BoyI am about 2/3 into The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, which is a travel memoir of sorts of a trip he and his wife took with their autistic son to seek healing for him. I am enjoying it, but there is a part of me that struggles with the way the father talks about his autistic son. I have a couple of friends with autistic children and I know they would be horrified by some of the comments he makes. I am going to a gig next week with one of those mums and I would love to discuss this book with her.

Gaskell, Elizabeth - Wives and DaughtersI have also picked up Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell again. I put it down last month after just over 200 pages. I was not much in the mood for it then and I felt I wanted to give it another go as I would like to end 2018 with a clean reading slate. At over 760 pages I need to get a move on!

 

What did I recently finish reading?Stiefvater, Maggie - The Raven Boys

I finished The Raven Boys yesterday, which I really enjoyed quite a bit! I am planning to continue the series in 2019 for sure!

 

What do I think I will read next?

Paulson, Gary - Winterdance      Johnson, Milly - A Winter Flame

Something from my Winter Project for sure! I will probably start with Winterdance as my non-fiction read and maybe A Winter Flame as a nice light read to ease into the darkest month of the year.

 

 

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WWW Wednesdays: 21 November 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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

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Hoffman, Alice - The Museum of Extraordinary ThingsWhat am I currently reading?

I am reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, as it was one of the books I had on my Kindle the longest. I am about 40% in and I am not loving it yet. It definitely has some bits that I am finding interesting, but I do not really like the feel of the writing.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished reading Windbreak by Derek Alan Siddoway. That was the final book in the current Gryphon Riders trilogy. I enjoyed that series so much!

 

Since last week I also finished The Path of Daggers (Robert Jordan) and Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand). Both were re-reads, but the latter is one of my favourite books I read this year. It was my first 7-star read this year I think. Am I too stingy with my 7-star ratings? All my 7-star ratings have been non-fiction… Erm….

What will I read next?

I will be starting The Horse Boy today or tomorrow, as for fiction, it will probably be The Raven Boys now I have finished one YA series.