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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’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 Wednesday: 26 January 2022

My reading is a bit slower compared to next week, but still pretty decent. It’s a good start to the year anyway. I am still waiting for the slump to hit 😂. Let’s hope it won’t.

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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 slowly making my way through my Selected Poems book by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. I am taking my time with that one I am not in a rush. I only read poetry when I am in the mood to read some, so I don’t push myself at all with that one. I am enjoying the poems. They’re quite surreal and kind of visual. It’s an interesting style. They definitely have a certain feeling. They’re quite melancholic.

I have finally started the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson with The Final Empire. I have been meaning to read it for ages and I kept putting it off. Not anymore! I am about a quarter in and I am enjoying it quite a bit. The magic system seems very original and interesting. I am curious to see where it goes.

I have also started the second book in Natalia Jaster’s Selfish Myths series, Torn. It is just another fantasy romance to read at nighttime before bed. I only read a little bit, but I am enjoying it so far. This one centres around Anger, who was the most intriguing of the side characters in the first book to me. Let’s hope I will like this one a bit better than the first.

Finally, I am listening to Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I have a physical copy of that book, but the audio book was free on my Audible subscription. It’s a pretty short one. It’s interesting to hear such an honest account of his experience with depression. I praise him for being so open. I am sure this book has helped people.

What did I recently finish reading?

I feel like my reading is all over the place at the moment. I did read a new favourite, or I listened to it I should say. That one was The Storyteller by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. It was such a pleasure to spend time with him in this book. It made me a bigger fan of the man, even if am still not a huge fan of any of the bands he’s been in. Sacrilege, I know!

I also finished two fantasy romances with Radiance (Grace Draven) and Touch (Natalia Jaster). As books Radiance was a bit better than Touch, but for some reason I decided to continue with the Selfish Myths series pretty much straight away. To be honest, it may have something to do with the fact that they were available on Kindle Unlimited and I have two months of my trial left!

Finally, I read my first Russian classic in The Overcoat and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol. I actually enjoyed all four of the stories in this collection and I am looking forward to continuing my journey into Russian Classics.

What will I be reading next?

I am not entirely sure yet. I will probaby read one of my recent purchases next, but which one depends on my mood at the time. I am excited about all of them, so we will see.

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Let me know what you’re reading!

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WWW Wednesday: 19 January 2022

It’s only the 18th of January and I have finished 10 books…. What the crazy is happening this month? I bet February will be an almighty reading slump as a consequence 😂. Nevermind that, I’m simply in a reading mood I guess. The weather being grey and miserable (though not raining!) has been helping in that regard I guess. What else is there to do?

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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 needed a lighter read and I picked up Radiance by Grace Draven. It had been on my radar for a good while after having heard good things about it. It was 99p Kindle Deal last week, so I picked it up. I am about two thirds of the way in. It started strong and I thought I would love it, but it has petered out a bit. Hopefully it will pick back up again for a strong ending. I think it’s a trilogy, but at the moment I would not be continuing in the series. But… you never know!

I am over halfway in Dave Grohl’s autobiography The Storyteller. I am enjoying listening to that one so much! It was a great choice of audio book for sure.

What did I recently finish reading?

Are you ready? Do you have a cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of biscuits? This may take a while, as I have finished 6 (SIX!!!) book this past week. Granted, most of them were fairly short, but still! It’s an unparalelled achievement for me. My hit-rate is still a bit iffy though…

The first book I finished was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which was a great read. I flew through it! It had been a while since I read a book that was this fast paced and ‘techy’. It was on my 2022 TBR and yes, a 6* read for me.

The next one I read was Autumn Rounds by Canadian author Jacques Poulin. Originally published in the 1990s, this was translated from French. It’s a rather quiet story about two older people meeting and falling in love. It was maybe a little too quaint for me, but still a good read. 5*

The first poetry collection I read this year was Sex & Love & Rock&Roll by Tony Walsh. This was a tad too repetitive for and too many of the poems did not quite work for me. There were some really good ones, but too much of a mixed bag. 4*

The first non-fiction book I read was Palestine As Metaphor, which is a collection of interviews with incredible poet Mahmoud Darwish. It was very insightful, especially the interview between Darwish and an Israeli poet. It very much humanizes the conflict to see it through both their perspectives and their discussion. I am so glad I read this before diving back into more of his poetry and prose. It was so interesting. 7*

Another book I really enjoyed was When The Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi. This one tells the story of an Afghan woman and her three children as they flee Kabul after the Taliban kill her husband. It was very well told without being that gritty. 6*

Finally I finished a short story collection; The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Argentian author Mariana Enriquez. To be honest, I was disappointed with that one. Sometimes it seemed to use scenes and words for shock value without actually doing anything shocking. There were a couple of stories I really liked, but most were just *shrug* for me. 4*

What will I be reading next?

I had a quick think about what I would like to be reading the rest of the month.

First of all, I want to read a couple of books that have just come into my house. The first new book that fell through my letterbox in 2022 was the Vintage red spine edition of Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda. I would like to read that one for sure and I will likely start reading that one today.

And I also would like to read my first Russian book. Since The Overcoat and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol arrived today, I think I will start with that one. It’s a short one as well, a collection of four short stories, so I can ease myself into Russian literature gently. Also, apparently he inspired Dostoevsky, another Russian author I will be checking out in the near future, so it makes sense to read Gogol first. I have always been very scared of Russian literature, so fingers crossed!

Novel-wise, I might be in the mood for fantasy, but I have also been eyeing Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, but I will decide when I finish my current novel.

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Let me know what you are reading!

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WWW Wednesday: 12 January 2022

It’s been a good reading week, though it was maybe a bit of quantity over quality. Let’s change that in the coming week!

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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 just started Dark Matter by Blake Crouch yesterday. It’s on my 2022 TBR and I got the sci-fi/tech prompt on my TBR game. I am close to 30% in and I am loving it so far!

I am about to start a new audio book, which will be The Storyteller by Dave Grohl. I am looking forward to this one, as I am sure I will love it. I am not the biggest fan of either Nirvana or The Foo Fighters to be fair (my husband is), but I have always liked Dave Grohl a lot as a person.

Finally, I am reading Palestine As Metaphor, which is a collection of interviews with Mahmoud Darwish, who was an incredible Palestine-born poet. I am midway through the first interview (from 1995) and this man’s choice of words and thought processes are far too eloquent and intelligent for my brain, but I am loving reading them. He speaks just as beautifully as he writes. There is a lot of commentary on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the time, but also about belonging and what it means to be a poet and to be Palestinian.

What did I recently finish reading?

It took me a whole to get to finishing books this year, but I did finish four in the last week!

The first book I finished was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling. It’s one I have been reading at the same time as my daughter, which was a fun experience. I enjoyed it!

Next I read The Shack by the Bay, an Australian novel by Rhonda Forrest (under pseudonym Lea Davey), which I was a bit disappointed with. Loved the setting, but did not get on with the relationship in it at all.

I finished two books yesterday. The first was a crime novel; Blacklands by Belinda Bauer. It really was not my kind of book at all. It was not a bad book though! Just not for me.

I finished the first audio book of the year, one I carried over from last year. This was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It was a joy to listen to and I would highly recommend this one as audio book. I did have the paperback of this one as well.

What will I be reading next?

I may read a book from my Russian classics TBR, but I am also considering picking up one of my 2021 buys. I am not sure yet.

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WWW Wednesdays: 17 March 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 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.