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WWW Wednesdays: 24 February 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 are you currently reading?

I am reading an actual bookie book, an e-book and I am listening to an audio book at the moment.

The paperback is The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty. I bought this one on a whim last week. I am still in the mood for Middle Eastern inspired books, but I fancied something a bit different. This one has glowing reviews and I have heard good things, so despite the fact I should not be starting a new series (oops), I started this one. I am only a few pages in, so not much to tell yet.

My Kindle book is Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen. I am reading this one for my music book club. I am a few chapters in and it is kind of eclectic and interesting. I hope I will end up liking it.

Finally, I am listening to Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick, the Supervet. I love nature and animals and I have not been reading these types of books enough lately. My mother-in-law bought the hardback copy of this for me a couple of Christmasses ago, but I did not get round to reading it. It’s a memoir, so I thought the audio book read by the author would be the way to go. He is a bit dramatic reading it, but I I am liking it so far.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, which I enjoyed plenty enough, but did not quite love (5 out of 7 stars). I finished an audio book, which was Chronicles by Bob Dylan. That one was kind of interesting, but simply did not excite me (4 out of 7 stars). Finally, I read Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, which I absolutely fell in love with (7 big stars!). I am pretty sure that one will end up on my end of year list.

What will I be reading next?

I am not entirely sure yet. There are several books I want to pick up soon, but I have no definite reading plans.

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WWW Wednesdays: 10 February 2021

It’s a cold and snowy morning, and I have a bunch of chores today, so let’s get my WWW done nice and early! 🙂

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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 have an hour to go on my audio book, which is There Goes Gravity by famed music journalist Lisa Robinson. It has been a pretty good listen and includes chapters on a range of musicians, from The Rolling Stones to Eminem.

I am reading Ethan Hawke’s book A Bright Ray of Darkness. I’ve got a signed copy of that one, which is kind of fun. I am not quite halfway, but it is kind of exactly what I expected, smart and kind of sleazy. I am liking it though. If you have seen more recent interviews with him you know exactly what this book is like. It’s about a Hollywood actor doing a Shakespeare play on Broadway. Write what you know, I guess…

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished two books, both of which did not quite hit the mark for me. The first one was Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale. That one has some gorgeous magical passages in it, but overall the vibe was a little off for me. I also read The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, which is the second book in the Bridgerton series. It was a romp and I enjoyed it, but I am done with that series for now. It’s not quite my jam.

What will I be reading next?

Audio book wise I will probably go back to Chronicles by Bob Dylan. My fiction books will most likely be Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, as I already read the first chapter of that one.

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WWW Wednesdays: 27 January 2021

It is the last WWW of January 2021 already. I can see the bulbs are already starting to grow in the garden in a first glimpse that spring will be here in not too long. I can’t wait. It’s been a long wet winter already.

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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 only reading one book at the moment, which is Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. It’s a Middle Eastern classic and the first book in the Cairo Trilogy. I am halfway through Palace Walk and I am enjoying it a lot. It feels quite sweeping and quite claustrophobic at the same time. It’s really well written and the translator seems to have done a very good job! The book was published in Arabic in the 1950s, but it is set in 1910s Cairo and centres around one family. So far, so good! I definitely want to pick up the other two books in this series.

What have I finished reading?

It has been a very productive week, readingwise!

First of all, I finished all three of last week’s reads. Things The Grandchildren Should Know, by Eels frontman E (Mark Oliver Everett), was a book about a tragic life with a good outcome, but I never warmed to the author. He came across a little bit aloof and not that likable. It is a good memoir though (5*).

I finished listening to Greenlights, another memoir of sorts, this time by actor Matthew McConaughey. This was a joy to listen to. It as a very dynamic memoir with lots of life advice and bumper sticker wisdom. (6*)

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke was a novel I picked up on my Kindle at random and I absolutely loved it! It was strange and mysterious and just absolutely lovely! (7*)

I also read a little book called How To Write One Song by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. It was an excellent guide on how to motivate yourself to be creative. This was specifically about songwriting, but really it could apply to any creative craft. It was really well written and thought out and it was a joy to read. (6*)

Finally, I read John Cooper Clarke’s poetry collection Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt, which I really loved as well. I just really enjoy his poetry and its gritty wisdoms. His use of words is second to none.

What will I read next?

I have a single NetGalley book I should get to, which is Off The Charts by Kat Goldman. I hardly ever request books from NetGalley these days, but this one sounded right up my street!

I have been reading so many music books recently and I have been enjoying it a lot.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 20 January 2021

Can you believe we’re three weeks into 2021? Time seems to move so fast and yet so slow at the same time. We are in Lockdown still here and I am home schooling my daughter for at least another two weeks.

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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 listening to actor Matthew McConaughey’s memoir Greenlights. I am enjoying that one a lot. He is definitely an interesting guy with interesting views on life. This is a memoir/life advice book and feels quite unique. I decided to listen to this one because he has such a good voice to listen to and I had seen him talk about it somewhere. It sounded like a good read, and it is.

I am reading another memoir as well. Things The Grandchildren Should Know is the memoir of musician Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E of alternative band EELS. This is a guy that had a very turbulent life that I knew next to nothing about! I only picked this one up because of a book club. I am halfway. There are things about the writing I don’t particularly like, but his life story is sad, but kind of fascinating.

Finally, in desperate need of some fiction I have started Piranesi by Susanna Clarke on my Kindle last night. I am only a few pages in. It’s definitely intriguing!

What have I recently finished reading?

I have finished reading The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali, which is mostly historical fiction set in Tehran, Iran. It was a tearjerker for sure, but I loved it so so much! My first 7-star read of the year.

Unfortunately it was followed by a less impressive book, which was Greenmantle by Charles de Lint. I only gave that one 2 stars. This is a late 1980s fantasy book and though the characters were ok, it was rather sexist and the weird combination of mobsters and fantasy creatures really did not work for me.

I also read The Love Poems of Rumi, which is a collection of Rumi’s poems translated by Nader Khalili. I read this after Rumi was referred to in The Stationery Shop. It was the second book in a short while that touched on Rumi, and I felt I wanted to look into his work. This collection was not great, but it really felt like it was the translation that ruined the poems for me. I ordered a different work by him that is supposed to be a more faithful translation. I decided not to rate this one, mainly because I did not feel it was a good reflection of Rumi’s work.

What do I plan to read next?

I am not entirely sure. I am really enjoying stories set in the Middle East at the moment, so I may pick up something else set there. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz is on my 2021 TBR, so I may decide to read that one. This one is set in early 20th century Egypt.

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WWW Wednesdays: 9 December 2020

I have had a stronger reading week than I have had for a while, mainly thanks to some easier type reads. Maybe that is what I need right now? But then, I did feel after a couple of fluffy reads, I needed something more challenging, so who knows!

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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 have finally started to read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. It is my first book by this author and I am only 20 pages in. The font is small and the writing quite dense, which takes a bit of getting used to.

I am about a third into Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga. It’s a long audio book, but it is incredibly interesting.

Because To The Lighthouse is so dense, I did not really find it that great for bedtime reading, so I have picked up my third Christmas themed book of the year, which is One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot.

Finally, I am proof reading a book my friend has written, which is about her experience with her gifted child in the existing school system. This one obviously takes priority this coming week.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Lab Girl, which was a good read, but not one that will stick around for very long. Apart from that I have read a couple of Christmas chick lits; Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin wasn’t great, but I did like Carole Matthews’ Christmas for Beginners. Those reviews will come after I have read my third Christmassy novel.

What do I think I will be reading next?

I have a few books I really want to read before the end of 2020, so I will prioritise those. From my 2020 TBR there is The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and I would love to complete another series, in which case the most likely is Jay Kristoff’s Darkdawn.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 2 December 2020

Still reading at a pretty slow pace! I’s been months now… Oh wel… Bring on 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?

I am currently reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I had put it aside last week in favour of another book, but I have picked it back up. It’s a non-fiction read and so far it is pretty interesting!

I am listening to Black and British: a Forgotten History by David Olusoga, which is such an interesting and eye-opening listen. I am only about 20% in and since this is a 25-hour audio book this one will take me a while (probably all month).

What did I recently finish reading?

The only book I finished was The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. I enjoyed that one, but I doubt it will stay with me very long. It was a fun time anyway.

What do I think I will read next?

I think I will read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf next. I have never read any of her books and this one is on my 2020 TBR, so I really should read it!

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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….

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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.

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WWW Wednesdays: 28 October 2020

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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?

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.

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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!