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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 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 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: 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.

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WWW Wednesday: 23 February 2022

It’s been a very tough week. Lots of things stopped me from reading this last week, not least Storm Eunice hitting us hard on Friday. The storm tore our roof panels off and then storm Franklin brought major leakages. Luckily we have an Airbnb cottage attached to our house and that is where we are staying at the moment. It was the scariest storm I have ever experienced. Unfortunately I already had storm anxiety. That has clearly not improved. I am thinking of moving into a cave… Anyway, we’re hoping our roof will be fixed early next week and we will be able to return to some sort of normality. It remains to be seen how much internal damage there is due to the leakages.

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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 about 50 pages to go in Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. I am enjoying it ok at the moment, but right now I do not think I will be picking up the next book.

I am listening to The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson, which is a non-fiction book about ocean-going birds. It’s a great comforting listen. It’s like listening to a nature documentary in the best possible way. I am enjoying it a lot!

Finally, I have started Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It’s a very intriguing book, but my brain has been having trouble taking it in. I will continue when my frame of mind is a bit better suited to it.

What have I recently finished?

Nothing! Nada! Zilch! Unlike recent weeks, this week has been pretty crap overall. I have been reading a lot more in the last couple of days though and I think I will finish Wintersong today.

What will I be reading next?

I have picked The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey to read next. I may change my mind, but that one was calling to me from my bookshelves. It’s a recent buy as well.

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WWW Wednesday: 5 January 2022

Hello 2022, pleasure to meet you, I hope we will get on!

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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 a third into Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I am determined to finish this series in the next couple of months, but they’re big-arse books! My nine-year-old is reading this, so I figured I better read it as well. Since she is reading my physical hardback copy, I am reading it on my Kindle, as I still have my Kindle Unlimited trial. To be fair, it reads away fairly easily and I am enjoying it.

I am still listening to Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on audio. I am almost two thirds in. I am enjoying the listen. The timeline jumps around a bit, but not enough to be confusing.

WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Since the last WWW I only finished Transcription by Kate Atkinson, which was a bit disappointing to be honest. It just did not really do anything. I reckon I missed something! 😂

WHAT WILL I BE READING NEXT?

I am not quite sure yet. I have set myself a digital TBR, but I think I will read a physical book first. I am not sure yet which one.

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WWW Wednesday: 22 December 2021

Just a week and a couple of days before 2022 is here. I am busy making reading and general lists for 2022 – always fun!

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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 just started reading a poetry collection; The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Abdurraqib. I read They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us last month and really loved it, so I ordered this collection. I have literally just started, so I can’t really say anything yet, but I know I like his writing a lot, so I am sure I will like this one as well.

I also started reading Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow. This author was recommended to me by Liz here on WordPress and since I am doing that Kindle Unlimited trial and it’s on there… The cover does not suggest winter and it’s not a Christmas romance exactly, but it takes place early in the New Year and it actually is wintery! So far I am really enjoying the easygoing writing. It just reads away really nicely. I was looking for something lighter and I think this one will tick the box.

I am still reading The Middle East by Bernard Lewis. I am really glad I decided to read this after putting it on my 2021 TBR. It explains a lot in a concise way. Sure, I wish the author dived deeper into some aspects, but it’s a great springboard into doing more research on certain subjects, especially culture and religion.

Finally, I am listening to Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on audio. I rarely listen to fiction books on audio, but this one was on sale and I liked the sample. I am only a couple of chapters in, but I am enjoying it. I do have the paperback, as I bought it in a charity shop earlier this month, so I keep track in it and read little bits.

What did I recently finish reading?

I am quite happy with my reading in the last week. I managed to finish four books since my last WWW and I actually really enjoyed three of them.

I found a new favourite in Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. Just such a gorgeously written original novel. I also really loved The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak, which I finished only yesterday. I also read a novella that was sent to me by the author. Below Torrential Hill by Jonathan Koven is set around Christmas, but despite it’s short length it deals with a lot of issues, such as grief, alcoholism, growing up, friendship and family. It was very well done and I enjoyed it a lot. Finally, I finished listening to my audio book, which was Creation Stories by AlanMcGee. This one was disappointing. I had expected his memoir to be more interesting than this, as he led such an interesting life. Unfortunately it did not quite translate in this book.

What will I read next?

I think I will take my audio book into 2022, but I am ok with that. I want to try and read as many books I bought this year as I can, both digital and physical. I think I will read Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls by Lisa Robinson soon. It’s non-fiction has really bad ratings on GoodReads, which makes me curious. I enjoyed There Goes Gravity ok, but did not love it. However, this one is relatively short and it will be good to tick it off my TBR.

Another book I want to get to is The Dangers of Smoking In Bed by Mariana Enríquez. This is a short story collection and I think the stories may be rather sinister. I am looking forward to it,

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WWW Wednesdays: 24 November 2021

Although objectively I did not read a ton this past week, it felt like a good reading week. I am reading books I enjoy and in general I am feeling pretty good. About my reading and about life. Big smiles.

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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 enjoying all three of my reads a lot!

My main read is The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin. I meant to read this in October, but did not get round to it, but it still feels perfect for this time of year. I am only 90 pages in, but so far so good.

My non-fiction read is They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib. I have read the first fifty pages and I am in love with his writing style. It is a collection of essays surrounding music and identity as well as larger issues such as racism and how we connect to the world around us. So incredibly well written. I have high hopes for the rest of the book.

Finally, I have an hour left in my audio book, which is Leap of Faith by jockey Frankie Dettori. He is someone most British people will know, even if they they don’t give a hoot about horseracing. I used to be really into horseracing when I was younger and not so much now, but I always loved Frankie’s personality. Even if it is not Frankie himself reading the book, the narrator get the spirit of Frankie across very well. It is a very fun listen for me, even if there are many serious moments as well, including a horrific plane crash and depression that led to a ban due to a positive drug test.

What have I recently finished reading?

I only finished reading two books in the past week, one of which was Autumn, an anthology edited by Melissa Harrison. Of course autumn lends itself very well to nature writing and this collection shows that. Beautiful nature writing and lovely poems, both by authors I knew and ones I did not. I highly recommend this seasonal series.

I also finished Noor by Nnedi Okorafor. This is a short Sci-Fi novel and I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it will stick in my mind very long. It just fell a bit flat for me, mostly in the character department. I just wanted more from the side characters especially.

What will I be reading next?

I am not entirely sure. I have a couple of books on my Kindle I should get to, but there are also two books left on my 2021 TBR that I should focus on. I will have some specific reading plans for December, so I will definitely try and put together a TBR for the final month of the year.

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WWW Wednesdays: 17 November 2021

I had a bit of a book hangover this week, but fingers crossed it has passed!

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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, technically only one book, which is Autumn: An Anthologyfor the Changing Seasons, edited by Melissa Harrison. I finished my main read today and my audio book yesterday and I have already primed the new books, which will be Noor by by Nnedi Okorafor and on audio I will be starting Leap of Faith by jockey Frankie Dettori. I used to be really into horse racing when I was younger, even if I no longer really follow it. I always liked Frankie Dettori’s personality and I read so many music memoirs that I figured it would be nice to read one to do with sport and horses. Besides, I got given a signed copy, which is nice! Unfortunately it is not read by Frankie himself, so I won’t get to enjoy his peculiar Italian accent…

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune today. I enjoyed it fine, but I was a bit disappointed simply because everyone seems to love it so much. I can’t quit see what the fuss is about to be honest.

Yesterday I finished listening to Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. That one I expected to like, but I actually liked it quite a bit! It’s an honest memoir of grief, but I never found it too sentimental or heavy.

What will I be reading next?

No idea, since I am only just about to start two books!

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WWW Wednesdays: 3 November 2021

It has been positively autumnal this week. Unlike most, autumn has never been my favourite season. I love the autumn colour and mushrooms, but I absolutely hate rain and wind and unstable 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?

For the first time in a long long while I have requested some reads from NetGalley. I am currently reading The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks. It intrigued me and the reviews had been good. I am 65% in and to be honest it is just ok for me. It’s not quite grabbing me, but I will happily read it.

I just started an anthology yesterday, which is Autumn, edited by Melissa Harrison. I have already read Summer and Winter in this series and I enjoyed them, and since autumn is well and truly here I felt it was time for this one.

I am still listening to David Bailey’s autobiography Look Again. I am enjoying the mix of the typical memoir style narrative interspersed with some interviews with important people in his life. Whether I will particularly like David Bailey at the end of this I am not sure, but mostly I am enjoying this. I am over halfway and I hope to have finished it by next week.

What did I recently finish reading?

With The Empire of Gold I finished the Daevabad Trilogy by S A Chakraborty. I really enjoyed that series as a whole and would highly recommend it, even if the last book was a bit lengthier than I feel it should have been.

I also finished Murder Any Witch Way by N M Howell, which was a fun Halloween-y read, but absolutely forgettable.

What will I be reading next?

No idea yet!