Hi all! I hope that everyone is having a fantastic and a wonderful reading week!
WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Here’s how it works: all you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to her, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog!
The three WWW questions are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently, I’m reading:
I’m not too far into Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, but I’m really enjoying it! It’s slower than I thought it would be, so I kinda hope it will pick up the pace. Regardless, I’ll keep reading it unless it just turns boring instead of slow since I love spies…I used to want to be James Bond when I was about 9, lol.
I’ve heard the hype about The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor for months and months! So I was almost afraid to read it but so far, it is living up to the hype! I’ve only read a few chapters so that might change. My fingers are crossed that it doesn’t because I need a good thriller right now, and I expect that this will be the book my focus will be on until it’s done!
Oh, my! The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs is just fantastic! Renee at It’s Book Talk recommended this one last year, and I’ve had it on my Audible account since then. I should have listened to it before now! It is amazing…I didn’t think I could listen to a book about a woman dying of breast cancer, but I have even through lots of tears. Crazy, while listening to the book, I realized that she and I both attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for our English degrees and probably attended around the same time since we were born the same year…I plan on finding out! It would be crazy to think we had classes together! And she taught Creative Writing at UNC from 2005-2013, so I’m sure at some point our paths must have crossed since I have lectured there several times throughout the years as a visiting professor, exactly like I am doing this semester! Knowing she and I probably crossed paths sometime between 1995 and her death makes listening to her story all the more poignant…
We’re still loving The Witches by Roald Dahl (yep, still reading with my 7-year-old)! It’s a slow read since we’re only reading a chapter or two a day, but I think we’ll be done this week! My daughter is so in love with Dahl’s books at the moment, and I couldn’t be happier to be rereading my childhood favorites with her!
Since last week I finished reading:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden were both enchanting, magical 5 Star books that I read back to back in a 24 hour period! I could not get enough of the story and had to know what was going to happen next! No, I didn’t get much done that day, but I enjoyed every minute of being a lazy bookworm! I can’t wait for book 3 in August!!
I DNFd Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson several times because it was so, so slow, the dialogue was stilted and repetitive, and there were many, many grammar issues throughout the book that drove the English professor in me absolutely insane! BUT I picked it up again (several times) and finally finished it. It was only a 2.5 Star read for me; maybe rounded up to 3 Stars just because Richardson can obviously write but overall, I had a lot of difficulty with this one. If you like cozy mysteries with an Agatha Christie vibe, then you will enjoy this-hopefully more than I did.
I had mixed feelings about Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, but I was thrilled to be reading a new John Green! I ended up giving it 4 Stars, and I did enjoy it a lot. I cried quite a bit while reading it since the main character Aza suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder just like I do so being in her head and hearing her spiraling out of control thoughts was like listening to myself. It made me feel so many things reading this book that I’m still trying to unpack it all, and I’m glad that the book gave a realistic picture of what having GAD and OCD are for readers who don’t have these mental illnesses so they have more awareness of what those of us who do have them go through each and every day…
I knew when I started reading Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah that I would love the book, but I have to say that this might be my favorite Hannah book yet! A definite 5 Stars! It was magical, tragic, beautiful and stunning. I think I’m going to end up reading all Hannah’s books by the end of the year!
This was definitely the week for reading tearjerkers since Every Note Played by Lisa Genova had me sobbing right up till the end. A 5 star read all the way! This was just a brilliant look at ALS and how it affects the sufferer and their family. It’s just a devastating disease.
Next, I plan on reading:
I thought I would start reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid this week, but ended up picking up Winter Garden (mood reader, indeed) instead, but I definitely need to get this read asap since my syllabus depends on it, and I assign it to my students on March 27th! The professor needs to get with the program, lol!
The cover of Tangerine by Christine Mangan is what drew me to request it through Edelweiss. It reminds me of an old movie from the 50s or 60s, and I LOVE those! I’m hoping it is as good as its synopsis!
I can’t wait to read The Broken Girls by Simone St. James because the reviews are so good, and I love a good mystery and ghost story!!
Several blogger friends recommended The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin to me last year after I read Young Jane Young, so I’m finally going to read it and am really excited!
If I finish The Witches with my daughter this week, she and I will start reading a chapter or 2 together from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle every night together at bedtime unless she continues with her Roald Dahl obsession and then we will be reading Fantastic Mr. Fox instead or both!
Well, that’s what my reading currently looks like! How about yours? What good books are you reading this week or have you recently finished? What wonderful books do you plan on reading next? I’d love to hear what you’re reading so I can have more ideas for my ever-growing TBR pile! 🙂