WWW Wednesday! March 07, 2018

 

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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! 🙂

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29 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday! March 07, 2018

    1. I highly recommend Every Note Played; I read it in an afternoon. I greatly enjoy her books. They are heartbreaking but so honest about the diseases she writes about. The Chalk Man is good too, but I need to sit down and get into it! Thank you for sharing your WWW post! 😊

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    1. Lol, I didn’t realize it was a movie when I got it, which is funny and now I’m seeing it everywhere! I’m doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge and needed a book with my favorite color in the title, and it fit, so here we are, lol! How fun to have won Exit West! I’m excited to read it…I hope it’s good!

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    1. Oh, wow!! She seems so nice from what I’ve seen on Twitter! That must have been fun! It is, but I’m on a week’s vacation (Spring Break) so trying to read one a day 😊 Thanks for sharing your WWW post!

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  1. I hope Red Sparrow picks up for you. Do you think you’ll see the movie? Also I love the books you are reading with your daughter. That’s so awesome and maybe you two will go see the Wrinkle in Time movie when you finish the book. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I don’t mind slow paced books as long as they can hold my attention and honestly I’ve read less than 100 pages, lol. I probably will see the movie but not till it’s a rental. I think the last time I saw a movie at the actual theater was last summer, lol. I’d definitely love to see the Wrinkle in Time movie..with or without her,lol. I have to be careful with her and movies…even if the book doesn’t scare her sometimes the movie will. ET gave her nightmares, and I felt bad!! That was one of my favorite movies when I was her age, lol. So I’ll have to ask around about WiT and see if it’s scary. Like she wants to read the 1st Harry Potter book, but there is no way she could watch the movie right now! Maybe when she’s 9…😊 ❤

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      1. Ah! That makes sense! Awww, I didn’t think ET was scary as a kid either. We’re just a different generation I guess. Definitely don’t wanna scare her, haha. It’s definitely okay to wait til she’s older 🙂

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      2. She’s scared of everything. She’s been sleeping with me since she started kindergarten because she’s afraid of going to school. They’ve diagnosed her with anxiety disorder like her momma, so she’ll worry about things nonstop. I think ET made her worry more than anything. Yeah, I don’t mind her waiting 😊 7 is still young.

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  2. What a lovely list you have put out here! I shall look up some of these that I have not read. I am reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Bhagavad Gita, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**** by Mark Manson, The Portable Dorothy Parker and Different Seasons by Stephen King. I just finished an Aldous Huxley – Brave New World – which was purely mind-boggling. I do have to start on Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Phew! Are there enough hours in a day?! xx

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    1. Thank you! I hope you’re enjoying The Remains of the Day; it’s my favorite by Ishiguro. I just finished a reread of Never Let You Go last week since I’m teaching it this semester (this month actually). His writing is compelling, and beautiful, but that’s not one of my favorites, lol. Dorothy Parker is wonderful! I have The Subtle Art on my TBR. I’m just starting to reread Stephen King after 2 1/2 decades of avoiding him since he terrified me when I was a teenager, lol. Yes, Brave New World is mind boggling! I haven’t read Siddhartha, but I’d like to. I read Fahrenheit 451 years ago and didn’t love it although Bradbury is an extraordinary author, but I’ve never been a huge fan of dystopian literature (one reason Never Let You Go isn’t my favorite). But Fahrenheit is so relevant right now in our culture it’s almost scary. A cautionary tale, indeed! There are never enough hours! 😊❤

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      1. Reading Ishiguro is always such a pleasure. The Remains of the Day is more relatable because it transports me to the English country. Its stunning southwestern counties. He is effortless in his writing, so fluid. I am yet to read Never Let Me Go, but it is on my list. I did however love When We Were Orphans.
        Parker is again such a strong writer. I am enjoying her collection of short stories — the details and way they are written. So many writers, so many different styles. We are blessed 🙂
        I have not been able to read King’s more thrilling works unfortunately. Maybe I should push myself a little more. This rabid imagination takes me more places than I care for after just reading just one unnerving tale.
        I am waiting to read Bradbury and since you recommend it so strongly, I would like to start soon. Dystopian novels do not get me too, but I admire the author’s power of imagination and experimentation. Strangely enough, it is what makes me love Huxley. xx

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