WWW Wednesday! March 14, 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’ve been looking forward to reading The Broken Girls by Simone St. James and so far it’s good, but I’ve only read a couple of chapters since I went back to work on Monday from break…boo!

I finally started The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin after hearing such good things from so many bloggers! They were right; I love it and should have it finished today!!

Okay, so I think my daughter is going to make me reread every Roald Dahl book with her before we can move onto anything else (I REALLY wanted to read A Wrinkle in Time with her next, but I can’t tell her no when she bats her gorgeous baby blues at me, lol!) So we’re reading the Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. It’s short, so I expect we’ll be done in a day or two.

Since last week I finished reading:

It was a good reading week! I took full advantage of having Spring Break off from teaching!

Yay, I had four 5 star reads this past week…outstanding!! The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs was just outstanding. This was my heartbreaking, sobbing mess read of the week, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Another 5 Star read was The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. This has been such a hyped book that I was afraid to read it, but once I actually sat down and started it, I didn’t touch another book until I finished this one the next day.

I gave 3.5 Stars to Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews because it was way too long, too detailed, and I had to skim over those parts. Otherwise, it was complex, thrill-worthy, and enjoyable…I definitely want to see the movie now!

My daughter (and I) loved The Witches by Roald Dahl so much…a 4 Star read.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan was also a 5 star read! It was a one sitting read (I literally did not move from my couch until I was done), and it had a very Hitchcock vibe that I loved…I highly recommend it!

At last, I read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid! That’s a VERY good thing since I’m assigning one of my classes the book on March 29th, ha! Nothing like waiting until the last minute. The prose was so smooth and well written, and the story so complex…not completely sure about my thoughts just yet, but it was 5 Stars.

Next, I plan on reading:

The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson is the last book that I’m teaching this semester, at the beginning of April, in my Interpreting Literature class (I’ve never taught this class before since I’m guest lecturing at a different University this semester as well), so I need to read this next to plan for my lectures!

I had completely forgotten that I had an ARC of Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman from Edelweiss when I made my TBR for March, so it’s on my reading list now and is upcoming next since it’s published on 4/3.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø is an ARC from Netgalley that comes out April 10th, so I want to read soon since April is going to be a super, super busy month for me with school and family things..hubby and I are taking a week-long cruise next month to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary, yay!

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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19 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday! March 14, 2018

    1. So did I! I stayed up to 3;30 am last night to finish it…so, so wonderful! The Chalk Man was good; different, but good and I was surprised it was by a debut author! Thanks for sharing your WWW post! 🙂

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  1. Okay I need to try Tangerine, you’ve convinced me mentioning Hitchcock! And I watched Red Sparrow and loved it, it was super dark and gritty… but different from hollywood movies!

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    1. Haha! I answered you in my head…that doesn’t quite work though does it? Hitchcock is the best! Tangerine had that whole gaslight feel and noir vibe. It just sucked me in! I think Red Sparrow will be better as a movie than as a book although it does have its dark moments but I don’t know about gritty..maybe…hmm! The author was just so detailed about everything that I wanted to cut pages out, lol. I skimmed over several sections just to get to the action. You can definitely tell he was ex-CIA with all the explanations. It was good, and I enjoyed it but could have been better. I loved Nash and Dominika though; they were great characters, and I plan on reading the other 2 books in the trilogy, which seem to have better reviews on Goodreads. We’ll see!

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      1. The film is long but I didn’t think it was too long and I didn’t think it was boring or too detailed, but it was super violent and graphic. Let me know if you watch it! And yes, I loved them too!

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      2. The book is long and has lots of violence, but it’s more like he tells you that it’s violent instead of shows you with his writing…you know what I mean? Like it really should have been graphic and you should have felt it (like when Karin Slaughter writes a graphic scene), but I was like, oh that is awful, but felt no intense emotion about it. I’ll definitely watch it, but I’m sure it will be when it’s released to rent! I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies…ugh! Maybe a kids movie, lol!

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      3. Yes! Omg! You’d expect something like that for the scenes with Dominika, but it’s just like…ok, this happens…I was hoping for intense action! Maybe I’m more bloodthirsty than I thought! 😂

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    1. Jo Nesbo is such a fantastic author; I can’t wait to see what he does with Macbeth. It’s one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. The Great Alone was fabulous! I hope you’re enjoying it. I haven’t read Joy Fielding in years but enjoy her books. I need to read The Bad Daughter. 😊

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  2. I have Red Sparrow on hold at the library! I saw the movie last week, and I can’t wait to read the book. I’m doing it backwards, I know! lol

    Glad you liked The Chalk Man! I loved it, so well done!

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    1. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I think it is going to be a case of movie better than book. The book was good, but seriously it was way too long and drawn out. You definitely knew the author was exCIA with all the little details that just didn’t add anything. And it lacked suspense that it needed, which I think the movie will have…from what I’ve heard anyway!

      Chalk Man was excellent! I couldn’t believe it was a debut!

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      1. Oh, I get you. Red Sparrow the movie, I felt like there was more going on that I missed or just didn’t understand. I even said that I wanted to see it a second time because I’d love to see all those details that I just didn’t quite get the first time! lol
        I figured the book would be excellent, but it’s interesting that you found it drawn out.

        Annihilation was another movie that I saw and well, it was kind of loopy so I wanted to read the book so it made more sense. Uh, nope. The book was just as twisted as the movie, slightly similar plot but totally different story! It was like they weren’t even one and the same, except there was an Area X. Oh well, I’ll try to post my thoughts on that this week. Just posted my review on Chalk Man. And I agree about being a debut! The writing was so well done!!

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      2. How funny! I think it was his writing style. Very meticulous and detailed. I had to skim some pages because they were, well, just boring. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get through the book at one point because it was a bit tedious but then it picked up. I don’t mind slow suspense but I don’t like books that just drag on and on for no reason. 100 pages could have been edited out and the story would have been just fine, lol. I’ll be interested to hear what you think!

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      3. Yes! And looking at the reviews on Goodreads they are both higher rated than Red Sparrow, so that’s a plus 😉 You’ll have to read it to maybe understand what I’m trying to explain, lol. It wasn’t action packed enough for me, lol. I wanted more James Bond or Jason Bourne type spy book and much less of a technical how to be a CIA agent…does that make sense?

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