WWW Wednesday (08-16-17)

Hi friends! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Game plan is simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post. Kind of like Goodreads but more intentional.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What did you recently finish reading?

This was a great week for keeping on track with my TBR list. At the beginning of the week I was blown away by Swan Huntley’s psychological novel The Goddesses. While the build up was agonizingly long, the ending was mind blowing. The protagonist Nancy is a stay at home mom, and reading the book was like a blast to the past when I stayed home with my daughter for her first three years of life. Huntley managed to capture the loneliness and monotony of the vocation rather than glorifying it and placing it on a pedestal as we tend to see in today’s media. Note: there’s nothing wrong with being a stay at home parent, it just wasn’t for me.

Audio-wise I can finally cross Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead off my TBR list. At sixteen hours of narration it was no joke, and there are just so many things rolled up into that little bundle of words. I thought the characters were a little predictable, but I loved Rand’s commentary on the role of social media on our perspectives of what is considered “good.”

It was really a great week for audio, because after The Fountainhead, I also listened to Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters and Jerry Spinelli’s Loser. Summer Sisters is the coming of age tale of Vix and Caitlyn, and while I thought it was interesting, was definitely not one that I found plausible. Maybe I am just getting older and out of touch with what the teenage scene is really like, but there was an air of surrealism to the whole story.

Spinelli’s Loser was a sweet MG read and I can see why it would be a hit with young readers. The main character Zinkoff is an implausible hero, and I could relate to a lot of his awkwardness and quirkiness as he moves from first grade on up through sixth grade.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently working my way through The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies. I am embarrassed to say the review book has been on my TBR pile for over a month, but I have come to really enjoy the story. I am about a hundred pages in, and things are starting to get juicy. I am a sucker for anything Gothic, and the exotic colonial setting paired with dubious characters has been my cup of tea (totally went there).

On the audio front I suspect I will be chipping at Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged for a while yet. I listen to books at 2X speed, but even then there is still 32 hours of audio on this bad boy. So far it seems to be a continuation of her prior philosophical work The Fountainhead, but more so a look at the human element as opposed to the abstract of Objectivism. I am about five chapters in so far, and it has been good fodder for my runs and car trips.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on the list is my ARC copy of Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. I am reading it as a part of the ARC August Challenge, and it is due to be published on the 22nd. Here is the Goodreads synopsis, and I suspect I will make quick work of it if the book is half as good as the concept.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

After Reincarnation Blues will be Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game. It is our August book club pick, and I am looking forward to plunging into it. We are meeting the 24th so I am starting to feel the time crunch. After this week classes will be back in session, so I suspect over the next few days I will be reading like a crazy woman trying to soak up the dying spasms that is my summer reading. Where has the time gone???

Question of the Day:

What has been on your WWW list? Any books you’re particularly excited about?

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8 Comments

  1. booksarge

    What has been on your WWW list? Here’s my WWW list: http://www.booksarge.com/2017/08/16/wwwwednesdayaugust16/ Any books you’re particularly excited about? I’m excited about ‘When Breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

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  2. I have The Lying Game on Pippa…and I can’t wait to start reading it. Soon.

    I read both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead many years ago. I wonder how I would react to the books now.

    Enjoy your week, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    1. There are so many layers to the books! I suspect that you could read them several times and come away with something different each time. I loved the timelessness of her writing as well, a lot of the books are still relevant 75 years later

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  3. Oh man, I looooved Ayn Rand as a teenager, to a probably embarrassing extent. I hope you like Atlas Shrugged! x

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    1. Honestly the fact you read Rand as a teenager is pretty incredible. No judging here!

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  4. I’ve always been aware of the Fountainhead but not yet gotten round to reading it. Atlas Shrugged looks great too. Here’s my post. http://wp.me/p6YiO5-VS

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  5. I used to LOVE Jerry Spinelli’s books when I was younger. I can’t remember if I ever read Loser (I think I did, but I’m not 100% sure). I kind of want to revisit some of his books, actually.

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  6. The Lying Game is on my TBR list too!

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