WWW Wednesday (08-30-17)

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?

Last week I took part in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, a laid back read-a-thon where you read as much or as little as you want. It was also my first week of classes of a new semester, so life was a chaotic transition as my family settled into new routines and I found new ways in which to balance my time.

Overall it was a pretty productive week on the reading front all things considered, though I slowly had to come to accept the fact I will not be able to finish nearly as many books as I was able to during the semester. In the completed pile I was able to cross off Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game, which was a book club pick. Here is what my book club thought of it, but long story short the book had a longgggg buildup. The book was just OK, but it honestly fell short of the hyped up expectations I had for it.

I also was able to cross The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien firmly off the list. I only had two chapters left and have been chipping away at the book since May, so Sunday I sat down and committed to wrapping it up. Best decision ever.

Audio-wise I also listened to Peter Duffau’s Finishing Kick. The YA book tells the story of Callie, a high school cross country team captain, and the challenges she must overcome both in her own life and on the team, as the girls try to win the state cross country meet. This book tugged something fierce art my runner’s heart strings and I loved the way Duffau put all my emotions as a runner into words, but there were a lot of random side stories that seemed to draw out the story longer than it needed to be. Review coming up soon.


What are you currently reading?

Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead is this month’s Well Read Mom book pick for Year of the Pilgrim. It is a contemporary classic that is just full of word bombs. It’s the type of book that requires you to highlight pages and write in the margins, and every page has held some sort of wisdom for me. The story is John Ames’ diary to his young son. John has lived the life the son of a preacher and has followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. John is at the end of his life,  and this story is John’s effort to impart the wisdom and insight he wish he could tell the boy himself.

Audio wise I am listening to White Noise by Don DeLillo. The 1985 satire is the story of Jack Gladney and his family, and their life in a consumeristic society. The book hits close to home on so many levels, especially in this day and age where the internet has brought anything we may ever desire to our fingertips. Very much so tongue in cheek humor, the book pulls no punches on the frivolity of humanity in materialistic societies.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on the list are two ARC August books: A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas and The Dark Mermaid by Christina Barr. Both are due to be published September 5th, so I plan on taking advantage of the three day weekend to read them and get caught up on reviews. After reading so many literary masterpieces  I am looking forward to slipping into some fantasy.

Friends, what are your Labor Day weekend plans (or plain weekend plans for my international readers)? Any good bookish sales going on? We will probably be sticking close to home, but these days my family never knows until we’re in the thick of it!

 

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11 Comments

  1. I’m sure I have Gilead on my wishlist somewhere (along with what seems like another million books lol)

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    1. Right??? Sometimes it feels like my TBR list grows longer than the books I actually have finished.

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  2. I haven’t read Gilead, but I read Books 2 and 3 in the series (Home and Lila).

    I loved The Lying Game…it was one of my reads this past week. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY WWW POST

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    1. Great readers think alike! I bought the other books in the series also so hopefully I can get to those when I have a bit more time.

      I definitely have been appreciating the insights of Gilead and the slower pace of the story

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  3. The Dark Mermaid sounds really amazing! I’m adding it to my TBR! Don’t know when I’ll get to it since I have a lot to finish for reviews lol.

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  4. Wow! Great set of books you’re reading this week! I really want to read the Two Towers soon!

    Here’s my WWW:

    https://rabbitearsblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/www-wednesdays-9-august-30-2017/

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  5. Sorry to hear The Lying Game ended up being a bit disappointing for you! I’ve had my eye on Ruth Ware for awhile and I definitely want to check out one of her books. I’m just not sure where to start. I have The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood though so I’ll probably start with one of those. Happy reading!!

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  6. White Noise sounds provocative and there’s rich potential there for humor. Have you found it funny?

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    1. It’s funny in a very dry British sitcom sort of way. The dialogue and interactions between the characters have a hint of truth, but there is a strong element of satire that lends an absurdity to the scenarios.

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  7. I hope you enjoy all of your reads this week. 🙂

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  8. I have The Lying Game to read soon too – sorry to hear this one didn’t quite work for you!

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