WWW Wednesday (09-06-17)

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?

Thank God for three day weekends! Last week I was finally getting into the swing of my studies, so it was more productive on the reading front. I was able to finish Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead early on in the week, and enjoyed a wonderful discussion with my book club. I am currently working on my review of the book, but “word bombs” is the best way to describe the story. The book doesn’t follow a set plot per say, but a dying man’s diary to his young son the story rather meanders, following John Ames’ thoughts. It is filled with tidbits of knowledge and is a book that makes you pause and reflect. I also learned at book club the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, a prestige I fully agreed with.

After Gilead, I read A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas over the weekend (my review here). A spin off of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, the historical romance/mystery follows Charlotte Holmes as she seeks her niche in sexist Victorian London. The book is second in a series and celebrated its publication day yesterday. I loved the strong female characters in the book, and was kept guessing on the Whos and Whats of the mystery until the very end.

On the audio front I finished White Noise by Don DeLillo. Lots of Pulitzer Prize winners this week I guess. Published in 1985 the book is a tongue in cheek satire about American consumerism. Nothing is sacred in the story, and DeLillo mocks everything from relationships, to academia, to disaster response. The book took a while to get into, but I ended up liking the story more than I had anticipated.


What are you currently reading?

Right now I am working my way through two ARCs up for publication this week. I am about a third of the way through Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman. I am taking part in a blog tour (come back Friday to enter the giveaway!), and I love the sharp wit and teenage sarcasm that exudes from this YA Romance. (It doesn’t help that my little girl is an Anne.)

I have also been enjoying The Dark Mermaid by Christina Barr, a Little Mermaid spinoff with a dark twist. I am 20% of the way through, and though the dialogue and transitions could use some work, I am loving the story so far. This has been a good week for reviews and swag, so come back Saturday for a chance to win your own copy.

Audio-wise I have been inspired by the changing seasons and am slowly making my way through AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, David Miller’s memoir on making the 2,000+ mile trek. I have wanted to make the journey myself for years now, so I am enjoying living vicariously through Miller.


What do you think you’ll read next?

This week I am hoping to get to two historical fiction sequels: Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao and The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus. In the fall I tend to find my way toward more cozy books and like to reach for historical fictions and fantasies. Both books hold the promise of strong female characters, which is always a check plus.

Audio-wise I have no plans, I have been listening to a lot of Podcasts recently, so I will probably binge through NPR’s Story Corps podcast and Ted Talks. Or not. We’ll see. Variety is the spice of life.

What have you been reading lately? If you’re a blogger leave a link in the comments so I can come say hi!

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8 Comments

  1. I’m reading various things but The Reason for Flowers stands out. It’s scientific and it takes a while, but it’s so very interesting. Then the authors who made my summer were Ali Smith (Artful — and others) and Jeanette Winterson (The Gut Symmetries). Other than that, I’m reading more commercial reads. Click.Date.Repeat is quite alright, Charleston is written with flair, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is quite fantabulous 🙂 (soo many 5-star reviews on Amazon), and then there are many other books I’d like to read this month: Lucky Us by Amy Bloom is one I really look forward to, as I enjoyed one of her other books (Away). And then I want to read some Paul Auster books I started but never finished, because I read so haphazardly. 🙂

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    1. I just added The Reason for Flowers to my TBR. I took a plant anatomy class this summer, and love the elegance and beauty flowers bring to nature and our lives.

      But ah A.J. Fikry! 😍 I read it this past Spring and couldn’t help but fall in love with that little book store. His question about what has been the most influential piece of literature is one I like to mull over every so often as well. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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  2. My reading is all over the place, I read about twelve books at a time, in a rotating system, (unless it’s so good then I can’t put it down until I’m finished) & I did start Ann, not Annie, & haven’t finished yet but I love how exuberant the character is. White Noise looks good too. Here’s mine WWWWednesday.  – http://wp.me/p6YiO5-12c

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    1. I agree that the narrator for Ann, Not Annie has a certain spunk. You sound so organized with your reading! I et overwhelmed if I have more than three books in rotation.

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  3. I read the two books that followed Gilead (Home and Lila), and I’m not quite sure how I missed the first one. But the author does make the reader think.

    I’m curious about Ann, Not Annie. Enjoy your week, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    1. I am excited to read the next two (I purchased copies of both when I got my copy of Gilead). I’m hoping she carries on the journal style of writing, and look forward to hearing more front Lila’s perspective.

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  4. I’m adding the two historicals to my TBR, and I’m dying to read Conspiracy in Belgravia–I couldn’t get it from NetGalley 😦
    https://coffeeandink.blog/2017/09/06/www-wednesday-at-coffee-and-ink-11/

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  5. I’m liking the sound of Whispers of Warning as I’ve re-discovered my love of historical fiction over the last couple of months!

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