WWW Wednesday (12-27-17)

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?

What a week for reading. Despite the craziness of the Christmas holiday I was able to get a respectable amount of reading and blogging done. I wrapped up my Reindeer Reading Dash: Seven Books to Curl Up With This Christmas series, and got around to a couple of ARCs.

The Christmas stories truly made up the bulk of my reading stack this past week, I love reading seasonally and was certainly in the Christmas spirit by the time the 25th arrived. Among the books I finished were Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (review here), Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva (review here), and Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (review here).

After wrapping up my Christmas reads for a change of pace I finished the Little Mermaid remake The Dark Mermaid by Christina Barr (review here). A dark story, I had a lot of hopes for the novel, but the book completely fell short of my expectations. Good premise, bad writing.

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What are you currently reading?

I have now turned my attention to the ARC The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus, a historical fiction novel that takes place in the late 1800’s. Told through journals it is the story of white women who are given by the US government to the Cheyenne people as war brides in an attempt to civilize them, women who have been cast aside by society as prisoners, whores,or crazies. The women in the story have so far demonstrated an incredible amount of grit, but at only a quarter of the way through I am not sure how I feel so far.

I am also listening to Andy Weir’s The Martian in a bid to cross some long standing TBR audiobooks off of my list. I honestly did not think I would like the book as much as I have (science fiction has never really appealed to me), but the narrator has a charismatic voice that brings humor and keeps you wondering what on earth will happen next. I can see why this book has such a reputation.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I did not get any books for Christmas, so I will be reaching toward one of my ARCs, Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict due to be published January 1st. The story has a Downton Abbey feel to it, and chronicles the rise of the Carnegie family during the American Industrial Revolution. I have high hopes for the story, and look forward to learning more about one of the leading families of the time.

If I finish that, I will move on to The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall, a literary novel published this fall in which a science teacher gets arrested on charges of sexual misconduct, and a seemingly perfect family begins to crumble in response. I am not sure how the story will go, though I suspect it will explore dysfunctional family themes similar to Seven Days of Us.

I am committing myself to a Book Buying Ban in 2018, so this is the start. I will be hopefully whittling down my TBR this year and reducing the stacks that have taken over my life… At least that’s the plan! That is why my next audiobook after The Martian is Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. A classic, this book has long been on my list of books I’ve been meaning to read but have been avoiding because it is so incredibly long, sixty hours of listening in total!

Long epic books in the New Year has turned into a bit of an unofficial tradition, the first audiobook I finished this past year was Roots by Alex Haley, a 700 page saga, so I hopefully can finally conquer this one.

What have you been reading? Get any books for the holidays? Any plans or resolutions for the fast approaching New Year?

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4 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (12-27-17)

  1. Good luck with the book buying ban. I would instigate one too but I just got a lot of vouchers for Christmas so I feel I really should spend them 😉

    Sorry to hear The Dark Mermaid was a disappointment. It sounds so much like the type of book I would love but I maybe won’t be in such a rush to read it now.

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