WWW Wednesday (01-03-18)

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! This week I worked through some old books that I had been sitting on for a while in an attempt to clean out for the New Year. Long time followers will remember The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies (review here), a book that I had picked up over the summer. I put it down when school started and it remained on my shelf as decoration ever since. Overall the writing was exquisite, however the characters didn’t feel believable to me.

I also finished Marie Benedict’s Carnegie’s Maid (review here) just in time for its publication date on January 1st! The book was the 1800’s Pittsburgh’s version of Downton Abbey and I loved the rich descriptions of the Carnegie household as they rose into power.

On the audio front I finished Andy Weir’s The Martian (review to come). One of the few 5 star books I have read in a long time, I did not think I was going to like it. Sci-fi just isn’t my thing, but the main character Mark Watney was absolutely hysterical, and I was quickly invested in the story. A pleasant surprise to be sure, The Martian is special because it was the last book I finished in 2017.

What are you currently reading?

A little bit of this and a little bit of that makes up my reading list currently. I am still plugging away at The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus, though I am enjoying it the further I get into the story. I loved learning about the Plains Indians when I was in elementary school, so going back in time to the 1800’s during Crazy Horse’s period has been a treat.

I am also working through my First Book of the Year Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. The book pokes fun at the fitness industry and all the unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves, and I have been enjoying it as a lighthearted bedtime read.

On the audio front I started Tolstoy’s classic War and Peace. I am about five hours into the story and have had a hard time keeping all the characters straight so far. It kind of reminds me of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series with all the players and story lines to keep track of… Not to mention length!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Assuming I get through the books I’m currently reading, I would like to get around to The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall, which I wasn’t able to start this week despite all best intentions.

I would also like to start in on Greg Iles’ Dead Sleep which is my next book club read. The book was my last purchase of 2017, so I will fully be embracing the new book smell as a token of farewell. I have not read any of Greg Iles but I am intrigued by the story, having a love for crime/thrillers.

What books are you bringing into the New Year? Any books coming out this year that you’re excited about? I just learned Fredrik Backman has written a sequel to Beartown due to be published this summer and guys I just know it’s going to be magic.


16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (01-03-18)

  1. Oooh, War and Peace! It’s been a while since I read it, but it is a memorable read.

    I love the cover of Carnegie’s Maid, and I enjoyed The Best Kind of People, although there were parts of it that I didn’t like as much. For me it was a 4 star read. But definitely one I would recommend.

    Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. War and Peace has been a project for sure! It’s a book that requires all your attention too. Often I am doing other things while listening to audio, but this one I have to keep focused on or I quickly find myself lost!

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Best Kind of People, that was an ARC so I often feel like I am going in blind.


  2. I also loved The Martian! Watney’s humor was so perfect. Did you see the movie? I thought Matt Damon did a good job of it. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  3. Tackling the Russian greats is… daunting. I tried reading several of Turgenev’s works this past summer, and it was hard. A good kind of hard in the end, but hard. Tolstoy is definitely on my list for someday, though I may start with Anna Karenina first. Have you read it?


  4. Carnegie’s Maid looks like a good addition to my TBR pile. I binged on Downton Abbey over New Year’s weekend and now I’m suffering upstairs/downstairs withdrawal!

    As one who ordered new fitness clothes for herself for Christmas, but has yet to open the package, The Fitness Junkie sounds very accurate.


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