WWW Wednesday (01-17-18)

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?

Let’s just pause for a moment guys… This week much earlier than anticipated I completed Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace on audio. A sweeping novel, the classic was a punch in the gut in regards to politics, religion, and the idea of power. While you will all remember the beginning being a little confusing for me, the story itself after the first part was much easier to follow. I fell in love with all of the characters, though Sonya (one of the cousins) held a tender place in my heart. Review to come after I’ve had more time to digest the book.

Other books I finished were Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People (my thoughts here) and Dead Sleep by Greg Iles (bonus points that I finished it in time for book club). Review for the book will come later in the week. Both were great reads, but I was a bit partial to Dead Sleep after not having read a thriller in a month or so.


What are you currently reading?

Right now I am tearing through Strangers and Sojourners by Michael O’Brien in an attempt to have it finished for book club tomorrow.  The start of classes doesn’t seem to be helping this mission. English woman Anne Ashton arrives in the Canadian wilderness as a teacher, and she falls in love with trapper Stephen Delaney. What follows is their family’s saga and a novel addressing The Big Questions in faith and religion. I have been enjoying the novel, but being a reader who likes clean transitions the flashbacks throughout the story have been choppy for my taste.

Audio-wise I have moved on to the romance Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard. Kayla Maxwell has landed a job as actress on the most popular soap opera, paired with the steamy and talented actor Sean Barrett. Both are recovering from bad relationships and as they draw closer on scene, things heat up behind scenes as well. A Harlequin novel, the book is the complete opposite of War and Peace as far as literary quality goes, and I’ve shamelessly been lapping up the juicy romance.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is an ARC: Tarnished City by Vic James. Second in the Dark Gifts series (Ihave not read the first book), it is a fantasy dystopian novel. The synopsis as per Goodreads looks promising and I am happy to suspend reality for a while and dive into a fantasy again:

A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

Audiobook wise it will be back to the classics with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I scored free tickets to our community theater’s production of the story in a week, and of course I have to read the book before I see a remake. I am ashamed to say there are many gaps in my literary education, and until I received the play tickets had no idea what the book was even about. Do you ever get the feeling that you know a book is going to change you? I read the summary and I think this is the one guys!


What do you prefer? Theater or play? I love a great movie but there is something beautiful in seeing a play and knowing that it is a moment captured in time, never to be seen again.

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9 Comments

  1. I have to agree that plays a magical. It is always a unique experience each time you see it. Here’s my WWW post https://www.boundtowriting.com/www-wednesday-january-17/

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  2. I enjoyed The Best Kind of People…and for a lighter touch, I like the look of Love in the Afternoon. Enjoy your reading, and here’s

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  3. I really want to read War and Peace. The size of the book makes it a little intimidating but I’ve been slowly working on my courage on reading hefty books! Also, I’ve only been to the theater a few times but I completely loved the experience!

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  4. Great post! Good for you for finishing War and Peace!

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  5. Your books are all new for me. Thanks for sharing. My link is https://idahobluebird50.com

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  6. Hi Emily, I like reading your review. As you know I can’t read long novels but with you summarizing them, I feel like I already read it too. By the way, I nominated you in Liebster Award. I hope you accepts it and answer the questions I left. Here’s the link: https://grvam.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/liebster-award-2018/

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    1. Aw! Thanks for the tag. I agree, long books are a commitment! After a slew of them I am looking forward to shorter reads (200 as opposed to 500-1000 pages 😂😂) for the next several weeks.

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      1. Haha.. you’re just totally right…

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