WWW Wednesday (01-24-18)

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?

As I knew it would (pleasure) reading progress has slowed way down with school coming back into session. I try to read a little bit before bed, but otherwise my day has jam packed with classes and assignments.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Junior working on a double major in biology and science education, and this year I have been hurtling through the upper level required classes of my major. This semester the offerings include Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and teaching methodology courses. I am taking nineteen credit hours, which I had to get an override for since the max is eighteen. I truly feel like Hermione… If she didn’t have the time turner! But now for the fun stuff. Because I have finished stuff this week despite all of it!


Over the past week I finished Strangers and Sojourners by Michael O’Brien (review here) for book club and as usual I was finishing the book the day of.

English woman Anne Ashton moves to the Canadian wilderness to become a school teacher after serving as a nurse in World War I. It is in Swiftcreek that she meets Irish immigrant Stephen Delaney, a trapper and farmer. They marry, and thus begins the greatest adventure of her life. Strangers and Sojourners follows Anne, Stephen, and their family through the next century as they try to make a place for themselves in the world.

This book I had mixed feelings about, it is one that has gems on faith and purpose liberally sprinkled throughout, but the plot is very slow and plodding. I found it to be more of a parable than a novel.

On audio I listened to Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard (review here). Have you ever been reading a book and thought to yourself, “This is not what I signed up for!”? I started reading Love in the Afternoon thinking it was going to be romance-lite… Maybe a few passionate scenes sprinkled through… But wowza guys! If you like steamy romance this one is for you. Admittedly, I listened to the book as a way of clearing my head after War and Peace, but this was a complete 180.

What are you currently reading?

I am about halfway through Vic James’ fantasy  Tarnished City. It is a hard book to describe. The setting is modern day Britain, but if the aristocrats had magic and were in control of the government. It reminds me so much of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising and explores similar themes. I like it, but I did wish I had read the first book in the series to get a better idea of the character nuances.

Audio wise I opted for The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton per my Microbiology professor’s recommendation. I am a quarter way through the story, and have become more interested in the story than I had thought I would be. Crichton is fantastic at bringing actual science into his sci-fis, and I think this book will be a great supplement to what we are studying in class. I loved his Jurassic Park novels when I read them last winter, so it’s great seeing another side of this writer.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (the Kindle version is free on Amazon). I joined the Goodreads Group 1000 Books Before You Die per fellow WWW’er Camille‘s suggestion. The community votes on and reads one classic a month, and this is January’s pick. I am excited to broaden my literary horizons, and get acquainted with a new author’s work.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is on the back burner. We have a conflict on the calendar so we are not going to be able to see the play after all. I will maybe get around to the novel week, but if not hopefully next week before my library copy is due back.

On audio I’ll be listening to Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters by Brian Donovan. It’s a short audio book (around two hours), and perfect with Valentine’s Day coming right around the corner. I’m hoping this book brings some good humor and lightness to my errands!

To all my fellow students out there… How do you balance school work with your reading life?? It’s always a rough transition for me to come off a break and all the books all the time back to the “real world.” Give me your secrets… Or at least commiseration!


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