WWW Wednesday (02-21-18)

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?

We hit the one month part of the semester, so are now entering the sweet part, where things have become to take on a rhythm. With three weeks to go until the next exam cycle there are some moments to breathe, and I have finally gotten a true feel for each one of my classes. As usual I have made minimal progress as far as reading any books in text form goes. With my eyes trained on papers and screens all day, it is very difficult for me to come home and want to read something else. So instead I am getting my literary fill through audiobooks which I can (and do) take anywhere.

With book club meeting this week, I finished The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene late Wednesday. It is a classic work in the Catholic church, but I found it to be slow going. Maybe I wasn’t in the right reflective mood to really savor the story, but it was a bust for me. As always, my review will be posted after our group talks about it.

I also wrapped up a second audiobook: Courage to Soar by Simone Biles. Hearing this woman’s story was an inspiration, and I admired her dedication and the way she still managed to stay down to earth. Thinking about her story motivated my butt to get through some pretty challenging workouts. I thought Simone was very fortunate to have such a supportive family, though I could not imagine making the sacrifices that her parents did for her (her grandmother/adoptive mother sold her very successful business to build a world class gym for Simone to train in).


What are you currently reading?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is on my nightstand, though I may have only gotten through forty pages or so (if that) this week. I would like to think I’m savoring the story, but like I said it’s more that I am just too tired to pick up another book after a long day.

On audio I have started Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice by Karen Chen, another Olympics inspired read. I always associate figure skating with the Winter Olympics, and when I saw the book featured on Hoopla I immediately tapped the download button. Chen’s writing has been very artistic, and her passion for the sport is obvious. Watching some of her interviews, I couldn’t help but relate to her humility and openness.


What do you think you’ll read next?

As always my book choices are all over the place! If I get through Cuckoo’s Nest this week by some miracle, I will read James Carroll’s The Cloister, due to be published the first week of March. It has a Catholic priest, meeting of the minds, and features The Cloisters: an extension of The MET my husband and I loved to visit when we lived in New York. It promises to be a literary indulgence by an incredible writer.

In audio I have Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, with the audio read by the author. Ada is a Nigerian woman who has a multiple personality disorder. Like Cuckoo’s Nest the book seeks to challenge perceptions on mental health, and I will be going in with an open heart and mind.


Have you read any of these books? What’s your reading medium of preference? Generally I love the weight of a physical book in my hand, it’s almost like a security blanket!=. Happy reading!

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12 Comments

  1. I’m trying to like nonfiction but I still can’t seem to fall in love with them. though I want to since I know, I can learn so much from them 🙂

    Finding the edge is so seasonal right now.. Have a great reading week. 🙂

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    1. I’m a really big fan of narrative NF because it still reads like a story. I agree that they can be poorly done though and a bit of a bore if you’re not at all interested in a topic.

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      1. I agree,… One of my bookish goals this year is to read nonfiction… Im starting on reading self help written by writers… 🙂

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  2. Good choices. I don’t read enough non-fiction. I like the look of ‘Freshwater’. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-21st-february-2018/

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    1. I really have to be in the mood for NF. It’s one of those things that seems to go in waves!

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  3. That’s interesting to hear that Freshwater is about someone with a personality disorder; I like the use of a two-headed snake on the cover to evoke that.

    Here’s my WWW post 🙂

    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/www-wednesday-2018-02-21/

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    1. Thanks Ryan! I didn’t notice the symbolism of the cover, but you’re right. Excited to start the book tomorrow!

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  4. I love your non-fiction choices. I haven’t read them, but I do love a good inspiring story!

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    1. Yes! Give me all the feel goods please!

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  5. I like to mix in nonfiction with fiction…and prefer my Kindle these days, which surprises me, as I resisted getting the device. LOL. Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    1. Hi Laurel! Kindles are great and prevent my husband from yelling about how many books are in the house. LOL. I love the accessibility of eARCs especially and my Netgalley shelves.

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