The WWW Wednesday meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do an update on your reading and plans. I know lots of people do this one every week, but my being such a slow reader, you’d all get bored seeing the same thing week after week, so it may be a while before my next one!
To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
As my regular readers know, I usually read one book on my Kindle and one book in print, so you get two for the price of one with this meme. So, here we go!
What am I currently reading?
On my Kindle: “Miss Mole” by E.H. Young. This book will be re-released on August 2, by Dean Street Press, and they kindly send me an ARC of the book. In Print: “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Well, I loved her “Daisy Jones & The Six” so I just HAD to buy this book as well!
What did I recently finish reading?
On my Kindle: “The Part-Time Job” by P.D. James. This little short-story with a sting in the tail was released to honor the upcoming 100th birthday of the “Queen of Crime”! In Print: “The Red House Mystery” by A.A. Milne. Yes, that very same Milne who wrote the Winnie the Pooh books wrote one adult, murder mystery novel!
What do I think I’ll read next?
On my Kindle: I’ll probably read “Cher Ami and Major Whittlesley” by Kathleen Rooney. I just got the ARC for this book, after asking for it directly from the publisher (because I totally adored her “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk“!
In Print: Ah, this is harder, and I need your help! I’m leaning towards reading “Fresh Complaint” by Jeffrey Eugenides because… short stories! Another idea is “Love is Blind” by William Boyd, because I’ve not read nearly enough Boyd! My husband really enjoyed “The House by the Loch” by Kirsty Wark, so that’s another idea. Finally, there’s Bill Bryson’s “Shakespeare“. Here are the blurbs from Goodreads:
“Fresh Complaint” by Jeffrey Eugenides: From the bitingly reproductive antics of ‘Baster’ to the moving tale of a young traveller’s search for enlightenment in ‘Air Mail’, to the title story – the intensely topical account of a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant Indian family leads her to a drastic decision – this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. As in his bestselling novels, “Fresh Complaint” is the work of one of our greatest observers of the crises of adolescence, sexual identity and the challenges of contemporary life.
“Love is Blind” by William Boyd: When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future – and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie’s love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth.
“The House by the Loch” by Kirsty Wark: Scotland 1950s – Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can’t believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a strong and steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter’s care, can seem to save her. Many years later Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations. But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.
“Shakespeare” by Bill Bryson: Bill Bryson’s biography of William Shakespeare unravels the superstitions, academic discoveries and myths surrounding the life of our greatest poet and playwright.