WWW Wednesday (December 6, 2017)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words.  Give her blog a look and join the discussion!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


At Mrs. Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor.  Where has this book (and this author) been all my life?  This is right up my alley.  She reminds me of Barbara Pym (one of my favorite authors.)  It is funny and sad and witty and I am excited to have her whole catalog to explore after this!518kAM5wEIL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.  Oh my goodness.  I can only read 5-10 pages of this at a time because it makes me so damn angry.  I am learning things about Reconstruction, the Great Migration, and the aftermath of Brown V. Board of Education that I should have learned in school.  It’s making me so sad that, even though I had what most would call a “very good education,” I remained so ignorant of the history of race relations in the U.S.  It’s a very short book with lots of well-researched end notes, so I should have finished this already. But the means white people have devised to keep African Americans from achieving equality are mind-boggling and infuriating.

Recently Finished:

51gqBvjRITL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards.  I’ve been wanting to try one of these British Library Crime Classics for a while now.  Uneven, like most short story collections usually are.  But there were a handful of outstanding stories, so I’m glad I read this.  (Ethel Lina White’s “Waxworks” was a story I won’t soon forget!)  I’ll be writing a review in the next week or two (she says hopefully…)



Up Next:

I’ve got a ton of books checked out right now, so I’m kind of overwhelmed by all the choices!  Here are just a few that I should read soon and get back to the library (waiting lists on a couple of these.)  But you know me – my next read might be something else randomly chosen from my shelf at home!

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons,  The Burning Girl by Claire Messud, and Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.


Read any of these?  Anything look tempting?  What have you just finished reading?



16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (December 6, 2017)

  1. Oh, I love Mrs. Lippincote’s. It’s amazing that you have all of her books to look forward to. I’ve never been disappointed, not even by her children’s book (although I do love old-fashioned children’s stories, I sure today’s kids would loathe it). I’m still trundling along with Dickens’ Bleak House, enjoying it rather well. In another reading mood, I might be impatient with it, but we have found one another at the perfect time it seems. Hope you have a good week!

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    1. I had never heard of Elizabeth Taylor until I started blogging a few years ago! It’s amazing the wealth of British authors that we just don’t hear much about in the States. I am most grateful to my blogging friends for informing me of these literary treats!

      So glad that Bleak House is still suiting you. I have yet to read that one. I’m feeling in the mood for some classic lit reading in 2018. Perhaps some Dickens would be just the thing.

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  2. Looking forward to your thoughts on Silent Nights – one of the few of these collections that I missed! I read Ethel Lina White’s The Wheel Spins last year – the book that Hitchcock based The Lady Vanishes on – and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of these old writers are fab!

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  3. Your list always tempts me, Laila. I have read a lot of passionate reviews about ‘What We Lose’. I wanted to read that this year. And I hope you would enjoy ‘Anything is Possible’. But something tells me you could wait to read the book to savour the joy of having read ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’. 😉

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  4. I’m excited you’ve discovered Elizabeth Taylor! I read my first from her about five years ago and have gotten to four so far. My favorite has been Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. I don’t know Mrs. Lippincote’s but I’d like to read that one too.

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  5. I would love it if everyone read White Rage in high school going forward. Wouldn’t that be great? I know I would have benefited by it, and I think most white folks would — we’re socialized so heavily to be unaware of systemic racism, and we don’t want to know about it so it’s the perfect storm of not knowing things and refusing to know things. :/

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  6. White Rage is a book I couldn’t stop talking about when I was reading it. I’m sure many of my friends got sick of the Important Facts I told them, but it’s just so informative. I wanted to hand it out on street corners and send it to all the politicians. She does such a great job of breaking down the problem from so many different angles.

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