WWW Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018)

Happy Valentine’s Day (whatever that means to you!) There are all kinds of love and hopefully, whether you’re in a relationship or not, you are cultivating some self-love with your awesome rock-star self today! It’s been a while since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday.

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?

Currently: 

6969Emma by Jane Austen. This is a reread for me. I last read it in 2009, so Goodreads tells me, although if you’d asked me I would have said it was even longer ago than that. I am LOVING IT. It’s so readable and entertaining. I’m practically love-hating Emma herself as a character, she’s deliciously AWFUL, so snobby and delusional. I’m about halfway through. I plan to re-watch the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow after I finish reading the novel. It’s been ages since I saw it.

 

 

Recently Finished:

81bZLWAAi0LThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. Oh my goodness. So good. I managed to not race through a short story collection for the first time ever! I read one story a day (mostly) and gave myself time to think about them. This collection is beautiful and sad and funny and magical. Review to come, hopefully this weekend (I’m behind on reviews as always!)

91YQ4r2Y2nLThe Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman. This was my book group read for January. It was a reread for me, also last read in 2009 (weird!) It’s really really good, solidly page-turning historical fiction, written in the 1960’s by a locally famous southern writer. It’s set in the decades after the Civil War, in a small North Carolina mountain area. The main character, Lyddie, is awesome – she reminds me a lot of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She has a similar determination to live life fully and enjoy being alive even in the face of hardships and struggle. Review to come soon!

Coming Next: (As always, this is subject to change!)

My book group read for February is Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, a book that’s been on my TBR since it came out. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I don’t mind – those are often the best kinds of book group picks for discussion. I’ve also got The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce checked out from the library, and it’s got holds on it so I’ve got to read it soon. I’ve never read anything by her before. Last, I ordered the next book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, Wizard and Glass. I was reading those last summer and then got distracted and derailed from the series. But now I want to continue!

Have you read any of these? What are you currently reading? Let’s chat!

 

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24 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018)

  1. Happy V day to you as well. (I think it means we get to be taken out to dinner by our spouses, at least I hope that’s what it means.) I’m curious too about The Music Shop … for readers who like music this might be an entertaining read. I hear it’s pretty good. & I plan to get to it sometime. Enjoy.

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  2. I’m very curious to hear about both Swing Time and The Music Shop. I loved On Beauty (the only book I’ve read by Zadie Smith), but people really seem divided on her books. I’m kind of hoping I’ll always be in the “love” camp.
    I also loved Harold Fry and Queenie (both Rachel Joyce), but haven’t read any of her others.

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    1. Yes, I have read White Teeth and I remember it starting off strong but then by the end I ended up giving it three stars. I haven’t read any other Zadie Smith so I’m very curious about Swing Time! I’ll let you know!

      I will be starting The Music Shop when I finish Emma, so stay tuned!

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  3. Awww, rereading Emma, how lovely! I recently bought an awesome new edition of Mansfield Park, which I haven’t read in over a decade but which I remember being very fond of at the time, so I’m planning to do a reread pretty soon. Hopefully it will hold up. I do truly cherish and adore Jane Austen — don’t you wish she’d written more books?

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  4. Emma is my favourite Austen and I haven’t reread it for years: thanks for the nudge! I think Swing Time will make for a great book group choice. I’m so glad to hear you’re back to the King series; that inspires me to get back to other series I’ve set aside (also, for no “good” reason) as well. I’m still reading my way through Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna books (on the 7th of 16) and Louise Erdrich’s novels (which are kinda linked but not like a series proper) but there are so many other series, like your King reading, which I just need to put back into the mix, before they become permanently neglected!

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  5. I am yet to read a Jane Austen though I do have a copy of Pride and Prejudice on my TBR. Glad to see that you enjoyed your reread of Emma. I hope that you will also enjoy the Dark Tower series. Happy reading.

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