WWW Wednesday (February 28, 2018)

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Two things to start off my WWW Wednesday:

  1. I saw “Black Panther” on Saturday and it was SO AWESOME. I’m not normally a superhero movie person, but this one is a must-see. Funny, moving, full of big ideas and questions. Terrific cast. I just loved it.
  2. Dammit, there are sexual impropriety allegations surfacing about Sherman Alexie. I am SO SO disappointed. He is one of my favorite writers. This sucks. I’m still processing what to do with my admiration for his writing.

Blurgh.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but just not really feeling like writing about reading. I don’t know, I get in these moods sometimes, and then in a week or two I emerge and write two posts a week.

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Let’s talk about books, shall we?

The Three Ws are:

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

Currently:

51hi92m66BLSwing Time by Zadie Smith. This is my book group book for February (we meet next month.) At about the 80-85 page mark, I got really bored. If it wasn’t for book group, I might have abandoned it. But I continued, and I’m glad I did. I’m halfway through now, and it’s gotten a lot more interesting. I am pretty sure it won’t be one of my favorite books ever, but it should provide a lot to talk about. Smith is ambitious, I’ll give her that, and she is a lovely writer on a sentence level. I’m just not sure about her focus. This book sort of meanders around, and it does skip back and forth among time periods, which isn’t a deal breaker for me, but something about the way she’s doing it is a bit jarring. Our narrator is unnamed, a mixed-race brown woman growing up in London in the first part of the story. The first part focuses on her friendship with Tracey, another brown girl who also takes dance lessons, although Tracey is more naturally talented than our narrator. As the book progresses, it focuses more on the narrator’s relationship with her employer, a mega-famous international pop star named Aimee, who reminds me of Madonna. Aimee wants to build a school for girls in Africa, and that’s where I am in the book. There’s a lot going on here with race and privilege and friendship and family dysfunction. It’s pretty good, but I’m still reserving judgement.lamott-hallelujah

I also just started listening to the audio book of Hallejuah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott. Read by the author. I love her. I know I’m going to enjoy this.

Recently Finished:

34203744The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. I LOVED this book. It was on the lighter side without being stupid, a quality in books that I esteem SO highly. It was like a really smart rom-com movie only with the added bonus of being about music and the power of music to save people’s lives and bring people together. It’s one of those books that I just want to swoon and sigh over. If you need something that is a feel-good read, this is the book for you. This is my first Rachel Joyce book, but I’m going to have to investigate her other books now for sure!

Up Next (always subject to change:)

March is Reading Ireland Month, co-hosted by Cathy at 746 Books, so I’ll be reading Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? and possibly Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture. Both authors are new to me. I’ve also still got Stephen King’s Wizard and Glass checked out and haven’t even started it yet. I need to get going with my Classics Club list and I think I’m going to choose a mystery to start, possibly Strangers on a Train or The Thin Man.

Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Have you seen “Black Panther” yet? What do you do when one of your favorite authors is revealed to be a (pardon my language) shithead? I hope you’re all having a good week and are enjoying your books! Tell me something good! 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (February 28, 2018)

  1. It can be hard to separate an artist’s personal life from their work, but I think it’s important to do so. Roman Polanski made one of my favorite movies ever, The Pianist; though John Mayer has said some really stupid stuff, I love his music. I don’t know if there is something that would make me drop an author completely. I’m still up for trying Alexie in the future.

    I’m a big fan of Anne Lamott, though for me that was one of her weakest books. Swing Time was a tough one for me too. I ended up rating it 3 stars but still reviewing it for BookBrowse. Like you’ve said, there’s a lot to think about, but the structure of the book didn’t really work for me, and I found the Africa subplot cliched.

    Hope you enjoy all your upcoming reading!

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    1. I value your perspective on an artist’s work vs. the artist himself. I think I don’t want to abandon Alexie’s work entirely, as I have enjoyed his stuff so so much. But now I will certainly be reading him through a different lens in the future. I tend to idolize creative people I like, so I think I should try to be more wary about doing so in the future.

      Good to hear your thoughts about the Lamott and the Smith. I am having some mixed feelings about the Smith myself, but that does tend to make a good discussion for book group.

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  2. I like the title, Hallelujah Anyway though I don’t know Lamott. I hope that the book meets your expectations. I like the fact that your book-club challenged you to keep reading Swing Time. It looks like quite a challenging read especially because of the narrative style but glad that its improving through the chapters.

    Enjoy your books this week and happy reading 🙂

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  3. I loved Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End. And I’ve loved all of Anne Lamott’s books, although some are better than others. It’s odd, because I often feel hostile to discussions of religion, but Lamott always seems so… nice. Her first book about her son, Operating Instructions, helped me through the baby years.

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    1. The Music Shop was so good!

      Thanks for reading and commenting! My book group is pretty democratic about choosing books, but still every once in a while you get one that’s not quite right for you. But i just try to read as much as I can so I can talk about it. 🙂

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  4. That really sucks about Sherman Alexie. 😦 These allegations seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. Which is good… but also has me on guard. When is one of my biggest heroes going to be accused of something terrible?
    It sounds like Zadie Smith deals with some of the same themes in Swing Time as she does in On Beauty.
    I’m so glad you liked The Music Shop. You should definitely try Harold Fry and Queenie!

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  5. It’s difficult when a favourite author/actor etc does something bad – it’s the main reason I try not to find out much about their lives, so it doesn’t affect how I feel about their books. I remind myself that my greatest favourite, Dickens, literally had a wall built down the middle of his bedroom as a way to be mean to his wife, to whom he was being unfaithful at the time. *sighs* I don’t forgive him, exactly, but I’m not prepared to deny myself the joy of reading his books either. It’s harder with a living writer though…

    Do read Strangers on a Train! I’d loved to hear what you think of it while it’s still fresh in my own mind! 😀

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    1. Oh my, I didn’t know that about Dickens, how interesting and awful! Yes, it’s a real shame about Alexie. I’m going to wait a while before I read him again and see how I feel about the whole thing.

      I saw that you’d just reviewed it yesterday! Maybe I will pick that one for my first Classics Club choice.

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  6. Ok after reading FF’s review of Strangers on a Train, I really want to read your take on it too! And awful news about Sherman Alexie…I’m beginning to think the ratio of good guys to bad is shrinking!

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