WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words. Take a look at her page and tell us what you’re currently reading!
Hi friends. I want to start out by saying how thoughtful and much appreciated your comments were on my previous post, the one where I took a little blogging break. Things are a little better for me now, but I’m still working through some pretty draining emotions and my reading concentration has suffered, I won’t lie. I seem to spend as much time watching Netflix (Ozark is my latest addiction!) and playing Candy Crush Saga on my phone as I do reading. I know these things are cyclical, and sometime in the future I will be back to my voracious reading habits. I’m actually okay with slowing down a bit. There’s nothing in the world wrong with taking your time with a book.
Now, on to the three questions of WWW Wednesday:
What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished?
What will you read next?
Currently: I’m reading four books, in various states of completion/attention. I’m two-thirds done with Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories, which is part of both my Classics Club list and the R.I.P. Challenge. I have to say, I was expecting the collection to be creepier than it has been so far. Some of these stories have been unsettling to be sure but some have been almost “normal!” They’re good in any case and I’m enjoying it.
I’m also listening to the (digital library) audio version of Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes, a nonfiction book about microbes and their importance to all life on the planet. It’s interesting and the reader has a lovely British accent. I confess to some of the stuff going a bit over my head as I’m driving but I’m getting the gist of it. I hope to be able to finish it before its due date!
Recently Finished: Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo“ by Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Deborah G. Plant. This was shorter than I had anticipated. The actual story straight from the mouth of Cudjo Lewis, an eighty-six year old former slave from the last slave ship to America (1860,) is only about 100 pages long, and that includes several pages of African stories Lewis told Hurston. I am so glad this was finally published and I’m glad that I read it – my only quibble is that I wish it were longer. As Hurston’s introduction states, “All these words from the seller, but not one word from the sold.”
Up Next: I’ve got a few books on the old nightstand of course… I actually pre-ordered Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, a rarity for me. But she’s one of my top 5 authors and I will dig into this one as soon as I can finish the Jackson stories. I also have just checked out There There by Tommy Orange and I know there are still holds on it so I’ll have to read it soon. I also have the third installment of the Ruth Galloway series, The House At Sea’s End. I’ve had it checked out forever!
I hope you are all having a good week and I also hope to do some blog hopping and catch up on what you’ve been reading. Do you have thoughts on any of my picks?