WWW Wednesday (October 17, 2018)

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.

img_1384-0Now, 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!

Two more books I’ve only just started: The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons (short stories) and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön (Buddhist/spiritual self-help.)


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 2590136several 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?



31 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (October 17, 2018)

  1. There There will either be perfect for you now or terrible: there are a tonne of voices which might be troublesome but it also reads very quickly, you kinda slip from one perspective into the next, so it might actually pull you along in a dialogue-soaked and scenic way. Even on the page I found Multitudes overwhelming – so I think it’s very bold of you to try it on audio – but as I’ve gone on to read more about the microbiome, it has started to come together and it really has changed my thinking.Just keep on reading as you wish and the books will be there for you!

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    1. Thanks for the warning on There There! I have heard such good things that I am excited to find out for myself what the fuss is about.

      As for reading as I wish… I think that is just the thing for me to do. My own pace, the books that truly grab me. I think with blogging it’s easy to fall prey to comparison and think that I need to be reading certain things or at a certain pace. I’m working on being truly myself in all areas of life and figuring out exactly what I want. It’s not easy!


    1. Haha – glad to know I’m not alone on the mindless phone games. 🙂 I am feeling a bit better. Things are still unsettled but one can only move forward as best as one can and hopefully inch by inch things improve. Thank you!


  2. Oh awesome pics! I’ve got Transcription on my shelf, but I think you’ll get to it before me so I look forward to your thoughts. I haven’t read There There by Tommy Orange but I went to one of his readings last week and it was wonderful! He’s got an amazing ‘presence’. 🙂

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  3. There There is incredibly powerful. I don’t know if you usually read the prologue, but in this case you should. It was not an easy read, but I’m very glad I read it. Orange is a strong new vocie in fiction from a community we’ve not heard much about.

    We just finished Ozark and oh my gosh! I have never been so tense watching a season of TV! Even if it got extreme at some points it got me off-guard time and again. I think the writing is great.

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  4. I had missed you, Laila. Nice to see you back and hear that things are getting better. I hope and pray that they will continue improving. I do love Ozark and just completed season 2. Barracoon sounds like quite a powerful read. Definitely something that I would like to read as I have enjoyed Zpra’s previous titles. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  5. Glad to see you back and hear that things are a little better! Yep, sometimes it’s better just to take the reading slow rather than force it – you’ll soon be reading up a storm again, I’m sure! I tried a collection of Jackson’s short stories a while back and was a little disappointed in them – I think my expectations were set too high after We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Hill House…

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    1. Thank you, FF. It’s funny, after spending the last few years (or five or ten) racing through books at breakneck speed, it feels kind of nice to take a little break. I only read about 10 pages all weekend. (Gasp!)

      I also had high expectations for Jackson’s stories. I enjoyed them but I think I expected them to be darker/creepier. Still, they were worth reading and gave me something to think about. I plan to write about the collection this week.

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  6. I’m a little late to the party, but it’s so nice to see you again Laila! I understand your need to zone out on Candy Crush and Netflix. Recently I’ve been watching all the baking shows. In fact, my daughter and I just noticed last night that there are none left! I’m feeling a gaping hole at the thought! Cooking shows are just not the same.

    I Contain Multitudes sounds like something I’d like. And I remember Melanie’s review of Barracoon – it sounds so interesting!

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    1. Thanks! I agree – the baking shows are much preferable to cooking shows. But then again, I much prefer to bake rather than cook. Hmmm…

      I Contain Multitudes is interesting but it’s slow going competing with all my podcasts too. I hope I can renew it – my library doesn’t let you try to renew a digital loan until 3 days before it’s due.

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  7. I agree– take your time getting back into reading steadily. I’m also turning into a lull, I’ve noticed. My brother recently got me a membership to Netflix because apparently, it was a crime I had never seen New Girl. But, now I’m super distracted! XD We don’t have a lot of downtime for fun; I don’t think everyone should be chained to books all the time.

    One thing to consider with The Lottery is that it was published in 1948. So while some of the stories are considered “normal” now, I don’t think they were at the time. I agree with you that not all her stories in this collection have the same sense of dread, however.

    You’ve got some wonderful and interesting books on your list. Are you hoping that one of these breaks the reading slump, or are you content to keep riding this out?

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    1. You always ask such good questions, Jackie.

      That’s a great point about the time in which Jackson’s stories were published. Now that I think about it I am certain that they would be considered a little odd then. One day I’m going to read that recent bio of her and find out how her stuff was viewed at the time.

      As for my current reads, right now I’m almost halfway through Atkinson’s Transcription and it’s good. I am just not reading at my usual breakneck pace, though, and I am okay with that. I agree – there are other things to enjoy and we shouldn’t be chained to a book all the time!

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      1. There’s a recent Shirley Jackson bio?! Oh man. I need to get on that. I just finished reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I am reminded about all the reasons I love her writing. I really need to read more of her works. But, I feel like at this point, this is an October 2019 goal. 😉

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    1. I do not think it’s too depressing. I do recommend it. It’s just I wanted more than I got, which has to do with my expectations more than anything. His story is very sad, of course, but I am glad that I read it. It made the experience of being captured and enslaved that much more visceral feeling coming straight from a survivor himself.


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