WWW Wednesdays – 14th June, 2017

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently

Nelly Arcan: Folle

Still taking my time over this one, reading a few pages at a time. Not that I don’t like it, but it’s taking you too deep perhaps in a troubled, jilted, suicidal woman’s mind, so you need frequent breaks.

Elizabeth von Arnim: Elizabeth and Her German Garden

The perfect contrast to the above, this charming and gentle reflection of the passing of the seasons in a garden is calming even to a non-gardener but flower lover like myself. Plus, it’s a wife’s bid for having her own personal space, so what’s not to like?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently

Pierre Lemaitre: Three Days and a Life (transl. Frank Wynne)

Not really a crime novel as such, but a very believable description of a young boy’s way of dealing with guilt when he accidentally causes the death of another boy. Excellent social and psychological observation, although the end feels somewhat fortuitous.

Elizabeth Jane Howard: Marking Time (Cazalet 2)

Another feel-good book supposedly – although the subjects in this second book in the series are rather grim: war, death, abortions, abuse, cancer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next

Goran Vojnović: Yugoslavia, My Fatherland (transl. Noah Charney) – representing Slovenia for #EU27Project, also an attempt to get my Netgalley shelves cleared.

Alison Lurie: Real People

A book about writers at an artists’ colony reminiscent of Yaddo, this satirises pretentious artistic egos and relationships. Apparently, Lurie was banned from Yaddo and other such places after publishing the book.

Well, that was the plan, at least, when I wrote this post at the weekend, but I ended up reading the Alison Lurie book before starting on the Elizabeth von Arnim one, so you will have seen the review of Real People already.

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11 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays – 14th June, 2017”

  1. Enjoy your reading. Allison Lurie’s book must be a real doozie if it was banned at Yadoo.
    I just read “A Climate of Fear,” by Fred Vargas. I liked it but thought one plot line was a bit overdone and got tedious in parts, and another one was repugnant. I always like Vargas’ books, and admire her brilliance, but this is not a favorite.
    I am currently reading the delightful “The Chalk Pit,” by Elly Griffiths, starring the wonderful Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. I always enjoy this series, but this is a particularly good one.
    What to read next? Maybe Denise Mina’s “The Long Drop,” or a book by Peter May from his Enzo or China series. Loved his Lewis Trilogy. (Problem is I’ve taken out several books from the library and have some paperbacks, but the print is too small for me to read, so it’s either get new glasses or a Kindle.)

    1. I haven’t read Peter May’s Enzo series yet, but I have to admit his Lewis books are my favourites. I rather liked A Climate of Fear, but then I am a bit of a French Revolution geek, and I also quite enjoyed the Icelandic atmosphere (although yes, it did turn one’s stomach over). And the house in the woods, the tame boar… I don’t know, it just captured my imagination.
      Do you have large-print books at the library? We have some here, although their number has gone down now that most people rely on audiobooks or Kindle.

  2. You’ve got some interesting books there, Marina Sofia. I really am interested in reading Real People. What an interesting premise and set of topics. And I know what you mean about wanting to let a book gently flow over you. Sometimes, that’s a real balm.

    1. Lurie seems to have fallen out of favour, but her social observations are so acute, biting but not vicious, with a good dose of humour and self-deprecation.

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