WWWednesday: What Are You Reading? – 12th July 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?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.

Current:

Two easy-going crime fiction books, to keep me motivated in my job hunt as the summer holidays beckon. The first is Robert B. Parker’s Bad Business, inspired by a great analysis of the Spenser series at the Captivating Criminality conference I attended. The second is a cosy mystery for review on Crime Fiction Lover, a nice change of pace: Mary Angela’s Passport to Murder. A campus mystery combined with a failed attempt to visit France.

 

 

 

Finished:

You’ll have seen the review of The Cut by Anthony Cartwright yesterday. This was commissioned as a Brexit novel, but it goes beyond a single issue. It is in fact the portrait of a divided country and a battle of the classes and regions which fail to understand or even listen to each other. My other great pleasure this past week or two has been to reread one of my favourite novels, Jane Austen’s Persuasion. No matter how many times I read it, I always find something new to admire. The control of language and emotions is so admirable! I did a mini-readalong with Janet Emson and Laura Patricia Rose, tweeting favourite phrases and observations as we went along. Great fun, highly recommended way of reading old favourites!

 

 

 

 

Next:

I’ve just borrowed a pile of books from the library that I should be working my way through, and I also planned to contribute to Spanish Reading Month. But I craved something angry and combative instead, so here are my predictions for upcoming reads. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Naomi Alderman’s The Power

Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

Dumitru Tsepeneag: Hotel Europa (transl. by Patrick Camiller)

The author-narrator, a sarcastic Romanian émigré with a French wife, tells with great insight and humor the story of a young student’s life and education as he passes from post-Ceausescu Romania through an unwelcoming Western Europe beset with dangerous problems of its own.

 

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28 thoughts on “WWWednesday: What Are You Reading? – 12th July 2017”

  1. I love Persuasion as well so we obviously share exquisite taste in books! But I find I just don’t have the time for re-reading books at the moment – there are so many new ones at there shouting for my attention!

    1. It’s very hard to commit to rereading, and I probably wouldn’t have done it without Janet and Laura cheering each other on! Too many shiny new objects competing for our attention!

  2. I hadn’t heard of The Power until I read this post, but that premise sounds absolutely fasctinating. I hope you enjoy it!

      1. I agree. I think that the teenage years are such a tumultuous period for any person that to give them so much power at that time exacerbates it.

        I love The Handmaid’s Tale by Atwood so I know anything reviewed by her is bound to be powerful

  3. You have a nice group of books there, Marina Sofia. Going from easy-going to angry and combative is quite a range, too. But that’s what a love about books: there’s one for every mood…

  4. Well, I’m nowhere near European fiction at this point. I just read the excellent book, “The Dry,” by Jane Harper. Two plot lines, good protagonist, but sad in places. She is a writer to watch.
    Am now reading “Woman No. 17,” by Edan Lepucki, writer of “California.” It’s a bit strange for me, but I’m going to try to stick with it.
    And what comes next? Hmm. Susie Steiner’s next book is waiting at the library for me if I feel like reading another police procedural, although her protagonist is like n other.
    Or will I try to read a non-mystery? Depends on what’s at the library for me.
    I am awaiting Arundhati Roy’s new book, and Lisa McInerney’s, and am arguing with the library to buy more copies of it; only one copy and one has to go to the library to read it! It’s not that expensive to buy two books to circulate.
    And I’m waiting for Michael Connelly’s first book with a woman protagonist, “The Late Show.”

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