WWWednesday: What are you reading on 13 June 2018

I only get around to doing it once a month, but here is a lovely meme you might want to take part in, 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:

For review:

Carol Fenlon: Mere

Not ‘mere’ as in ‘mother’ but as in Windermere, it is a cross-genre novel set in rural Lancashire. Part family story, part crime, with elements of ghost story, it is about the destruction of the landscape, death of farming and the revenge of nature as well as about the human beings living there.

For leisure:

Ali Smith: Autumn – progress on this one has been slow, as I put it down to read something else and haven’t really returned to it. I rather like it, but clearly it does not grip me.

Finished:

For review:

John Berger: G.

Winner of the Booker Prize in 1972, I’ll be doing a brief write-up of it for Shiny New Books Golden Booker special. It will never be a popular or highly readable book, but I found this retelling of Casanova or Don Juan set at the turn of the 19th to 20th century a lot more fun than I expected.

For leisure:

Marian Keyes: The Break

I was in the mood for a little mid-life crisis and man-bashing, and Keyes is always brilliant at observing couples or parent-child dynamics. However, it did feel rather long and unedited, a bit self-indulgent for both the writer and the reader.

Next:

For David Bowie Book Club:

Susan Jacoby: The Age of American Unreason – halfway through June and I still haven’t read the choice for May – don’t know why I hesitate about picking up this book, perhaps fear that it will make me rant about politics once more?

For leisure (and next on my #20booksofsummer list):

Belinda Bauer: Snap

Not sure if maternal abandonment is a subject that will cheer me up, but at least this book should have me reading well into the night, knowing the author. Not many books have done that lately!

 

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8 thoughts on “WWWednesday: What are you reading on 13 June 2018”

  1. I hope you’ll enjoy Snap when you get to it, Marina Sofia. I’ve been reading mixed reviews about it, but there you are. Everyone’s different about books. The Fenlon sounds interesting, too, when I’m ready for something darker.

  2. Ooh, I’ve read the Jacoby (about a decade ago, when I didn’t really have the tools for it) – liked it all the same, though! She’s very smart and uncompromising, from what I remember.

  3. I just raced through unputdownable Exposed by Lisa Scottoline, a legal, light mystery with a bit of thriller. A lot of fun. I needed this type of book.
    Am in the middle of Quicksand, by Malin Perrson. Don’t know if I’ll read it. It won the Petrona Award, but is about a school shooting from the viewpoint of someone on trial for this crime. It’s so close to home here. I’ll have to see about finishing it.
    And am reading Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jessmyn Ward, an award-winning book and on the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. Very good writing, very sad. I had to take a break.
    To read: The library has some books on reserve now for me: Eleanor Oliphant is Alive and Well (think that’s the title), Murder under the Bridge and Lost in Translation. And I’m waiting for several more. Not sure which I’ll read. I like substance, but I watch and read news all day, so my reading, of late, has been light.

  4. Mere interests me, I liked Autumn, I didn’t enjoy The Break, and Snap disappointed me. G sounds different but I’ve seen other people describe it as ‘dull’, so I’m looking forward to reading your review. And I know nothing about The Age of American Unreason, but a political rant would be interesting.

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