WWWednesday: What are you reading on 8 Aug 2018?

I only get around to doing it approximately 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.


For review:

Antti Tuomainen: Palm Beach Finland

From being a very dark, existentialist writer, Finnish author Tuomainen has evolved to become one of the funniest noir writers around – yes, black humour, sometimes even slapstick. The thought of Finland’s beaches becoming the next hot tourist destination doesn’t seem so far-fetched this long hot summer, the writing is sharp and there are plenty of dead bodies, but also inept criminals, entrepreneurs who’ve seen too much Baywatch and groaningly recognisable house renovation situations to keep you entertained along the way.

For #WITMonth:

Marina Tsvetaeva: Moscow Diaries 1917-22

How do you stay sane when the world you knew is collapsing around you, when you are struggling to survive and feed your children, when there seems to be no point in producing literature anymore?

Recently Read:

Beatriz Bracher: I Didn’t Talk

Asymptote Book Club title for July was perfectly timed to arrive just before #WITMonth. Gustavo, a former school principal and university lecturer, is ‘downsizing’. The family house is being sold and he is moving out of Sao Paolo. As he goes through the paperwork, old memories resurface: of his family, his friendships, his pedagogical beliefs and how all of these fared under the military junta in Brazil. I’m planning to review this one very shortly, perhaps tomorrow.


I’ve got a craving to read something in a different language. I’ve recently finished reading a German book (which will also be reviewed shortly for #WITMonth), but I’d like to settle down with a French one. I’ve got a Veronique Olmi that I haven’t touched yet, or some Swiss Romande authors.

And Melissa Beck, classicist and avid reader, who blogs as The Bookbinder’s Daughter, has very nearly convinced me I should The Brothers Karamazov another go. This is my lasting shame: I love Dostoevsky and yet I’ve never been able to finish this book. Perhaps a different translation might do the trick. Fifth time lucky? It really gets going after the first 500 pages or so, I understand.




9 thoughts on “WWWednesday: What are you reading on 8 Aug 2018?”

  1. I’m very intrigued by the Tuomainen, Marina Sofia. He really is talented, and I agree with you about the wit. I haven’t read that particular one yet, but I want to now…

  2. Yay Dostoyevsky- I’ve been reading along with Melissa, however she steamed through the last 400 pages. I’d love to hear your thoughts (I’m 756 pages in right now & am reading the Penguin Classics edition translated by David McDuff, a different translator than Melissa’s reading but one I’m thoroughly enjoying).

  3. I’m reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai: excellent so far. Looking forward to your reviews, and that’s not an empty comment. I mean it.

  4. There’s so much to read and so little time. I just read the excellent police procedural, which is quite unusual and good, “The Birdwatcher,” by William Shaw. Just a good read compared to so many books in the ether.
    I am reading “Shadow Child,” which is more negative in tone than I was anticipating, so I have to see if I want to read it.
    I’m not sure what to read next. I’m in the mood for humor or else an absorbing, nonbrutal mystery or a light novel without any killing.

    1. There are so few good comic books – or maybe it’s because humour is such a personal thing. I would recommend Nina Stibbe, if you can find her. She has written both a memoir and a novel which are funny but also satirical.

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