It’s a WWW Wednesday!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The three W’s stand for the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? To participate, make a post or comment answering the three questions, link up to the host (Sam)’s post, and check out what others are reading and talking about! I typically participate once a month, approximately in the middle of the month, as a halfway check-in on my monthly reading goals.
What Am I Currently Reading?
I am about 1/3 of the way through The Means that Make Us Strangers by Christine Kindberg, and it is very good so far! The setting is mostly South Carolina in the 1960s, but it started out in Ethiopia, and I expect to see more of it. The story deals with the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of a (white) teen who grew up mostly in Africa. At age 16 her parents move the family back to their original home in South Carolina, but Adelaide wants nothing to do with America or American culture. She especially does not understand the reality of racism, and so far is having a rather difficult time adjusting to her new environment. I have high hopes for The Means That Make Us Strangers!
My current drive-to-work audiobook is House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg. This biography is written with a younger audience in mind, but that has not had any impact on my appreciation for it. I have read a few other biographies about L.M. Montgomery, but I am always eager to hear more about her! This book makes a point of discussing her mental health frequently, unlike many others I have read. It is not too complicated for me to pay attention early in the morning, but it is insightful and interesting, so it is a great audiobook fit for me!
Technically, I started reading Meant For Me by Lyn Cote recently when I finished what I was supposed to be reading on my Kindle and decided to celebrate by starting something new and completely unrelated. However, the energy just hasn’t sparked in this book, and I am now a few chapters in. I doubt I will keep up with this one, at least for the time being.
What Did I Recently Finish Reading?
I read most of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen toward the end of July as part of the Jane Austen July Reading Challenge, but I didn’t quite finish it until a few days ago. Once I realized I was not going to make the July 31 deadline, I did not rush to finish Northanger Abbey. Surprisingly, this has become my new favorite Jane Austen novel! I have read four of the six, with only Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility left.
I put off reading Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts for a long time because I was afraid of it being too sad. However, it is now easily one of my favorite books of the month! I definitely want to read more by this author. You can read my review here.
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a disappointment. Not terrible, but a definite disappointment. I need to make a post dedicated to this book.
True to my word (finally), I finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell in the latter half of July. It is a very complex book, and I’m still sorting out some of my thoughts and feelings about it. You can read my review here.
What Will I Likely Read Next?
I am participating in a blog tour for By Paths Unknown by Rebekah Morris and A Brother is Born by Angie Thompson coming up in a few weeks, and I have committed to read and review Morris’ book. I’ll be starting it very soon.
Christmas With Cocoa by Cleopatra Margot is my tentative Christmas pick for this quarter.
I really want to read Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes, but I’m not sure if it is the best fit for right now. I am working on a check-in post for my personal year-long reading goals, and I haven’t quite decided yet whether or not I need to hold off on this one in order to make progress in other areas.
Speaking of my year-long reading goals, one of which is to complete a series I began but never finished, I plan to start The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis soon. I only have this and one other, The Last Battle, to finish up the series!
Which books are you reading and thinking about today? Let’s talk in the comments, and don’t forget to check out all of the other linked WWW Wednesday posts over at Taking on a World of Words!
Until the next chapter,