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?
📚 Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble; Nonfiction – Writing Instruction
I started reading this book in early February. That feels like a lifetime ago! Unfortunately, this book just isn’t compelling. It’s got some useful tidbits, and there is one chapter on critical analysis I will probably bookmark for future reference, but it is also just boring. I know it’s mainly an instructional tool, but if you want college students (who seem to be the target audience) to read your book, you ought to make it a bit more engaging than this.
📚 Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1) by Shannon Messenger; Middle Grade Fantasy
I may have already mentioned that this is an audiobook I checked out from the library before my state fell prey to the current world-wide craziness, intending to listen to it on my drive to and from work. That won’t be happening anytime soon, so I finally put it in my computer and started listening that way. I’m not sure what to think so far; it has potential, but I’m not entirely hooked. We’ll see how it goes.
What Did I Recently Finish Reading?
SO MANY BOOKS! One of the blessings of staying at home all the time is that I am flying through books so much faster than I usually do! Here are three I finished since the weekend.
📚 The Fall of Candy Corn (Sweet Seasons #2) by Debbie Viguie; Young Adult, Contemporary, Christian Fiction; ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m saving my review of this one for the fall.
📚 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Laura Danner; Young Adult(ish) Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction; ⭐⭐⭐
Since this is technically “a novelette” I am thinking about posting a “review-ette” of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms in the not-too-distant future.
📚 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Historical Fiction – 1800s England, Classic Literature; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was the perfect time to tackle Jane Eyre, which, at just over 600 pages, is much longer than the books I usually read. I finally got past the dreary first few chapters, and found that I love this story! There were several “plot twists” which I already knew, but that did not stop me from enjoying the suspense. I wish I had read this book in college so that I could write a paper over it, and read what everyone else thinks about it! Luckily, there is no shortage of commentary online, much of which I have already perused. In short, Jane Eyre is an incredible book and I now thoroughly understand and support why it is Anne Gilbert’s favorite book. It’s making a strong case to be my new favorite.
What Might I Read Next?
Writing this section is so much fun this month, knowing that I still have two solid weeks off from work in which I can read (and knit, crochet, and garden, etc) to my heart’s content! I’m pretty much mood-reading at the moment, but here is what I expect to read soon.
📚 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; Historical Fiction – 1800s, Classic Literature
Since Jane Eyre went so well, I’m going to tackle this other behemoth of a novel next.
The sequel comes out in May! I have already pre-ordered Never Say Goodbye, which is something I have never done before, because I am so excited for this book! Of course, I have to re-read the amazing first book before the next one comes out.
📚 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; Historical Fiction – 1950s; Modern Classic Literature
Every Salinger story I have read (and there have been many) has had an impact on me, and somehow this book was never assigned to me. I finally bought a copy a few weeks ago, so here we go!
Are you doing much reading these days, Readers? I would love to hear if you’ve discovered any new interests in this season, especially if it’s a new-to-you author, book, genre, or craft! I am almost startled by how wrapped up I have become in the story of Jane Eyre; I find myself thinking about quotes, themes, and references at random times throughout the day, and I like that I have the time and space to explore each, even if I am not writing a paper about the book!
Until the next chapter,