WWW Wednesday // February 17, 2021

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.

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What Am I Currently Reading?

Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control📚 Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control by Paul Dye – Nonfiction, Memoir

Yes, I’m still reading this. Slowly, it appears, although I’m admittedly skipping over some of the more technical sections so it feels like I am reading very quickly.

📚 For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership by David D. Chrislip & Ed O’Malley – Nonfiction, Leadership/Self-help

Later in the semester I will have to do a major assignment related to this book. Hopefully, reading it now will allow the material to really permeate my brain and stick well so that I can do well on the project.

The Mysterious Benedict Society🎧 The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee – Middle Grade Mystery, series

Technically I’m listening to this during my daily commute, but I have had so many days off work because of the extreme weather recently that I am not making much progress. Come to think of it, I wonder if it’s bad that I have left the discs in my car when the temperature is well below 0F? I should probably look that up and possibly bring them inside.

📚 The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer – Historical Fiction, 1930s Kentucky Pack Horse Librarian Project

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since it came out last year, and I’m so glad to finally be able to do so!

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

Together, Apart📚 Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig & Various Authors; Short Story Collection; ⭐⭐.5

In a word: disappointing. Every story in this collection is a YA contemporary romance set during the COVID pandemic lockdown. On the surface, that’s interesting! Lots of different backgrounds and situations are presented, but there is a lot more that could have been done here. Look for my full review within the next month.

📚 Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner; Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely amazing! This is a story I didn’t know I needed to read, but it is so comforting and heartwarming despite the themes of struggle, family strain, and personal identity. It’s so, so very good. It deserves a wonderful review and I’m not sure if I can write one worthy of it, but I’ll try soon.

📚 Lapse Americana by Benjamin Myers; Poetry; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a solid poetry collection about the mundane things that are often forgotten when we think about our own past. It’s an interesting look into the poet’s own life, and how those experiences map to the wider population.

What Might I Read Next?

Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity📚 Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity by Julie Des Jardins; Nonfiction, Biography

📚 Fanny’s Hope Chest by Sarah Holman; Contemporary Christian Fiction

📚 Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey by Wayne A. Wiegand; Nonfiction, Biography

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The frigid weather has caused some significant chaos in my region and the surrounding states. For one thing, before Monday, I don’t think I knew what a “rolling blackout” was, but now everyone is talking about them as if they are completely normal. Even though I have not yet lost electricity, yesterday I couldn’t log into my school work because of weather-related issues at the campus. And I discovered my threshold for indoor temperature: 65F. Before the weather became extreme, I had my thermostat set around 69F, and when the power companies urged people to do everything possible to conserve power, I started inching it down a degree at a time. 65F is the lowest that I can stand to go. Which is kind of weird to me, because it’s only a few degrees from normal, but makes such a big difference. It’s also weird because when I bundled up to go outside and check on things, the cold didn’t really bother me as long as I kept moving, and I’m sure it was below 0F at that point! All that to say, it’s very cold, and I’m glad I have plenty of books to read this week.

What books are on your radar this week? Is the weather doing anything interesting where you are?

Until the next chapter,


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