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www Wednesday (Oct. 10)

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the sensational, MizB, at Should be Reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 What are you currently reading?

The audio book I’m listening to right now is Watership Down by Richard Adams.  It’s widely considered a children’s classic, but I’ve never read it.  Listening to it read in a great British accent is even better.  It’s about a community of rabbits, and many people call it an allegory of society although the author denies that claim.  

What did you recently finish reading?

Finally … finally, I’m finishing A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  Considering I don’t like love stories or vampires, it wasn’t bad.  The heroine could have/should have been stronger and not relied on her dark love interest so much in my opinion, so that lowered my opinion of it considerably.  It would take too much energy to continue the series.

I also finished a book club pick, Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert. It was a much more enjoyable reading experience than I anticipated, although it based on a great historical American tragedy about how people were ostracized for illness and was very heartbreaking as a result.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club is reading Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer next, and I’m looking forward to it very much.  It sounds like religious zealotry at its most horrible.  This is by the author of Into the Wild, so I hope it’s all I’m cracking it up to be.

What are you reading?  Join in and post your list at the original meme.   Happy reading!

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October 10, 2012 · 10:54 pm

www Wednesday (Sept. 12)

Thanks to MizB for her weekly inspiration to many online readers, including me.  Link back to ShouldbeReading and post your list for the week.  There are many great books described there.

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

What are you currently reading?

I am still slogging through A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, although I am neither a fan of books about vampires nor witches.  My reserve off the book club pick,  Molaka’i  by Richard Brennert, is not at the library yet, but I’ve read the sample on Kindle.  Seems like it will be sad but interesting historical fiction set in Hawaii.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished anything else since  A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, which is about a supernatural meeting of a young Irish girl and her ghostly great-grandmother.  Doyle is an amazing linguist.  Good stuff.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My tbr list is so long, where do I start?  I want to read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.  She is super funny on Twitter!

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www Wednesday (Sept. 5)

MizB over at Should be Reading hosts this weekly reading meme.  Feel free to participate by linking back to your post on her blog.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… Image

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I have finally started A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and hope it lives up to my long-awaited expectations.  There are so many conflicting opinions on it.  Twenty percent on Kindle so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Hardly ever do I consider giving a book five-star status.  Only my absolute favorites go there, but A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle is definitely a 4.5!  It’s about a young Irish girl waiting for her granny to die with a supernatural element thrown in the mix.  I’ve missed Doyle for awhile, as I didn’t like the last couple of his books I had tried, so I am glad to love him again.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have yet to start Molaka’i by Richard Brennert that takes place in Hawaii a century ago.  It is my book club’s pick for September, so I need to get going on it.

What are you reading right now?  Share your list here or at MizB’s blog!

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September 5, 2012 · 7:32 pm

WWW Wednesdays (Aug.29)

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This reading meme’s host is the irrepressible MizB at Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’ve barely cracked A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, currently at 5% on my Kindle.  It’s a book I’ve intended to read since last year but have put off due to the differing opinions I’ve heard about it.  Even though I may never follow through with the second in the series, I’m gonna try it!

What did you recently finish reading?

A Kindle freebie I happened upon, Elephant Girl: A Human Story, was written autobiographically by Jane Devin.  It’s about her difficult upbringing and trying to prevail over those circumstances.  Jane’s story provoked me to think about the story’s delivery much more thought than I thought I would (as evidenced here).  I now follow the author on Twitter.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My fellow book clubbers chose Molaka’i by Richard Brennan as our next read, historical fiction I would not normally pick but might like.

What are you reading this week?  Please, share!

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WWW Wednesday (July 11)

Hosted by MizB @Should Be Reading.  Image

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My IRL book club’s latest pick is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. It is a funny look at Australia from a sharp-witted writer’s point of view, but I’m just now getting into it.

Half-way through a short work called Hurricane by one of my fave new(ish) authors, Hugh Howey, I’m discovering he is definitely eclectic.  This one different than his other books I’ve read, but not in a bad way, and I’m loving the range of premises he offers.

What did you recently finish reading?

Sadly, I haven’t finished any of my own reading since posting last week.  I’ll instead mention a couple kid’s Kindle freebies my son and I have enjoyed lately — nothing’s better than free!  Check out Orangey the Goldfish by Eddie Bee and The Patriotic Caterpillar by Vincent Cornell.  They were well worth the time for several LOLs.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Even though it’s not in my usual go-to category of reading, I’ll like to try A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’ve had it on my Kindle for quite some time and have seen a trend of people reading it lately.

I’d also like to re-try Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, like I’ve posted before, but it’s a challenge getting into it. Several other bloggers have said they loved it, and I hope they’re correct.

Please share what you’re reading!

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