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www Wednesday (March 13)

This post follows a weekly reading meme hosted by Should be Reading,which you should also be following. Join in and link your post back to her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?www_wednesdays
  • What did you  recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?  

What are you currently reading?

I am nearly done with Second Shift – Order (Wool 7) by Hugh Howey and would have been done by now had I not started too many books at the same time.  🙂  I’m also very near the end of the audio version of She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  All I can say at this point is that Delores is a hot mess.

What did you  recently finish reading?

My book club picked The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for last month.  It was a great discussion of a somewhat downer of a book, although my crying at the end was in an odd I-don’t-want-it-to-end sort of way.  You know all along that Will’s mother has fatal cancer, but that knowledge does not soften the blow.  His perspective was a unique and poignant testament to his mother, as viewed through their mutual reading choices read in the midst of her illness.

What do you think you will read next?

We are reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (set in France) for next month’s book club, as it was one of the titles suggested in the Schwalbe “book club.”

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www Wednesday 2/27/13

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What are you currently reading?

I am still trying to get through the book club pick (upcoming discussion on Sunday…ahhh), The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and Second Shift – Order (Wool #7) by Hugh Howey.  They’re both good books, but I have too many “reading irons” in the fire!

What did you recently finish reading?

The last few dreary days spent inside allowed me to finish The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  I’m sure my cabin fever was nothing like that experienced by the characters in this mesmerizing story, but I was glad to have time to listen to the audio version in the warmth of my own cozy home instead of a rustic cabin in Alaska.  While I enjoyed the enigmatic story, I’m unsure how I feel about the ending.  It was hard to digest its ambiguity, even though I don’t normally like things tied up too nicely.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s daunting to approach 16 discs, but I’ve just started She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  So many people have recommended it that I have to give it a try.  The title gives me an earworm of the song by the Guess Who song, so I hope it’s worth it!

 

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www Wednesdays (Feb.20)

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What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? 

Now I’m on the next-to-the-last in the Silo pre-quels with Hugh Howey’s Second Shift – Order (Wool #7).  It’s been a long journey, even if I did like the first of the series better.  I am finally starting to get into The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe that is our next book club pick, although it’s been slowing going.  Anyone who has read my list during the last month is probably thinking, “Finish it already!”

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m on the last disc of listening to The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath and so will call it done.  The book is pretty much what I’ve heard, at least as far as evoking emotion in reaction to Esther’s pain, so I can now appreciate what others have claimed it to be.

What do you think you’ll read next? 

We’re supposed to get bad weather, so I may start Tinkers by Paul Harding if the power and the charge on my Kindle go out indefinitely.  If the electricity holds up, I may listen to Snow Child by Paul Harding since I have it checked out from the library.

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www Wednesday (Feb. 13)

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• 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’m almost done reading First Shift – Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey and would’ve been done by now if I’d had more time to read lately.  Lots of driving time has allowed me to start listening to something on my “tbr” list forever, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  However, I am still working on The End of Your Life Book Club which would probably be done by now if I didn’t try to read so many books at once.

What did you recently finish reading?

The audio version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants was perfect for a recent driving trip. I stopped counting how many times I caught myself cracking up by myself in the car.  She’s a great comic writer, and now I respect her so much more as a storyteller and social commentator.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It will finally be time to start Second Shift Wool #7 by Hugh Howey when I finish First Shift of the three pre-quels of his Silo series.

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www Wednesday (February 6)

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

A reading meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

I’m continuing the Silo saga by reading the prequel First Shift – Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey.  Yes, I’ve bragged about the series here quite enough already.  Suffice to say, it’s an intriguing futuristic “what if” told from a before-the-apocalypse point of view.  And I’m still at the beginning of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

What did you recently finish reading?

Hearing Neil Gaiman interviewed on NPR recently piqued my interest in reading two of his children’s books, The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.    He has become one of my favorite authors in the last year or more, so I tried out Odd and the Frost Giants with my five-year old son.  That was a hit, but these two titles not so much, although I enjoyed them.  Gaiman says kids are braver than adults and doesn’t believe “scary” stories affect them the way adults fear they will.  I hope they think, like he claims, that they can conquer the bad guys or monsters and not just get freaked out by the stories.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s probably a good idea to go ahead with Second Shift – Order (Wool #7) while the silo story line is still fresh in my mind.  Howey is set to release the next (maybe the last) in the series this year.

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www Wednesday (January 30)

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

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What are you currently reading?

I’m reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe was a gift from a book club friend of mine.  The author writes in memory of his late mother whose end of life he shared while discussing books and feelings about life.

What did you recently finish reading?

Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti is exactly what the title claims it to be.  It’s her research-based, scathing, look at all the gender-based stereotypes about modern motherhood based on outdated expectations.  She uses a lot of information about parents’ and children’s satisfaction levels, as well as statistics about “non-traditional” families in relation to children’s welfare, based on scientific studies.  Keep in mind, it’s not as boring as that description sounds.  I liked it very much.  Granted, Valenti is one of my feminist heroines.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping to read Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (I’m a big fan) if I can figure out how to transfer it to my Kindle. It’s supposedly “checked out” to me through the local library system, but I’m having trouble accessing it. (?)

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www Wednesday (January 23rd)

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What are you currently reading?

My audio experience with Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Za’fon has been a good one, and I’m almost done with it.  Highly recommend!

What did you recently finish reading?

I am finishing How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and love what she has to say.  Any feminist “worth her salt” (as Moran would say) should read this book!  I think she’s a happy British mix of Chelsea Handler and David Sedaris.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is my book club’s next pick. Our friend Kay gave us all a copy for Christmas, so we’re reading it together for February.  It’s about a son’s experience getting to know his mother better through their mutual love of reading that they discuss while she lay dying of cancer.  I know I’m gonna cry my eyes out.

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