WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Taking On A World of Words, and asks three simple questions that allows me to chat about what I’m reading, as well as my most recent and upcoming reads!
It’s been a while since I did one of these – almost a month! I haven’t done one of these in so long because I haven’t had a great reading month, and also because I’ve had a difficult month mental health wise so I’ve not been blogging as much. Regardless, I am excited to be doing this again as I love having this as an almost tracker for everything I’ve read.
What are you currently reading?
I’ve steadily been reading ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ for over a week now – and it’s not taking me a long time because I don’t enjoy it! I really am enjoying it, the story is fascinating and I love watching it slowly unravel. I think this book may be a steady and slow read for me for a while and I’m okay with that, because I kind of want it to last a long time.
I’m only about a chapter into ‘The Liar’s Gospel’ so I really can’t comment on it yet, but since I read ‘The Power’ earlier this year and enjoyed it I wanted to try more books from Naomi Alderman. I’ve admittedly never read a book that features Mary, the mother of Jesus, before so I’m intrigued.
I’m about halfway through ‘Shame Nation’ and whilst I’m not loving, it’s really interesting. Sue Scheff is shining a light on public shaming and revealing things relating to it that I didn’t know existed – did you know some companies have software that tracks their employee’s social media so they can watch what they say? I didn’t. It’s an interesting book and I’m fascinated by how public shaming is now a regular part of our online discourse now.
I have about half an hour left for my audiobook version ‘When You Were Everything’ and I don’t want it to end! It’s a fantastic YA story about friendship, love, forgiveness and growth and I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for most of my young adult life. I’m not going to say anything else about this as I will be writing a review – but just know I highly recommend it.
What have you just finished reading?
‘The Truants’ by Kate Weinberg was Waterstone’s ‘Fiction Book of the Month’ for June, and I read it for a series based on this for my blog. Unfortunately, this didn’t live up to my expectations nor the expectations set in the narrative of the book, and whilst it wasn’t bad, it felt like just an okay read to me. Read my full review here.
‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ by Jon Ronson is the first non-fiction book I’ve read and finished in a long time. It was a highly engaging read and it made me think about not only my behaviour, but how we all behave online. I would highly recommend it to anyone who either actively engages or disengages with ‘cancel culture’ or online shaming as it’s a really interesting read.
I read ‘They Both Die At The End’ in one day yesterday, when I was sat out on a picnic blanket in the sun in my garden. It was a really emotive read and I enjoyed the premise, the characters and the message on life and the beauty of it.
What do you plan on reading next?
I’m not entirely sure what I want to read next as I’ve had a reading slump this month, so I really need to read based off my mood at the moment to make sure I don’t fall back into it. However, these are two I’d like to read or at least start soon.