WWW Wednesday 3-20-13
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WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

As y’all know, every Wednesday one of us answers three questions about our reading habits. This is akin to a genie’s three wish quota. We answer three questions, and only three questions, the third of which cannot be: “If you could answer three more questions, what would they be?”

So since the lot fell to me today, here are my answers to the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

Harry Dresden Cold DaysI am currently reading Ghost Story, a Harry Dresden Novel by Jim Butcher. This is one of three books a cagey friend gave me before I had even read one Harry Dresden novel. It was a cheap and blatant attempt to get me to buy Book One (Storm Front) thus getting me hooked on the series.

It worked. I have since either purchased—or checked out of the library—every Harry Dresden novel between Storm Front and Ghost Story. (There are about eight or nine of them.) I have bought paper backs, hardbacks, and eBooks. I have gotten my entire family hooked on the series, as well, and they are filling in any blanks left by my desperate library checkouts.

My current non-fiction read is Monopolizing Knowledge by physicist Ian Hutchinson, and my current morning devotional reads are The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh and The Promulgation of Universal Peace, by Abdu’l?Bahá.

I’m also reading my own first novel, The Meri, to my 10 year-old daughter. She reads voraciously on her own, but still insists on the bedtime ritual.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Jane and the Stillroom Maid by Stephanie Barron and Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire. I liked the Jane Austen mystery well enough, though it wasn’t the my favorite of the series I’ve read so far. Whereas Ashes of Honor is definitely my favorite of Seanan’s October Daye series. A truly satisfying ending.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?  

J&M_Fencon2010_caldwellSince my husband an I are a members of Seanan McGuire’s Traveling Circus and Snake Handling Show, which performs music at her San Francisco Bay Area book events, and since I had gotten into a lovely pattern of alternating Toby Daye and Harry Dresden novels until I ran out of Toby novels (pick up the pace, Seanan!), I intend to start on Seanan’s InCryptid series, starting with Discount Armageddon. Then I shall read the most recent Harry Dresden novel and wait, impatiently, for the next one. On the non-fiction side, I hope to finish Bertrand Russell’s Essays on Mysticism and Logic one of these days, as well.

And somewhere in there, I will find time to write.

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WWW Wednesday 3-20-13 — 7 Comments

  1. Read: The Return of the King
    Reading: Rose Red and Snow White by Patricia C. Wrede
    To Read: Either Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson or Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

  2. There are more than eight or nine Dresden Files books. In order, they are:

    1) Storm Front
    2) Fool Moon
    3) Grave Peril
    4) Summer Knight
    5) Death Masks
    6) Blood Rites
    7) Dead Beat
    8) Proven Guilty
    9) White Night (a.k.a. the one that almost everyone misspells)
    10) Small Favor
    11) Turn Coat
    12) Changes
    13) Ghost Story
    14) Cold Days

    There’s also the novella–published as a separate book–Backup, and a ton of short stories in continuity with the books. So you have a lot to read! Yay!

    • Wow, is it 13 already? I lost track.

      My daughter in law bought Cold Days for my son for Christmas, so I’ve got that last one waiting for me. I’m approaching the middle of Ghost Story now.

  3. Read: “The Financial Lives of the Poets”, by Jess Walter. Some very fine elements, but the humor wasn’t enough of a counterpoint to the sadness for me. The situation is a middle-aged couple with an underwater mortgage and kids in expensive private school dealing with layoffs, and under-employment.

    Reading: “Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People” by Carl Abbott. This is university press book which I happened upon in a booth at the Wordstock festival last year—not a best seller. To my great amusement, when I pulled it out of my bag on the bus yesterday, the guy sitting next to me said “I read that last year. It’s a good book!” and we had a lively discussion about history books. I don’t read much history, but he’d read enough more to guarantee an overlap.

    Next: Probably a graphic novel by Breena Wiederhoeft called “Picket Line” which caught my eye at the comics store earlier this week. The Stumptown Comics Fest is coming up next month, so my twitter feed is starting to spark with comics news, which is probably why I found my way in there.