WWW Wednesday – March 12, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

 

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’m listening to the second book in Maggie Stievater’s Raven Cycle series, The Dream Thieves. I love the characterizations, the world-building that began in the first book, The Raven Boys. Blue’s family of psychics continues to be funny and fascinating, even while the magical world and risks involved are escalating and more dangerous. It’s a good read.

I’m also reading a free digital edition of an old girls’ school book, The Manor House School, by Angela Brazil. It’s great fun, easier reading than I expected, and I am dearly enjoying visiting this world of yesteryear with a couple of trouble-seeking girls, though everything they do is in the name of Good [well, with a side-order of Adventure].

• What did you recently finish reading?

I recently read Emma Newman’s The Split Worlds series, all three books back-to-back. I love these books of other worlds existing side-by-side with our own, their steampunk aspects and magical aspects combining to create an amazing reading experience. Newman also has a newsletter you can sign up for where you receive a Split Worlds short story every week.

I was also thrilled to read Alan Bradley’s newest Flavia de Luce mystery, The Dead in their Vaulted Arches.  These post-WWII stories set in a crumbling manor house in England have captured my heart, and even though this is the 6th in the series, Bradley surprised me several times, and now has me waiting for his next book.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I think the question should be, What book are you going to list here, thereby guaranteeing that you will not read it next, or possibly within the known future? That seems to be the result of any book I list as ‘next.’

In that spirit, I will say, Moby Dick. Go ahead and mock me, and tell me what I’m missing!

What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?

Patricia Burroughs [aka pooks] has just finished monster copy edits on her new fantasy novel and is actually going to reward herself by finally cracking open the UK hardcover edition of Cuckoo’s Calling by Richard Galbraith, aka JR Rowling. In the meantime, she’d dearly love for you to put her mailing list on your TBR pile, and guess what–that newsletter will land straight in your inbox so you don’t even have to dust around it!

 

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About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.

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WWW Wednesday – March 12, 2014 — 10 Comments

  1. Read:
    Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke (Reviewed here)
    Reading:
    The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    To Read:
    The Judge of Ages by John C. Wright

  2. Angela Brazil was pretty much a cottage industry in girls’ boarding school stories, she and Enid Blyton, and the Chalet School series (very hard to impossible to find over here).

    If you want suggestions for great nineteenth century reads, I can suggest some you might enjoy more than Moby Dick, if you want to dip your toes in first.

    I’ve got one going now: Frederick Marryat’s visit to America. It is fascinating, and highly entertaining! And it’s free at Gutenberg.

    • Re Chalet School Books, have you heard of ‘Girls Gone By’ publisher ( http://ggbp.co.uk/).They’re a small independent UK publisher who are republishing the chalet school books (unabridged) in paperback (as well are many other similar era authors).

      • I’m glad they are doing it, but whew, really pricey. (Still, if they were to republish Antonia Forest I’d pay those prices, as there are some I wonder if I will ever get to read.)

  3. Just finished Interface. It was originally published with the author’s name as Stephen Bury, but it’s actually Neal Stephenson, collaborating with his uncle, George F. Jewsbury. They published two books, this one and Cobweb. I read them back in the day, and when I was packing & thinning books for a move, I pulled them out again as comfort reading. They are smart and suspenseful, and did help with the crazy!

    I just started The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare #1), by Lilith Saintcrow. It was picked by someone in my book group. The small bit that I’ve read so far reminds me a bit of The Parasol Protectorate. It’s a Steampunk romp.

    Before Interface, I read the first book in Emma Newman’s The Split Worlds series. I loved the imaginative world-building, and I’m curious about where Catherine and Will go next.

  4. I stumbled across a copy of Moby Dick while staying in a vacation rental at one point and got hooked enough to buy my own copy. I haven’t finished it yet, but I will tell you that it’s very funny and provided me with a different perspective on the 19th Century. Judging by that and my recent re-read of The Scarlet Letter (which I detested in high school), there are lots of hidden gems in 19th Century American fiction that are probably worth our time. Not sure I’m willing to try Henry James again, though.