It’s WWW Wednesday, a tag hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below!
What are you currently reading?
Today is a complete interruption in my regularly scheduled nonfiction programming. The only books I’m in the middle of are fiction.
My buddy read for the foreseeable future is going to be The Expanse series because I AM HOOKED. I’m currently in the middle of Cibola Burn, the 4th book in the series. This time we find the crew and company on a planet, which is a good change of pace from all the cramped ship quarters. I’m really enjoying that we are spending more time with the Rocinante crew this time after the absence in the last book.
Then my other read is my book club book for the month, In the Woods by Tana French, the first book in her Dublin Murder Squad series. This is my first Tana French, but I’m already sold (so long as the ending doesn’t ruin it). I put the second book on hold immediately after listening to the prologue and first chapter. The prologue set the scene so vividly without the language becoming too flowery. Then the set up of the main characters was such a charming beginning to a story that I’m already hooked.
What did you recently finish reading?
Good and Mad (★★★★★):
I found in Good and Mad everything that I was missing in Rage Becomes Her. Rebecca Traister managed to balance her discussion of what makes women mad with how they channeled their anger into activism and change. Understandably, several chunks of this book are taken up describing the current climate, but it also has its fair share of discussion of earlier feminist movements. I also think Traister did a good job at acknowledging WOC (women of color)’s role in these movements and the extra hardships they deal with in intersectionality (but that opinion comes as a cis white woman myself, so I can’t accurately say whether it was good/complete representation. I will try to find an own voices review and link it here). I regret listening to this book on audio because I couldn’t save certain passages, so I’ll hopefully have a reread or at least another flip through of my hard copy to annotate. (Audio via Scribd)
On Tyranny (★★★☆☆)
This book/essay is a series of “lessons” on how to combat tyranny by looking at past examples. For me, I think it had some interesting analysis but it was almost too surface-level in a way. If anything, this should serve as a jumping off point into topics you want to read/research more about. (Audio via Scribd)
Winter’s Heart (★★★☆☆) :
Book Nine in the Wheel of Time series done! I can almost see the finish line, finally. The one pro with this book is that I felt like I could follow the plot much easier than in previous books. But still with the annoying AF sexism; Jordan seems to take every opportunity he can to demean and undermine his female characters (even his good ones!). (Audio via Libby)
Tell Me How It Ends (★★★★★) :
Unlike On Tyranny, this essay I think is small but can actually stand alone as a strong piece of literature. This is loosely structured around the 40 questions the US asks of children/other immigrants who are facing deportation. The set up helps contrast the coldness, the sterile environment of wanting yes or no answers to questions to the very human answers that the children the author interviews actually have. The form wants data, but the children only know their fear. It’s a great little read. (Audio via Scribd)
I Contain Multitudes (★★★★☆) :
In another human take at a complex topic is this book that looks at the world of microbes, which greatly outnumber us all. I really loved sections of this, especially the more personable points when the author is interacting with these wildly creative researchers. Other sections were just fascinating. But at times it did feel repetitive or slow, which is why it isn’t a 5 for me. Nearly there though. (Audio via Libby)
What do you think you’ll read next?
My next buddy read will continue The Expanse series, and my next nonfiction read will be Accessory to War by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang, about the relationship between astrophysics/the space industry and the military. I love a good space book, so I expect to really enjoy it.
What I’ve acquired: I went to my monthly book sale this weekend and came away with 9 books: The Time Machine by HG Wells (already read, but liked this edition); The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (already read and didn’t like, but my partner wants to read it); Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry; The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; Primates of Park Avenue (already read, but will probably be unhauling because I forgot the negative parts of that book); and my most exciting pick, Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss, an illustrated story of Marie Curie!