WWW Wednesday | Weekly Wrap Up (Dec. 12)

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! 

This week’s post is going to be a brief one because I don’t have much time today, but I’m happy to discuss these books with you in the comments!

What are you currently reading?

I just wrapped up (nearly) all of my current reads last night, so I’m only just starting these. I listened to the introduction and the first story in the How Long Til Black Future Month short story collection by NK Jemison. I know I’m going to love these stories; I just had a minor quibble with the narrator of the first story and the way she decided to pace her narration. I was reading along with the eBook at the same time and her phrasing and pauses were in really jarring/unconventional places.

Then I started Severance by Ling Ma on my commute into work this morning, and the prologue was really fascinating, but again, it was just the prologue, not much to go on yet. 

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward (★★★★☆), a poetry/prose memoir that was incredibly powerful
  • The Likeness by Tana French (★★★★☆), a detective mystery that gave me Secret History vibes
  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton (★★★★★), which closed the loop on my criminal justice reads after reading Just Mercy last month
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (★★★☆☆), which really disappointed me but it may be my fault for “spoiling” myself for what everyone said was “a twist” but was completely telegraphed from the very beginning
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (★★★★☆), which was really quotable but between the quotes the language was very sparing, in a way that made me feel detached from the story
  • Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (★★☆☆☆), in which absolutely nothing happens for the sake of the plot for 26 bloody hours. But don’t worry, I know exactly what everyone was drinking and wearing at the time…. Ugh. So close to finishing this series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll be starting We Are Legion, We Are Bob as my next buddy read tonight, which I’m really excited about because it’s one of my 5-star predictions. Then after Severance I’ll either pick up Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, both of which are on my physical TBR so I’m prioritizing them. 

Bonus Round

What I acquired: I bought Wundersmith full-priced from a local indie bookstore (along with this sweet T-shirt). I also went to the monthly library book sale and picked up 7 books, but I only remember 6 of them (as I’m writing from my office before work), so I’ll tag on the last one later: My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, Caesar’s Last Breath by Sam Kean, In The Woods by Tana French, Time Travel: A History by James Gleick, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear and Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks. 

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