WWW Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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 currently reading Farthing, by Jo Walton. A mystery set in a 1949 England where the English (and Allies) did not win WWII.  The US stayed isolationist and an English peace was negotiated with Hitler, who was able to maintain his grip on Europe and concentrate his efforts on the USSR.  Jews in Europe wear identifying stars and are persecuted, but in England they are legally, technically, free. But there is still much prejudice and so when upper-crust Lucy married a Jewish man, it was not well-received by her friends and family.  When they are invited to a weekend at her parents’ house with many other notables–the Farthing set–they go, on the off chance that perhaps her mother is finally accepting David.  Alas, evidently not. Rather, he was invited to be a convenient Jewish scapegoat to pin a murder on…

The most fascinating (and horrifying) aspect of these books is that they feel very real, and represent a bullet dodged, a future we are very fortunate not to be living.

 

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, by Jennifer Ashley. I gotta say, I really liked this romance a lot. And it’s pure historical romance, steamy, sexy, and one friend who started it said she had to scrub her head with a brillo pad and bail out in the middle. So okay, if you aren’t a romance reader, this one probably isn’t for you.  But if you are a romance reader or at least like the occasional foray in that direction, I suggest you give this one a try.  I was drawn to this by reading that the hero had Asperger’s Syndrome.  I was relieved when a friend who has a family member with Asperger’s tweeted to tell me that she’d read this book and thought it was very well done.  Behaviour that could be boorish and worse–and yet is often considered sexy and romantic in historical romance–in this case comes out of the hero’s inability to cope in social situations, his inability to be subtle, to do anything but state bluntly what he wants, to sit too close, and yet–he will not meet the heroine’s eyes. I found it sexy, charming in an oddly unexpected way, and compelling.  I particularly enjoyed meeting the MacKenzie men, each different and bearing his own set of scars from their childhoods, and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know! My piles (figurative, since most are on my Kindle) and shelves (still have a couple of shelves of real books waiting) are filled with books I want to read. Not a TBR list. To-Be-Read indicates a duty.  Mine is a WTR list.  Want. To. Read.

And it all depends on the mood I’m in when I finish Farthing and am ready to dive into the next.

What about you? What are your WWWs?

What should I read next?

I’m listening!

[This art is from Ephraim Rubenstein. I am now craving some of his book art.]

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6 responses to “WWW Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  1. They all look great! I’ll have to check them out!
    My WWW Wednesday post

  2. denise

    I finished HELL TO PAY in time for the fundraiser, then I read LA DESPERADA, and I’m reading the screenplay now. I won books at the fundraiser, and I’ve collected a bunch of freebies for my Kindle, but I think I’ll go with THE GIFT by Cecelia Ahern since it’s sitting on the top of my pile(s).

    • I wasn’t sure if many people would be interested in the script, so it’s interesting to see that several people are reading it–who aren’t even screenwriters, in some cases.

      I just downloaded more samples to my Kindle so my choice is getting more difficult instead of clearer!

  3. lacy

    i just read “la desperada”! could not put it down and had to stay up till 2am the other night until my vision got all blurry. finished it the next day.
    am now reading the screenplay for the first time, so many interesting changes.
    next up, stegner’s “crossing to safety” which i have never read. loved “angle of repose.” have you read stegner?

    • Thank you so much–that’s so sweet, Lacy! I’ll be interested in what you think about the changes.

      Never read Stegner. I’ll go check it out now, download a sample or two to my Kindle. Thanks for the rec!

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