WWW Wednesday is at the end of this entry, if you’re here to see what is currently in Hermione’s Handbag.
But first, March Madness for Books!
For those of you who prefer indie bookstores to the big monster Amazon, you will love the Mothership of all Indies, Powell’s.
While you’re there, check out their March Madness Tournament in which, “A ridiculously small and poorly informed group of TMN editors and contributors have chosen 16 of the most cherished, hyped, ignored, and/or enthusiastically praised books of the year to enter into a month-long tournament, NCAA-basketball-madness style, beginning March 7, 2012.”
There are so many books on that list I already want to read, including The Marriage Plot, State of Wonder and The Sisters Brothers. I wish there were more hours in the day. If there were, I might download a bracket and…
Who am I kidding? I just might download one anyway.
AND NOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR — WWW WEDNESDAY!
• What are you currently reading?
Finally, Ha’penny, the sequel to Farthing. It won the Prometheus Award in 2008, and I really do want to know what is happening to those characters now. This is the fascinating alternate history series in which the English negotiate a truce/peace with Hitler instead of continuing the war, and they are left to their own devices whilst Hitler controls Europe and continues banging away on the USSR. There is interesting use of voice and pov, and the characters are cleverly chosen to illustrate several kinds of prejudice in a suspenseful tale of “might have been.”
• What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing, but I finished listening to the second audiobook in the Flavia de Luce series, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and have downloaded and begin the fourth in the series, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Damn, I am loving these books, and see that the next four in the series are now under contract. Yay!
• What do you think you’ll read next?
Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5)
Last week I said I was sneaking peeks at this book, but I actually haven’t started reading it yet. It might be next! But I’ve also begun reading the sample download of Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, and it is really fascinating so… time will tell.
[If you want to see what else is in Hermione’s Handbag right now, you can click here.]
So, what about you?
Do you prefer independent bookstores to Amazon?
What have you been reading lately?
Have you succumbed to the digital age, yet?