WWW Wednesday (2012-April-4)

The tornados are here, saving the world is here, Authors4Trayvon is here, and the garden is here.

Now. Wednesday! 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?

Dissolution  The first in a mystery  series set in the time of Henry VIII, with Matthew Shardlake sent by Cromwell to root out papist sin and debauchery (plus straighten out some financial issues that should result in more money for the Crown, natch) from a problematical abbey. This has been highly recommended to me.  So far I’m greatly enjoying it.

 

It’s an interesting contrast to Nancy Bilyeau’s The Crown. The more I listen to Dissolution (I’m listening to the audiobook) the more I appreciate the tale Bilyeau told from the more unusual point of view of a young Roman Catholic nun who loves her faith and her Church, and yet also loves England and her King.  This doesn’t take away from Dissolution at all. I’m enjoying it very much. Two sides of a coin, but mysteries, both taking place at about the same moment in time–Henry’s marriage to Jane Seymour.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Book Thief. Five stars.

What was it like to be German during the Fuhrer’s reign? Not a member of the elite, but one of the powerless? How many times have people outside Germany pondered whether or not they would have gone along with the crowd, whether they would have drunk the Kool-Aid? The Book Thief explores that idea in unexpected and deep ways.

This is a gorgeously written book. The prose sometimes stopped me cold just long enough to savor it before moving forward. Not so often that it got in the way of the story, just often enough to make this book of difficult subject matter lush and beautiful.

Death’s point of view is fascinating. It gives just enough distance and subjective thought to keep the story from getting too intense. Yes, I love intense emotion in books, and this had its moments. But the use of Death as a character was a profound and appropriate choice, for he brought vision and distance in moments when it was needed. Again, five stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Tough question.  I have shoved several aside that were top of my list in order to read library books, and I still have a couple of library books to read. New books are popping into the queue. I can see I’ll never go back to my “must read NAO!” list if I keep this up.  Stay tuned until next Wednesday to find out which book shouldered its way to the top of the stack!

What about you? What are your WWWs? If you post on your blog, leave a link below! Otherwise answer here.

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17 Comments

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17 responses to “WWW Wednesday (2012-April-4)

  1. Valentina

    Dissolution looks awesome. Must add it to my list 😉

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/04/www-wednesday.html

  2. I LOVED The Book Thief, too. You hit the nail on the head with that short review. Quite a few people in my book club didn’t enjoy it at all, so it’s nice to see someone else rate it so high, and for the same reasons I did. The writing was excellent and I absolutely loved Death as a narrator. I put this on my top ten list earlier this year for books I’d love to see a sequel to. Not the same events and characters, but I’d just love to see Death narrate about other events and people. It was so captivating. Here’s my WWW post: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/04/www-wednesdays.html

  3. denise

    tornado pix–wow–I hope no lives were lost. hell hath no fury like mother nature.

    the book thief sounds like a great read.

    you may want to skip my next paragraph because it’s a bit of a vent…

    i finished a lot of books/novellas recently, mostly on the kindle, and I did finish the print ones by sarah maclean and sabrina jeffries. still working on the one by maria de los santos. was in the middle of another book on my kindle when it went crazy yesterday. loca kindle last thing I was expecting. amazon is great. they think it’s my hot pink cover and issued me credit for a new one–picked black because pink is no longer available and I’m not an orange or brown accessory person. amazon will call back tomorrow, if problems are not resolved, they will send me a new kindle for free even though my warranty is expired.

    • They think your cover caused your Kindle to go loca?!? LOL! LOVE IT!

      Amazon really does have outstanding customer service. That’s fantastic. Although I do wish it hadn’t happened because I can’t imagine not being able to read my Kindle!

      • denise

        kindle is now working fine sans the cover and a recharge–no replacement for the unit needed. New cover is on its way. What made me mad is they’ve known for about a year the covers cause this problem and didn’t do a recall or notify me

      • Was that an Amazon-made cover, or cover somebody else made for Kindle? I only ask because when my husband gave me my first Kindle he bought the Amazon cover to go with it. I read on some Kindle Discussion threads that it had numerous issues so sent it back and bought another. Their own cover had problems–I can’t remember exactly what they were, but I recall they sometimes resulted in cracked Kindle cases. They are quick to replace things when you notify them, though. They just don’t seem to step forward and recall.

  4. toni mcgee causey

    The last thing I read (I’m packing, so haven’t had time to read lately) was Taming Fire (The Dragonprince Trilogy, #1). Really enjoyed it (though I’d think of it as more of a YA).

    I’d like to read the rest of the trilogy, and then onto Nancy’s CROWN. 😀

    • I’m trying to remember the last dragon book I read. I liked it, but I’m not sure I told you about it. Now I can’t remember it. Being gorgeous is such a pain. Next life I should ask for a brain.

    • When you get through with all your classic horror, tell which you like best. I think I’m going to have to read some!

    • My daughter (3rd grade) and I just read the Mississippi book toetgher. It was wonderful for both of us. She was diagnosed with dyslexia about 1 week ago and learning more about it helped me to realize why things like reading, spelling, handwriting and math facts and word problems were always so difficult for me. It was a very empowering book. Thank you. We will check out the others too.

  5. I hope you enjoy your reads!

    here’s my WWW WEdnesdsay:

    http://www.tipjunkie.com/homemade-presents/

  6. Cool! I hadn’t heard about this meme before.

    Here’s mine: http://wp.me/pqxkr-5Wg

    -Jen

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