WWW Wednesday (July 11, 2012)

I’ve missed a few weeks even though I’ve been reading. But, moving forward!

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?

Another library ebook loan, Crossed, by Ally Condie. This is a strong book for the middle of the trilogy.  In a dystopian future where teenagers are matched by the Society and given their spouse/match, what happens if there is a mistake? That’s the first book, Matched, which I first mentioned here (scroll down).  The second book deals with the fallout from that mistake. This is the now-typical romantic plot of a girl with two guys to choose between, but it works on all levels.  The world-building is strong and interesting and the characters are not cookie-cutter.  The final book, Reached, is available for pre-order and will be out in November.

I’m also reading The Disorderly Knights: Third in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, by Dorothy Dunnett.  I was already into it when Crossed showed up from the library.  Since there is a waiting list for Crossed and I own Disorderly Knights, I decided to stop and read the fast-read YA dystopia so I can get it back into circulation. Aren’t I a good citizen?  Can’t wait to get back to Lymond, though.  [I used an older cover because I think it’s pretty, and it shows the Malta setting so nicely.]

• What did you recently finish reading?

I earlier mentioned an audiobook, Anita by Keith Roberts. This is from the Neil Gaiman Presents collection on audible, and he says he chose it because, Anita is an almost forgotten novel by one of the finest UK writers. It works on two levels. The stories are a product of the 1960s – they come out of a swinging world and a ‘Georgy Girl’ time, and Keith Roberts, then a young art director, has captured that feel. At the same time, it’s about a teenage witch being brought up her Granny. He writes about her falling in love, getting her heart broken, about change and growing up and compromise, about what magic is and how you can lose it sometimes and how you can get it back.”

I’m bringing it up again because… well, it’s one of those very rare audiobooks that I didn’t finish.  It’s a short story collection and it frankly didn’t hold my attention.  Others’ mileage definitely varies.

Fortunately, Thief of Shadows, by Elizabeth Hoyt, fared better.  The fourth in the Maiden Lane series, it was an easy listen with a nice and unexpected twist at the end that probably raised it to 4 stars from the 3.5 I was thinking of giving it. I think I’m getting burned out on romances. I like more plot and less emphasis on “when will they?” and “how?” and such.  On the other hand, this book had a younger man/virgin hero which is not the norm. Recommended for readers of historical romance, especially if you like a setting in the underbelly of London along with the usual.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

After I finish the third chronicle of Lymond (see above) I have so many to choose from, but I may make a quick foray into the realm of nonfiction with Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, by Elizabeth I. Cline.

“Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”  —Katha Pollitt, The Nation columnist

I need to buy some clothes, having lost weight over the past few months.  I’m much more interested in cotton and wool than synthetics for various reasons.  This book looks like it’s the right inspiration at the right time. If it gets me out of t-shirts and jeans it will have moved a mountain!

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

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5 responses to “WWW Wednesday (July 11, 2012)

  1. I really liked Crossed. I know a lot of people didn’t, but I do.

    Happy reading!

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    ~Danica Page
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    • I’m enjoying it. I knew nothing about the books before beginning so as certain details start evolving (like the apparent location) I’m finding it particularly intriguing!

  2. denise

    Nice picks.

    Finished Sea Change and two books by Lauren Royal, Violet and Lily, and a couple of other books. Have a ton of TBR in my pile. Won some Eloisa James’ books from Eliabeth Hoyt last week. Didn’t win hers, though.

    I have a question to you as an author and will not name the author, but it is not Eloisa James–haven’t received those books. I won a book from another author and it arrived yesterday. Had a sticker on it “signed by author”. It’s CLEARLY a rubber stamped signature–not handsigned. Disappointing (tacky was my first thought). Am I expecting too much for it to be handsigned if that sticker is on it? In the grand scheme of life it doesn’t matter, not a valuable book, though it is a UK editon from an American author. I don’t expect it to be dedicated to me, but I thought that sticker meant the author took the time to physically write his/her name. Any assistant (or child) can rubber stamp it. Honestly, I’m not bitter, just curious. Thanks for your input.

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