Again, this meme is from shouldbereading, but before I go any further–
IT’S BANNED BOOKS WEEK.
An excerpt from one of today’s posts: It’s all too easy to say, “If you don’t want your kids to read that stuff, don’t let them, but it’s fine for mine,” or “If your viewpoint is that narrow, it deserves to be broadened!” “Not Even Mein Kampf: Why Hateful Books Should Not Be Banned,” by Deborah Ross.
And now, of course, the books!
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 embarrassed to admit that The Ringed Castle is getting shoved aside yet again. Lymond deserves better treatment, but I have a couple of library books I really would like to read before they disappear from my Kindle, thus…
Today I am double-dipping in World War II England. The book I’m reading on my Kindle is a library borrow, the first in a mystery series, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal. IRA terrorists, Nazis, and Churchill’s underground war room–this is a really terrific read so far. Plus I’m eager to know what Maggie Hope doesn’t know about her father, that everybody else does…
And I’m listening to a World War II book with a totally different tone but equally engrossing, The House at Tyneford, by Natasha Solomons. A nineteen-year-old Viennese Jewish girl (raised without religion by her opera-singer mother and novelist father) is sent to England as a parlour maid to escape the Nazi threat. Elise is confused, lost, angry and totally unsuited to servitude… and her world is about to turn upside down in more ways than one. I’m enjoying it, and it’s making me much happier about bustling about doing housework or even (gasp) walking for my health. Along with keeping score by logging steps with my fitbit, of course.
What did you recently finish reading?
Another Lisa Kleypas romance. I really enjoy her romances. She has made very, very few missteps in my opinion, or at least, that I’ve read so far. I enjoyed much about this one, Where Dreams Begin. If I were a betting girl (and I’m not) I would bet that the book originally ended with “happily ever after” and she needed to make it longer. (You’ll have to read it to get that reference.) It continued to be interesting and I wasn’t gnashing my teeth with frustration or anything, but the romance had concluded and now we just got a bit of what happened next. Still, a good read.
Well, The Casual Vacancy is still on the way from England. I think the saddest part of knowing that the reviews are dismal is that it has been very easy to avoid spoilers. People aren’t even talking about it. So will it really be next? Not sure.
But because of all the banned books talk I’m also considering which banned book is next on my reading agenda and I think I might just tackle this one.
Ulysses, by James Joyce. I somehow always thought it would be heavy, awful reading, and it might be. And I might not finish it. But Kit Kerr tells me it she found it to be funny in a vulgar and scatalogical way, and how can I not give that a try, I ask? I may try to find an annotated version so I can actually understand it, though.
What books have you excited right now? What are your WWWs? Let me know via link to your blog, or in my comments!
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