WWW Wednesday 2-20-13

WWW Wednesday. This meme is 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?

wyckerlydevilish montagueI’m reading a Regency romance, The Notorious Atherton, for the amazing Patricia Rice. You have to wait until July to read it. I get to read it now. Me, taunting? You bet! But even though you can’t read it today, you can read the two books in the Rebellious Sons series that came before it, starting with The The Wicked Wyckerly and following up with The Devilish Montague.  Aren’t I generous, giving you links and everything? This way you’ll be ready for the fun when Atherton arrives in July. Rice’s readers have been begging for Atherton’s story and they will not be disappointed!

• What did you recently finish reading?

bridemostbegrudgingLast week I lied. I said I was going to read  A Bride Most Begrudging. I changed my mind. Why? I explain why here. Short form: I realized it seems to break some rules that annoy me so much I didn’t want to use this book to form an opinion of Christian fiction.

3870943So instead, I chose a different book that had been on my Kindle for a very long time, another book I picked up free somewhere, The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen.

I liked it a lot. This approach to the Regency time period was fresh and interesting–the legal and personal and professional conflicts between physicians, apothecaries, and other medical “professionals” of the era. I am not sure if this was marketed as a Romance. Most romance readers are going to find it at least a little frustrating, and some will find it totally frustrating. I skimmed a number of reviews to be sure before making that comment. The heroine does not have a strong love story here. Depending on how you view the story, either three or four potential suitors are involved. I loved that it wasn’t clear who she would end up with, but many will not like that. Because the reason it wasn’t clear is because there is because she never seems all that smitten by any of them. Her main goal is saving her father’s apothecary business and keeping her family together. I found her story and world compelling and the book worked for me.

Bonus points for making her Christian faith a small but real part of the book, without sermonizing or making me roll my eyes and stop reading. I find spiritual subplots fascinating no matter whether the main character worships the Judeo-Christian God I worship or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I find living in other person’s world fascinating, whatever that might mean. Just don’t use fiction as a pulpit, and we’ll get along fine.

Bonus: I love the graphic flourishes Bethany House Publishers put in this ebook.

Speaking-From-Among-the-Bones-2796046I finished listening to Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, the newest in the series. How I love this girl and her passion for poisons and death (unless it’s a chicken about to be someone’s dinner). I am sad that I now have to wait for the next book, because I loved this one. Some interesting new characters and story twists (for the ongoing story of the De Luce family). Well-crafted, witty, and adorable. I love Flavia. But I’ve said that before, on several occasions!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

marigold hoteleleven pipersTwo books showed up from the library and so I need to read them next. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach and Eleven Pipers Piping: A Father Christmas Mystery by C C Benison. I’ll probably read Pipers first because I really did enjoy Twelve Drummers Drumming and have been looking forward to this one.

I’m keeping a running total of my reading challenges–the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (see banner at the bottom of the right sidebar) and my own challenge, the Embarrassment of Riches Challenge. The January wrap-up is here and I’ll post a February wrap-up on the 28th, in which I’ll ask everybody who is participating to respond with their current numbers in comments.

Paisely Vandermeir requests the pleasure of your presence.


What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!





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17 responses to “WWW Wednesday 2-20-13

  1. Awww, shucks, Pooks, thank you! Blushing…

  2. Lots of activity! I need to read a Patricia Rice book, haven’t yet, but they sound like fun! I haven’t hardly read ANY TBR books this month! eeek. I need to get on that. 🙂

  3. So nice to meet a fellow Flavia de Luce fan! She grew on me as did the mysteries. Am heading over to order this one right away!

  4. Finally started a blog, Pooks, so my entry is over there

  5. Pat has written dozens of great books, but my favorite of all is EVIL GENIUS.

    I am already grabbing other books to read, plus a library fly-by netted me two unexpected works, so I’m already off the map for my next post! But here’s what’s up now:


    I’m trying to finish 4 random books I started last year–I think I put them down from the distraction of the holidays and grabbing a different book on the go each time I left for the doctor’s office (2x/week with a mandatory wait). I’ve graduated to 1x/week and no wait. Messed up my mandatory reading time, but I’m glad for the freedom.

    I gave a bunch of “read” books to a friend and have many more to treat others.

    • DENISE

      Your traffic feed changed my address to a better zip code–not that there’s anything wrong with mine.

    • Sharing books is the best ever. Good for you for doing it! I have some random books I started and didn’t finish, too. They’ll be part of my TBR challenge once I get around to them. Ooops!

      I’m not sure how that thing works, but it may be going by the location of your internet company rather than where you really live? Just guessing!

  7. The Apothecary’s Daughter looks familiar, I might have that on my kindle too, lol! I’ll look into it 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
    My WWW Wed. at Novel Reveries

  8. Several I haven’t heard of here. I’d like to read/see the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” My list is at http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/www-wednesdays-feb-20/.

    • I am not sure whether there was actually a novel of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel before there was a movie or not. I’m going to figure that out before I read it, because if this is simply a novelization of the movie, I’m going to skip it and just watch the movie.

  9. I worked in child care for about two years when I decided to
    pursue my AS in Early Childhood Education. Though I originally did it to
    become a director, there are other (more profitable) jobs available w/ this degree.
    I just moved from Jacksonville, Fl, where I saw Directors making
    anywhere beginning at $10 p/ hr at small, local day cares, to salaries directors with benefits & 401K
    plans around $45000, but these were with national child care facilities, and most had years of experience as well.

    Hope this helps.

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