WWW Wednesday 5-8-2013

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?

I’ve yanked myself up by the short hairs on the back of my neck and forced myself to stop reading the series that have swallowed me whole recently. I’ll soon have finished them and then will have to wait for more, so I decided to try something different.

thechalicebilyeauAnd I’m glad I did. I am loving reading The Chalice, by Nancy Bilyeau, just as I loved her debut novel, the first in the series, The Crown (now available in paperback as well as hardcover, audiobook and ebook). These are medieval mysteries set in the time of Henry VIII, with Joanna Stafford at their center. A novice nun, she has her vocation and life’s work yanked away from her before she can take her vows, when the King severs his ties with Rome. Politics, religion, mystery, history. These books are wonderful. How wonderful? The amazing historian and bestselling author Alison Weir said of The Crown, “A stunning debut. One of the best historical novels I have ever read.”

faithful placeI’m listening to Tana French’s Faithful Place, the third in her Dublin Murder Squad series. I listened to her first book (In the Woods) years ago and liked it, but never bothered with any of the others. Recently I loved The Likeness (with one major exception, but nothing that stopped me from wanting to listen to this one now). These are character-driven mystery/thrillers set in Ireland and the world is so real and characters so rich, I feel like I’m living in the midst of them, watching everything happen around me.

Frank Mackey is a bitter, snarky, wonderful Irish undercover cop and his mother is amazing. Just saying!

• What did you recently finish reading?

remains altarI finished The Remains of an Altar which delves deeply into the music of Edward Elgar and esoteric theory from The Golden Dawn and my list of books to read grows and… yeah, every Merrily book I read adds to my TBR pile o’ books with subject matter I want to investigate further. The music? Right now it’s paralleling my own world-building and writing and so pleasure is combining with research.





Among the MadI also am flying my way through the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. I just finished the Seventh in the series and only have three left before I have to do like most other readers and just cool my heels while I wait for more. Set between the World Wars in England, it explores the era with poignancy and pain as Maisie (who served as a casualty nurse on the battlefield of Flanders) solves murders and mysteries. I’m certain I would love reading these books, as well. But right now it’s the listening I am enjoying, and the reader is terrific, the production values excellent, and there is even a bit of musical intro and outro (?) that fits the tale well. The name Maisie surprised me, though. For some reason, I think of Maisie as someone who should live in Brooklyn in the early part of the 20th Century.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

51kScI+heyL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-66,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I’m just overflowing with wonderful books, but the one that has me most excited is the first of Martha Grimes’ Inspector Jury series. I’ve waited years for them to come out in digital. My battered paperback has been read several times and I’m looking forward to collecting them all on my Kindle.  I prebought it today so that it will arrive on my Kindle automagically on May 14! I can’t wait. Each of the books is titled with the name of an actual English pub, and the first is: I Am the Only Running Footman. Fun, eh?


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!

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 here is the February Wrap-Up! And if you missed it, the March Wrap-Up is here and April here. (I haven’t posted mine yet, either!)





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16 responses to “WWW Wednesday 5-8-2013

  1. denise

    Finished Loving Lady Marcia, still working on the Isle of Man, and Her Mother’s Lover, too early to decide what’s on the TBR. Have a huge pile, though!

    • I have Her Mother’s Lover and can’t remember why I have it or what it’s about. I guess I need to look again and figure it out. The title caught my eye when I was surfing through my Kindle this weekend and I couldn’t remember anything about it.

      • denise

        You “bought” it free because I sent you the link. It was co-written by a friend of mine who is also an English professor in Philadelphia. I invited you to join her group on FB.

      • I knew there was a reason! Thanks for sharing the find!

  2. I am not familiar with these books on your WWW this week. That’s what I love about this meme, bringing new, wonderful books to my attention. Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my WWW.

  3. I just purchased The Crown! It is sitting on my desk and my eye keeps getting caught by the cover. Maybe it will have to be one of the shiny new ones that get read really quick. 🙂 I am so excited for it now!!! I think that is the second book coinkidink today! lol

    • I have grown to really like medieval mysteries, and the Tudor period fascinates me. I love that she is Catholic so out of favor with the King. Her position–her very life–can be very perilous.

  4. denise

    I looked at the historical list–you didn’t do regency as a genre. I think I’ve read close to 10 in 2013. if you had it as a genre, I would give you a complete list. lolol.

    sorry, I’m a bit sassy today. I have one of those friends who thinks her kids are superior to others–I usually just smile when she brags and keep quiet. forgot myself last night and decided to one-up her–not very Christian of me, but she also claims superiority in that department, too. Our middle kids received the same award last night–Presidential Award for Educational Excellence–complete with facsimile signature of the President! However, of the 182 kids honored, my son was one of 12 to have a 4.0 for all three years of middle school. Hers wasn’t. Yes, I’m bad. My son was also nominated for the Dr. Ben Carson scholarship. I never told anyone about that–unfortunately, he didn’t win.

    I’ve been good and not bragged when the oldest had his name in the paper for sports. Sometimes, the latent tiger mom comes out when certain people are elitist. She’s supposed to be my youngest’s godmother but seems to have forgotten that, too. Her loss.

    • Congrats on the Presidential Award! One of my sons has one signed by Ronald Reagan. The other one has one signed by… hmm, not sure if it’s Bush or Clinton.

      • Denise

        Thank you! That’s nice your boys have one, too. I might have one signed by Carter or Reagan–very early years. You’re not old enough to be my momma, just an older sister. or cousin. lol.

        I bet you would enjoy reading The Wednesday Sisters. It’s from 2008, but takes place in the late 60’s. She’s about to release a sequel– The Wednesday Daughters.

      • I was a very young mother. Still am! (OH, hush.) I’ll check that out. Sounds right up my alley.

  5. I love Alison Weir’s books so that is praise indeed. I will definitely look out for this series. Thanks for alerting me, Pooks.
    As usual you can find my WWW at: http://gwynnethwhite.blogspot.com/

  6. I think I’d like “Faithful Place.” My current list is at http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8/.

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