W… W… W… Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.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?

My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Cornelia Funke – Inkdeath (Inkworld 3)
It’s a shame, but I’m finding this one something of a slog compared to the previous two. I’m not sure what it is, but I suspect it’s because the action is almost entirely transferred to being inside the book, whereas the first novel (Inkheart) was in our world and the second (Inkspell) was half-and-half. I definitely enjoyed the first one best and the second to a lesser degree…

Jeanne Kalogridis – The Borgia Bride

I only started this one last night, but I’m a couple of chapters in already and am enjoying it a great deal. The characters, the location and the era are all fascinating and new to me, so it’s like a voyage of discovery for me. I love historical fiction!


What did you recently finish reading?
I’ve been quite busy reading in the three weeks since I last posted!
Cornelia Funke – Inkspell
(Inkworld 2)
I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as Inkheart, but it was still damned good! Action is 50/50 our world/inside the book…

Tove Jansson – Finn Family Moomintroll
I read this delightful book to our son, Xander, who is 2 1/2 years old, and he adored it. Although it’s the third book in the series and I’ve never previously read either of the others, we were able to jump straight in. I’ll definitely be getting hold of the other Moomin books as soon as possible!

Philippa Gregory – The Favoured Child (Wideacre 2)
I read Wideacre back in 2007, but the story was strong enough that it stuck in my mind and I remembered pretty much where it had left off and all that had passed, making it easy to continue with the story. I’ll admit, I prefer Gregory’s Tudor and Cousin’s War books, but this was pretty good too.

Jean Plaidy – The King’s Secret Matter
Having read (many years ago) The Lady in the Tower, and enjoyed it immensely, I was rather disappointed by this. I found the writing a little clunky and very repetitive, which surprised me. I’ll perhaps try others by Plaidy, but I’ll not be in too much of a hurry to do so.

Tracy Chevalier – The Lady and the Unicorn

I loved this book and read it in less than two days – I just devoured it! I loved that the story was told from the perspectives of several different characters as the tapestry was woven and they were woven into each other’s lives. I’ll definitely be trying others by this author!


What do you think you’ll read next?
Audrey Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry
I’ve had this one waiting for a little while now (it was a gift a year past Christmas!) and I think it will be next on my list, especially as I can use it as part of my What’s In a Name? Reading Challenge


6 responses to “W… W… W… Wednesdays

  1. I was interested to see what you thought of Jean Plaidy. I find her books a bit dry for want of a better word. I am currently reading a book by a Margaret Campbell Barnes about Anne Boleyn and she was writng at the same time as Jean Plaidy, but infinitely better.

    On another note I also loved The Lady and the Unicorn.

    • Yes, The King’s Secret Matter was pretty much dry as a bone, unfortunately. It’s a shame, because I realy did enjoy The Lady in the Tower (I read it while I was in panto back in 1999 and actually living in the theatre with the rest of the cast). it was that bok that realy got me into the whole Tudor period, so I’m rather sad that I didn’t enjoy this one even half as much.

      Following it with The Lady and the unicorn made up for it though – infinitely more interesting and very well written. I thnk I’ll have to get hold of Girl with a Pearl Earring at some point…

  2. Yes I enjoyed The Girl with the Pearl Earring also, although I did not like her last book very much. I also love the Tudor period and really like Philippa Gregory’s books. I have a bit of an obsession with Anne Boleyn and will read anything about her. I have read the quartet of books that Jean Plaidy did on the Tudors, but there are better books out there. I have just downloaded for my Kindle a book called Threads that is highly rated, I will let you know what I think when I finally get around to reading it. My bedroom is stacked full of books to read and I still use the library also.

    • Yes, I’m totally into Anne Boleyn too- she’s my favourite of Henry’s wives. 🙂 I’ll look forward to hearing about Threads when you’re done readnig it.

      I think I’ll also start looking for other novels based around works of art, as I really did enjoy The Lady and the Unicorn. I know Girl with a Pearl Earring is another one – can you think of any others?

  3. I am also currently reading The Glassblower of Murano, which is about Venetian glass and is set in two times. Very interesting so far. I love historicals, I have read the Borgia Bride and a couple of others by that author. I recently read a book by C W Gortner , The Last Queen, about Juana of Spain sister of Catherine of Aragon, that was very good.

    • They all sound fabulous – I adore historical fiction, especially when it’s based on historical fact. It just makes it all seem more “alive” to me when I know the characters on the page were once breathing in our world!