WWW Wednesday

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?

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What are you currently reading?
Susan Hill – Howards End is on the Landing
A year of reading from home, by one of Britain’s most distinguished authors. I thought this might inspire me to read more from Mount To-Be-Read, rather than buying new books at random, although with all the freebies available for the Kindle, grabbing freebies may well become my new obsession. Still, I’ve been looking forward ot reading this…

Frances Hodgson Burnett – Little Lord Fauntleroy
Both the novels I read by this author last year were 5-stars for me, so I thought I’d read a few more of her books. This one is a free download on my Kindle.

What did you recently finish reading?
Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey (e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Anne Bronte has become my favourite Bronte sister. Both her novels, but especially this, have a quiet kind of passion, and Agnes Grey displays a very reserved longing for love without showing any expectation of it.

Based on Anne’s personal experiences of being a governess, I wonder how much of this novel is based on fact and how much is fabrication, but either way, Anne’s deft handling of the characters and situation, in my opinion, outshines the ability of both her sisters, giving a much more natural and realistic impression of life and love at that time.

Patrick deWitt – The Sisters Brothers Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
I’m not exactly sure what it is about this novel that I liked so much – I only know that I enjoyed it immensely. Perhaps it’s the simple eloquence of Eli Sisters’ narration that belies the complexities of character in both him and his brother. Perhaps it’s his dispassionate approach to killing juxtaposed by his wish to finally settle down and find a chance at love and redemption. Or perhaps it’s just that it’s a great story with great characters and the writing is superb.

Whatever it is, this has awakened in me a desire to try more westerns when, before this, I had no interest in them at all.

Philippa Gregory – The Women of the Cousins’ War Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
This non-fiction study of the three women (Jaquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth Woodville, and Margaret Beaufort) portrayed in the Cousins’ War series is absolutely fascinating! I was aware that women have been marginalised throughout history, but I never stopped to think how those who did make it to the pages of the history books might have been so horrendously misrepresented.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially of the period of unrest known as the War of the Roses, irrespective of whether you are a fan of Gregory’s novels, I think you’ll find this interesting.

Marissa Meyer – Cinder Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
A cyborg Cinderella? Count me in! This is one of the most innovative twists on the Cinderella story I’ve encountered so far. I was intrigued by the cover when I saw it on a blog and reading the reviews confirmed it as something that would most likely appeal to me – it certainly lived up to its promise!

I absolutely loved the character of Cinder – her mix of cool machine and emotional person made for a great combination and she was both believable and sympathetic.

The setting could have been anywhere, if I’m brutally honest, as there was very little in the way of actual description or mention of traditions in New Beijing that might link it to old Beijing, but I get the feeling it’s a set up for the rest of the series, so I’m more than willing to let that slide ni the hopes that it’s developed further in the subsequent novels.

I’ll certainly be looking out for the next book when it’s published.

Caroline Hanson – Bewitching the Werewolf (e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
A fun, slightly sexy little paranormal romance short story. It could have done with being a little sexier, and even though it’s very short, I would have liked a little more character and romantic development. That said, for the short length, it’s entertaining enough and fills a half hour or so nicely.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Stuart MacBride – Birthdays for the Dead
Not set in Aberdeen and not about Logan McRae or any of this colleagues, but it’s by Stuart Macbride and that’s more than good enough for me! I love his books!

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9 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. Great books. I still need to read Cinder. It is just sitting there staring at me, begging to be read. lol! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to read Cinder! 🙂 And I have Bewitching the Werewolf on my TBR-pile, I’ve been little iffy with it for some reason, sorry to hear it wasn’t so good :/

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

  3. I have never read Agnes Grey, it sounds very interesting, it just went on my TBR pile.

    Thanks for the visit today.

  4. I really want to read Cinder too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. Cinder looks amazing, stupid library for taking forever! I want to read it! I love how the cover is both red and blue 🙂

  6. I recently added Howards End is on the Landing to my TBR list (I might have heard of it from you, I can’t recall). It sounds like such an interesting concept, but I can’t imagine having a year’s worth of unread books lying around!

    I love Burnett’s The Secret Garden, but had heard that her Fauntleroy stories were a little goody-goody. I’m glad to see that you liked them so much. Maybe I should give them a try someday…

    Here’s my WWW for the week. Happy reading!

  7. This is quite a list. Cinder sounds amazing ~ I have been seeing it everywhere!!
    Thanks for stopping by The Book Bag.