WWW Wednesday

Posted January 30, 2019 by Nicky in General / 7 Comments

The three ‘W’s are what are you reading now, what have you recently finished reading, and what are you going to read next, and you can find this week’s post at the host’s blog here if you want to check out other posts.

What are you currently reading?

Cover of Glamour in Glass, by Mary Robinette KowalI’m partway through a reread of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass; I’m being a little irritated by the lack of communication between the two main characters, which I seem to remember would solve a lot and just require a bit of trust on both sides. I hate communication issues driving plots, honestly. I don’t recall it ruining the book for me before — if I remember rightly, I quite liked it overall — but it’s a bit annoying right now.

I’m also reading Roszika Parker’s The Subversive Stitch, which is about how embroidery came to be associated primarily with women and femininity; it’s a little dry and scholarly in tone, but I am enjoying learning more about an art/craft that I’ve been getting into myself. (And which is assumed to say a lot of things about my femininity, which makes me laugh.)

Cover of Kill the Queen by Jennifer EstepI’m also about halfway through Kill the Queen, by Jennifer Estep. It’s frustrating me at the moment because I just want Everleigh to admit who she is; I’m not actually sure of the timeline of these novels (whether she’ll have revealed herself by the end); maybe I should read the summary of the next book to see whether I should be moderating my expectations!

What have you recently finished reading?

I think the last thing I finished was Mary Beard’s How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith — fascinating stuff, really. We tend to think that all ancient art is leading up to a sort of Greco-Roman realism, and interpret it accordingly; it’s worth remembering that people haven’t always thought the same way or had the same expectations of art!

Cover of Hild by Nicola GriffithWhat will you be reading next?

I have no idea. I need to pick my next bookclub choice for the Habitica book club, and I’m not entirely sure what genre I’ll pick. I just got a copy of Hild, by Nicola Griffith, from a book swap… so maybe I’ll set that as the month’s book. It’s certainly high time I got to reading that; I’ve wanted to for ages.

What are you reading?

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7 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. Gosh, how is it Wednesday already? I need to get a grip of January before – oh wait, that already happened. Um. Anyway…

    I just finished the excellent Kingdom of Copper (it does well to build on City of Brass, develop the characters further, and escalate the tensions) and have picked up Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which has been sat on my Kindle since 2014. I nominated it for bookclub and it won, so it seems rude not to read it! I’ve got a bit of a mental block about it (aaaaand the opening chapter didn’t really help), but if I think about all those bonus age / length points in Game of Books it may keep me going 😉
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      • I’ve always heard good things – I picked it up on recommendation from the LT Green Dragon crowd, who generally steer me right – but, eh. Mental block. It might be that the only Sanderson I’ve ever read was his contribution to the Wheel of Time, and I was so disappointed in that (although I couldn’t tell you now whether my problem was his writing, Jordan’s plotting/tropes, the editing, my tastes/critical reading skills having advanced significantly by that point, or a combination of the lot). It was enough to stop me finishing a series I’d been persevering with since my mid-teens – I just read the Wikipedia recaps for the rest. And I have no regrets about that 😉

        Still, here’s hoping Mistborn wins me over and clears that association.

        • I know I’ve enjoyed other Sanderson — Warbreaker, for sure, and, um, what I’ve read of Elantris (I got distracted by moving, IIRC, not because I wasn’t enjoying the book). And The Rithmatist, but that was quite different. I enjoy the worldbuilding he does!

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