WWW Wednesday

Posted July 1, 2020 by Nicky in General / 7 Comments

It’s Wednesday again already! Check out Taking On A World Of Words to chat with everyone else who has posted what they’re reading right now… and here’s my answers.

Cover of Brit(ish) by Afua HirschWhat are you currently reading?

Mostly non-fiction; I’m having a hard time settling down to anything. Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch is due back at the library, so I’m trying to finish that on time; I’m not very far into it, and mostly I was struck by realising how strongly my view of people of colour in Britain was informed by growing up where I did, in an area where there are a lot of Muslim and Hindu immigrants. The Ghanaian context Afua Hirsch speaks about is not something I ever really came into contact with growing up. So, yeah, I’m getting the different perspective I hoped for from Brit(ish), even if it is disappointing to see a total blind spot I have.

I’m also still reading Dan Eatherley’s Invasive Aliens, but I don’t think I’ve actually picked it up since last week…

Cover of The Covid-19 Catastrophe by Richard HortonWhat have you recently finished reading?

I read Richard Horton’s The COVID-19 Catastrophe, which is pretty short. Most of it is preaching to the choir, for me, but I hope his clear elucidation of what went wrong helps other people see it. I think he could’ve spent a bit more time on the “how to stop it happening again” part; it feels a bit abbreviated. I think there’s a lot you can say about how to build strong and effective surveillance systems, and on what public health initiatives need to take place.

Still, it’s a pretty good analysis of how we got here and what went wrong in the process.

What will you be reading next?

Nobody knows, least of all me.

What are you currently reading?

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7 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. I’m reading a nonfiction too, wordslut but Brit(ish) sounds interesting, I have no context for people of color in the UK. I’ll add it to the jar! Thanks for stopping by My Book Jar

    • It’s definitely an interesting one and exactly what I hoped for to give me a bit of context for somewhere closer to home. So many of these books focus on the US, and it’s a bit different here.

  2. You know I’m a multiple reader like you, so — deep breath — ‘Middlemarch’, ‘When Will it Be Black Future Month?’, ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’, Matt Haig’s ‘The Lone Witch’ (which is a struggle) and ‘Moby Dick’, for starters.

      • I seem to have acquired quite a few short story collections recently, how did that happen? Btw, I wrongly referenced one of the books above — Melvin Burgess wrote The Lost Witch, yet I seem to have got both author and title wrong…

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