WWW Wednesday

Posted September 30, 2020 by Nicky in General / 8 Comments

It’s Wednesday again! So here’s the usual check-in. You can go to Taking On A World Of Words to chat with everyone else who has posted what they’re reading right now!

Cover of X+Y by Eugenia ChengWhat are you currently reading?

Non-fiction: X+Y, by Eugenia Cheng, which is — well, the subtitle is “A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender”, which is a pretty good summary. Cheng works with a field of mathematics called “category theory”, and is applying that technique to unpick a lot of gender inequality and offer solutions. My thoughts are so far are mostly that I’d love to see if she could teach me maths, based on her discussions of how she tries to apply her understanding when it comes to teaching! Seems like an environment that might suit me better.

Fiction: I’m struggling through Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird, and I couldn’t honestly put my finger on why. I’ve enjoyed her other books and on the surface, I can’t see why this one isn’t working for me. I guess I’m just not connecting so well with the characters?

I’m also reading Kushiel’s Dart, still, and it’s coming up to time for another big heartbreak. Gah!

Cover of The Story of Wales by Jon GowerWhat have you recently finished reading?

I think the last thing I finished must’ve been Jon Gower’s The Story of Wales. I was surprised by how much I knew already, through having studied Welsh fiction (in English) and cultivated an interest since. I still had some serious gaps and surprises, though. Overall, it made me really annoyed with how little I was taught about that part of British history, attending a school in England. You’d think they could at least mentioned that David Lloyd George was Welsh, for instance, while teaching me about the part he played in WWI.

Cover of Cemetery Boys by Aiden ThomasWhat will you be reading next?

As ever, I don’t really know. I’d like to pick up Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys, and I’m still working my way through the Shelf of Abandoned Books. Then there’s a bunch of other new books I got recently…

I have found that I have a sort of “out of sight, out of mind” problem with books sometimes. I want them and want them and want them and then when they get here and I shelve them, I forget to go grab them off the shelves! So I’m keeping my options open to wander along my shelves and choose at random, as ever.

How about you folks?

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8 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. Omg that book about gender + maths sounds REALLY FUCKING COOL.

    And… lol @ the British teaching system. I wish I was surprised at them not saying he’s Welsh but… nope. It reminds me of how Andy Murray when he’s in the papers – how they’re call him ‘British’ when he’s winning and ‘Scottish’ when he’s losing.

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Cemetary Boys that I’m always afraid to read it.
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    • I found X+Y pretty enjoyable! I still need to mull over and review it, but I finished it today. Way easier going than I expected a book based on mathematical theory to be, for sure!

      And ahaha, yeah, exactly, re: David Lloyd George/Andy Murray (what a pair of people to somehow be lumped together).

      Hard same with Cemetary Boys!

  2. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on Cemetery Boys once you read it! I have an audiobook on the hold at the library but I think it’s a two month wait! I couldn’t resist after hearing so many good things about it; I probably should have placed a hold before release! Enjoy your week!
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