WWW Wednesday – 10th February

It’s that time of the week again where I let you know all about my recently reads. This is my first WWW Wednesday of the month as I was so busy last Wednesday that I didn’t have time to write this post. I normally write it on the day rather than schedule so I was definitely caught out!

Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

The 3 Ws

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

This meme is hosted by Taking On A World Of Books.

Currently Reading

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I haven’t picked this up in a while because it got scooped up in a tidying frenzy and I have only just realised where it went! When I read this dystopian book about women with the power to give out electric shocks, I find myself incredibly intrigued. I really like the variety of styles of writing in the book, mixing omniscient narrator with snippets of an imaginary historical documents and accounts. But for some reason, I’m just not gravitating towards picking up it. I blame myself more than the book.

Seven Days by Michelle Kidd

With the deadline for the blog tour fast approaching, I’m making good headway with this detective novel about a series of murders in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London. There are quite a few references and flashbacks to a previous case at the moment and I’m unsure if this is related to the case at hand or if it refers to the first book in the series which I haven’t read. Either way, I’m excited to find out what will happen.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

This is my Book Club read for this month with the theme of historical fiction. So far, I don’t know much about this book as I’ve only just started listening to it. The book converges a present day family on holiday partaking in an experience of living like bronze age settlers and a ritual sacrifice happening in the past. I’m not sure what to make of it yet, but I’m enjoying the narrator.

Recently Read

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book needs no introduction, it is so iconic. I first read it about 10 years ago and then I watched the TV series. I’ve since reread it as an audiobook, read by Elizabeth Moss who plays June/Offred in the TV series. I thought that the narration was absolutely fantastic and I had forgotten the depth of the character development and the distinct voice of the June/Offred. It was very enjoyable to reread this and it is most certainly a 5 star read for me.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

I adore Station Eleven by the same author (I implore everyone to read it, but it is about a pandemic so be warned), so I was really excited when The Glass Hotel was released last year. You can read my review here.

Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

This YA novel is another dystopia which I listened to on audiobook. The premise is the justice system has been completely overhauled. If you are arrested for murder, you immediately go on to death row for 7 days during which the general public vote for whether you should be executed or not, keeping up with the news via a reality TV show called Death is Justice. No trial. No jury. No judge. All under the premise of democratisation. 16 year old Martha Honeydew has been arrested for killing a celebrity and claims she did it. But is she really guilty? The premise of this really drew me in and it felt a bit like The Hunger Games/Black Mirror. However, the writing style was really over the top and I felt it was quite juvenile and just didn’t do the interesting premise justice.

Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

I watched the Netflix series inspired by this memoir last year and, I have to say, it’s one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in ages. The memoir about Feldman’s life in a Hasidic Jewish community was really fascinating and I certainly learned a lot about Orthodox Judaism. I thought that one of the most interesting things was her reason to leave the community, but I felt like this last bit was quite rushed. Nonetheless, it was informative and I thought the audiobook narration was great.

Period by Emma Barnett

Another audiobook which has been keeping my ears busy while I’ve worked this week. Journalist Emma Barnett explores society’s attitude towards one of the most natural and normal bodily functions: menstruation. This was a feminist call to arms for the need to normalise periods in society and not to be ashamed. It was really interesting and quite inspiring in the way that it’s made more even more aware of issues like period shaming and period poverty. And it was pretty funny to boot!

Next Reads

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V E Schwab

I’ve heard so many good things about this book – it’s all over Twitter and one of my students even emailed me to tell me she was loving it and that I should read it! I sometimes have an idea of what I’m going to read next, but I’m determined to get on with this one in the next week because I have it on loan from the library and it’s got a queue so I can’t renew! I’m hoping it will live up to the hype – what do you think?

What have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 10th February

  1. I am almost finished with Addie Larue. I have been slowly listening to the Audible version on my walks with the dog but with the cold weather lately I’ve not been listening anywhere near as much so it was slow progress. I bought the kindle edition today so that I can just quickly finish. It’s very good and I am looking forward to seeing how it ends!

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