WWW Wednesday – A Meme

WWW Wednesdays.jpgWelcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words For this meme, you just answer the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Please share your answers in the comments below or link your blog post!

What are you currently reading?

Rebecca coverThe book I am the most actively reading right now is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’m nearly finished with it and I am definitely engaged. I very much want to see where this story as going. It was a slow build up to this point and while I often enjoy a slow build, I just didn’t find it particularly engaging until the plot reveal. This book is very much a product of its times and I have struggled with not finding the second Mrs. de Winter annoying. I can put her character in perspective and understand how she fits with the era she is in, but there are times where it is simply too much. She is too childish and too fragile. I have found her grating at times. I suspect the upcoming change will seem to sudden for me. But, I am enjoying it and I’ve seen so many positive reviews of it now that it is part of PBS’s Great American Reads, I am still hopeful I will love this classic as well! What are your thoughts on Rebecca?

I am also tackling a few other books at the moment – too many really. You can always see what I’m currently reading on the sidebar Goodreads widget or on Goodreads. If you pop over on Goodreads, definitely friend me! I love following other book lovers!

What did you recently finish reading?

We Are WaterI finished We Are Water a few days ago and sadly, I wasn’t as impressed with this story as I expected I would be. It stars with an interesting concept: a wife and mother finally finds herself through her art and leaves her husband for a woman. It could have been an incredibly powerful story and it looked like that was what the story was going to be early on. But in the end, it became this over the top drama where endless bad things happen, some of which felt more about shock value than actual character development, and the main character isn’t even Annie, the wife and mother. I read the interview of Wally Lamb in the back and he discusses how he let the story take him where it wanted to go. I would argue that this does not read like a story which naturally developed. Or maybe, I’m just tired of the cis, white, straight male perspective. I’m glad I read this as a buddy read so I have someone else to rant about this book with besides all of you! What were your thoughts on We Are Water?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Imaginary ThingsI usually say that this is a hard question for me as I tend to be a mood reader, but this month, I have a tight TBR if I’m going to finish my buddy read in a timely manner and read my two book club reads. I’m not sure this is going to work out, but I’m trying! It does mean I have my next book determined for me and it is Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen. I have one week from today to finish it! I am reading this for a library book club. Last month, we read The Repeat Year by Lochen and this month we are reading her second novel, Imaginary Things. Lochen will be at this book club, so I feel especially pressured to read it before book club. I think I will be able to pull it off, but it’s going to be tight. I’ll finish Rebecca in the next day or so. Hopefully, Imaginary Things will be an easy and fast read!

What are your answers to the three Ws? Please comment below or link to your blog post!

 

5 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – A Meme

  1. I’ve read Rebecca and listened to it on audiobook too and it was amazing how Mrs. De Winter grated to me when I had to listen to her. The stream of conscious writing is also more apparent. I do like the book and think it endured well… there are women like her today even if she isn’t the poster child of female empowerment that we’d prefer. ❤ I hope you enjoy Imaginary Things!

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    • You are right that there are women like her today and while she isn’t the poster child for feminism, it was impactful to see how this woman thought. It is an insight I haven’t had before. While I disagree with her choices, I also understand where she is coming from. This book really shined because of the stream of conscious writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the book!

      I didn’t enjoy Imaginary Things as much as I had enjoyed her other book, The Repeat Year. There were some issues with the plot and the book just didn’t feel fully developed. But I greatly enjoyed the library book club discussion about the book and listening to the author talk about her books. Overall, I’m glad I read it!

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