For a while, the only weekly blogging post I’ve done is Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m feeling adventurous (and, also, I don’t have any book reviews for you :o). But it being Wednesday and all, I’m trying something new!
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading. The way I prefer to read is perhaps a bit chaotic for this tag, as I like to read multiple books at once. I think this is largely because there are so many different formats available, and so I might as well!
Anyway… the questions: what are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? And what do you plan to read next?
What are you currently reading?
Legendborn – Tracy Deonn
Synopsis: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants to escape. A residential programme for bright high-schoolers seems like the perfect opportunity – until she witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. . .
When I saw the eBook of Legendborn on sale, I couldn’t resist. It was a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee last year and I think an instant add to everyone’s TBRs the moment it was published. Unsurprising, if you’re going simply by the cover!
The thing I’m enjoying most about this book so far is that I really don’t know what to expect. You really discover this hidden world of magic alongside Bree, but she is also a person who has gone through a traumatic event and is thus frequently making unpredictable choices, meaning we discover who she is at the same time. I am already intrigued by the roster of characters that have been introduced and I don’t think it will take very long for me to finish this book!
What have you recently finished?
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Synopsis: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.
I recently included this on a post featuring books about motherhood, because one of the main narratives the story follows is two mothers, Elena and Mia, and how different they are and their kids’ lives are, and what this means for the people they are and the places they live in. It’s a really easy book to read, with the narration flowing continuously from character to character. I love the way it presents all of the events of the story, too, bare and without judgement for the reader, but absolutely flavoured with all different forms of judgement depending upon whose perspective you are reading in.
I’d say it’s a good mix of coming-of-age and small-town-problems stories, particularly because it doesn’t hesitate to talk frankly about class, race, gender. Then again, this book is a bestseller and was published in 2017, so I’m sure everyone already knows how good it is! (Also has a TV series!)
What are you going to read next?
You know what… I’m reading Jane Austen. Reading (or rereading) all of her books is a low-key challenge I set for myself last year, but I have not continued it for a very long time and now, the time is right. When is the time not right for a good old regency romance?
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Synopsis: Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation.
It makes me laugh that every Austen heroine has a wealthy family member who may eleveate her from her dire social straits. Saying that however, the discussion of social issues in this book are often highly-praised by critics, as is the different personality of the protagonist compared to Austen’s other heroines, so I’m very excited to read this one!
Once more, I’m realising I read a lot more backlist books than new releases — and these three certainly cover a lot of ground!
Have you read these three books? What are you reading atm?