WWW Wednesday, 11 July: Women, Mystical Islands of Death & Queer SFF.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samanneelizabeth

The Three W’s are…

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

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here include NF, SFF (of both the adult & YA variety) & contemporary adult.

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What Happened — Hillary Clinton, p. 2017.

This one has dominated all my WWW posts so far. Since it’s a Buddy read, and we’re doing a section or two per week.

3 thoughts so far:

  • Such a warm, personal read. This week I read the section about being a woman in politics, and it was a genuine joy to read. This woman clearly loves the hell out of her family, and has great respect for her female constitutes and employees. She clearly cares. She seems very much like the kind of woman who is deeply confident in herself and her own abilities, yet also is quick to shine a light on the achievements of others.
  • A reoccurring theme through this section was HRC being concerned that women would be discouraged from entering politics due to the Presidential Election, and her relief and appreciation that many women are actually being encouraged by it. Her thoughts of responsibility and pride about this is <3.
  • HRC’s thoughts about how people responded to as a First Lady vs. a politician are disheartening as shit. Essentially, she says she was left with the impression that people liked her plenty as a First Lady (except for the part where she changed her name to include Clinton because people had such a huge problem with her just going by her maiden name?), but were like ‘woah sit down’ when she stepped up to the plate herself. Misogynist springs eternal, I guess.

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The Passage (The Passage, #1) – Justin Cronin, p. 2010

A re-read! I first read this book when it came out in 2010 (when I was in university, damn), and I’m rereading it now because I want to finally knock the sequel off my TBR list.. and since it’s been 8 years (omg) and it’s a huge, complicated book, a reread was definitely required before hitting up book 2. Definitely not going to finish this in time for TomeTopple, since I’m only a couple hundred pages in, but… hey, I’m on my way, at least.

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3 thoughts so far:

  • Already questioning if this book needs to be as long & as hyper detailed as it is. Which, to be fair, that’s clearly the style, and a lot of the writing is beautiful, and absorbing, but… yeah, it’s a personal taste thing, I think, since I don’t think it’s poor editing, it’s just more detail than I myself necessarily want.
  • And what’s with all the references to sexual assault, like, is this necessary?  I guess it is necessary, because this book is largely about terrible people being terrible, but still, sigh. I guess I’m not crazy about sexual assault almost being used as a shortcut to show that someone is either a) shitty person or b) has been psychologically damaged.
  • I… vaguely feel like I should have more of a clue about what’s happening by 270 pages in. 

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WWW Wednesday, 3 July: Death, Surprises & Tomes.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samanneelizabeth

The Three W’s are…

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

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here are a whole lot of SFF, some NF, and the occasional drop of contemporary. With plenty of YA, because of course.

CURRENTLY

storm.gifThunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) — Neal Shusterman, p. 2018. 

Long awaited read! I’ve been wanting this one since it came out, BUT I’ve been making myself wait to buy it until I come across it in a bookstore, rather than buying it on Amazon. Because supporting authors, that’s why. It finally happened this past Saturday (thank you, Waterstones), and I started reading it the next day, using the excuse of Tome Topple, as hosted at @tome_ topple. For my own Tome Topple TBR, check it out here.

3 thoughts so far:

  1. LOVING that the problems from an A.I ruled Earth comes from the humans themselves, not from the all but omnipresent Thunderhead, who is truly benevolent as fuck. I just love the Thunderhead in general? Realllllly hoping it doesn’t fall prey to the maxim ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.’
  2. The star-crossed nature of Rown and Citra’s relationship is really working for me, when normally that trope makes me #eyeroll. I think it’s because of the mature way both characters handle it.
  3. ‘Arc of the Scythe’ is legitimately the best series title ever.


daphnehilWhat Happened — Hillary Clinton, p. 2017.

Pictured with Daphne, the most cuddliest stalker of my three cats. I went over my reasoning for reading What Happened in my last WWW post. Realised belatedly that if I’d waited until late June to start this, I could’ve used it as my buddy read for Tome Topple, but… shrug.

3 thoughts so far:

  1. To me, this very much reads like a book about grieving. It makes me think that Hillary is doing her best to lead by example, to go into depth on how she is dealing with what happened partly so as to show other people the way to cope.
  2. I have a ton of respect for this woman. Considering everything, she comes across as restrained as anyone can reasonably expect her to be. Her continued humour is an inspiration. She’s much more open about her mistakes than I think many others would’ve been in her position. To me, it’s impossible to think she WASN’T judged so harshly during the course of the campaign in large part because she’s a woman. People are so terrible sometimes.
  3. The insight into the Obama & HRC relationship has been especially lovely.

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Tome Topple Readathon, Summer 2018: I like big books and I can not lie.

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I heard about this one from Wonderfilled Reads. Far as I can tell, the idea behind it is you get the eff over yourself and start reading some of those giant books (500+) on your shelves which you may or may not have been putting off.  It runs from Fun, right? It resets periodically (not sure how often), and right now it’s in its six round, which runs from June 29th ’til July 12th. So… yep, I’m already behind.

It seems like this one is mostly run on Twitter @Tome_Topple (hashtag #tometopple!) & Instagram @thoughtsontomes. Twitter seems to have a lot of reading sprints (never tried that before, and I am both nervous and excited to try) & mini challenges, and Instagram has a ‘photo a day’ for the duration of the challenge.

It was created by @thoughtsontomes, and is co hosted with @booklifesj, @perpetutalpages, @readersrambles & @littlebookowl on Twitter.

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WWW Wednesday, 27 June: Dinosaurs, Poirot & Clinton

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samannelizabeth 

The Three W’s are…

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading? (NOTE: Includes spoilers for what the FairyLoot June book is).
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d  & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here run the gamut from middle grade contemporary to adult SFF, a debut published this July and a oldie from 1934, with just a hint of NF.

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jpark.gif Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton, p. 1990.

This baby, I’m reading for the Birth Year Challenge over @  Hotchpot Cafe.  I got it out from the library months ago, and have been renewing it… and renewing it…operating under the vein hope that if I keep it long enough I will have somehow read the book by osmosis without actually having to read he fucker. BUT NOT ANYMORE! I’m almost half way in, and I’m (surprisingly) really liking it. I’ve already put two of Crichton’s other books to my gigantic to read to get pile on Goodreads.

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