WWW Wednesdays

Miz B at Shouldbereading hosts a weekly Wednesday meme called www wednesdays

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

1)  I am currently re-reading Louise Erdrich’s The Roundhouse.    

This novel is about a woman on a North Dakota Indian reservation who was raped and almost murdered.  She has a husband and 13-year-old son named Joe.  The story focuses on Joe, who tries to find and punish the rapist at the same time that he deals with all of the growing-up issues any 13 year-old-boy faces.  The novel’s tone is serious, as you might expect, and yet there are also parts that are laugh-out-loud funny.  Erdrich won the 2012 National Book Award for this novel, and rightly so, in my opinion.

I am also listening to Dennisi Lehane’s The Given Day.  I chose this novel to complement my Boston trip; it is set in Boston at the end of World War I and is highly atmospheric of Boston neighborhoods.  So far, I am enjoying it!

2)  I recently finished reading The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, which I wrote about briefly here.
 I loved this book!  The writing was beautiful, and the story of the main characters was heart-breaking.  I would definitely recommend it.

3)  Next on the list for one of my book clubs is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a Minnesota writer.  He mostly writes mysteries (of which I’ve read a few)  but this novel is not a mystery.  I’m looking forward to it!

What about you?  What are you reading?

WWW.Wednesdays: What are you reading?

The blog “Should Be Reading” started a series called http://www.Wednesdays.

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

Here are my answers for May 21, 2014.

What are you currently reading?

Two books, both on China.

  • One is nonfiction, a reportial  on China by husband-wife journalist team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn  called China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. I am almost half-way through. I know so little about China that I cannot comment on how accurate it is.  It is already 20 years old, so I would suspect it is at least somewhat outdated.   However, it is highly readable, engaging, and informative–especially for a reader (like me) whose knowledge of contemporary China is hazy at best.  Some of the reviewers said they focused too much on the sensational rather than the ordinary.  That may be true, but perhaps that is to be expected from journalists.  In any case, I love it so far and would recommend it to others interested in China.
  • A mystery novel set in China called Flower Net by Lisa See.  Lisa See is Chinese-American (as is Sheryl Wudunn, by the way).  This is the first of her “Red Princess” novels which feature American attorney David Stark and Chinese detective Liu Hulan.  I have a soft spot for mystery novels set in foreign countries, so I am really enjoying it.   See is obviously writing for people who know little about China.  She often inserts comments into the narrative like “Chinese people are quite reticent so….”    On the one hand, this seems intrusive, but on the other hand, I find cultural insights informative.    There is actually quite a bit of overlap of themes between China Wakes and Flower Net.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Her by Christa Parravani.  I did a post on this book last week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Not sure.  I have so many books piled up, begging me to read them!  But maybe this one:

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. I heard an interview with him on NPR. He tries to answer the question of why some children succeed while others fail. He believes much of it has to do with character rather than with IQ or other cognitive traits.

What about you?  What have you read recently?

WWW Wednesdays, May 14

The blog “Should Be Reading” started a series called http://www.Wednesdays.

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

Here are my answers for May 14, 2014.

What are you currently reading?

Her by Christa Parravini. (I haven’t actually started it yet, but I plan to do so tonight.) It’s a memoir of a woman whose identical twin died of an overdose in her 20s.

What did you recently finish reading?

Defending Jacob by William Landay. This is a terrific crime thriller. I read it in a day because it was such a page turner. The law/crime aspects were well-done, but I was particularly enthralled by his depiction of a family unravelling after their son is accused of murder.

What do you think you’ll read next?

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. I heard an interview with him on NPR. He tries to answer the question of why some children succeed while others fail. He believes much of it has to do with character rather than with IQ or other cognitive traits.

What about you?  What have you read recently?