WWW Wednesdays…and book giveaway!

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Haven’t participated in this recently,  All you need to do is answer these three questions, and post your link over at Should Be Reading:

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

Here goes!

Currently reading:  I’ve got three four books currently ongoing:

  1. Richard III by William Shakespeare.  Trying to get through this before my trip to Stratford on Thursday.  I really need to buckle down and make a serious effort to get at least through the first two acts. Then Act III can be a surprise, LOL!
  2. The Likeness by Tana French.  This is a big book, clocking in at just under 700 pages. It’s the second police procedural by this author and is set outside of Dublin. An intriguing premise: a young woman is found dead, and she is the spitting image of a police officer who used to work undercover. The ID on the body is that of the undercover officer’s “persona” and said officer ends up going back into character, pretending that the woman didn’t actually die, and moving in with her housemates. Hard to put down!
  3. The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares. I’ve just started this audiobook and don’t have much to say about it yet. It’s the first adult novel by Brashares who wrote the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and other YA titles.
  4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. I’m reading this via DailyLit and am about 15% of the way in. There are funny bits interspersed with boring bits.  

Recently finished:

  1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (audiobook). Excellent fantasy adventure, and that’s high praise from me as I don’t usually enjoy fantasy literature. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. Philip Pullman narrates the novels and there is a cast of other readers which makes the audiobook very enjoyable.
  2. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.  Beautfiful novel about a young woman who immigrates from Ireland in the late 50s. If any of my readers would like my copy, drop me a line and it’s yours. First come, first served! Email, comment, Facebook, whatevs…
  3. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Loved the format of this novel set at an international newspaper headquartered in Rome.  Tells the story of the paper in chapters, each the story of an employee or reader of the paper. Chapters are interspersed with third person narratives about the history of the company.  Funny, poignant, and well-deserving of the accolades it’s received.

Up next:

  1. Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton.  This is a book from the “Knitting Mystery” series. It’ll go quickly after I finish The Likeness. Got this one from Value Village a few months ago.
  2. Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay. This novel’s been getting some great buzz. Got it from the library.
  3. Black Rose by Nora Roberts. This is my next audiobook. It’s the second in the “In the Garden” trilogy and a follow-up to Blue Dahlia that I read a couple of weeks ago. It’s a romance novel with some gardening and genealogy thrown in to keep it moving forward. Can’t beat a good romance in the summer!

 

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