WWW Wednesday: 8 May 2019

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WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

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


Currently reading: Two books, Mrs Whistler by Matthew Pamplin and D H Lawrence: the Life of an Outsider by John Worthen.

Mrs Whistler is a new publication (3 May) and I’m reading an e-ARC from NetGalley. I’m loving it. It’s a novel is based on the life of the artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and his muse Maud Franklin, covering the years from 1876 to 1880. During this period Whistler was engaged in a dispute with his patron F R Leyland over payment for his decoration of the Peacock Room and the trial in 1878 of the action Whistler brought against John Ruskin for his criticism of his works exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877. My description is the bare bones – the novel brings it all to life.

D H Lawrence: the Life of an Outsider is one of my TBRs. I bought the book in 2008 when I visited D H Lawrence’s birthplace at Eastwood, 8 miles from Nottingham. I’m reading this slowly, as I like to do with all non-fiction. It’s very readable and detailed – so far I’ve read about his birth in 1885, childhood and education and I am now reading about his first teaching job in Croydon as an elementary teacher in 1908. By 1908 writing had become a necessity to him – writing poetry, but he was too insecure to send any of it to a publisher.

Recently finished:

The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley, a family saga that revolves around Posy Montague and her family home, Admiral House in the Suffolk countryside, a house that had been in her family for generations. I really enjoyed it and will read more of Lucinda Riley’s books. I’ve written more about it in this post.

My next book could be:

This is the most difficult part of this post – I don’t know until the time actually arrives. I’m itching to read several books – those I wrote about yesterday, but also new publications from NetGalley, the latest of which is The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell to be published in August, but then I want to read Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck, my Classics Club Spin book, and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, the next choice for my local book club at the end of this month. Or it could be The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, that a friend has lent me – she says it’s good.

I can’t decide today!

Have you read any of these books?  Do any of them tempt you? 

12 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 8 May 2019”

  1. Oh, I’ve been hearing about Mrs. Whistler, Margaret, and it does sound great. It’s a really interesting perspective from which to tell Whistler’s story, too. Very glad you’ve been enjoying it.

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  2. I just read (and reviewed) The Tattooist from Auschwitz. As I wrote in my review, unfortunately it offers limited literary qualities, honestly it is not that well-written.

    It doesn’t change the fact, that Lale’s story is absolutely amazing and I am still glad to have read it. I am interested to hear what you think, if you decide to go ahead with that one.

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  3. A friend recommended The Tattooist of Auschwitz to me. I bought it for my mum who wasn’t sure at all initially that it would be for her but ended up being very engaged with it

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  4. I’m tempted by the Lawrence bio. I had a real passion for his books in my teens and have been avoiding him for years in case he doesn’t live up to my memories of him. But I’ve bravely put Sons and Lovers on my Classics Club list for a re-read…

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  5. I’ve never read any of D.H. Lawerence, but I plan to one day. I love biographies though and I find reading about authors helps me get into their work. A way of understanding them and their themes I suppose.

    Mrs. Whistler sounds exciting. I’ll have to look into it.

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  6. Mrs. Whistler sounds like an interesting read. The Family Upstairs sounds great, too, and I’ve heard such good things about Lisa Jewell (though I haven’t had a chance to read any of her work myself). Hope you enjoy it! The Tattooist of Auschwitz is on my TBR, too, and people I know have said it’s fantastic.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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