WWW Wednesday: 1 April 2020


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:

Mystery of Princess LouiseThe Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria’s Rebellious Daughter by Lucinda Hawkesley. I’m finding this a fascinating biography of Louise, Victoria’s unconventional daughter. She was a sculptor and painter, who mixed with the artists of her day much to her mother’s dislike and was involved in many campaigns for reform in education and health. It’s packed with intrigues, scandals and secrets. I’ve read about two thirds of this book I borrowed from the library.

Mirror and LightThe Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, the final book in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy about the boy from Putney who climbed his way up to become Lord Cromwell, Secretary to King Henry VIII. I loved the first two books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, so it was an easy decision to buy the third book in hardback to complete the set. It is heavy, weighing in at 2lbs 13ozs with almost 900 pages and so I’m reading it very slowly. Just like the other two books I think it’s beautifully written, full of colour and detail. Reading it I feel as if I’m there back in 1536.

Fresh water for flowers

Recently Finished: Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle. This is a complex novel, multi layered and centred on Violette, a cemetery keeper, switching between different people at different times in their lives.  I’ll write more about later on nearer its publication date in the summer.

Reading Next: This is where it gets difficult as there are so many I want to read. But it will probably be The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and  Queen Lucia by E F Benson, a book first published in 1920 for The 1920 Club hosted by Simon at Stuck in a Book and Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings is taking place between 13th and 19th April 2020. The idea is that you read a book published in that year and share your thoughts/review with other participants.

But then it could easily be one of these books I’ve mentioned in recent posts:

What do you think – which one would you read next?

24 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 1 April 2020

    1. It’s my hands and wrists that can’t stand the weight, so if I’m reading it in bed I prop it on my knees or on a cushion when I sit in a chair.


    1. Thanks, Karen. I’m really looking forward to reading Queen Lucia as it’s so different from my usual crime or historical fiction and I know other bloggers have enjoyed it.

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  1. Oh, I do want to read The Mirror and the Light, Margaret. The other two in that series are excellent, I think, and it’s been quite the wait for that one. The Mystery of Princess Louise… looks good, too, and I hope you’re really enjoying it.

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  2. I recommend The Talented Mr. Ripley. I enjoyed that a lot. I tend show some bias toward books that have Italian scenes, since I was living in Italy a couple years ago. I still think it is a thrilling book with some twists and turns. I did also read The Dutch House, but I don’t know that I enjoyed it as much as others have. I am really interested in The Mystery of Princess Louise. I’m glad you are enjoying it! Also, one day I will read the Hilary Mantel trilogy. I have the first 2 books. Here’s my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/www-wednesdays-april-1-2020/

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  3. I love the titles in Hilary Mantel’s series! Hadn’t heard of them before today. 900 pages, though? *whistles* Now THAT’S a tome. Or a potentially lethal weapon, I suppose. xD I’ll have to look into that series, though. It sounds really good. Hope you enjoy!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    1. Sammie, Mantel’s book would also be a good doorstop too 🙂 I love her historical fiction and this trilogy is so good. I hope you’ll enjoy the books if you decide to read them.

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