WWW Wednesday: 13 May 2020


I’m writing this on my husband’s iPad, which is much easier for me than on my PC, especially with predictive text – less painful for my hand. I am feeling much happier!

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:

Recently I’ve been picking up book after book finding it difficult to settle on just one or two. These are some of the books that I’ve got on the go at the moment:

The 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. It is heavy, weighing in at 2lbs 13ozs with almost 900 pages and as my wrist and hand are still so painful I’ve had to put this on one side.

So then I tried an ebook, one of my NetGalley books, The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elizabeth Gifford, described a ‘a sweeping love story that crosses oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.’ I’ve read about a third of it and it isn’t appealing to me much at the moment and so the book I’ve settled on right now is:

The Guardians by John Grisham, a hardback book that isn’t as heavy to hold as The Mirror and the Light. An innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on Quincy Miller’s case. He’s been in prison for 22 years for the murder of Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town.

Recently Finished: 

looking good dead

Looking Good Dead by Peter James. This is one of my TBRs, the second book in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series and can easily be read as a stand alone. It’s dark murder mystery and it is gory in parts, although not too gory if you read it quickly. It’s set in Brighton and Peter James describes the setting in detail which slows the action down somewhat, but apart from that it’s fast paced about a man who puts himself and his family in great danger after he picked up a CD that another passenger had left on the train – it’s a snuff movie – enough said.

Reading Next:

I just don’t know. It might be another Roy Grace book, Deadman’s Footsteps, or one of my NetGalley books, maybe The Deep by Alma Katsu, a story with a supernatural twist set on the Titanic, or A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry, which is a follow up to Days Without End, a book I loved.  Set after the end of the American Civil War it tells the story of Union soldiers, Thomas McNulty and John Cole, who have ‘adopted’ a young Indian girl.

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

17 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 13 May 2020

  1. Maybe The Mirror and the Light is WHY your wrist is so painful! I’ll be very interested to hear what you think of A Thousand Days. As you know, I did enjoy it but definitely not as much as Days Without End.


  2. It is annoying, isn’t it, to be in that sort of ‘betwixt and between’ place in reading, isn’t it, Margaret? I’ve had that happen, too. I do very much want to read The Mirror and the Light, because I do hear it’s excellent. Right now I”m not ready for a 900+ page novel, but when I am, I want to read it. In the meantime… I like the Roy Grace series, although I’ve not read every novel in it.

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  3. Margaret, I am sorry to hear you have been struggling with your painful hands and wrists, but glad after a bit of trial and error you found a book you could read without pain and that caught your interest. I rather like the sound of a tale with a supernatural twist set on the Titanic, so I would say read The Deep by Alma Katsu next. Happy reading! 😃

    My WWW post this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-13th-may-2020/ 🙂

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  4. The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy sounds interesting – but I wish books as big as The Mirror & The Light were easier to hold open! I feel like it doesn’t help that the pages are so delicate in bigger books too, and the books themselves tend to be smaller than normal for some reason. I hope your hand and wrist pain subsides soon so you can continue reading!

    I’ve been hearing amazing things about The Deep from other bloggers – I haven’t read it myself, but I think I will after hearing so many good things. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you, Julie Anna! It is really hard to hold the pages of The Mirror and the Light open. I think I should have bought the ebook, not the hardback! Yes The Deep does sound good.

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  5. Margaret,
    Can you believe that I can actually leave you a message? I had another idea of something to try to make this work. So here we are.
    I was so sorry to hear about your wrist/arm/hand difficulties. How incredibly frustrating. And now here you are finding a way around the problem. Congrats!
    I simply loved Days Without End!! I’m so happy to find another reader who loved it.
    I have Hilary Mantel’s latest waiting for me as well. I hope to get to it no later than end of summer. I think it will be perfect for our summer heat waves. So peculiar that we get so hot, because, you know we had snow again last night. It didn’t last, of course. I hiked at 7 am this morning and there was a dusting over everything, but by 9 am it was gone, but even so we have had a cold spring. I’m not complaining, though. Because when it warms up on Saturday, our biting “black flies” will be here for their May-June season, and no one will be happy!
    Hoping your wrist and everything settles down!

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    1. Hurray!!! So glad you can now comment here! It’s cold here too, although no snow – further north in Scotland they have had snow, but not here. We get midges here later on – and they love biting me, but ignore my husband… his blood mustn’t be as tasty as mine … and thanks for your good wishes.

      I’m using the iPad now to type and so I hope I can post a Bookshelf post tomorrow.


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