WWW Wednesday: 24 August 2022

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?

I’m still reading J R R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. This is a book I’ve read several times over the years since the first time I read it, just after I left school (a long time ago). I am now well into Book 3, The Return of the King. I don’t remember this one as much as the first two books, maybe I haven’t read it before as many times as the other two. It really is an amazing book, such vivid descriptions of characters, places and events. I am reading this hardback book slowly, taking my time over it, just a small section each day – letting the story soak into my mind. I think I may have to spend more time reading it from now on – the action is really gripping me, although, of course, I know how it ends.

The other books I’m reading are The Island by Victoria Hislop and Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson.

The Island is set mainly on the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony and is the story of Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. I’m reading a paperback edition, which means I’m not reading it in bed! I need more light to see the small typeface.

Shrines of Gaiety is to be published in September, so I’m reading a digital review copy from NetGalley. As with Atkinson’s Life After Life, I’ve found this a difficult book at the beginning and it took me until nearly 20% to get to know the characters. I nearly gave up a few times. But then I settled into the story and am nearing the end – now at 86%. I should finish it soon.

The last book I read is Nucleus by Rory Clements, historical fiction set in 1939 just before the start of the Second World War. I wrote about it in this post.

As always I haven’t quite decided what to read next. It could be Lion by Conn Iggulden, the first in a new series ‘The Golden Age’, set in Ancient Greece in the 5th century BC. It’s about the Athenian general and politician Pericles. 

But, then again when the time comes I could choose something completely different. I just don’t know.

Although this is a weekly meme I think I’ll take part once a month from now on.

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 24 August 2022

  1. It’s very good to hear there’s a new Kate Atkinson on the way, Margaret. She’s got quite a lot of talent, in my opinion, and she writes different sorts of things, too, which isn’t easy to do! And the Lord of the Rings trilogy is always worth a re-visit in my opinion…


  2. I’m looking forward to reading Shrines of Gaiety, but will bear in mind that it might take a while to get into the story. I would like to read The Island as well, as I’ve enjoyed some of Victoria Hislop’s other books.


  3. The Island by Victoria Hislop sounds interesting, I’ve heard of her before but I never read any of her books. I’m always looking for more historical fiction books set in antiquity, so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Lion by Conn Iggulden!


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