WWW Wednesday: 5 April 2023

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 I’m reading four books:

The Children’s Book by A S Byatt. I started this in February and am taking it slowly. It spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centres around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves. I’m still not very far into this book (chapter 7). I’m also reading Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman, a beautiful book my son bought me for Mother’s Day. It’s a collection of his essays and I’m dipping into it choosing an essay at random. The third book I’m reading is Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill, four novellas about Dalziel and Pascoe. I’ve read the first one, The Last National Service Man which is about their first meeting. And the final book is The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson, a follow-up to his Notes from a Small Island, seeing how Britain had changed twenty years later. I’m nearing the end of this book

The last book I read (on Kindle) is Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks, set mainly in Austria from the years before the First World War to 1933. I found parts of it very slow with too much about Freud. Anton and Lena are the main characters and I much preferred Lena’s story. I may write about it in more detail later on.

Next I’ll be readingTortilla Flat by John Steinbeck, my Spin book for the Classics Club.

Although this is a weekly meme I’m only taking part occasionally.

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 5 April 2023

  1. It’s nice to hear you’re reading some Bill Bryson, Margaret. I’ve not read all of his work, but I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read – I do like his wit! And I hope you’ll enjoy Tortilla Flat.

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  2. Bill Bryson is always good value for money and funny although I did get more ‘grumpy’ vibes from him in the Little Driibbling book, I have to say. I like the sound of the Pullman essays and am wondering about giving The Children’s Book a try.

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    1. Yes, Cath I think he is more ‘grumpy’ in this book, but the things that make him’grumpy’ make me ‘grumpy’ too, haha. The Children’s Book is huge and very cumbersome to hold, but I am enjoying it,


  3. My Dad has a copy of a Bill Bryson book and I keep meaning to ask him about it because he’s had it for well over a decade, before I knew who Bryson was really. I haven’t come across the Philip Pullman book, it sounds good. Would you recommend it?

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