Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WWW Wednesdays

Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.

I usually do Library Loot on Wednesdays but they've been so long lately (18 or 20 books at times).  Since almost all my reading is library books anyway I thought I'd keep it shorter for my readers by doing my first WWW Wednesday post.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

What are you currently reading?

The True Deceiver**** by Tove Jansson 1982 (Finland)

Almost finished. Jansson (1914 - 2001) was a very famous award-winning children's writer who is still popular years after her death. The last nine book she wrote were adult ficition. This is one of them.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoyevsky 1880 (Russia)  

For the Readalong at Fizzy Thoughts, July 10 to October 1, 2010. There's still time to sign up. We post our thoughts every three weeks. I've just started, still in the introduction. I've really liked what I've read of his so far, Crime and Punishment****+, Notes From Underground***** but The Brothers K is new to me.  

What did you recently finish reading?

The Ghost Brush***** by Katherine Govier 2010

Historical fiction in 19th century Japan based on life of the daughter of Hokusai the famous painter. For the Japanese Lit and Canadian Book Challenge 4. Brief review forthcoming, if anyone is interested? Saturday perhaps?

The Shadows in the Street**** by Susan Hill 2010

The fifth in the Simon Serailler crime mystery series in the UK. Hill spends much more time on the personal lives of the characters than most crime writers, which makes them more interesting. I have read them all and recommend them highly. The series starts with The Various Haunts of Men****. I thought the first three were her strongest but I was crying at the end of this one so it stood up well too.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish by Elise Blackwell 2007

An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell 2010

I really enjoyed Hunger****+, set in1942 Leningrad. Cypress Parish is historical fiction about Louisiana, including mention of Carville, the leprosy colony there. Leprosy is a special interest of mine. It just happens that both of her books have arrived from the library at the same time. 

Which have you read, or do you plan to? What did you think? Leave me your links, I'd love to read them. Questions and reading recommendations of good literary fiction are always welcomed. I do not accept review copies but am happy to write brief reviews of books read if requested. Please just ask.


  1. I'm going to cheat and link to a post from Monday, where I did the task!

  2. YAY for your first WWW! Those are some serious hist fic books you got there!

  3. I really wanted to do The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoyevsky read a long. But I am not sure I will be able to do it. Right now I have no schedule to speak of.

  4. Wow, great books! Happy reading!

  5. I can't wait to see what you think of Elise Blackwel's books - I got to meet her since she's a South Carolina author and she's a delight.

  6. Nice stash! :-) Enjoy your books!

  7. Have fun whatever you read this week. The Brothers K was one I read and really liked eons ago.

  8. I'd love to see a brief review of The Ghost Brush and am curious about the Elise Blackwell books!

  9. I can't wait to see your thoughts on the Elise Blackwell books! I always perk up when I hear about a book set in Louisiana. :)

  10. *'s so nice to see you visiting around blogland again. I've just read a super good story set in Carville, Louisiana. I featured it in Book Beginnings on Friday. I think you'd like it:



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