WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week there are three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I was so late with this last week that I thought maybe I would skip today’s post. But here I am, all good to go, so why not…
Three books finished since the last post and only one added. That seems reasonable.
What are you currently reading? After a false start or two I am now properly reading The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West. I felt totally daunted when I started the Kindle sample – I blame the cold entirely, for this is such an easy book to read and huge fun (so far). Plus, I now have a green-spined Virago copy, which clearly makes all the difference. I’m reading it for the 1930 club which is running this very week so I’m struggling to get it finished and put together a few thoughts before Sunday.
What did you recently finish reading? It was a couple of weeks ago but I recently finished The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. I almost passed on this Pigeonhole read as I didn’t know the author and it is billed as a YA read which isn’t generally my choice. But having read a little on Sepetys and her previous books I took the plunge and I’m glad I did. It’s set initially in 1957 and built around a budding relationship between privileged Dan, son of a Texan oil baron, and Ana, impoverished Spaniard struggling with her siblings to keep themselves afloat and survive their past. Through this lens I learned a great deal about the horrors of Franco’s Spain, brought vividly to the fore through the use of snatches from actual documents and accounts from the time. It’s not a great book – the second half, eighteen years later – seemed particularly weak, but it’s far from a bad one and I’m mindful of the intended audience. I certainly considered it worth reading for its historical context and I will look for more of her books.
I’m also mindful of Sepetys’ words when she was awarded the Carnegie Medal :
“As a writer, I am drawn to underrepresented stories and history in hiding. History divided us, but through reading we are united in story, study and remembrance. That is the power of books.”
Amen to that.
What do you think you’ll read next? I shall be finishing the short story collection, ‘The Starlings and Other Stories‘ in the next day or so. And I can’t resist following it up witha re-read of du Maurier’s The Birds. I won’t read it for purposes of comparison; it’s just that some things really have to be done.