What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.
I didn’t read much this week again, because I went on a mini holiday to visit family, but I am looking forward to catching up on all my NetGalleys, book club reads, and Fall Reading list this upcoming weekend during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Due to my intense work schedule and the fact that my body does not like me to pull all-nighters anymore, I won’t be able to read the entire 24 hours, but I intend to read most of Saturday. I will be creating my pre-readathon post in the next day or two.
Out by Natsuo Kirino – book
Four women that work together at a factory outside of Tokyo, Japan conspire together to cover up a murder. This story follows these women and how the murder cover-up changes their lives and the lives of others that have connections to the women or to the murdered individual.
I read this book for an IRL mystery book club. While the story is disturbing (so many trigger warnings) and a bit depressing, I found that I still wanted to continue to read it to find out what happens to the four women and whether they really would get away with this crime. It may seem boring and tedious at points, but I believe those pages really help the reader understand the lives of the characters. No character is innocent, so you really don’t know who to root for. Another trigger warning – the end is just as disturbing (if not more so) as the beginning. It is a clever book and not like anything I have read before.
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – audiobook
Ella Duran from the United States earns a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in England for a year toward a graduate degree. She is a very ambitious political activist for education but always wanted to study at Oxford so does not hesitate to accept the Rhodes scholarship. While at Oxford, she meets a group of animated characters and develops an attraction to one of her professors. She juggles her Oxford life and her US educational policy ambitions, but begins to realize that Oxford is starting to change her and her life goals.
As someone who studied abroad every opportunity I had and absolutely loved Oxford when I visited last year, I had to read this book. It starts by painting this amazing picture of Oxford, which is in fact a stunning place, and English culture. I found myself laughing at Ella’s interactions with her English classmates and some of the locals. I can’t believe I never noticed how my British friends use negative adjectives to describe something positive (ex. “that is terribly brilliant”). This story soon turned into a romantic story. I didn’t read the blurb that compares this story to a Nicholas Sparks or JoJo Moyes book, so I was a bit caught off guard when the story turned from mysterious to a bit sad. (I may have shed a few tears while listening to it at work). Normally I don’t gravitate to these types of books, however, by that point, I was so invested in all the lovely characters that I had to see the book all the way through. It was amazing. So many emotions, but I loved every moment of it.
I hope you all had a fantastic week of reading! Any thoughts on the books I’ve listed? What are y’all reading? If I haven’t already commented on your WWW post, please include it in the comments below and maybe some of you will be reading with me during the readathon this weekend.
Ooooh, I’m really curious about The Personality Brokers.
How are you finding Brave New World? I read it for a university class way back in 2009. It wasn’t my favourite, but a lot of it has stuck with me after all of these years.
I am having a hard time with Brave New World. It just seem to be as easy to get through as I was expecting. I’m determined to finish it though. I think I still like 1984 more.
Yeah, I’d say I prefer 1984 too. I hope it picks up for you by the end.
I loved Brave New World – Huxley was very insightful!
I’ve had The Oxford Year on my list and LOVE Julia Whelan. She has narrated a few of my favorite audios and its awesome to see her as an author.
I listened to this one in audiobook that of course she narrated herself. 🙂 It was great!
Stop! I must listen to the audio now!
I enjoyed my My Oxford Year as well but I knew it was a romance.
Ooo your TBR looks perfectly spooky and Halloweeny!
I’m trying to keep it nice and spooky, but also saving some less spooky reads for late at night reading.
I’ve had to do the same with the late night reading!
How are you liking The Personality Brokers?
I’m a third of the way into it, and I find it informative but slightly boring – almost too much background information.
Oh dang, that’s unfortunate.
My Oxford Year sounds intriguing. I really want to read The Library Book by Orlean also!
I’ve been curious about My Oxford Year but haven’t picked it up yet. I guess I’ll need to be in the mood for a bit of heartbreak haha.
I guess I should be glad that I didn’t know there would be a bit of a heartbreak situation, because I probably wouldn’t have picked it up had I known. I just thought it would be a cute romantic travelogue.
Wow you have so many books on the go! I hope you enjoy them!
Me too! Thanks!
Glad to see some good classics here. I usually enjoy a lot Japanese literature, but I think I may pass on Out
Yeah…I’m still thinking about “Out” so maybe it impacted me more than I originally thought, but there were so many disturbing scenes.
Great list! You’ve definitely got a lot of books on the go – which is awesome! Happy reading!
Good luck with the readathon! And I hope Brave New World will go better for you. Happy reading!
Enjoy Brave New World! The beginning is a bit hard to get into, but it has great concepts and outcomes. Happy reading!