WWW Wednesdays – August 12, 2020

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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’m trying to read more classics right now both on my Reading the Classics list and also others that I come across on my shelf.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Bugalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 
Read Classics: 
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells – book = ♦ ♦ ♦
Virtual Book Club: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente – audiobook/ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦

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WWW Wednesdays – July 29, 2020

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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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
NetGalley ARC: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦

I’ve been reading a lot of books about racism and injustices, and while White Fragility is an okay book, I find that other books have been much more powerful. So far I would highly recommend anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. I decided to balance my reading by listening to some Nancy Drew on audio. I was pleasantly surprised that Laura Linney narrates those novels. Also, I finally finished The Dilemma. I should have a review of that posted soon.

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WWW Wednesdays – July 22, 2020

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What are you currently reading?
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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.

Currently Reading

Recently Finished

How To Be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
Virtual Book Club: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell – audiobook = ♦ ♦

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WWW Wednesdays – July 8, 2020

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What are you currently reading?
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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 took a small amount of time off of work during the holiday weekend. I thought I would get more reading done, but, alas, I can’t seem to sit down and read books right now. I am listening to audiobooks, while I do housework, etc., but that is the only reading that is happening in my life right now. In the last week, countless friends and family members have tested positive for COVID, and it is making me more than a little anxious. I am much more anxious now than I was three months ago. I am not even able to find peace in my books, but most of the audiobooks that I listened to in the last couple of weeks were amazing!

Currently Reading

Recently Finished

The 4 Season Solution by Dallas Hartwig – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ 
Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel – audiobook/book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 
More Myself by Alicia Keys – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

*Hopefully I’ll be able to post some blog reviews of these titles soon.*

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WWW Wednesdays – June 24, 2020

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What are you currently reading?
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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 put together my Summer Reading List and hope to read a few more classics once I have completed my Anna Karenina buddy read. I need to start making more progress on my Reading the Classics list. Since I don’t have any summer travel plans (anymore – all canceled), I am thinking of having a few reading staycations – at least that is my hope. Anybody ever do that?

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

West-with-the-Night
West with the Night by Beryl Markham – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

*Click on title for full review. I didn’t complete too many books this week, but I am making a lot of progress on Anna Karenina.*

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WWW Wednesdays – June 17, 2020

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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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

NetGalley ARC: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 
Eat Sleep Work Repeat by Bruce Daisley – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
IRL Book Club: The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli – ebook = ♦ ♦
Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

*Click on title of books for full reviews.*

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WWW Wednesdays – June 10, 2020

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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.

Man I really need to a break from work. I have had almost zero time to read. I’m thinking of taking a book staycation next week when I have a slight reprieve from all my many deadlines. Deadlines are the worst! I’m really enjoying The Girls Weekend and just want to have time to finish it. 

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Wow-No-Thank-You-Samantha-Irby

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½

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WWW Wednesdays – June 3, 2020

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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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The-Happiness-Equation-001

The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦

* Click on the title to read my full review. I also recently posted a review of Ghosts of Harvard as well.

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Book Review: Ghosts of Harvard

GhostofHarvard-Cover-HC-0120-650wTitle: Ghosts of Harvard
Author: Francesca Serritella
Genre: psychological thriller
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Pages: 480
Format Read: Ebook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: NetGalley ARC
Date finished reading: May 30, 2020

Goodreads Description: A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.

Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother, Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps threatens to break her family apart, she is haunted by questions of what she might have missed. And there’s only one place to find answers.

As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure at Harvard, she investigates her brother’s final year, armed only with a blue notebook of Eric’s cryptic scribblings. She knew he had been struggling with paranoia, delusions, and illusory enemies—but what tipped him over the edge? With her suspicions mounting, Cady herself begins to hear voices, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who walked the university’s hallowed halls—or huddled in its slave quarters. Among them is a person whose name has been buried for centuries, and another whose name mankind will never forget.

Does she share Eric’s illness, or is she tapping into something else? Cady doesn’t know how or why these ghosts are contacting her, but as she is drawn deeper into their worlds, she believes they’re moving her closer to the truth about Eric, even as keeping them secret isolates her further. Will listening to these voices lead her to the one voice she craves—her brother’s—or will she follow them down a path to her own destruction?

My Review: I am grateful to have received an ARC of Ghosts of Harvard from NetGalley. This was an interesting read for sure. It was a mix of fiction and nonfiction. It was a psychological thriller and mystery with a supernatural side note.

As I formally lived in Boston, I was thrilled to experience the author’s vivid descriptions of the Harvard campus. However, I struggled with the pacing of this book. I felt that it was about 100 pages too long. The middle was too slow, but I was very invested in the main character, Cady, as she tried to find out the truth behind her brother’s suicide. I was also invested in finding out the truth of what Cady was going through from the Prologue at the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the final quarter of the book. There were twists and turns, and I could not put it down.

I am not sure I understand the point of the main character being visited by ghosts. All I can come up with is that the author really wanted to create an unreliable main character, so the reader could not be able to distinguish between reality and fantasy. I never truly believed that Cady was suffering from schizophrenia like her brother had. However, I appreciate this interesting twist the author provided and acknowledge that much of the interaction with the ghost were based on history facts.

This story is one that I continue to go over in my head as I attempt to understand some of the deeper meaning the author was trying to express. It is the kind of book that stays with you.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ½

WWW Wednesdays – May 27, 2020

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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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Gilmore Girls Reading List: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – audiobook = ♦ ♦
NetGalley ARC: Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½

I have had a hard time reading this month. I have mostly been listening to audiobooks, while doing other things. I did enjoy The Ghost Map about the cholera outbreak in London back in the 1800s. I do feel like we continue to not learn from history, and I wonder how the author feels about the current pandemic. I gave another attempt at reading Marie Kondo, but this one did not hit the mark for me. Yes, I admit that I would be more productive and happy at work if I didn’t have 500 emails a day or multiple meetings. However, this book makes it sound like I can just change how the company I am employed for works. Also, there are plenty of days I am not happy with my job, but I am not in a position to just change careers if I am not happy. In fact, these days I count my blessings that I have a job. I will also say that books don’t have a time stamp, and I am surprised that this is the message she is sticking with even after all the avid readers disagreed with her on this. Marie Kondo definitely creates an inner struggle in me, because I appreciate her unique method, but I guess I just need to ignore her descriptions and interpret her method my own way.

*My full review of Ghosts of Harvard will be posted soon.*

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