W…W…W…Wednesday

I’ll tell you mine and you tell me yours. Thanks to Miz B at Should Be Reading for hosting.

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I’d love to know what everyone is reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…(or post a link to your blog.)

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

AmericanahWhat are you currently reading? I am slowly making my start in Americanah. Only 70 pages in after 3 days and I can tell I will need to spend some time with this novel. The writing is great and I already love the two narrators, but it’s dense. The Nigerian names and culture are very unfamiliar to me, so instead of devouring it, as I’ve done with books recently, I’m really trying to absorb it slowly. So far, so good. (I am also slowly making my way through the audio version of The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress — an interesting, based-on-real-life story set in the 20’s. I just haven’t had enough time alone in the car to finish.)

the book of unknown americansWhat did you recently finish reading? I posted a full review of We Are Called to Rise, which is a great book, but I also finished The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez this week. Not sure how I ended up reading a string of books in which immigrants play a major role, but they’ve all been really good. The Book of Unknown Americans is a teenage love story set against the backdrop of an apartment building inhabited by immigrants, all Spanish-speaking, but from many different countries. I like how Henriquez balanced the main story (which has all the makings of great YA) with the short narrations from so many other people. There were times when the book seems to lose its rhythm, but all in all, a really enjoyable read that opened my eyes to the world around me.

The Invention of WingsWhat do you think you’ll read next? I finally picked up a copy of The Invention of Wings. It’s the summer read for the high school where I work and I’ve been wanting to read it since it’s release.  I loved The Secret Life of Bees, but didn’t love The Mermaid’s Chair. I have high hopes for this one.

How about you?

What are your W…W…W… titles?

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28 thoughts on “W…W…W…Wednesday

  1. I absolutely LOVED Unknown Americans–and Americanah is on my TBR list. Another novel about the immigrant experience that’s on my radar is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng–it was just released today, and is about the Chinese immigrant experience in Ohio in the 1970s.

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  2. I finished “This is What Happy Looks Like” (cute, cheesy YA haha) last week, and am currently making my way through both “I Know This Much is True” and “City of Thieves.” I haven’t really decided what I’ll be reading next, because I’ve still got 800 pages to go in “IKTMIT”!

    Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

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  3. Currently reading Outlander! Finally! I’m so caught up in it that sometimes I’m surprised to find myself in my own life. I’m also working my way through the final Harry Potter. I recently finished reading The Accident by Chris Pavone and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Next up…I don’t know! I went to the bookstore yesterday though! Picked up All the Light We Cannot See, A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter and The Silkworm by “Robert Galbraith” so I have some options (and a looooooooooooong weekend to do something about them).

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  4. Just finished Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg; just beginning Gulp:Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. Next up – Still Alice by Lisa Genova and At Home by Bill Bryson.

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    • Still Alice is one of my all time favorites! (Although it’s a little scary because it led to all sorts of self-diagnosis.)
      I love that you stopped by and commented Kathy! Happy reading.

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