WWW Wednesdays (5 Aug 20)! What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading!

Current Reads

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman

So, I finally started reading this mammoth book! I have a hardback edition but I’ve also got the ebook from the library as it’s too much for me to hold the hardback for long. I’m actually really enjoying this book, it’s such an interesting read. The lack of full-stops is something I got used to really easily and it’s never bothered me to stop reading at any point on a page, I don’t need chapters, so this is really enjoyable. I find it works best if I read in chunks rather than a few pages here and there, and I do need to take the odd break from it but I love coming back to it. I’m currently on page 306 of 1030!

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I’m really enjoying this book. It follows Emira, a young black woman who babysits for a white couple. One night they ask her to take their child to the store and while there she is accused of kidnapping the child. It also follows Alix, the mother of the child, and she is a busy and successful woman who is very media savvy and aware of optics. It’s eye-opening to read Emira’s point of view and to see just how many micro-aggressions she has to deal with every single day. There is such a contrast with Alix’s life and how she suddenly finds herself wanting to get to know Emira better. I can’t wait to read more of this one.

Recent Reads

The New Girl by Harriet Walker

This novel follows two women: Margot who is a fashion editor at a high end magazine, she’s also pregnant and will be going on maternity leave soon; and Maggie, the woman who is brought in to replace her. Margot finds out that her best friend Winnie has suffered a stillbirth on the day she hires Maggie and it sends he into a spiral. She doesn’t handle any of it very well. I found this novel very slow over the first half but then something happens mid-way through and we get a different perspective and from then on I was gripped. This is more a domestic drama than a thriller so I was a bit disappointed that I thought I was getting something different. I did enjoy the second half though.

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

This novel is stunning! It follows the journey of a song and the impact it has on people. First we meet Arie and Diana who are very much in love. Diana finds it hard to communicate her emotions in words so she starts composes a song for Arie. Soon after something happens to Diana and a man picks up her composition and takes it home. The song reaches as far as Australia, Canada and Edinburgh and it has such an effect of all of those who hear it. I love how the song threads all the way through the novel, it’s such a beautiful book. I’ll be reviewing this one on 10th August for the blog tour so look out for my thoughts then. In the meantime I highly recommend it!

All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson

This is the sequel to The Ice Cream Girls and I really enjoyed it. It follows lots of characters but the core story is about the daughter of one of the Ice Cream Girls and the younger brother of the other. This goes back and forth in time through multiple perspectives as we explore how the next generation views what the previous was accused, and in one case, convicted of. It is a little confusing to follow on audio book at times as it jumps around in time and through characters so frequently so it’s one to listen to in big chunks. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it.

The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael

This is such a lovely short story and I really enjoyed it. It follows Kurt as he embarks on a plan to win his ex-girlfriend back. She has dumped him because he was selfish and so now he’s decided to stand at the station every day reading his way through her favourite novel Wuthering Heights in the hope she’ll see him there. It’s a sweet story and perfect for reading during your lunch break. I’ll be reviewing this one soon but I recommend it in the meantime!

What I Might Read Next

I don’t know what I might read next but the books that are catching my attention right now are these four. The first three are books I got from NetGalley and the fourth is a library book on the BorrowBox app that is next on my anti-racism reading list.

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

What have you been reading this week? I’d love to hear. And if you take part in WWW Wednesdays or This Week in Books please feel free to leave your link below and I’ll make sure to visit and comment on your post. 🙂

38 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (5 Aug 20)! What are you reading this week?

  1. As always, Hayley, you have such an interesting set of books here! Eight Detectives especially caught my eye, so I’ll be very interested to know what you think of that one when you get to it. But actually, they all look good.

  2. I’m always impressed with the range of books you read – and Ducks, Newburyport has me boggled! I knew it was long – what had escaped me was the lack of full stops! I’m considering diving into the audio version, though…

    • I’m enjoying Such A Fun Age so far, it’s an interesting novel. I’m hoping to start White Fragility over the weekend, I’m keen to get to it.
      I’m a bit behind on blog reading and commenting but I’ll go read your WWW post now. 🙂

  3. Another great selection! Looking forward to your reviews for Such a Fun Age (I loved it!) and Ducks, Newburyport 🙂

  4. I’m really intrigued by Ducks, Newburyport and look forward to your review. I love a thousand page book although I struggle to find the time to read them nowadays. Have a good week.

  5. Wow, well done for starting Ducks – brave lady! I just finished Dorothy Whipple’s “Young Anne” (cheating a bit as writing today and finished today) and am still reading the Oxford Illustrated History of the Book. Then it’s on to “Trespass” and the British Libraray WOmen Writers series book I have been sent for review. I’m feeling a bit trapped by review books but in truth they’re all books I wanted to read and I am doing a lot of work so it’s OK if they get read a few days late. Right?

    • I’ve finished Ducks now and I loved it. Once I got into the flow of the writing I just didn’t want to put it down. I keep finding myself thinking about it. I’m so glad I finally picked it up.
      It’s definitely okay if you’re a few days late with reading review books, I’m always trying to catch up and keep up with NG books.

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