WWW Wednesday 01/16/2019

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m currently reading…

captureSeverance
by Ling Ma
“An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor.” I’m clearly a bit early into this book to have formed any opinion yet.

Queenie
by Candice Carty-Williams
This is a NetGalley ARC with a publication date of March 19th. Queenie follows the story of a young Jamaican British woman as her life goes into a downward spiral.

Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver
This one has super mixed reviews, but I”m enjoying it so far, despite the somewhat slow pace. Unsheltered is half contemporary, half historical fiction and follows the stories of two families living in the same house over 100 years apart.

I recently finished reading…

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An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Review to come soon! I was hesitant to read this after The Wife Between Us fell really flat for me, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. It’s totally a Lifetime movie in the making and 100% ridiculous, but a super fun thriller. It was also kind of an interesting contrast to The Stranger Inside, which I also read recently. Part of the reason The Stranger Inside didn’t work for me was my intense dislike of the protagonist. The protagonist of An Anonymous Girl shares a lot of similarities with that character as far as what makes her a hot mess, but she was infinitely more likable. Hendricks and Pekkanen did a really excellent job of writing a flawed protagonist without making the readers hate her.

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
by Nancy Jo Sales
This was absolutely not for me. You can read my full review here, but basically, the whole book reads like a lot of hysterical hang-wringing over teenage sexuality while seeming completely divorced from the reality of the situation.

Antigone
by Sophocles
I won’t be reviewing this for a few reasons: I despise reviewing classics because it always feels a bit presumptuous, I find it unfair to rate a play based on reading it rather than viewing it as intended, and also because I mainly picked this up as a refresher while brainstorming my review of Home Firewhich I still need to write. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone, which I hadn’t read since sophomore year of high school, so I thought I should delve into the inspiration of the novel again in order to better understand it. I will try to get my Home Fire review up as soon as possible!

Up next…

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews

(ARC provided by NetGalley; publication date 04/02/2019)

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women—all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in—have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they’ve ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Toews’s masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

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What are you reading this week? Any thoughts on the books listed in this post?  Please feel free to discuss or share WWW links in the comments!

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