So here we are at Wednesday again. And it seems like a good time to explain a few things. First, I am a full time graduate student. Second, I am also the full time caregiver of my two daughters. So what does this mean? Well, it means often I don’t finish a book in a week. It also means I read a lot of academic-related things. But here’s the other thing about me and my reading: I also have a tendency to read multiple books at the same time. So what does that mean for this week’s WWW Wednesday? It means I haven’t finished the book I mentioned last week or started the next one I plan to read. But it also means that I was reading other books when I was reading The Hate U Give. So for this week, I’m going to do a completely different set of books I’ve just finished, am currently reading, and plan to read. These books were or are read at the same time as the ones listed last week. So here it goes.
What did I just finish reading? A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
This book was technically read for graduate school. I had never read Cather for school or fun prior to this. I have to say, I have been missing out. This book was rather short, less than 200 pages total. While it’s technically considered a “classic” in American 20th century literature, it was surprisingly readable and accessible. The story centers around Niel and his growing up in the Nebraska frontier at the end of the 19th century. He watches as the idealistic frontier dream gives way to more industry driven economy. At the same time, he watches the slow descent and demise of a lady in his town, married to one of the old frontier discoverers, as they lose their place in this changing society. It’s profound while simultaneously dealing with mundane details. I really felt connected with the landscape itself as a character. Cather does such a terrific job of making the vast frontier and its changes as industry changes into a dynamic character of the book. The lost lady herself, Mrs. Forrester, is so fascinating. Her husband is equally fun. This book is for anybody who grew up reading any of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and is looking for a slightly more grown up version of frontier prairie life. It’s steeped in history while being absorbed in character development.
What am I currently reading? The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
This book is one I have been hoping to read all year. I saw it listed as a great summer reading/beach read book. Of course, the reserve list at the library was over 100 so my intended beach read is turning into a winter break read. Ce la vie, huh? I’m not very far into it. I’ve read the prologue and I’m in the first chapter now. It’s definitely a thriller, involves the death of one of two sisters who were cast members on a Bravo TV-esque reality series about entrepreneurs. I haven’t gotten far enough to stay how much I’m enjoying it yet, but the prologue did create plenty of intrigue. I’m hoping this book ends up being fast-paced and enthralling. I enjoy thrillers and I love complex female characters. This book has the potential to deliver on both fronts. We shall see. Hopefully I whip through it quickly and am posting a review soon!
What do I plan to read next? On Day in December by Josie Silver
One book on my To Read list is One Day in December by Josie Silver. This is Reese Witherspoon’s December Book Club pick. This will be my second time participating in the book club pick. I enjoyed November’s. So hopefully December’s also delivers. From what I’ve seen of its description, it is romance/comedy/chick lit driven. So it sounds like a perfect winter break read. The ratings on Goodreads seem good, so hopefully I enjoy it too. It takes place in England, so that should only make it better! I’m next in the reserve list at the library so I can’t wait to start it.