Hi friends! WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the 3 Ws. The 3 questions are:
- What did you recently finish?
- What are you currently reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
I recently finished reading Recursion by Blake Crouch. I read Dark Matter by the same author a couple years ago and absolutely loved it, so was super excited to get into this one. Recursion had everything I love about a Crouch book– mind-bending premise, addictive writing style, interesting storyline. Unforunately, the nature of the book meant that is was bound to get repetitive, and there were times I found myself skimming sections out of boredom. I was also never fully invested in the characters & was never fully convinced of the high-stakes. Overall I still enjoyed this one, just not as much as Dark Matter.
I have also just recently finished listening to the audio version of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison. I was absolutely blown away by this book, and I think this is my favourite book of 2019 so far. I found this really thought-provoking and eye-opening, and an utterly terrifying dystopian/post-apocolyptic story. Most of the world’s population has been wiped out by an unknown plague. That’s bad enough in itself, but then add the fact that it affects women worse than men and every single baby born is a stillbirth. This heavily explores gender roles and their impacts on societies, magnified by the fact women are few and far between in this world. It’s a story of survival and humanity and I can’t sing its praises enough. So highly recommend!
I’ve only just this morning started reading The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Since actively checking bookstagram again, I’ve seen nothing but praise for this book. The Nickel Boys is set at a reform school during the Jim Crow era, based on a real-life institution called The Dozier School for Boys. Whitehead explores American’s brutal history of systemic racism and its long-lasting effects. It’s quite short (my copy is only 212 pages) so I should have it finished by the end of the week. Excited to dive deeply into this one as I’ve heard that this is one of the most impactful books many people have ever read.
I started listening to The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere #2) by Meg Elison on my way home from work yesterday. This is the sequel to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, set generations after the events of the first instalment. I can tell right from the fist 15% that I’ve read that not much of the world has changed since the first book. It is still a brutal world for women to live in as they are held as a prized posession. Our protagonist is nonbinary/genderfluid as far as I can tell, going by Etta and she/her when at her home in Nowhere, and going by Eddy and he/him when on the road. As expected, gender and gender roles are already being challenged and I’m excited to get further into this story!
I’ve said it before, but I’m very much a mood reader and prefer now to pick whatever I’m in the mood to read after finishing my current read(s). I’ll definitely be continuing The Road to Nowhere series, so when I finish The Book of Etta I’ll be listening to the third and final(?) instalment in the series. Some physical books I might get to after The Nickel Boys include:
- Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
- The Truants by Kate Weinberg
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
- Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
As I said though, I very much read whatever I’m in the mood for, so I guess I’ll have to see.
Catch me up on all your recent reads, current reads and upcoming plans!
Thanks so much for reading!