WWW Wednesday | 19th February 2020

Good morning, fellow bookworms. It is ‘Hump Day’ Wednesday which means we are halfway through the working week (if you’re at work) and it is time for WWW Wednesday! A weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, which simply involves answering the following Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: Still enjoying my comforting re-read of the wonderful classic, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, which was my result for The Classics Club‘s last Spin event. Being about three-quarters of the way through now, I have been re-swept away by all the trials and tribulations of the honest, hardworking Gabriel Oak and the beautiful, spirited Bathsheba Everdene.

However, I have to admit I have still not made any progress with the historical, murder-mystery, The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle, that follows a scandal that rocks the Jacobean court of James I, when a celebrated couple are imprisoned in the Tower on the accusation of murder. I think I will get back to this with my time off this week, and probably end up devouring it in a few sittings, when I have time to focus on it.

Recently Finished:  The Christian non-fiction, No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi, in which, Muslim to Christian convert, Qureshi continues to explore the origins, similarities, differences and authenticity of these two faiths; a follow up book to his brilliant, bestselling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Once I was about halfway through this I was gripped, and took over completely from my other current reads. A fascinating book!

I also posted my review of the fascinating history of Margaret Tudor by Melanie Clegg.

Reading Next: As I have just finished my on-going non-fiction read, and I always like to have one on the go, I will most likely be shortly starting The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field: a history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial favourite of Queen Anne. I am particularly looking forward to finding out more of the real history behind the recent, critically-acclaimed film, The Favourite (2018), starring the brilliant Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz.

So that’s what I’ve been reading recently – Come back next week to see what I read next. Bye for now!

Now over to you: Have you read any of these? What have you been reading? Also please leave a link to your WWW posts in the comments, so I can come check them out.

23 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | 19th February 2020

  1. Wasn’t the film of the favorite very odd? The characterisation was so over the top that it didn’t feel altogether real. The acting was first class though, and I’d be curious to see what the book was like. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Alyson, the film was very quirky but also very amusing, and yes the acting was outstanding if over the top! I must admit I was left wondering if it could all be real, so that is why I am so interested to find out more of the real history behind it all. Thank you! 😊

  2. I’m keen to explore more British classics and Thomas Hardy is on top of my list. Not sure which of his books it will be, though. ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ sounds great, but I’m also curious about Jude the Obscure.

    1. Thank you for visiting back, Stargazer 😊I have only read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, so that is the only one I can recommend. However I am re-reading in the hope it will inspire me to read more of Hardy’s novels. 😆

  3. Sounds like you’ve got a good book lined up. I’ve just finished The Guest List by Lucy Foley – which was very good and probably even better than The Hunting Party in terms of tension and mystery. I’m currently reading The Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan (Bloodsong author) and it’s very good so far, half way in. Next book lined up is probably Crownbreaker.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, I am very excited about The Favourite, so much so I started it last night! I look forward to your thoughts on The Guest List – I do like a bit of tension and mystery. Happy reading with your other books this week! 😊

    1. The film is in parts very amusing and also rather quirky, and I thought Olivia Colman’s and Rachel Weisz’s performances are great in it. It has really wetted my appetite to find out more of the real Queen Anne and her favourite, Sarah.

      And thank you – I hope you have a great week, too! I am popping over to check out your WWW post now. 🙂

  4. I’m afraid I wasn’t too impressed by the film version of The Favourite (a shame since I really like Rachel Weisz), so I’ll be curious to see what you think about a more factual look at Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.

    1. I can sympathise, Kelly as the film wasn’t really what I was expecting. There were some really amusing moments, but it was a lot more quirky and a little surreal than I had expected. Although I do think Olivia Coleman’s and Rachel Weisz’s performances were great. But it will great to find more about the real Queen Anne and her favourite, Sarah.

      1. I think “quirky and surreal” sums it up well. I found it quite funny in places, but it didn’t seem very accurate.

        1. Yeah, my dad and I were left sort of puzzling if all of those things actually happened, so hopefully this book will help me to understand what the real history and events of this friendship were.

    1. Thank you, Jen – I am hoping to find out more about the real Sarah and see if it matches up with the character in the film. If she is only half as exciting as the film, then she will be fascinating. 😁

    1. You’re very welcome, Laurel-Rain and thank you for visiting back. 😊 I am also very curious about The Favourite – Here’s hoping it will live up to expectations! 🤞

    1. Hello Maria, thank you for visiting back. 😊 Wow, where to start with some of my favourite non-fictions?! Well for faith non-fictions there are: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis; Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi; God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew and Searching For Sunday Rachel Held Evans. Then history non-fictions: Romanovs by Virginia Cowles, Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir and A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley. Also literary non-fiction: Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley; the memoir: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham and theatre history: Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease. Phew! Probably loads of others, but they’re the ones that first came to mind. Happy reading! 😅

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