WWW Wednesday | 1st April 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

The Christian non-fiction, The Problem of Pain by the celebrated Christian author, C S Lewis, in which he lays out his ideas and arguments that pain is not sufficient reason to reject belief in a good and powerful God. I thought this would be an apt read in the current climate and so far, I am finding it to be very relevant.

Also, I am happy to say I have been able to start re-dipping in and out of the non-fiction The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field – a history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial favourite of Queen Anne. From what I have read, it has been interesting to find out more of the real history behind the recent, critically-acclaimed film, The Favourite (2018).

Then in my Bible reading, I have just started reading the book of Daniel, an account of Daniel and his friends forced in-servitude to the Babylonian king. I have fond memories of tales like ‘Daniel and the Lions’ from my childhood.

Recently Finished

First, the magical, historical-fiction, The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale, about teenage runaway Cathy, who takes a job in Papa Jack’s Emporium, where they make toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike. I bought this for my mum for Christmas and she loved it so much she has passed it back for me to try, and I loved it, too! A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale for adults.

Next I read the epistolary novella, Lady Susan by Jane Austen, from the collection of Austen’s short/unfinished works I own, all of which I put on my Classics Club list. Through a series of letters from several senders, it is hilariously revealed what a piece of work the charming, beautiful Lady Susan really is! While short, Austen still manages to pack in plenty of her trademark wit and ironic observations of people, etiquette and society.

Then in my Bible reading, I finished the book of Joshua, a history of the Israelites’ journey out of the wilderness, that brought me some comfort and encouragement in these hard times.

Finally, over the last week, I shared my reviews of the science-fiction thriller, Cold Fire by Dean Koontz and the Christian non-fiction, No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi.

Reading Next

Either the romantic science-fiction, River Rising by John A. Heldt, the first book in Heldt’s latest time-travelling series, Carson Chronicles, which I am eager to get to after enjoying Heldt’s previous American Journey series. Or I am tempted to throw myself straight back into my Jane Austen collection to read the unfinished novel, The Watsons.

So that’s all for now folks! Keep yourselves safe, happy reading and 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, too

16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | 1st April 2020

  1. The Toy Maker’s sounds really interesting! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m going to have to check that one out! I hope you have a great week.
    My WWW

  2. I’m not familiar with John A. Heldt. I’ll have to look up his work.

    C.S. Lewis is always good, but I can imagine it’s especially good now.

    1. If I am honest, I am not sure how well known John A. Heldt is – I am just lucky that he contacted me about a review copy of one his books and has kindly continued to send me his books! And yes, a bit of timeless advice and insight from the great Lewis is very good for right now. 🙂

  3. So I just finished watched The Favourite last night. I love those actresses and thought it was an interesting premiss. I had some issues with it and thought the end was a bit odd and hurried, so maybe the book would be better. I tried to start reading the Bible last year. I thought I could challenge myself to finishing it in a year. I didn’t do so well. I should have saved that challenge for this year, while I am stuck at home indefinitely. My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/www-wednesdays-april-1-2020/

    1. Sarah, sorry to hear you had some issues with The Favourite, it was a very quirky film but I enjoyed it. This book isn’t much like it as it is purely a history of Sarah’s life and particularly her letters: she was a avid writer. And yes, while we’re stuck indoors, it seems the perfect time to start reading the Bible. I recommend starting with one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John), instead of trying to read it like a regular book: start to finish.

  4. I’ve only read Lady Susan, I think I could be due for a reread of that one. I saw The Favourite while on the airplane last summer and it was interesting but definitely fictionalized. I would be interested to read more about the facts behind the story.

    1. Lory, I comforting re-read of Lady Susan sounds like a good idea in the current times and yes, it is very interesting to be finding out more about the real Sarah.

  5. I like C.S. Lewis’ non-fiction works. It amazes me how relevant his thoughts and interpretations are in today’s world. He was such a smart man. ❤️

    1. I couldn’t agree more Tessa: Lewis was way before his time and I don’t think his writing has a timeless feel.

      p.s. I love your new profile icon, it is very cute. 🙂

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