WWW Wednesday | 8th 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

River Rising by John A. Heldt (2017) – A romantic, science-fiction and the first book in Heldt’s latest time-travelling series, Carson Chronicles; which follows the five, modern Carson siblings as they travel back to an America of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons in search of their missing parents. After enjoying Heldt’s previous series, American Journey, I was eager to start this new series and it is proving to be a nice, light, easy read that I am enjoying in the sunshine.

The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field (2002) – I have continued to dip-in-and-out of this fascinating history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial favourite of Queen Anne. From what I have read, it has been really interesting to find out more of the real history behind one of the main characters from the recent, critically-acclaimed film, The Favourite (2018), where Sarah was played by the brilliant Rachel Weisz.

Holy Bible – I have been working my way through Daniel and Lamentations in the Old Testament, and Matthew and Luke in the New Testament.


Recently Finished

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (1940) *** – First, I finished this classic, Christian non-fiction 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. A very apt read in the current climate of change, suffering and worry; and I took a lot of inspiration, hope and comfort from reading it.

The Watsons by Jane Austen (1871) ** – Next, one evening, I polished off this classic, unfinished novel from the collection of Austen’s short/unfinished works I own; all of which I put on my Classics Club list. This fragment introduces us to young Emma Watson, as she reunites with her estranged father and siblings, after being raised by her wealthy aunt. A nice, short and light escape, just a shame there wasn’t more of it!


Reading Next

I think it highly likely I will pick up Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett next, which is the next book I have, chronologically, from Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series. It has been far too long since I read my last Discworld: Reaper Man last year.


So that’s all for now folks! 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!

25 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | 8th April 2020

  1. Oooh, I love to see Terry Pratchett on your upcoming reads! That reminds me that it’s been forever since I read my last Pratchett book, too. I’m waaaay overdue! Reaper Man is one of my favorites of his that I’ve read so far, though. :3

  2. Ah… I hope you enjoy Lords and Ladies, Jessica – I love the Discworld novels so much… And I think those books were designed for times like these:). Happy reading!

    1. Hello Lindsay, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always nice to hear from a new face. 😊 The Favourite is a very quirky, dark comedy and not your usually historical fiction at all really – I hope that helps you decided whether to watch it or not!

  3. Sounds like a good “past, present, and future” for you… and the sunshine sounds really good! (we’ve had storms this morning) I must read another Pratchett before too long.

    1. Hello Chiara, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always nice to hear from a new face. 😊 Many Discworld fans I know would recommend picking out certain characters, i.e. the wizards; the witches; Death or the guards, and start with their mini-series of books, rather than trying to tackle the whole, epic series from the very beginning! I hope that helps. 🙂

    1. Tessa, the film is a very interesting but also quirky, dark comedy, while the book I am reading is a more straight forward history; albeit of a very interesting character. If you decide to give either a try, I hope you will enjoy them, too! 🙂

  4. I imagine Discworld would be a fun place to escape to at the moment. I’ve never quite been able to get into them myself, but I reckon it is just a case of mismatch between the books and this particular reader.

    1. Alyson, I think the fantastical Discworld is going to be a great place to escape to in the current climate, but I am sorry to hear you have never been able to get on with these books. If it helps, I know many fans would recommend not starting at the beginning of the whole series if you’re new to it, as the first couple are not the best – Pratchett definitely got on a roll a few books in. 😀

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