WWW Wednesday #44

WWW-Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Samanneelizabeth, it’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read

Happy Wednesday everyone! I feel like we keep saying that it’s been a hectic week for us. BUT, it really has been and will continue to be until our self-hosted site is up and running in July. We are excited but there is much to do!

Much of the reading we’ve been doing lately are required readings for summer classes. Carmen has a majority of them already on her TBR list, while Sash, not so much. I think we’ve made some great progress in our required readings for summer classes and on our TBR list in general.


Currently Reading

Sash

I am currently still reading The Bride Test (I know, I know) it’ll be on my list for a while. The only excuse I have is: I’m just not in the frame of mind to read it right now.

I have three more ghost stories to read in the Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories. This class is almost over and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it, and I didn’t really expect to.

To relieve the stress of required readings, I’m reading The Chase part of the Briar U series by Elle Kennedy. It’s an opposites attract book: Summer is portrayed as the rich-superficial-party-legs-for-days blonde with her own insecurities. She is hopelessly attracted to the broody gamer hockey player, oh and they just happen to be roommates. It’s a light stress-free read.

Carmen

I am a bit behind Sash in my required readings for summer so I have only just started Slaughterhouse-Five.

I’m not a fan of Vonnegut as I discovered when I read Cat’s Cradle though so far I’m liking Slaughterhouse-Five better. It’s still absurd but I’m finding it’s not fragmented. Though maybe I’m just getting used to reading him.

Slaughterhouse-Five is on my TBR list so I’m glad that the class is making me read it because otherwise I probably never would have picked it up.


Recently Read

Sash

Slaughterhouse Five Book Cover

Because Carmen and I are in the same class this summer so our readings overlap a tad. She’s only just starting whereas I have obviously finished.

Billy’s time-travel and interactions with the Tralfamadorians depict a man either struggling with PTSD or accepting/resigned to a predetermined fate, you decide.

If you’ve read Slaughterhouse-Five we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Carmen

I recently finished The Interesting Narrative by Equiano and am now in the process of writing a paper on it.

Equiano is a very compelling writer. I did wonder if perhaps some of his descriptions of slavery were edited for their graphic detail. But, despite this it is a detailed account of the conditions that faced Black people during that time.

If you’re looking for more diverse authors, I recommend Equiano, he’s not too dry, (at least the edition I read) and his writing style isn’t too confusing. 


Reading Next?

Sash

Next up I need to read Orlando by Virginia Woolf as required reading for summer classes. I have no idea what I’ll be getting into but since its for Lit of the Fantastic, I’m sure there will be some fantastical element to it.

As a participant in Caribbean Heritage month hosted by Cozy Comfy Up and Book of Cinz, I will be reading Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. Kacen crafts a story of a Black, queer, transgender looking for love. I’m quite excited for this book as I’ve read books with asexual, Aspergers and gay characters but not a transgender novel.

I’ve been diversifying my TBR list even more now and I can’t say I’m mad about it.

Carmen

I also have to read Orlando by Virginia Woolf. This is required reading for our summer course: Literature of the Fantastic, but since I’ve read A Room of Her Own, and really enjoyed her message and her writing style, I’m pretty excited for this book. All I know is that it is a memoir of some kind. Has anyone read it? If you have, can they tell me what it’s like?

I am also required to read Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler for Travel Writing in English and have equally no idea what to expect. I have really enjoyed all of my other readings for this class so I think that bodes well for my enjoyment of this novel.


If you’ve read any of the books we’ve mentioned for required readings for summer, please let us know what you thought of them in the comments

Happy Reading! See you all next week!