WWW Wednesday #45


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Samanneelizabeth, it’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read

We are getting tired of saying just how busy we are and even though it’s reading week (a week off of classes). We have a lot of catching up to do for lectures and required readings for our classes. One class down, two more to go. Well, when Carmen finishes her exam on Thursday and Sash will be finished after her research essay which is due on Thursday; good luck to them both!

Now on to this week’s WWW-Wednesday, let’s see what they’ve been up to!


Currently Reading

Carmen

I am still reading Slaughterhouse-five and have even added Virginia Woolf’s Orlando into the mix. As you can tell, I’m clearly behind on my required readings.

The jury is still out about Slaughterhouse-five, I think I will like it better than Cats Cradle though. Orlando is a very compelling examination of gender and gender norms. I’m haven’t made a sizeable dent because I had to focus on my essay for my Travel Writing class.

Sash

I’m still reading The Chase by Elle Kennedy, it’s slow going but it’s a very easy book to pick up and put down again.

However, I’ve found a GEM this week! I’m reading and will continue to be reading the Manhwa series Are U Here by Djun, it’s a boys love (BL) comic. I was so pleasantly surprised by not only the depth of the main characters (MC) but the side characters as well. I am invested and I HATE that I have to wait a whole week for another Chapter (I’m currently on 27).

The Bride Test …. Bite me! Helen Hoang you are great just struggling through no fault of your own. It’s just life


Recently Read

Carmen

The interesting Narrative cover

My only recently read book is Equiano my required reading for Travel Writing because I’ve worked on that damned essay.

I liked this reading so much that I actually wrote a paper on it which I will maybe post in the future. It has opened a whole new of interest for me and I look forward to reading abolitionist narratives in the future.

Sash

I finished Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography and man was it a doozy! Woolf published Orlando in 1928 and the reader follows Orlando over a span of 500 years.

Like Carmen says it really challenges gender norms which in itself is shocking for the time period.


Reading Next?

Carmen & Sash

Sash did not start reading Felix Ever After unfortunately because classes got in the way and when she was looking for something to read.

I need light and fluffy at the moment and that’s why I read Djun’s Manhwa Here U Are.

BUT… Carmen and Sash are so excited about our next read which is Amanda Montell‘s Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to taking back the English language! We tuned in for Amanda’s takeover of Harper Collins Instagram. We were just in time to catch her reading an excerpt from Word Slut, it immediately captured our interest in the book.

Amanda has graciously gifted us with a PDF copy of Wordslut. Our review will be completely honest, but we’re pretty optimistic that it’s going to be a fun and educational read 😁 .

Amanda’s passion for her work as an author and linguistic really spoke to us as Sash wants to be an editor and Carmen wants to be a librarian! Plus it’s really nice that she took the time not only to like everyone’s comments but comment on them too!

We’re totally fangirling and TBH it’s probably going to get worse after reading the book (can’t say we didn’t warn you)!


We are so incredibly excited for our upcoming reads, can you tell?

Let us know your thoughts on any of these books and see you all next week, it’s going to be another doozy, we’re warning you now! Carmen probably still won’t be finished her books (and the class will be over by the end of the week) SHAME!

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Books on Our Summer 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week we will post our Top Ten of the selected theme.

This week’s theme is: Books on Our Summer TBR

I know, summer books to read should be more light-hearted, maybe a bit on the comedic or romantic side while we dream about our summer book boyfriends but sadly I do not have that luxury. Most of my Summer TBR is filled with required readings but I’ve tried to spice it up a little.

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein isn’t what anyone would deem a summer read, BUT, think about it, the dark, rainy, spooky elements of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is offset by the warmth and sunshine. Sounds like a pretty good combination to me, and a perfect summer read.


Get a Life Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert

Of course, I need to mix up my summer reads with a bit more fun, it can’t all be school based. The premise of this romance and cover seem adorable. I actually bought this book at Christmas and it has been sitting on my shelf dying to be read. This seems more of a me summer read to me instead of Christmas, so it’s a perfect addition to my TBR list.


Hemingway at War by Terry Mort book cover

Hemingway At War
by Terry Mort

I recently watched the movie Hemingway and Gellhorn with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen and became very interested in both of their lives. This book just happened to be on sale. Plus there is something about the summer that screams biography for me, maybe it’s the ability to read poolside that even the driest books become entertaining. Either way, it’s a recommended book to read and movie to watch and I’m glad to finally get it off my to be read (TBR) list.


 A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. book cover

A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M Miller Jr.

I was supposed to read this book for a class (Apocalyptic Science Fiction) but never got around to it. So I’m going to read it this summer. It’s a story about what we leave behind and how it is interpreted.


Laurie R. King The BeeKeeper's Apprentice book cover

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
by Laurie R. King

This book was an assigned reading that was taken off the list. It’s about a retired Sherlock Holmes, who wouldn’t want to see what the great detective is up to in retirement.


If it wasn’t for my required readings for school my Summer TBR would be a lot more exciting than it currently is. Probably a lot more colourful too.

Hopefully, you can recommend some great summer reads from your TBR lists so I can experience summer in the fall!


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Books We’ve Added to Our TBR and Have Forgotten Why

Top Ten Tuesday was an original feature/weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week we will post our Top Ten of the selected theme.

We had a fun time going through our TBR list over the past year for this week’s topic. We enjoyed this reminder of the books we had on our list.

Sashoy’s List

My TBR list is not small, I have books from years ago that I haven’t read. Thankfully we are only focusing on books from the last year. I don’t remember why these are on my list, but I can certainly guess at some of them.

  1. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
    Looks like Carmen recommended this to me but I have yet to read it, sssh don’t tell her
  2. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
    This was recommended reading from my Caribbean Literature (Lit) class. I highly recommend that you check it out, especially in light of everything that is going on.
  3. Drown by Juno Diaz
    Another recommended read from my Caribbean Lit. We read The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao. I had a great time unpacking the different elements in Oscar Wao so I’m interested to see what this one is all about.
  4. Real World by Amy Jo Cousins
    I stumbled upon Amy Jo Cousins Bend it or Break series by happy accident. It was one of the first male-male (m/m) romance and Real World is the fifth book. I’m pretty sure I just skipped the books in between which is probably why I didn’t remember that this was on my list.
  5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon
  6. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  7. The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
  8. Educated by Tara Westover
  9. Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
  10. Double Full by Alexander Kindle

I really enjoyed going through my TBR list, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I have an eclectic mix of books that have been on my TBR list since 2019. I’m pretty excited to read them and share my thoughts with everyone.


Carmen’s List

My TBR list is HUGE, over a thousand entries long.

That being said I can still recognize a lot of the books and why they’re on the list to begin with. These are the books I didn’t immediately recognize by title.

  1. Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newel
  2. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
  3. Windhaven by George R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
  4. Judas by Astrid Holleeder
  5. Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin
  6. The Address by Fiona Davis
  7. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  9. In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington
  10. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

Confronting my TBR list has shown me just how little progress I’ve made or that people keep coming out with books that I just have to read. Either way I’ve once again found ten books that I ca’t wait to read and review for you.

What are some of the books on your TBR that you don’t remember or can’t explain?