Wednesday reading roundup: June 8

Reading time has been scarce this week, but I managed a bit of reading and listening. Now I just need to figure out what to read next...This week has been a bear. And I don’t mean a cute, Winnie-the-Pooh-getting-stuck-in-a-doorjamb-because-he-ate-too-much-honey bear. It’s been a giant, hungry, roaring, why-did-you-wake-me-up-from-my-hibernation bear of a week.

All this is to say, reading time has been scarce. I’ve gotten some listening in while walking and driving, and I managed a few chapters before sleepy time most nights this week. Put all together, not many pages have been read.

Well anyway, here is the full, if slim, tally for WWW Wednesday, with thanks (as always!) to Taking on a World of Words and Coffee and Cats:

What are you currently reading?

This morning, I looked out my window at the sunny day outside and thought, “I should go for a walk right now.” Alas, an errand called for my immediate attention, and by the time I returned home, it was raining. This is known as New England weather. I love how Mark Twain put it: “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” Seriously.

Anyway, I went out again and returned home again, and by 6 p.m. the sun was shining once more. So I had my walk after all. All of which is to say: I’m currently listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling. (Not right this moment, obviously. Ha.)

What did you recently finish reading?

Earlier today, I finished The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Several friends recommended it, but I was wary because French literature and I have had a rocky relationship. My verdict: It’s a lovely book. The characters experience many sad and hard things, tormenting things, things that threaten to pull them into spirals of self-loathing and bitterness and isolation. (Things that almost made me want to throw the book out a window.) But that’s life, isn’t it? What I appreciate most about this book is how the characters carry on fighting for themselves and their happiness, which is all we can ask for, really.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The eternal question … I honestly don’t know. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman was on my to-read list this week for my book group. Then we rescheduled our meeting, which means I’ll probably wait to read it closer to the discussion. I did such a banging job reading my own books in May that I want to keep the momentum going. But I also want to read the latest in Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series, The Revolving Door of Life. So this one is to be determined…

How is your week of reading going? Any excellent reads to recommend?

6 Replies to “Wednesday reading roundup: June 8”

  1. I didn’t even bother to participate in this meme since I did so little reading this week. Here’s hoping we both read more in the next!

  2. Wow! Even with a hard week, you came through and got reading done – I am in awe and kind of jealous, I have to admit. 🙂

    Also, very intrigued by how New England weather seems to follow the same rules as Paris weather most days…. I did not know that.

    I’m getting to this late, but as of now (and I think last Wednesday, as well), currently reading “Ensemble, c’est tout” (“Hunting and Gathering”) by Ana Gavalda, which I’ve been slogging my way through for just about A YEAR, believe it or not! Lots of breaks, putting it aside, but I’m in the home stretch now, so hopefully I’ll actually finish it. Recently finished: “She Captains” by Joan Druet (a book that’s sat on my shelves for years – if it weren’t for you making me aware of the challenge to read your own books, I might never have picked it up, so thanks!). And like you, I”m still debating what I’ll read next….

    Hope this week is going better for you!

    1. Thank you, Alysa! My week is looking a little brighter. 🙂 I love hearing that you’re almost at the finish line of a book you’ve been reading for a year. I have a few books like that on my list, and I keep thinking I need to get back to them. You’re inspiring me!

      I didn’t realize Paris was like that, weather-wise, though I do remember being surprised at how cool and rainy it was when we were there in July 2008.

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