Book Lists

WWW Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words, it’s quick and I enjoy participating (usually every second Wednesday) because it allows me to connect with other bookish bloggers and see what everyone is reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson

I wrote a post about this one the other day. Mr Wigg is a novel that focuses on the small, simple things in life with some beautiful descriptive imagery. If you are in the right mindset you will find it very moving.

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It’s the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he’ll see her again.

He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it’s on, watching the cricket. It’s a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat and hear his stories. And there’s a special project he has to finish …

It’s a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he’ll give it a go, as he always has.

What did you recently finish reading?

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

This is a complex novel that deals with race relations and gender issues, taking Jane Eyre and exploring the background of Mr Rochester’s mad wife. The plot and characters are well done but I found the writing style disjointed and as a result I couldn’t get immersed into the story. I think this is the kind of book that you don’t really appreciate unless you are studying it with others.

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Wide Sargasso Sea, a masterpiece of modern fiction, was Jean Rhys’s return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With Wide Sargasso Sea, her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction’s most fascinating characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

What do you think you will read next?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik OR Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I am on a waiting list for both of these at my local library so it will be interesting to see which one becomes available first.

Uprooted

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Passenger

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Thanks for reading this post, feel free to post a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments and I will check it out 🙂

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15 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday

  1. My husband read Wide Sargasso Sea in school and loved it. It might be one of those with too much meaning to be read for fun. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    1. I think it was also because I was trying to read snippets during my baby’s nap time when I was pretty sleepy myself – not the best time for literary fiction.

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  2. Mr. Wigg sounds interesting! And I have both Passenger and Uprooted on my TBR pile; I’m especially excited about Uprooted since I love stories with dragons. I hope you will enjoy your books this week!

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  3. I really love the cover for Mr Wigg. It sounds like a very inspirational read. I’d love to hear your thoughts about Passenger. There are mixed reviews but I did enjoy it. I did not know Uprooted, I am intrigued by the blurb. I might check it out!
    Happy reading! 🙂

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  4. I’ve got Uprooted on my TBR so I hope you enjoy it when it comes in! I think the disjointedness was my main issue with The Wide Sargasso Sea when I read it for uni. Not to mention I had about four other books to read for the same course, so I probably didn’t really give it the attention it deserved.

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