WWW Wednesday 22nd September

Today it’s the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere marking the day when day and night are equal length. It’s all downhill from now on as the days get ever shorter and the nights get longer. It’s a good job we have all these amazing books to read isn’t it? As it’s Wednesday, it must be time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here. The idea is just to answer three questions about your reading:

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you planning to read next?

I am currently reading The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The cover caught my eye in the library last week and the blurb definitely appealed. 4 women have been close friends for 40 years. When one of them dies, the remaining 3 gather at her old beach house to clear it out. The story is told from the point of view of each of the characters in turn and you get their internal thoughts on their friendship as well on their lives in general. Each of the characters is very different. I think I identify quite a lot with Jude who is constantly irritated by the actions of the people around her and has to keep reminding herself that it doesn’t matter. That’s definitely me on occasion😃 The story is set in Australia at Christmas which feels very odd as they are in the height of Summer. It’s quite a gentle read with no thrills or scares yet but it is one of those stories that pulls you in and you just want to read one more chapter.

Recently finished – I have just finished Kate Ellis’s The Stone Chamber (review here) as well as The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klunes

This was a very gentle fantasy story which I loved about Linus Baker, a civil servant responsible for inspecting orphanages for magical children or simply those children who are ‘different’. He leads a very sad, grey life but takes his job incredibly seriously, only wanting the very best for the children. He is sent to carry out an inspection of the orphanage run by Arthur Parnassus which is located right on the edge of the ocean, something that Linus has only dreamed about. The orphanage houses 6 very different children, one of whom possibly has the power to destroy the world.

The book deals with themes such as being different and the reaction of society to those who are different but it is a lovely read and full of hope and acceptance. I have seen several reviews by people who are very critical of the author writing a fantasy book inspired by the horrific events in Canadian orphanages where indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and many died and I’m honestly not sure what I think about that. I loved the book but can see that point of view.

I am planning to read Beth O’Leary’s The Road Trip next which has finally arrived from the library. I enjoyed both her previous two novels but have heard that this one is not so good. We shall see.

What’s on your past, present and future reading list?

Author: JdV

Assistant Head of a large primary school south of Leicester. Currently teaching my final year as I count down to retirement

5 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 22nd September”

  1. I’m really interested in The House in the Cerulean Sea, but had never heard the criticism of it you mention. It’s a really hard thing, Lots of novels take their inspiration from real-life situations which were tragic or horrific for the people involved. But, through fiction the author helps create an empathy and understanding for readers who have never had that direct experience, hopefully making them less likely to accept or participate in such behaviour in the future. However, I also understand that it’s a fine line between that and profiting from tragedy.

    My WWW post this week: https://liseysreads.wordpress.com/2021/09/22/www-wednesday-34-22-september-2021/

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