WWW Wednesday 10/7/20

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m about 100 pages from finishing Beyond All Reasonable Doubt and while I am really enjoying the framing narrative, I don’t much care for the personal lives of the characters. This is the second book in a Nordic crime fiction series but it is the only one that has been translated to English so all of the background on the recurring characters is missing and for that reason I don’t much care about their going ons. This story is a very brutal one involving rape, incest and murder and we are following along as our main character, Sophia, works on getting a retrial for the infamous Dr. Death.

I am reading one (sometimes two) chapters a day for the Victober read-a-long and I am loving this story so much more than I thought I would. I have been gushing over it on my Instagram because I love the writing so much. Charlotte Bronte writes with so much humor and her insights are invaluable when it comes to understanding what life was like post the Napoleonic Wars and the rise of industrialization.

What have you recently finished reading?

I am working on my review for this book but I took so many pages of notes while reading this that it is going to take me a bit to sort through all my thoughts coherently. I highly recommend this book to everyone! It is heartbreaking and hard to read but it is also informative and inspiring. Miller is an astounding writer and I really hope that we see more from her in the future. This is a memoir from a rape survivor so please be aware of that before picking it up.

What do you think you’ll pick up next?

I recently picked this up when it was on sale for Kindle and then I saw that SunBeamJess made it one of her book club books for this month so it seemed serendipitous. It also just sounds so perfect for this month and is pretty short which makes it the perfect book to read in a sitting or two. I’m going to share the synopsis because I don’t think many people have heard about this book but it is the perfect October read!

Synopsis: In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly –

Slipping away from them –

And when one dark night she vanishes entirely, the survivors are left to tell her story.

“Miri I conjure you “

This is a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility. Told by a quartet of crystalline voices, it is electrifying in its expression of myth and memory, loss and magic, fear and love.



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