WWW Wednesday!

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Hello fellow book lovers,

Well, my summer goal of blogging regularly certainly got away from me. I would give some excuses for myself, but since I haven’t written a word of…well, anything…since July, I couldn’t really tell you where the rest of my summer went.

But solidly into October, and the weather in DC has not turned, but I’m in full teacher mode. It’s the time of the year where I’m finally hitting my groove, which means I’m not face-planting into bed every night so I actually have the energy to read a little before passing out.

Seems a logical time to return to this book blog thing.

And as it’s Wednesday, I am the WWW meme, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Here’s how it works…

 The Three Ws are:

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

 

Currently Reading: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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A good friend in my book club recommended this pick. We have an affinity for historical fiction in my club, and this one is a hit so far! The Alice Network is the story of two women, Charlie and Eve, who so far seem pretty badass. Charlie’s side of the story takes place right after World War II in France. She’s enlisted the help of Eve Gardiner to find her cousin Rose, who went missing during the War. Eve’s side of the story takes us back to World War I, when she worked as a spy in occupied France.

What I like in the first 135 pages I’ve read: rich, vibrant characters. Both Charlie and Eve are strong, compelling women, and I’m completely hooked on both of their story lines already. This would be a great book club read! I may need to revise my rule about only reading books no one has read…

 

Recently Finished: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

SweetLittleLiesOK, technically this isn’t the last book I finished. But I didn’t loved that book, and Sweet Little Lies is the last book in recent memory that had me totally absorbed—to the point where I’m pretty sure I read the last 100 pages in one sitting. This was my August Book of the Month –insert link—pick, which I somehow didn’t get around to reading until late September. (Again, I blame school). This crime fiction is very reminiscent of Tana French, who is one of my favorites. Sweet Little Lies follows Cat Kinsella, an emotionally effed up detective as she investigates a murder that has a connection to her past. I loved everything about this book. It did start a little slow, but picked up maybe 50 pages in or so.

What I liked about it: great character, well-paced, and a great blend of mystery and psychological conflict. And yes, a few great twists in there too. I didn’t see the last one coming at all! Please. Just go read this book.

Again, why couldn’t I have picked this one for book club?

 

Reading Next: The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

TatooistThis one is actually for my October book club meeting. Not one of my suggestions, so I can’t take credit if it turns out to be awesome. (That accolade will be bestowed upon my friend Hillary, fellow teacher and book club member extraordinaire). After a random assortment of picks, including a memoir, a romance, and a disappointing mystery, Hillary offered this World War II novel up to the group. We immediately accepted. The Tatooist of Auschwitz is about Lale Sokolov, a Jew who is put to work tattooing his fellow prisoners. There will be resistance to atrocities of the camp, and a love interest. I look forward to starting this one, and seeing what my book club thinks.

Thoughts on these choices? Which ones have you read? Have you done the WWW meme? Let me know so I can see what you’re reading!

Happy Reading,
Angela

The Girl Who Reads

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.
Albus Dumbledore

Welcome, fellow readers, bibliophiles, bookworms, or any name for book lover that you may call yourself!

My name is Angela, and I am a Girl Who Reads. When I’m not teaching 4th grade, stumbling in a yoga pose, baking, or writing, you will most likely find me with my nose in a book. To be honest, you’ll find me reading before you find me doing most of those other things (minus teaching, because… bills).

About a month ago, my husband asked me a question that ultimately led to the creation of this blog. We were at dinner, and I was experiencing my usual bout of February blues. Something about the apparent endlessness of winter puts me in a mild funk between February and March. And Phil, preferring to fix things rather than just listen to me whine, asked me this question:

“What brings you the most joy?”

The answer seemed so obvious that I almost wasn’t sure why he was bothering to ask me.

“Reading.” I said, in a tone that very much conveyed: well duh, sweetheart.

“Good,” he said. “Do more of that then.”

And then returned to his pizza or whatever it is that we were eating. As if the solution to my feelings of listlessness and winter boredom could be so assuaged.

But here’s the thing….and don’t ever tell him I told you this….he was right.

After that conversation, I had the first meeting of a book club I’d started the month before. It was fantastic! I loved sitting around on a Sunday morning and discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with a group of women.

However, I am not a bookworm that can be satiated by talking about books on a once-a-month basis. There are too many things to say about too many great books to be confined to one day a month.

That’s how Bibliofindings was born.

This will be a place where I will share my thoughts, generally in the form of reviews, about the books that I’m reading. It will also be a place, I hope, where I can read your thoughts on these books as well.

I look forward to sharing my first review with you soon!

Happy reading,
Angela