I saw this meme on the blog What Cathy Read Next .
It is hosted by Taking on a World Of Words.
The purpose is to share the 3 W’s of reading. They stand for:
- What are you currently reading
- What did you recently finish reading
- What do you think you’ll read next.
What I’m Currently Reading
- Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
I only have twenty or so pages left in this book. There is a lot of character establishment and world building in this one, so at first it was kind of slow, But I am excited to read the next installment in the series.
- No One Can Pronounce My Name, by Rakesh Satyal
I just barely started this today. It sounded interesting to me, I love authors of Indian heritage. Ill include the synopsis for this because I don’t think it is on a lot of peoples radars. Synopsis source: Goodreads
In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his midforties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane, Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Meanwhile, Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant in her midforties, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. Worried that her husband has begun an affair, she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. When Harit and Ranjana’s paths cross, they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears.
Reminiscent of Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House, Ayad Akhtar’s American Dervish, and Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. the World, No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires
- Salt Houses, by Hala Alyan
I have wanted to read this book since I saw the first blurb about it. I love books that express another side of the one story people think they know about a historical period or event. In this case that story is regarding the conflict between Israel and Palestine during the “six days war,” and also follows the family into Kuwait during the 1990’s when Saddam Hussein invaded that country. The family that the book is about are Arabs, Palestinians, who were forced out of their home in Jaffa by the Israelis. I don’t think it matters what political stance you take on the issue of Israel versus Palestine, but it is a relevant topic and I think it is incredibly important to know as much as possible about the people being affected.
- City of Saints and Theives, by Natalie C. Anderson
I am listening to this in audio format. It is an excellent fast moving story about a girl on the streets of Kenya who must steal and join a gang in order to survive. Her mother is dead and she looks to exact revenge on her killer. I highly recommend this to anyone; it is historical, current, a thriller, a mystery; it is timely and relevant and will give the reader another perspective of what survival means in other places in the world.
What I have Recently Finished
These are the books I have finished so far in June.
- Crimson Bound, by Rosamund Hodge
I listened to this on audio. It was decent. I don’t think I would like it in written form because the story is based a lot on Louis XIV and his court at Versailles. I have the worst time reading French words.
- A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab
I was disappointed by this. I started reading it and it seemed like it was going to be awesome, and then I put it on my shelf and it sat for a while. I picked it back up again to do a buddy read with one of my fellow bookstagrammers. I liked Lila, she was kick-ass, Kell was a disappointment, and it all wrapped up way too easily. I don’t think I will be running out for the second one any time soon.
- Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, both by Sarah J. Maas
Does anyone remember in the movie “The Princess Bride” where the dude with eleven fingers has Wesley on that machine that sucks his life away? That is what Sarah J. Mass is doing to me, sucking my life away with each book of hers I read because I am unable to do anything else and then if Ive finished one and the next one is already out I need to get it right away. If its not out yet I can barely read anything else, for thinking and anticipating her next installment. I first got sucked in to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (I have the coloring book people!!!!) Now its The Throne of Glass series. Basically Sarah J. Mass is the Pablo Escobar of authors and I need another hit.
What Do I think Ill Read Next
I’m definitely reading Empire of Storms next! I just bought Roar, by Cora Cormack today. The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy are two that I have been looking forward to reading for a while now.