W…W…W…Wednesdays!

Another awesome weekly event hosted by Miz B from Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

My answers:

What am I currently reading?

  • Furious Love by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger — After finishing Beautiful Ruins on Saturday, I felt it was time to (finally) pick up this one. It’s a love story, but also the story of how our celebrity-crazed, paparazzi-filled, obsessive media came to be.
  • Breasts by Florence Williams — I’m taking this one slow (it’s my lunch-time read). I find something new to be amazed or appalled by in every chapter.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin — I’m listening to this one in preparation for The Twelve (I scored an ARC thanks to my Galley Chatting! So excited! Though I’m still really confused by it being a trilogy). It’s kind of difficult to listen to because I don’t want to STOP listening. It’s a nice refresher though because I have forgotten the details over the last few years.

What did I recently finish reading?

  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — I’m not really sure what I expected of this book…I kept hearing good things, but I assumed it was just one of those super literary books that I wouldn’t like…you know, like something by Jonathan Franzen. I was wrong. Jess Walter is amazing and managed to connect all of these different tales & perspectives into one beautiful story about love, loss, and the choices we make. Some have even compared this to A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and I can see that. It’s kind of meta…stories within stories, but all connected to the same group. Anyway…I loved it. (And I started reading Furious Love on Sunday to learn more about the Burton-Taylor love story.)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss — I FINALLY finished this one on Saturday evening…only took two weeks. The first half or so was great. Kvothe’s university adventures were entertaining and fun, even his trip to Severen and the time spent there was a joy. Then I started getting a little bored…he was traveling to catch some bandits then went to hang with the Adem. Dear Lord, it TOOK FOREVER. Finally, the last hundredish pages sped up and saved the book. Otherwise, I would have finished with a special kind of loathing for this reading experience.
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee — Cancer sucks. This was such an amazing listen, but also very depressing (I also have the book for notes, etc). To know that we’ve been trying to “cure” cancer for hundreds of years but still aren’t any closer is just devastating. Mukherjee takes you on quite a roller coaster of a trip as you follow patients (mainly Carla). There are dark moments throughout, with a few glimpses of hope, but overall…cancer just sucks. (And I really hate the tobacco industry…I mean, they KNEW and STILL KNOW that their products were/are killing people, but they still market them like crazy. Evil.)

What do I think I’ll read next?

Umm….any of these:

We rearranged the bedroom bookshelves a bit. Now they’re all filled with TBR books (and a few unfinished books next to the bird). Eek!

Seriously though, I don’t have plan. There are some I want to read more than others, but this whole just grabbing what I want to read at the moment thing is really working for me right now.

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