WWW Wednesday: July 21, 2021

By: Christopher Bartlett

WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading update hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

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

Everyone has had it happen where they join too many book-related things. I realized I had done that this month, so I had to figure out how to prioritize what books to read. Right now, I am prioritizing a book each month from my backlist combined with Book of The Month and Amazon’s First Reads on Kindle. At the same time, learning that magazines don’t have to be read cover to cover. It’s part of their design so that you buy them or pick them up for the thing that interests you while getting you to read a few other things inside.

I finished Peace Talks by Jim Butcher earlier in the month, and it reads like part one of a two-episode TV show while at the same time being a self-contained novel. Butcher himself commented on his site that Peace Talks had started as one book and morphed into two. It was due to how big it became by the time he was done.

As I finished that novel, I learned that American Gods won’t continue past season 3 on Starz, which led me to refocus my attention to finishing that book before watching the rest of the show version. Although, it also makes me grumble a bit about how if a network or streaming service takes on a book or book series they need to be on board for it all.

At the beginning of the month, from Amazon’s First Reads, I started reading Brown Boy Nowhere: A Novel by Sheeryl Lim. A bit of a literary type read so far from what I have read, which is not my usual genre. Yet, in this case, it is a nice read so far. I’m still getting used to more subtle plots than solving the crime or beating a villain of some sort.

Coffee House Writers started up a book club last month, and this month’s pick for them was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which as many know was made into a series by Amazon. This is one where reading the book first is best. 

Going into August, I should have American Gods by Neil Gaiman finished, but I’m not sure what I will fill its slot with yet. I also plan to read the Amazon First Reads pick, whatever it might be for me next month. As well as a pick from Book of The Month. Plus, I will be adding a fourth book. 

If your television has been distracting you like mine, just put a marathon of Dusty Rhodes’ promos on with the closed captioning left on and watch the TV short itself out. On that note, I hear my library calling me. Feel free to leave questions and comments as always. 

*Tips his hat as he turns towards the library and walks out the door.* 

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