Happy Wednesday, where it is actually Thursday where I live now at the time you get this, and really, really Wednesday as I write and schedule it. I hope my time difference conversion is correct so this lands in your inbox at the same time it usually does. Has it?
Wednesdays are for readers to write, and this week I would love to know what book you are currently reading. Based on how far you are into it, do you recommend it to the rest of us?
I am currently re-reading Slash’s autobiography and if you are young and drunk (like the first time I read it) you might think ”Woah this guy is so cool, what a badass!” and if you have grown up and sobered up (like I have this time round reading it) you might think “Woah this guy is so cool, what a badass!” for two very different reasons.
Listening to & taking notes - ‘Travel light’ by light Watkins 💖
currently re listening to The Discovery of Witches triology by Deborah Harkness, I love it, witches, vampires, demons (not the nasty kind), magic, family drama and romance.
I'm rereading the mammoth book of westerns, an anthology edited by Joe E Lewis, because I have set out to review a western genre book a month on my blog, and the month is about to turn! So far I've read two of the thirty-five stories in the anthology. One was okay but kind of depressing, the second one I didn't like much. Also, I am miffed by the introduction, which states that only the U.S.A had "a West." News to me, as I read in western Canada. Pretty sure Australia has a west and had a 18th/19th/20th century period of European colonization/exploration/expansion as well ;)
I am also being distracted by the release of the 2023 LWS anthology ebook, which I want to read soon, and I'm also part way through reading Worlds of Possibility, an anthology of stories meant to bring joy and put together by Julia Rios. I'm not sure it's available to the general public yet, I have a contributor's copy.
I'm also also listening to old Suspense radio episodes to acknowledge the spooky season, and I'm supposed to be doing some amateur judging for the Audio Verse Awards this week too! I am not short of things to do. :)
I'm reading Klara and the Sun by Ishiguro and I'm not lovvvvvvving it but it may be that I need to get into the style. I feel like I've seen a lot of excellent explorations of AI on TV and in film, so it feels like something that's been done. Saying that, I'm only a tiny bit of the way in so perhaps it's a case of giving it more time!
I’m listening to Burnout. It’s the book written by sisters Amelia and Emily Nagoski. I read it (or listen) every couple of years because I need a reminder on completing the stress cycle every day and also dealing with stressors. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Here is where I out myself as a chaotic reader because I have 8 on my currently reading shelf but I am actively reading 3. Watch Your Mouth which I would recommend if sports romances are your thing. A Gathering of Shadows which I would recommend if you like magic and London and only if you’ve read the first book A Darker Shade of Magic because it’s a trilogy. And Starling House which I’m only a couple of chapters in but so far seems perfect for spooky season.