WWW Wednesday January 13

I’m in a serious funk about everything going on in the United States right now. I study a lot of American history, and I’ve read a lot about the divisiveness throughout the years, but to live through it is something else. I’ve been spending a lot of time in conversation with the kids about what’s going on in the country, and what could happen to this country in the next few weeks. We are living in absolutely crazy times, and I’m having a hard time shutting it off and enjoying my listening and reading, but I have had a few hours here and there to make progress from last week’s WWW Wednesday, but have no desire to write anything pithy, so I’m way behind on my blogging. Hopefully I have a clear head and can shut off the external noise on one of my days off so I can catch up.

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

 The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication from NetGalley. It’s being released next week and this ARC is really interesting. I’ve read a lot about King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson since I was in high school. This book has a lot of new material to draw from, as well as all the documentation that was available before, to create an almost hour-by-hour description of how the abdication came to pass. And I can’t help but draw parallels to what is happening in our country right now, because one of the main reasons the British government wanted Edward to abdicate is because they didn’t want division in their government and with the people at large, people for the king and people against the king.

“Alexander Larman’s The Crown in Crisis will treat readers to a new, thrilling view of this legendary story. Informed by revelatory archival material never-before-seen, as well as by interviews with many of Edward’s and Wallis’s close friends, Larman creates an hour-by-hour, day-by-day suspenseful narrative that brings readers up to the point where the microphone is turned on and the king speaks to his subjects. As well as focusing on King Edward and Mrs. Simpson, Larman looks closely at the roles played by those that stood against him: Prime minister Stanley Baldwin, his private secretary Alec Hardinge, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang. Larman also takes the full measure of those who supported him: the great politician Winston Churchill, Machiavellian newspaper owner Lord Beaverbrook, and the brilliant lawyer Walter Monckton.”

What did you recently finish reading?

Books with Reviews this past week: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team by Elise Hooper

A Script for Danger (Nancy Drew Diaries #10) by Carolyn Keene

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye

A couple of weeks ago I read the first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I, (Amazon) (AbeBooks) because I got a deal on it a few months ago and watched the Netflix series to compare. I’m not sure if I’ll review this one as it seems like the time to do that has passed as it seems everyone has already watched it, (unless you really want to hear my opinions, then I might put something together.)

I also finished That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life (Amazon) (AbeBooks) by Garrison Keillor and  The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop (AbeBooks) (Amazon) and will review those in a few weeks. I also finished The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #20) (AbeBooks) (Amazon) and will review that book on Friday, and The Red Slippers (Nancy Drew Diaries #11) (AbeBooks) (Amazon) will come next Friday.

Yesterday I listened to All Creatures Great and Small, a book I’ve read many times since first picking it up in junior high, (Amazon) (AbeBooks) and was transported back to 1930’s Yorkshire. It’s the first time I’ve listened to the book, and I was not disappointed. Then I streamed Masterpiece Theatre’s new version of the book on the PBS app. Review to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I may dive into one of the dozen James Bond novels I bought this weekend when I mentioned them in my Sunday Kindle Deals post. They’re still available at those amazing prices, (both Kindle and Audio Book) if you’re interested!

Otherwise, I have an ARC and a Goodreads giveaway book that I won that I have to get to. Plus, I’m on to The Secret in the Old Attic (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #21) (Amazon) (AbeBooks)

What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations? Drop your list in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

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