“When they came to kill the Zed, it was a nice day.”First line in Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish?
- What do you think you’ll read next
What did you recently finish?
I finished the non-fiction book I was reading, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’m not sure you can rate non-fiction but I did give it 5 stars simply because I think it’s a book every introvert should read. It’s educational of course, but it’s also such a confidence-boost for those of us who’ve grown up in very extrovert societies. It’s very based in the US, but I could still draw parallels to my own country and how our school system really doesn’t want introverts to succeed. Like how we have something called a participation-grade, meaning that it’s practically impossible to become something like a lawyer or doctor if you don’t participate in class discussions a lot. The exact thing that’s very hard for introverts to do, and Quiet really explores why that is and why it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s covers a lot of other topics surrounding introversion too, like what goes on in the brain of an introvert compared to an extrovert, which was so fascinating. Generally, I could probably talk about this book forever.
I also completed Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater, which I gave 3 stars. This series is just not doing it for me. There are too many characters I don’t care about and it’s a very character-focused book so that obviously a problem. But then when it’s actually about that one character I love (yes, Ronan), then I am completely immersed. But those snippets are so short! I’m so sad this isn’t a single POV story because that would have been glorious.
What are you currently reading?
I’m 46% into A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan, the third book in the Onyx Court series. After the little setback that was book two, we’re back on track with this book! It’s so good! There’s a POV character in here who’s very lighthearted and I really think that did this series some good. It has been very serious so far, which isn’t bad, but this character helped brighten things up a bit without making it outright comedic. The more political aspects that didn’t really work in book two also aren’t as prevalent here, making it easier for me to follow the story. Everything is a little bit less complicated but still intriguing.
And now I don’t know what to do because I’m also reading a Danish fantasy book that isn’t translated into English. It’s Djævlens Hjerte (Heart of the Devil) by Lars Kramhøft, but I really don’t know whether to talk about books in Danish here on my blog. I do want to give Danish fantasy more of a chance in the future, so do you want to hear about them? If any other international bloggers want to give some advice on this, I’d very much appreciate it.
Right now, though, it might not be as relevant because I’m seriously considering DNF’ing this one. I haven’t even read 100 pages, but the main character is truly channeling his inner Kvothe so far as he constantly needs to make it clear how he is so much better than everyone else. And then you have the many, many, many vulgar comments made about women that I’m not sure I can stomach for another 300 pages.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I took my time browsing my library the other day because it’s been so long since I’ve been able to do that, and they had a book I often forget is on my TBR: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I remember adding it to my TBR because it was pitched as “for fans of A Little Life”, so I’m reading it and excited to see how they compare.