WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at 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?
Over the weekend I started reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte. I’m not especially far into it, but I’m unabashedly adoring it so far. I’m having a bit of trouble with some of the names of the prehistoric creatures, but other than that Brusatte is pretty exceptional at making the material accessible to those outside the field. I grew up as a dinosaur kid, but my active interest dropped off in adulthood. I’ve learned quite a bit from this book already as a result, which I’ve already eagerly been passing on to others who will listen. I’m always a little concerned I’ll have trouble with science books, but so far this book is far from the case.
I finally finished If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino over the weekend as well, which I posted my full review for yesterday. The book is quite a brilliant exploration of readers and writers of literature, and all the forms such take for good or ill. It had a good sense of humour to go with its philosophical waxing too. It is worth noting that the frame narrative does not have much in the way of an intricate plot, however, and the transitions back and forth between it and the novels the protagonist is reading may have a polarizing effect for some people. I appreciated it a lot, but even I found it pretty exhausting sometimes.
I also read Berserk Vol. 20 & 21 by Kentaro Miura, which brought about the conclusion I’d been eagerly anticipating for this arc. I’m pretty pleased with the way things turned out, especially in how the main antagonist didn’t simply devolve into another monster for Guts to fight. His convictions were steadfast despite his metamorphosis and I appreciated that in a villain. His ultimate folly was not realizing how he could better help the people around him with the power granted to him, instead giving into his own fanaticism. I’m eager to see where the story goes next, but I’m not sure if I want to use this opportunity to take a breather a bit before I continue.
While I’ve still got plenty of book left with what I’m reading right now, I guess I can’t really help looking to the future as well. I’m thinking I will finally read Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, a Star Wars novel I meant to read last year but never got around to. It’s praised quite highly among the new canon of books, so it’s high time I read it myself. It tells the story of two star-crossed lovers caught on opposing sides of the Galactic Civil War and I’m curious to see how the conflict is framed through their eyes.
Until next week, thank you for reading!
13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – February 27, 2019”
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler sounds so interesting! I’m always a fan of books about writing and writers, so I’ll definitely need to look into this one. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy checking it out.
Thanks for stopping by My WWW! Happy Reading 🙂
Glad to hear you’re enjoying The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs! I think I’ll have to bump it up my TBR
It’s always a bit of a toss-up for me with scientific nonfiction. Some I’ve read recently I enjoyed, but had trouble reading for long stretches, which is not the case at all with this book. I hope you enjoy it when you read it too.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs looks so interesting. I was so into dinosaurs as a kid! I’ve spotted them in fiction recently, but I like the idea of squeezing in some non-fiction too. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! I actually got a copy of The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán recently too, so I can scratch both itches for dinosaur content.
Glad you enjoyed the Calvino book! The dinosaur book sounds wonderful!
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs sounds like an absolutely fascinating read, I definitely need to buy a copy of this one. I loved learning about dinosaurs when I was younger and am still drawn to books about them. Happy reading! 🙂
Here’s my post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2019/02/27/this-week-in-books-27-feb-2019-what-are-you-reading-this-week/
It’s reigniting a lot of my childhood passion for paleontology. I hope it does the same for you!
That dinosaur book looks awesome.
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Ooh, I wonder if I should look up The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. I was never really a dinosaur kid but then IK went to the Natural History Museum in London in my 20s and was totally geeking out over them.
I recently went to the Royal Ontario Museum for the first time in ages to do just that!