WWW Wednesday – June 5, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog! Feel free to leave a link to your own down below as well.

The Three Ws are:

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


Currently Reading

The Hidden Life of TreesI’m now far along into reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I’m still enjoying the book, though my enthusiasm with it has diminished somewhat. Something about the way the chapters are structured feels a little too random to me. Some contain information that calls back to previous chapters, but I feel as if I could crack the book open to any old chapter and read it. While that’s a good thing for reference, I have found it to negatively impact my experience reading it cover to cover, however slightly. It is still inspiring a greater reverence for trees, but I’d be lying if I said my layman brain wasn’t failing to register different tree names and species sometimes too, which has made reading a bit more of a chore.

Eating the DinosaurI’ve also started reading Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman, a book that came completely out of left field for me. I bought the book for a dollar at little fundraiser at work, intrigued by some of its contents. I’ve read couple of the essays so far and they’ve been really insightful. A lot of the focus has been on popular culture and culture in a broader sense. The first essay discussed interviewing and why people ever feel compelled to answer interview questions, eventually leading to a bang-on interpretation of the way society was heading with then budding social media (this book came out in 2009). I’m excited to see more of what this book has to offer.


Recently Finished

The Healing ThirstOver the weekend I read The Healing Thirst by Aleš Kot et al. I posted a review yesterday, if you want to check out my full thoughts. I loved the way this book took a very different approach to its story than the first volume, shining a light on some more ordinary citizens of Yharnam. It allowed some expansion on the lore and background of the city, but strongly maintained the sense of obscurity and dread. The characters are uncovering some of the mystery they’re pursuing, but so much of the motivations certain parties’ actions remain hidden from view. I find it creates an appreciably puzzling effect on me when I read it, quite effectively making me uneasy. I have found out a third volume is on the way and can’t wait to get my hands on it.


Reading Next

Having suddenly chosen to start reading Eating the Dinosaur, I’m afraid I am once again undecided on what to read next. Typical. The year is almost half over though, and I have much to finish on my scrappy list, so it must be something from there. I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, so it should definitely be something more exciting in terms of narrative. I gaze at the list now, but cannot decide. Once I know you’ll be the first to hear about it.

Until next week, thank you for reading!

16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – June 5, 2019

  1. I heard about The Hidden Life of Trees on at least one podcast that I listen to and thought it sounded interesting. Is it classified as a fiction or nonfiction?

    • It’s definitely nonfiction. The lives are trees are very complicated, it turns out, they just move at such a different pace than we do and so much can easily go unnoticed.

  2. I’ve always been really bad at remembering scientific names for things, so I hear you on that struggle. My AP Bio teacher was less than impressed when I started renaming the really long names for things in my head. He was even less impressed when I actually managed to do just fine without remembering their scientific names, because pfft, that’s what Google is for, as long as I remember what they are/do, right? lol.

    Eating the Dinosaur is a really interesting title. I’m not sure what to make of the Goodreads description of it, though. xD Hope you enjoy it, though.

    Deciding what to read next is hard, isn’t it? Especially with all these (ostensibly) lovely books crying, “Pick me!” It’s why I have so much trouble sticking to a TBR in the first place lol.

    Here’s my WWW post.

    • I have to admit it’s even just the use of common names that I don’t make appropriate note of. He’ll say something specifically beech trees do, and I have to stop my brain from deciding “so all trees do this.” I also have to remind myself what the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees are.

      I also had a real hard time trying to describe Eating the Dinosaur in my post without it sounding very generic lol “It’s a bunch of essays about…stuff. Like…music and pop culture things…aw geez.”

      • Ahhh, I understand what you mean. I’m of the brain that a normal brain can only take in so many facts before it starts rejecting things out of self-preservation. Or maybe that’s just my brain. xD

        I mean, that’s what it sounds like it is, to be fair? Haha. I’m not sure how you would describe that … differently? lol. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts when you finish it, though.

  3. Hmm The Hidden Life of Trees sounds fascinating but I’m not sure I could sit and read it cover to cover either. I know I’d never remember the names either.

    • I know he talks a lot about beech and oak trees, and I sometimes forget what he’s told me about which. Can’t say I blame the book for that though.

    • A lot of the visual designs for Bloodborne are quite captivating in their horror, especially some of the creatures. The lore of that world is a wonderfully nightmarish rabbit hole to fall down.

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