WWW Wednesday – January 8, 2020


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!

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 Book of Forgotten AuthorsThough I’ve been taking a little break from reading more intently, hence the absence of a post last week, I did end up starting a book anyway: The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. Each entry for an author is usually no more than 3-4 pages long, which makes this a perfect book for reading in short bursts. A funny bit of happenstance while reading it, I’ve actually heard of one of the authors included so far, and I’ve read one of her books. Not all that forgotten, after all. So far, learning all these nuggets of literary history has been really enjoyable. A double-edged side effect is I’ve started adding books to my to-read shelf, so I’m likely going to come away from this with a laundry list of old books that will inflate my TBR pile and be difficult to find. Marvelous.

Recently Finished

Lords and LadiesJust before the end of 2019 I finished reading Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, the 14th Discworld novel. I should have a full review posted soon. In a few ways this book seemed to work toward tying up loose ends from Witches Abroad. There was a lot of emphasis in that novel on the youngest witch Magrat being a “wet hen,” but it didn’t do much to help her grow past that as a character. In this book she finds herself being suddenly swept up into her wedding with King Verence II (a loose end from two novels prior), which pushes her to stand up for herself and work toward carving out her own destiny. It’s always a delight to read more of the exploits of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg as well, the former having an appreciable amount of her personal history explored too.

Reading Next

The Year of the FloodIn terms of novels, I’m going to make myself finally read The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. It’s been on yearly to-read lists for years now, and I’m fed up with my own procrastination with it. It’s been nearly a decade since I even read Oryx and Crake, for goodness sake. I also want to start reading some of the new graphic novels I got over the last month, starting with No Longer Human by Junji Ito, which I’m most excited to finally check out. It’s unique, in that it’s not an original work of the author’s, but a manga adaptation of a well-known Japanese novel. I only have a vague understanding of what it’s about, so I’m really eager to get started on it.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.


21 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – January 8, 2020

  1. Ahh the book of forgotten authors sounds fantastic. I just got the Penguin Classics book and i’ve added about ten to my TBR already! If they are forgotten does that mean their books are currently out of print?

    • It seems to depend on the author. The book I’d read before seems fairly available, but it seems success may vary. One book I’m interested seems harder to find physical copies of, but has ebooks available, while another has no ebooks available with only some second-hand copies available online. The term “forgotten” seems to relate more to the idea of the author having been rather successful in their time, but relatively unknown today, rather than completely disappeared from the minds of all readers.

      • Im not sure when I’ll get around to reading any of them, I’m sure they’ll haunt my TBR shelf for a while lol There’s quite a number of books on it as it is. I should probably make a point of reading one soon, though, in the spirit of this book. I hope you enjoy reading it too 🙂

  2. I suppose the authors can’t have been completely forgotten or they wouldn’t have made it into a book. I love finding lesser known authors so I can imagine this book would not be good for my tbr

    • I believe it’s more a matter of the author not being remembered by many today, despite great success in their time. The author I’d actually read before, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, had over 60 works of fiction published (according to Wikipedia) from 1860 to 1910.

  3. Enjoy your reading!
    I just finished the last wish, and now started the conference of the birds 🙂


  4. I’ve added the Book of Forgotten Authors to my TBR where it will probably cause an avalanche of additions. I really need to get back into Discworld as well! Have a great week!

    • I’m glad I can at least forewarn people about the increase of TBRs the book may create lol Fowler is so good at making authors sound enticing too.

  5. That sounds like such an interesting book, and it’s funny that you actually have heard of one of the authors. Look at you, being a rebel. xD Oh my gosh, Lords and Ladies reminds me that I haven’t read a Pratchett book this year, or even actually *looked* at my Pratchett books this year. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. I’ve haven’t heard of The Book of Forgotten Authors, but I am intrigued. I can totally see how that book would increase one’s TBR list though. Hope you have a great week of reading!

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