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?
I’ve made a lot of nice progress in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers since last week; I’m 69% of the way through. I was hoping to have it done, but aren’t I always? The novel is really character driven, almost to a fault sometimes with how much time Chambers spends building people and places instead of plot, but I’m really enjoying the almost episodic travails of the crew as they make their journey. Evidently all of Chambers’s hard work has paid off too, as last night two crew members became involved with one another, which I had foreseen to an extent, yet I was embarrassingly flustered and giddy about it. I wouldn’t mind a stronger plot, but goodness am I invested in these people.
Over the weekend I read through Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito, which you can read my full review for here. I’m always excited to dive into a newly released Ito collection, but I was regrettably a little disappointed with this one. It didn’t exactly live up to its claim of being a “best of”, though it certainly does include one of my favourite stories of his. It did have the odd effect of having me utterly fixate on one story that didn’t resonate with me the way I’d hoped, though. I just couldn’t stop trying to puzzle it out after the fact. It even became a major focus in my review, as both a point of criticism and praise. Worth checking out, at any rate, just not among my favourites.
I expect I’ll be finished with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet soon, so I suppose I ought to have my next book lined up and ready, which I of course do not as I write this. So, eyeballing my to-read list to see what jumps out at me, I have settled on Kong Unbound, which is a collection of essays from a plethora of writers about the iconic behemoth of the silver screen. I’ve owned this book for many years, having bought it at an HMV for about $3, so it’s high time I actually read it. I’m hoping I can plough through it relatively quickly so I can strike yet another book from my list soon too—I’m still sweating about getting that done.
Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.
13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – August 26, 2020”
Enjoy your reading!
Have a great week!
Sorry to hear you were disappointed by Venus in the Blind Spot, but sounds like The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is making up for it (I do love that title 😄). Take care and happy reading! 😃
Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/www-wednesday-26th-august-2020/ 🙂
It really is an excellent title; it’s part of what caught my attention in the first place. I usually don’t feel so intensely while I read, either. It was an experience I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time, so it definitely makes up for it.
I want to pick up Venus in the Blind Spot but I’m scared I also won’t like as much as other Junji Ito works.
For what it’s worth, I think it’s better than Fragments of Horror.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is too long of a title to have to type, but it sounds like an interesting read. I have to be *really* invested in the characters to read character-driven books, but it sounds like this delivered on that. xD I know the feeling of being a little TOO excited over fantasy characters’ personal lives haha.
Here’s my WWW post.
It got me so good, it was kind of a shock. Initially I wasn’t sure that it would, but they grew on me something fierce. It probably helped that one crew member in particular is of a reptilian species.
I love Becky Chambers so much!!
I’m a big fan of character-driven novels but plot is very important to me too, so you’re really selling this book to me now – time to finish some other series! I’m sorry that Venus in the Blind Spot wasn’t a new favorite of yours, for the most part – but it definitely still sounds super interesting!
Venus in the Blind Spot certainly had its moments, it just wish I was more consistently enamored with these collections. I hope you enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet when you end up checking it out!
I kind of love a character-driven plot, but it is frustrating when it’s too much. Hope you get to finish it soon, good luck 🙂
Here’s mine if you’re interested: https://victoriajaynesbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/www-wednesday/
I definitely felt that frustration a little, but the emotional connection forged with the characters more than made up for it.