WWW Wednesday – September 23, 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

I’ve started reading Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge, though I’ve read very little of it so far; just the preface and the prologue, in fact. Getting to this point involved skipping over a fair amount of front-matter too, as I realized that out of a sense of obligation I could read through a timeline of significant dates that revolve around the history I’ll be told about, but I won’t really be able to retain that info in a meaningful way. It was oddly freeing to just admit that to myself and move on. Cartledge’s writing style is good so far, not too inaccessible, but just as with the science books I occasionally read, I can already tell it will require a little more mental legwork. I just hope I won’t be stuck on it too long despite its relatively short page count.

Recently Finished

Over the weekend I finished reading Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett, the 17th Discworld novel. I meant to have a review up yesterday, but life happened and I didn’t have the review finished in time. Just a minor bump in the road, I’m sure. I should have it up by Friday. I didn’t like this novel as much as I wanted to, but I’m still coming away from it pretty satisfied, especially for how it reintroduced Rincewind as a character to the series. It did a good job of tying events to what happened in the very first books too, which was appreciable. I was surprised to find it ended by setting up his next book, which takes him to yet another strange locale. I’m intrigued to see how that will play out, if only for the fact that he wound up there by chance this time.

Reading Next

I hopefully won’t be on Thermopylae long, but in typical form for me I haven’t actually decided which novel I’ll be reading next. What I do know, is I’m definitely going to read through Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh as soon as I can. The author is known for her Hyperbole and a Half webcomics and book, which came out a number of years ago now. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book to release, the date of which had been unknown for a while. All of a sudden I learned the date and found it was coming quite soon, so I preordered it and now it’s finally in my grasp.

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


20 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – September 23, 2020

  1. I like that although you weren’t thrilled with Interesting Times, there was a lot of positive takeaway for you. I hope you enjoy whatever comes next. Here’s my WWW Wednesday

    • I think part of it comes with having read so many books in this series at this point; Interesting Times is good, but the series has a consistent baseline of “good.” One has to be really good for me to find it remarkable.

    • I struggle with nonfiction a little sometimes, because a lot of the time history or science feels less leisurely to me, but I am enjoying it so far 🙂

  2. I love Allie Brosh! I didn’t realize she had another book coming out, but that’s awesome! Glad to see that you are reading Terry Pratchett. Discworld was one of those series I always meant to read but never got around to it.

    • It had actually been announced to come out for a while, but it got delayed a lot. I’m so happy it’s finally published.

      The beauty with Discworld is that many of them you can pick up without having read others in the series. The only issue is there’s so many to choose from, so I can imagine the options could be paralyzing.

  3. Enjoy your reading!
    I’m currently reading Queen of Volts and listening to The Way of Kings!


  4. Have you read all of the prior books in the Discworld series? I am very nervous to start because there are so many books and everyone says to read it out of order, but no one says what order that is.

    Happy reading! 🙂

    • Back in 2016 I decided I wanted to read through the whole series in release order, so I’m 17 books deep now. I first read a book from the series many years before that though, and it was the 15th novel, so I think it’s more that many of them are tailor-made so you can pick them up without investing in the series from the beginning.

      If you’d prefer some specific recommendations, the books about Death are quite popular and good, so Mort wouldn’t be a bad place to start. Small Gods is also a great standalone novel, with only passing references to recurring characters, if you would rather something that feels more self-contained.

  5. I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Interesting Times as much as you thought you would – I must admit the stories revolving around Rincewind aren’t usually my favourites, although I do love The Luggage! The one exception being Pyramids, which I LOVED, but in that Rincewind is one of many characters. Good luck and happy reading with Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge, 🙂

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