WWW Wednesday – May 17, 2023


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

Jurassic ParkI’ve finally been able to start Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, my first reread in a very long time. I’m only about 20 pages in, but I already feel like I’m in a place where I can appreciate it a lot more than I did when I first read it in middle school/early high school. My interest started with videos emphasizing the horror of this original text, but lately I’ve noticed they’re typically rather repetitive, so I’m going to actively rein in my expectations a little. I don’t recall much being especially disturbing the first time around anyway, and I’m coming off a book that was legitimately upsetting in spots, so it’s likely that this will be a relatively light read. Still, the mystique around the dinosaurs and the fact that the danger they pose is already woefully apparent is something I’m really enjoying.

Recently Finished

American PsychoFinally, finally, I have finished reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I want to try to have a review up soon, but we will see; my schedule doesn’t always allow me to put things up as soon as I’d like (e.g., this very post, which is going up very late Wednesday night). Before completing the book, something finally struck a meaningful chord with me with respect to the continually escalating acts of violence on the part of Patrick Bateman. Despite the horror of it all, it is vacuous. No drama, no suspense, nothing of substance. It’s some of the most discomforting content I’ve ever read, but it says nothing deep about Patrick and it shouldn’t. It doesn’t make him interesting or morbidly fascinating, he is just a sick man committing sick acts, worthy only of revulsion. Though I know its themes run deeper than this overall, these sections at least in part feel like an antithesis to romanticized stories of true crime.

Reading Next

I still have a few comics I’ve been meaning to pick up and read finally, such as Tombs by Junji Ito. Other than that, I don’t really have further concrete plans about what I’ll read next.

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