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• What are you currently reading?
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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday! Hope life is treating you well 🙂
I’m still reading Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks and The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler
I’ve made very little progress with both of these and if I’m being totally honest I’m getting bored of Forgotten Authors. It’s not that the book itself is boring, I just don’t find it gripping enough to make me want to pick it up – although I have passed author number 50 now!
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.
Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
I recently finished The Whistler by John Grisham
As I haven’t been loving the short story experience just lately, I picked up a Grisham…my go to read it in a weekend favourite genre/author.
There used to be a time, pre-blogging and reviewing, when a new Grisham would hit the shelves and I’d buy it and read it instantly. As of today, I’m 4 behind. You know what you’re getting with a Grisham, much the same way as you know with Agatha Christie or James Patterson. Always easy reads but edge of your seat stuff! I enjoyed it!
We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.
But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens….
What’s up next? Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
This will still be my next read, once I’m done with the short stories!
Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home.
Bobby thinks that he’s been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job. There’s only one thing to do — and so they take to the road in the mobile library . . .
Have you read any of my choices?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…