WWW Wednesday (April 8th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

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• What are you currently reading?
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• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these posts! I’m right back to being a newbie again 🙂

I have the time and opportunity at the moment given that I have been furloughed from my job, for at least 3 weeks, due to the impact of Covid-19.  Not ideal but every cloud and all that…so I could be around for a little while yet.

I’m reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

And loving it! I’ve never read it before and because it’s a bit of a whopper at over 600 pages, now is perfect timing.  Also, it’s being screened this week by National Theatre Live as part of the Free At Home events.

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

 

 

 


I recently finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

This was a re-read for me as it was a book club choice.  Hated it the first time around but did manage to see a lot more positives and found more empathy for Holden in a second read.

The blurb

The Catcher in the Rye is J . D. Salinger’s world-famous novel of disaffected youth.

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school.

Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.

 


What’s up next? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I borrowed this book from a temporary member of staff at work, still unread, and not sure when I’ll see the owner again, if at all.  Looks like it’s gonna be a big books month!!

The blurb

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

18 Comments

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:16 pm

      I think it’s one of those books that’s on a lot of favourite lists 😊

      Thanks for your visit today!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:21 pm

      I can see why you’d think that as I’ve just got to the part where she meets Mr Rochester and he intimates the same 😂

      Thanks for visiting!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 6:37 pm

      Good to hear! xx

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 6:38 pm

      I guess the era and language is not to everyone’s taste but at least you gave it a go 🙂

  1. 8th April 2020 / 1:24 pm

    So flipping impressed you’ve managed to do a WWW post! I haven’t done one since Oscar was born 🙂
    Delighted that you’re enjoying Jane Eyre – it’s brilliant and only gets better as you go.

    The Testaments is on my long list. I know everyone has raved about it, but I’m slightly scared it can’t live up to The Handmaid’s Tale which is one of my all-time favourites. I’ll wait to see what you think! xx

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:29 pm

      Honestly, it’s only because I have this extra time on my hands! You’re still baking and posting which is more work!

      I’m about 1/3 way through Jane Eyre. I find parts overly descriptive but loving the story so far.

      I hope The Testaments lives up to the hype too. Can’t be as bad as when Go Set a Watchman came out but here’s hoping 🤞🏻

  2. 8th April 2020 / 2:00 pm

    I enjoyed The Testaments. It looks like you are taking advantage of your time off with good books. Thanks for sharing, and stay well.

    Here’s MY WWW POST”

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:30 pm

      I certainly am, thanks and you too!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:44 pm

      Totally agree with you regarding Catcher and Holden!

  3. 8th April 2020 / 3:34 pm

    I read Catcher in the Rye first the first time in my late 20s, which I think was too late for me to read that book and appreciate it. I think this is a great book for late teens into their early 20s, when maybe you are still struggling with who you are and what you want to do with your life. When I read it, I just couldn’t relate to the themes and the main character drove me nuts. I just wanted to tell Holden to turn his baseball cap around and go back to school or get a job. I don’t know if I could read that book a second time, but I am glad you found things to appreciate about it during your second read. Hope you have a great week! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/www-wednesdays-april-8-2020/

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks Sarah for your well thought out response, this is exactly how I felt after I first read it.
      I think maybe as it was a book group read and therefore, as a group, we were able to delve deeper and discuss what was making him tick, which I didn’t get from my first read.

  4. 8th April 2020 / 6:37 pm

    I also hated Catcher in the Rye when I read it so long ago. Admittedly, I also read Jane Eyre as a required reading in school and didn’t love it either. I wonder if it is because I tried to cram all 600 pages into one night….perhaps I should try again!

    Happy reading! http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/04/08/www-wednesday-april-8-2020/

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      9th April 2020 / 4:53 pm

      Sometimes, with certain books, timing can be everything!
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

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