I’m back with another WWW Wednesday. Read the full post to see what I’m reading, and don’t hesitate to participate!
This format was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
To participate, you just have to answer these questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading
I will be starting The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden today.
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
What did you recently finish reading
I recently finished a Ducth book called Langste. Kerst. OOIT. which translates to Worst Christmas EVER. It’s by Lisette Jonkman!
Noëlle is gek op kerst. Ieder jaar organiseert ze op eerste kerstdag een uitgebreid diner voor een select groepje vrienden en familie, dat ze tot in de puntjes plant. Als ze ‘s avonds in bed ligt, denkt ze ieder jaar: ‘Was het maar elke dag kerst.’
Maar dit jaar loopt alles in de soep. Haar dure glazen sneuvelen, er komt meer dan één ongenode gast opdagen en tot overmaat van ramp breken de vliezen van haar zus tijdens het hoofdgerecht. Misschien is het dus toch wel fijn dat het niet écht elke dag kerst is.
En dan wordt Noëlle de volgende dag wakker… Op eerste kerstdag.
What do you think you’ll read next
Another Christmas book, of course! I saw A Christmas Celebration by Heidi Swain has a lot of good reviews so I’m looking forward to reading it.
When Paige turns up unannounced at Wynthorpe Hall, she discovers the place she knew when she was growing up has changed beyond all recognition. She’s only planning to stay for a short time, but is quickly pulled into local life.
One night while driving home after delivering library books and shopping to residents she stumbles across an isolated cottage and meets Albert, its elderly and rather grumpy owner. She quickly realises there’s more to Albert than meets the eye and the same can be said for the other man she can’t seem to help running into, handsome but brooding Brodie.
All three of them have a secret and a desire to hide away from the world, but with Christmas on the horizon, is that really the best way to celebrate the season?
What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!