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WWW | First Book On Women’s Prize Longlist And Snow Day Reads

March 30th, 2022

Note: WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Hi Readers!

I’m having an exciting reading time at the moment. I’ve finally made a dent on the Women’s Prize longlist, and it looks like we might be waking up to a little snow tomorrow, and I do like a good snowy read (I haven’t had any of those yet this year).

The Book Of Form And Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
I was quite excited when I saw this go from ‘pending‘ to ‘in transit‘ on my library portal, because out of all of the Women’s Prize longlisted books, this was in my top five most eager to read.
I finished it yesterday and I’m still trying to determine my thoughts, but I think unfortunately it is a three star. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and there was a lot I liked, and a lot I think could have been done differently.
I need to think about it some more, but I will share a review hopefully soon.

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
I’m going to be spending this Wednesday evening reading and possibly finishing Agnes Grey.
I’m reading this alongside the Brontealong and their live show is happening on Saturday, and I usually like a couple of days to determine my thoughts about a book before discussing it, so I would like to finish this in the next couple of days.
So far this is nothing special for me. I’m not disliking it, but the writing isn’t blowing me away like the last Bronte book we read ‘Jane Eyre’ did. It feels wrong to even compare them to be honest.

The Island Of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
So as I mentioned it’s been promised to us that we’re getting a layer of snow tomorrow and possibly Friday, and at first I did not see this book as a ‘read whilst it’s snowing outside’ type book. But I read the first page and it appears there’s a storm and the writing seems so beautiful and atmospheric.
It also just came in from the library and I don’t want to wait any longer. I have waited long enough for this book!
This is also on the Women’s Prize longlist so I am finally making good progress on that.

What are you currently reading?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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