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Reading The Women’s Prize Longlist + Easter Weekend Reading Plans | WWW Wednesday

April 13th, 2022

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

Hi Readers!

This has been a very exciting week of reading and I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on some of these books! At the moment I’m knee deep in the Women’s Prize longlist and taking a break from a rather disappointing classic.
But the Easter weekend is coming up and I plan on picking up an old favourite, and a much anticipated read.

The Island Of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
This is the last book I had to read from my post where I predicted five future favourites. I’ve never been overly successful with these predictions, but this one was the exception! This book right here is everything I have ever dreamed of. I can’t wait to share my thoughts, but it’s one of those books where I loved it so much, trying to put that down into words is quite an intimidating task, because I’m scared I won’t do it justice. But I will do my best!

Emma by Jane Austen
I just love reading Jane Austen over Easter, and this one has a particularly perfect Springtime feel to it. I love the humour in this book, and the male romantic interest is also one of my favourites from Austen.
This is the first time I’m reading this book since watching the Autumn De Wilde 2020 adaptation, and I love seeing all the comedic moments they pulled from it. I’m also annotating this time around and I’m having the best time.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton
One of my most anticipated reads from the Women’s Prize. Now that I’ve read The Island of Missing Trees, I do feel like I’ve read this years winner. In fact, I will stage a protest if it doesn’t. But I’d still like to read more from the longlist before the shortlist is announced. This one has been compared to Daisy Jones and the Six but with more of a focus on race which sounds pretty good to me.

I’m probably going to continue reading the Women’s Prize. But I have very ambitious plans for the Easter weekend. I’ll definitely still be reading Emma, but I also have these books on the horizen…

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee
I’ve finished one biography, now onto another. Last Summer I read quite a few of Woolf’s novels and I’m already wanting to reread some of them. But I want to go into them with more background knowledge of their author.
She was such an interesting person who went totally against the norm, and I just idolize her.

Still Life by Sarah Winman
I might pick this one up? I’m not totally sure yet. I just picked it up from the library so I do have a bit of time, but it just looks like a good Easter Sunday book to me.
I’m not entirely sure what this is about, but I know a lot of people were shocked this didn’t make the Women’s Prize longlist, so I wanted to prioritise is anyway. I’ve enjoyed Winman before so hopefully this story is as beautiful and it’s cover.

This One Sky Day by Leone Ross
This could be my next read, or I might save it for next week. I haven’t decided yet.
I have actually read the first page and I did say in last weeks WWW that this would be my next read. But Island of Missing Trees just ended up becoming a priority, and something I just didn’t want to rush through. Hopefully I’ll get to this before next weeks WWW!

Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris
This is the last one, I promise.
I know this looks like an insane amount of books, but Honeycomb is actually a collection of fairytales/mythology short stories filled with illustrations. I saw this displayed in my library and thought the cover looks just the picture of Spring and I’d love to slowly make my way through it over Easter.

How are you guys spending Easter/the long weekend? On top of all this reading, I also have hot cross buns to make (normal and gluten free). It’s my Nans birthday tomorrow, and we’re having a dinner with her. But mostly, I’ll be reading!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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