Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WWW Wednesday 13

This meme/link-up is hosted by Taking on a World of Words
What are you currently reading?
I bought Macarthur by Bob Ong, the first Tagalog/Filipino book I've bought that wasn't required reading, and the first chapter wasn;t as difficult as I'd thought. It helps that he doesn't go for the ~literary~ language and just writes the way people actually talk.

What did you recently finish reading?
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton was an interesting read, and I think it's based on her real-life experiences with an actual camel bookmobile. That would be such a great job to have, though over here you'd probably transport books by water buffalo or by motorcycle. I can't help but get weirdly judgey whenever people do "white savior" things, but this was pretty self-aware and didn't provoke any eyerolls from me.

The Uncommon Reader is a novella by Alan Bennett about what would happen if the Queen suddenly starts reading like she needs it to survive. Five stars from me.

I caved and got myself a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Some people were saying they couldn't embrace it as canon, like it felt like fanfic, but that's how I felt about Deathly Hallows and this  script actually made more sense to me while I was reading it. I loved Scorpius and how he approached everything, and I found this more satisfying than the "19 years later" epilogue.

I also read two delightful Tolkien short stories, Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham. Smith of Wootton Major was a little more serious, and Farmer Giles of Ham was completely hilarious. I think Tolkien is now one of my favorite authors. 

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini was a bit of a letdown. I got so excited about the supercomputer, but as I was reading it I could only think that if I'd read it as a teen, my suspicions would only have been confirmed: boys are the worst. I kept comparing the book to Limitless (the TV show, not the movie) and thinking of all the wasted potential. Quantum computing seems interesting, though.

What do you think you'll read next?
I should really focus on my thesis proposal writing, so I won't put anything here for now.


  1. I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, too! I wasn't going to read it, but then my partner bought a copy so obviously I couldn't resist for very long then. Scorpius was adorable!

    I don't think it's too weird to be judgey about the White Savior trope, but it's good the book was self-aware about it.

    Here's my WWW post for this week.

  2. I have a copy of The Uncommon Reader on one of m bookshelves. I really need to read it. The Camel Bookmobile sounds like a fun read.

    My WWW post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2016/08/www-wednesday.html

  3. The Uncommon Reader sounds interesting. Glad you liked The Cursed Child, Scorpius is one of my favourite characters in the series as a whole I think!

  4. I do like the sound of The Camel Bookmobile....and hope you are enjoying all of your books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. I'm glad you were able to enjoy 'Cursed Child.' I enjoyed it a lot, too. I understand why some say it felt like Fan Fiction but I didn't feel that way. I read 'Be More Chill' when I was a teenager and it did make me think boys are the worst! Haha. Congrats on reading in Tagalog! Is that a language you're learning now or have you known it for a while? Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    1. Glad I'm not alone in my thoughts about Be More Chill! :) Tagalog is actually my mother tongue, English is my second language.


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