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WWW Wednesdays: A Bookish Meme! March 12 Edition

March 12th, 2014 (09:00 pm)

www_wednesdays4Here is the Wednesday book meme from the website, shouldbereading.wordpress.com. To play, just answer these three "W" questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

You can answer them on your own blog, at the shouldbereading.wordpress.com site, or in a reply to this post. Go into as much detail as you want, or just answer with the book titles, if you prefer.

• What are you currently reading?
The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
Rowling - The Casual VacancyWhen this book first came out, many of Rowling's Harry Potter fans were disappointed, probably because they were expecting another magical tale for young readers. Instead, they got this effective but sometimes gloomy look at politics and personalities in a small English town.

The untimely death of a town leader creates a sudden vacancy on the council, and various local factions start maneuvering to choose who will fill it. I'm still in the first third of the book, but I have to say that I'm enjoying it. The characters are well drawn and the plot is compelling enough to make me reluctant to put this one down. I love the Harry Potter books, but I also love seeing that one of my favorite authors is versatile enough to branch out in a completely different direction.

• What did you recently finish reading?
Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Anderson - ForgeThis is the sequel to a novel I was reading when I filled out this book meme last Wednesday. Both are set during the American Revolutionary War.

In the first book, Chains, Isabel is a twelve-year-old slave who is sold, along with her five-year-old sister, to British loyalists in New York City. In that book, she befriended another slave, Curzon, a boy who is a few years older than she is and who supports the Revolutionary cause. Curzon is the main character in Forge.

As the story begins, the two have escaped slavery but split up because Isabel was determined to head south to Charleston to free her younger sister, who is still a slave. Curzon refused to go along because he thought her plan could never succeed and would only result in both of them being recaptured. Forge recounts his adventures as a soldier in the Continental Army, especially during the long winter at Valley Forge, and his eventual reunion with Isabel. Like Chains, this is a terrific, suspenseful book with sympathetic, vivid characterizations and a lot of historical detail. Unfortunately, the third book in the series isn't due out until next year.

• What do you think you'll read next?
Roth - DivergentWell, that's a good question. I'm really not sure I can answer it.

One book I am considering reading next is Divergent, by Veronica Roth. I have heard great things about this series, and I'd like to have read the first book before the upcoming movie opens. But there are so many others I would also like to read next. I'm speeding through The Casual Vacancy, so I guess I'd better decide soon.

So, what are YOU currently reading?