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W...W...W... Wednesdays

www_wednesdays4It's Wednesday, and I guess it's been a few weeks since I'm taken part in the Wednesday meme from the ShouldBeReading website. So here is a WWW Wednesday for this week.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Post the answers on your blog and send a link in a comment to today's post on the ShouldBeReading site. Or, if you don't have a blog, just post your answers directly in the comments box there.

And my answers:

1. What are you currently reading?
Rinaldi - Hang a Thousand Trees With Ribbons2I'm now reading a historical YA novel by one of the very best historical fiction authors anywhere, Ann Rinaldi. It's called Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons, and it's about the life of Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American poet. She was born in Senegal, snatched from her village in 1761 as a very small child, and sold into slavery in Boston, Massachusetts, after a harrowing sea journey. Her masters, the Wheatley family, treated her with kindness, even teaching her to read and write. And at the age of 12, she began to gain a reputation as a talented poet. But even though she lived in luxury, was excused from all physical labor, and even ate her meals at the table with her white owners, Phillis could not forget that she was still a slave.

2. What did you recently finish reading?
Fletcher - Walk Across the SeaThe last book I finished reading was also a young adult historical, Walk Across the Sea, by Susan Fletcher. This one is set in 1886 along the coast of California, where Eliza, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, finds herself secretly in sympathy with the Chinese immigrant families who are subject to hostility and violence from the white families in the community -- including her own father. This is a very different kind of historical novel from the one about Phillis Wheatley. That book is a fictional telling of real characters and events. This one is a fictional story in which all the main characters are also fictional, set against a real historical backdrop. This book was particularly interesting because I knew little about the setting.

3. What do you think you'll read next?
This is always such a difficult question! I'm considering several books:Green - The Fault In Our Stars

If I were choosing now, I'm thinking I'd go with The Fault In Our Stars, so I'll be ready to see the film that's currently playing. But I could change my mind by the time I select my next book. Or I could come up with something entirely different.

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