MISC: WWW Wednesdays- 21st June 2017

I didn’t think I would have any new additions this week, after taking my time with Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women, but I’ve surprised myself and actually finished a few books!

WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m 100 pages into Kate Brown’s The Women of Versailles. I haven’t read any historical fiction in a while, and honestly it’s Versailles the TV programmes fault. There’s only so manyepisodes you can watch of glossy haired actors in their corsets, frilly sleeves and debauchery before you get the itch. I’m not sure where it’s going at the moment, but I’m enjoying the scandals of court life.

What did you recently finish reading?


I read Horatio Clare’s Myths & Legends on Monday. It’s just over a hundred pages but that length has nothing to do with my reading speed. I honestly couldn’t put it down. The book revisits 10 Welsh myths and stories, bringing them into the modern age. Some are almost like fables in the way they expose the pitfalls of modern life. They are hilarious, immersive and sweep you up into the story.


I finished A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. I took my time and I’m glad Idid. There aren’t many writers who would delve so deep into their personal histories, particularly when there are scarsthere, but Berlin revisits these moments time and again. I could never get bored of reading her work.


DSC_0617The last book I read was Four Bare Legs in a Bed by Helen Simpson. My tutor recommended Simpson’s short stories to me because of the similarities in our writing and I loved her writing.The themes of entrapment and female empowerment run through the collection in acerbic wit and ludicrous characters. My favourite was the opening story in which a women cheats on her husband in her dreams. Only he has the audacity to start appearing in her fantasies to interrupt her subconscious infidelity.

What do you think you’ll read next?

At this point, who knows. I have Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine waiting on my bookcase with the other thirty books I’ve bought and never read. But I need to read some more short stories for my coursework. So, we shall see!


What have you been reading this week?

Author: Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes

Book-lover, tea enthusiast and MA student

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