WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: May 27, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!

My last two weeks have been abnormal (yes, more so than usual) so I accidentally missed posting last week. These books are from the past two weeks.


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I am still working on Tap and A History of the World in 100 Objects. I’m starting to become very annoyed with Tap.

I am also listening to Twilight and The Silent Patient as audiobooks. Since Stephanie Meyer is releasing a new book I wanted to re-visit the original. Why do I not remember how many times Bella falls down? Or, for that matter, how many times she mentions the color of Edward’s eyes? The Silent Patient is a thriller and I am really enjoying it while I row.

Finally, Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell is part of a middle grade series that I have been enjoying.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Boy did I have fun these past two weeks reading! I finished another Matt Haig book, How to Stop Time and loved it.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty felt innapropriate to read, given that it is answering children’s questions about death, but I couldn’t help by enjoy every bit of it. It was such a fascinating mix of facts and humor!

Dead Voices is the sequel to Small Spaces and was just as well written. I found this one to be even scarier than Small Spaces.

I also read Finding Audrey which is Sophie Kinsella’s YA book. This book deals with some series issues, Audrey is recovering psychologically from extreme (and unexplained) bullying. But, paired with the mother’s hilarious attempts to thwart her son’s computer addiction the book felt lighter than the subject matter.

Finally, I flew through The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot during a particularly long night with insomnia. Love Meg Cabot and I enjoy all of her books.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I know I will want to start reading Explorers on Black Ice Bridge when I finish the Witch Mountain and I have Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream cued up for my next Shakespearian adventure. Other than these two I am going to let my mood lead me!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: May 13, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

Look at my tiny pile!! It makes me look decently sane (such a lie – I’m so far from in control at this point its laughable). It is actually because I put boldly put three books on my DNF shelf this week.

History of the World in 100 Objects and Tap are both coming along nicely. I think Tap will move to the finish pile next week.

I have just started Dead Voices this morning but it is the follow up story to Small Spaces which was delightfully scary. I cannot wait to get into this book! Look at this description.

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story. from Goodreads.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I’m still in the throws of middle grade madness over here. I find myself completely fascinated by the myriad of ways authors get rid of parents in these books so I made a Where Are the Parents? Book Bingo.

My one non-middle grade book, Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, was an audiobook I borrowed from the library and it was so amazing that I immediately purchased a physical copy. This is the book that had me setting firm limits for my cell phone and social media use and actually sticking to them. I feel calmer, more productive, I’m writing again, and I’m spending

The final books in 43 Old Cemetery Road were so much fun to read and I cannot wait to review this whole punny series!

I also finished Roll With It, Legend of Greg, and The Classy Crooks Club. I’m planning to put out some mini reviews soon.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

The plan is to read more middle grade! I am not just enjoying all of these books but I am also finally (finally!) working through my Stunning Shelf!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: May 6, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!

I will admit that I hit a wall (or went down a well perhaps) this weekend. I watched TWO entire television shows instead of reading. Technically, I watched both television series on Sunday when I found that I couldn’t cope with the idea that I was stuck inside again with no real end in sight. I wanted to go read outside. Or read at a coffee shop. Or read on a bus. ANYWHERE but here. I’ve taken a lot of deep breathes since then and I am marginally calmer and back to reading (most of the time).


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I am still slowly but surely working through Tap and A History of the World in 100 Objects. Both are interesting and are ideal for reading in sections.

I have just started the fifth of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series by Kate Klise and Sarah Klise. I love this series featuring a ghost, a writer, and an eleven year old boy. The format is perfect for quarantine reading too because the ghost, Olive C. Spence, spurs all technology and the whole book is made of letters and newspaper articles.

Finally, I have just 10% remaining in Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet. After finishing Haig’s wonderful The Humans I wanted to pick up one of his nonfiction works and, honestly, I credit this book for helping me regain control of my social media and unnecessary technology use during this time. I cannot wait to finish and then review this book.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I have decided to dedicate May to reading Middle Grade Books. I know there are a couple of readathons and challenges out there but I feel pretty happy just reading on my own. Also, I didn’t sign up in time. And, really, who knows where my mood will take me mid-May. So, I started with the first four of the 43 Old Cemetery Road books and they are excellent. These pun-filled illustrated delights have also inspired me to start writing letters again. I cannot wait to sit down and finish reading the series!

I also finished Matt Haig’s The Humans. This fantastic story of an alien coming to Earth  to inhabit the body of a mathematician and falling in love with our species and the family of the body he snatched was perfect. Echoes of Haig’s research for his book, Notes on an Anxious Planet are woven throughout as the alien tries to figure out the motivation for so many of our everyday actives and social obsessions. I would love to say that I will review it soon but, seriously, this has not been my forte lately!


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I want to continue with my middle grade reads and these are the ones that are catching my eye right now!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 29, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

The massive pile continues but, somehow, I feel less frantic this week. I continue reading Tap and A History of the World in a 100 Objects slowly but surely and they are still great nonfiction reads to fill in the multiple cracks of my day.

I am more than half way through The Princess Bride and still thoroughly enjoying reading a few pages each night before bed. It has been such a balm and helps me avoid social media impulses directly after eating.

One of my new book club picks is The Humans by Matt Haig. I was hoping to get a copy from my local library but they only had his other works. I was immediately drawn to his Notes on a Nervous Planet (for obvious reasons) and borrowed it. The two works compliment each other wonderfully.

Finally, after finding an absolutely delightful middle grade books, I picked up Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I *think* I started this book a year ago and I am excited to get back into the adventure.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished listening to Mockingjay and I still have a lot of unresolved thoughts about Katniss’ Mother. This series was even better the second time and I finally took the opportunity to watch the second part of the Mockingjay movie.

I also finished Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This book left me reeling by the sheer amount of information that I didn’t know but sparked so much joy and curiosity. At a short four hours I learned more than I did in Astronomy 101 in college but the one thing I know for sure is that there is just so much I don’t know. Also, we should all be so lucky to love what we do as much as Tyson does. His devotion to his area of science is inspiring.

Another of my book clubs wanted to read The Polar Explorers Club by Alex Bell. I didn’t want to, honestly. I was being such a baby about the whole thing. Then I cracked into it and I couldn’t put it down! After that I read one middle grade book after the other and I am loving each and every one of them.

In short succession I tore through The Mystery of Black Hallow LaneThe Willoughbys, and Al Capone Does My Shirts. Each and every one of them was excellent! I seriously need to catch up on my reviews…eek.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

If my luck holds, more middle grade books!


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 22, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

One better than last week!

I continue to work through both A History of the World in 100 Objects and Tap slowly but surely and they are each easy to pick up and read for a bit and then put down.

I am listening to Mockingjay as an audiobook and, even though this is a re-read for me, it is the book in the series I remember the least. Anytime I feel bad about being stuck inside this series reminds me how grateful I am that I don’t have to hunt my own food.

I am also re-reading The Princess Bride a little every night in an attempt to unwind. Re-Reads have become a source of comfort for me and have really helped me continue to escape the stress of this world for a bit through books.

I started Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson as an audiobook. It is only four hours long but is packed so tightly with information. Honestly, it is leaving me with more questions than answers but the spark of curiosity is a joyful one.

Finally, I started Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. This is one of the last books for my Magical Readathon. I am only 20 pages into it but I had to tear myself away to write this post!


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I finished The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae a few days ago. I really loved this memoire and it I have become low-key obsessed with Issa Rae. My only complaint is that the audiobook ended abruptly. It didn’t leave me wanting more as much as it made me feel like there was either poor editing or the author ran out of steam for writing.

I also borrowed One of Us is Next from me library (thank GOODNESS for e-loans!) and consumed this book. I loved One of Us is Lying and the author re-created the suspense and excitement all over again. I literally gasped out loud! Twice! I’m only 50 books behind on reviews but I cannot wait to write about this one.

Catching Fire was just as good the second time around. I do wish that there was more Peeta / Katniss action but maybe that is more to do with the lack of romance books in my stack than anything else this week.

I also managed to finish Doll Bones by Holly Black. I love Holly Black but I really didn’t enjoy this book. It was supposed to be a scary middle grade book but the whole thing was more of an adventure story. It was frustrating to read. The kids run away from home with a possessed doll and the whole thing just made me nervous. Interestingly, this book previously belonged to a kid and they had marked page 166 as “the scariest part.” I was so excited for the action to build to this moment but when I got there I realized that the scariest part was one kid confessing another kid’s crush. Not the scare I was expecting but can you imagine the social horror for a 12 year old??


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

themapofsaltandstars

I have to read The Map of Salt and Stars next (or another book that starts with “M”) to finish my Magical Readathon by the end of April.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 15, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

Ummmm…..oops.

Last week I did so well reading and balancing life in general (relatively speaking, of course). Just look at the mess I have made of my reading list!

Tap and A History of the World in 100 Objects are two nonfiction books that I am working through deliberately chapter by chapter everyday (or, in the case of 100 objects, object by object.) So, those are progressing just as I want.

Doll Bones should have been a quick middle grade book. I was sucked immediately into this book but, fairly early in the story the kids take off on a bus in the middle of the night without adults and, I’ll admit, I couldn’t…handle that idea? Maybe? For whatever reason, it upset me more than entertained me and so I did a hard pivot into audiobook land.

The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae has been keeping me company while I clean or work out and I’ve been listening to Catching Fire while I do any hobbies at night. Issa Rae’s book is new to me and I am more than 50% through.  Catching Fire is a re-read.I am trying to limit my television watching and social media and these two audiobooks are easier to turn to than silence. I am really enjoying both of them.

Finally, I have been reading The Princess Bride before bed. I have found re-reading to be a great comfort during this time and I have a beautiful copy that I am finally enjoying.

Seriously though, this is too many books at once! I feel slightly crazy just looking at them all.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

This week’s readings are all brought to you by some of the worst insomnia I have experienced in quite some time! I borrowed both The Bromance Book Club and Twice in a Blue Moon from my online library. The Bromance Book Club was such a great twist on the typical contemporary romance and I could have hung out forever with this group of caring guys.

I didn’t enjoy Twice in a Blue Moon nearly as much as I did The UnHoneymooners. I thought the authors did a wonderful job building the hate to love relationship in UnHoneymooners but failed to convince me that the dude deserved forgiveness for his massive betrayal in Twice. Sam can suck it.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

I really need to crack into Crown of Feathers. It is the book I selected for my Magical Readathon. Also, I have been invited to a virtual bookclub and they are reading The Starless Sea. I haven’t heard enough positive things about this book to purchase a copy so I have decided that I will only read and join if I can get a copy from the library. Is this some semblance of self-control returning? Probably not….


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!

I spent a lot of time last week reading tips about coping with COVID quarantine. One of the tips that really struck me was, when things are not working, PIVOT. Turn away from things that make you frustrated and find something new. I don’t do well without a bunch of projects but I also struggle when life lacks balance (which I doubt anyone has right now!) So, if I started a book and it didn’t capture me I pivoted and put it back. I think we can all agree it is truly hard to put a book down, even one we hate, but this new method has really worked for me. All I had to do was read the first three chapters (an old bit of advice from my Mom) before I put them on my Goodreads. Like magic, I was reading again. Now I just need to be more disciplined about posting…


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

This week I am working through Tap! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and their Stories 1900-1955. I love nonfiction because it is easy to pick up, read a chapter, put it down and repeat that pattern again and again. This book is keeping me company until I can get back to physical tap class.

Doll Bones by Holly Black is a middle grade thriller that has been sitting on my shelf forever. A nice possessed doll book, for whatever reason, feels right today.

I have also started re-reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I have a beautiful illustrated copy that I have never read and it is absolutely wonderful to spend time with this book again.

Finally, I started listening to The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae this morning. It is for a new entirely online bookclub I have joined. I’m only 20 minutes into it but planning to re-organize my closet later while Issa keeps me company.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

See? The pivot worked for me! I finished seven books this week, three of them off my MagicalReadathon TBR. All of them either romances or murderous thrillers. The pendulum of my mood may be swinging wildly but books (thankfully) don’t judge me!

The Flatshare and The Unhoneymooners were both contemporary romances that I had other people recommend to me and I loved them both SO much.

So, You Want to Be Canadian was my short book requirement for my readathon and it just further deepened my crush on Canada.

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon is a book I got from a subscription quite some time ago and put it aside because thrillers are not my favorite. For some reason the thriller and murder books seem to be perfectly matching my heart rate at whole sections of the day and I was surprised by how quickly I tore through this book.

I finished And Then There Were None on my kindle and I was…..so confused. It just ended. Like, who was the mastermind? Thankfully, I was complaining about this to a friend and they pointed out that there is a letter at the end of the book. But it wasn’t in my kindle version! I finally got to read the real ending.

I also finished Emma last night just minutes before my audiobook loan ended. I’m not sure I would have loved it as much as I did if I hadn’t already seen the new movie because it is pretty repetitive. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as Pride and Prejudice but it was still a lovely read.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

ahistoryoftheworldin100objects

Honestly? Who knows! But, I was thinking of working through this book every morning over coffee. If I do just one object a day I will be done by the end of July and, hopefully, the world will look very normal by then.


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: April 1, 2020

It is so easy in the middle of all of this to forget which day of the week it is. Everyday here feels the same. Thankfully, I just realized that it is Wednesday mid-morning. Time for my favorite meme.

WWW Wednesday was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below about how your reading is going this week and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I am nearly 60% of the way through Emma and, while I am really enjoying it, honestly there are whole sections that feel repeated. Thank goodness Mr. Elston’s wife has finally arrived to liven things up!

Tap is my NonFiction pick this week and, I’m afraid, this one hasn’t gotten much attention. Perhaps today I will finally sit down and get farther than the introduction.

Finally, I have been reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie on my kindle. I’m pretty excited for all these terrible people to die already.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

This week I finished To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin which was an enjoyable contemporary romance but nothing that thrilled me completely. I just absolutely hated her Mom and I felt like I didn’t get enough closure on that one.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli gets my March away for the book that made me the maddest. This is not a romantic comedy (as advertised) but instead a book about culture and tradition. I would have loved that except the main character pretends to be Gay to avoid matchmaking and the length and breadth of this subterfuge made me irate.

Finally, I finished A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Her books are well recognized as slow burning and this one did the same. She lays an intricate platform to build onto and I really enjoyed it! I am waiting for the second in the series to arrive from the digital library.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

For once, I know exactly what I will read next because it is April and that means MAGICAL READATHON! I am trying to qualify as a potioneer and my whole post can be found here. Of my stack of books I think I will start with the shortest first because it is on Canada. I was scheduled to travel to Toronto next week and will have to be happy to just read about my country crush.

soyouwantobecanadian


Tell me, please!

What’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 25, 2020

Shelter at home here in Illinois continues. The first few days I really spent far too much time on my phone and computer just checking the news. Finally I set limits on my devices and have found myself reading more and more. I don’t know about the rest of you but it takes a significant amount of self control to keep my mind on my reading. Still, I swore that I would have some progress for this week’s WWW!

My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

I’m cracking into Tap! by Rusty E. Frank. I love reading nonfiction, especially during the daytime, and I am intrigued by this book that showcases “the greatest tap dance stars and their stories from 1900-1955.:

I continue listening to Emma every chance I get. But, I am trying to follow directions and keep my distance from people so my dog is only getting bathroom walks and not the longer ones I usually take her on. Perhaps today I will lay on my yoga mat and listen!

I also downloaded The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli after participating in 5 On My TBR on Monday. The prompt for this week is RomComs on your TBR and I saw this book and decided to start reading it. Thank goodness my library’s online catalog is still active! If you are interested in participating in this new bookish meme the information is here.

Finally, I pulled A Darker Shade of Magic off of my fabulous physical TBR shelf and started reading it. I am about 40% into it and it is getting really good.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Since I shut off my unfettered access to media I have actually finished reading some books! I loved the second Flavia de Luce, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag even more than the first. I never completely know how to review a series with so many books so I am playing with a new format on this one.

Meanwhile, the second Austenland book Midnight at Austenland by Shannon Hale was even better than the first book and those two I have already reviewed here. If you are looking for a perfectly paced romance book these two are ideal!

I also finished Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen. This book combines dark humor, history, science, and the obscure / ridiculous ways people have tried to extend their lives into one fantastic book. The full review will be up Friday but briefly: it was awesome.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George has sat idly on my bookshelf for far too long and the 5 On My TBR has reminded me of its adorable premise.


“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. from Goodreads.


Similarly, The Poison Squad is written by one of my favorite nonfiction author’s, Deborah Blum.

From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change

By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. “Milk” might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and borax, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by “embalmed milk” every year. Citizens–activists, journalists, scientists, and women’s groups–began agitating for change. But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations. Then, in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, “The Poison Squad.”

Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and fascinating Dr. Wiley campaigning indefatigably for food safety and consumer protection. Together with a gallant cast, including the muckraking reporter Upton Sinclair, whose fiction revealed the horrific truth about the Chicago stockyards; Fannie Farmer, then the most famous cookbook author in the country; and Henry J. Heinz, one of the few food producers who actively advocated for pure food, Dr. Wiley changed history. When the landmark 1906 Food and Drug Act was finally passed, it was known across the land, as “Dr. Wiley’s Law.”

Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying “David and Goliath” tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today. from Goodreads.


Tell me, please!

Everyone okay out there? And, what’s on your WWW?


 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: March 18, 2020

Even in the middle of a pandemic, I can count on WWW Wednesday to ground me. Here in Chicago we are practicing social distancing, but judging by the way many in my city are taking this advice we will be quarantined like Italy in no time. St. Patrick’s Day brought out the ridiculous, I swear. I’m thankfully for numerous things at this time but I’m especially grateful for this meme for bringing me back to my blog and for all the participants for making sure I never run out of bookish conversation and books.

My favorite meme was last hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and has found a new home with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. Don’t forget to check all the other participants. It is the #1 way I keep my TBR overflowing!


The Three Ws are:

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


WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

Sooooo, poison and romance. Perfect for these trying times! I am either filled to the brim with love and concern for my friends and family or I am pondering the quickest way to make them quiet down and leave me to read in peace.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley is the second in the Flavia de Luce series and I am consuming it like a bag of my favorite chips. Flavia has lost none of her appeal and the mystery has been keeping me company at night on my faithful Ken (my kindle).

My audiobook this week is still Emma. Like most people, I have lost the commute time that I usually dedicate to audiobooks and there is only so much vacuuming a person can do. I need to find another time to make it “audiobook” time.

I am more than half way through Quackery and this book is awesome. I love the dark humor and the historical look at medicines attempts to keep us alive. Bonus: I have learned the basis for the both sayings, “Blow smoke up my ass” and “like a hole in my head.”

Finally, I started the second Austenland book, Midnight at Austenland by Shannon Hale. The first one was made into a movie and I am absolutely adoring this second book. She said on twitter that she has two more outlined and I can only hope that her children allow her the time and energy to write them during this crisis.


WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH?

Nothing! I feel like I have been in stasis since last Wednesday. If I hadn’t already scheduled a post for Cary Grant: A Class Apart nothing new would be on the blog at all.


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?

When the COVID virus started to look truly serious I did what any sane person would do – I ordered a few extra books. Never mind that I already have FOUR shelves of unread books, I needed a few more to stockpile! I don’t know what my fascination with poison is but here is a peak at my immediate TBR shelf.

So, I have Poison, Tap Dancing, and Picard. I think it is pretty clear that I am not struggling with my social distancing.


Tell me, please!

Everyone okay out there? (And what’s on your WWW?)