WWW Wednesday: August 16, 2023

The last time I did a WWW Wednesday was…*checks blog* …in early January. Why? Because I’m lazy and tend to avoid creating posts with lots of book covers. However, I have a little bit of time on my hands, so I decided to come back to this meme.

For those unaware of this meme, WWW Wednesday was revived and hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is to answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses.

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading

He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-ChanA Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman by Lindy Elkins-Tanton

I’m currently reading quite a lot of books. But the ones I’m most actively reading are HE WHO DROWNED THE WORLD by Shelley Parker-Chan and A PORTRAIT OF THE SCIENTIST AS A YOUNG WOMAN by Lindy Elkins-Tanton. The former is an ARC and I’m about 30% into it. I’m trying to finish and review it before it comes out in 6 days, but I might be a little late.

The second book is a memoir about how this author became the Principal Investigator of NASA’s $800 million Psyche mission. I’m more than halfway through with it and while it’s a good read for women in the earth sciences, I find that it lacks connection. The author talks about some less-than-great events in her life without getting too deep into them. So I’m not finding this book as poignant or upfront as other memoirs.

Recently Finished

Project Hail Mary by Andy WeirThe Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

I recently finished reading PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir. It’s the only book by Weir I’ve read and the first purely science fiction book I’ve read in quite some time. Overall I found it enjoyable. I thought it would take me a while to read, but I noticed after each reading I covered more pages than I expected. It has a lot of math, which I glossed over because I don’t know most of it, or forgot what I did know. But it seemed more or less feasible. Some people described it as funny, but I didn’t really think it was? There were sarcastic moments, sure, but it’s not what I focused on. I liked it, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat. I am still curious about THE MARTIAN, though.

I also finished listening to THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. It’s a nonfiction account of interviews with undocumented Americans. It’s an important read, but I think I would’ve gotten more out of if I’d listened to it more consecutively rather than putting it down for days at a time.

Reading Next

The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma

Next I’ll read my ARC of THE PHOENIX KING by Aparna Verma. It’s been a while since I read an Orbit book, mainly because a lot of upcoming books are series. So I’m trying to only choose series books that really interest me so that I don’t overcommit. For those interested: “From a stunning new voice in science fantasy comes an action-packed debut of fire magic and ancient prophecy, in which the fate of a futuristic desert kingdom rests in the hands of a princess desperate for power and an assassin with a dark secret.”

8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: August 16, 2023

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s a bit pickier with what to pick from Orbit! I feel a little bad about it, but I also want to leave time for mood reading.

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed Project Hail Mary. Most of the sciency stuff goes straight over my head, but I like that you can enjoy the story without having to understand it. I read The Phoenix King back when it was self published and loved it, so I hope you end up enjoying it 😀

    1. Yea, you can definitely still easily follow what’s going on in PROJECT HAIL MARY without having to fixate too much on the math and science. It’s not dry reading at all. I tend to prefer watching rather than reading sci-fi because I don’t as easily visualize sci-fi things relative to fantasy.

  2. I’ve got to read He who drowned the world and I’m hoping to get to it before publication date too. It might be a bit late though ? The Phoenix King does sound good.

    1. At this point I’m definitely going to be late reviewing it…it’s a lot more intense than the first book, so I’m really trying to absorb it on this first read. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Nice bunch of books you’ve got lined up! I’ve got Project Hail Mary on my TBR – it seems like everyone was going bananas for it last year. I’m currently reading The Phoenix King, Gods of the Wyrdwood, and Death, and I’m rereading She Who Became the Sun to prepare for starting He Who Drowned the World!

    1. Thanks! This WWW Wednesday had lots of different things going on between sci-fi, nonfiction, fantasy, and a memoir, ha. You also have some good reads going on at the moment!

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