Welcome to my last WWW Wednesday of the year. Can’t believe 2022 is over – what a reading year it’s been! So, this WWW post is a weekly (but I tend to do it monthly) challenge, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
If you’re curious about what other people are reading right now too, join in! All you have to do is answer the three bookish questions below and put your blog link on Sam’s weekly post in the comments.
/ WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell is set around a very tantalising historical character – Lucrezia de’Medici of Renaissance Italy. Aged 15 she married and was dead a year later. It is thought she was murdered by her husband and that’s what this novel explores. I’m at the scene setting stage right now but fully engrossed – can’t wait to get cracking on it.
/ WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY READ?
Hex by Jenni Fagan is a high-impact feminist read that calls out the atrocities of witch trials, specifically the North Berwick trials in Scotland, 1591. It so happens that like The Marriage Portrait, it’s inspired by another real-life 15-year-old – Geillis Duncan. Poetic in the way its written, this is a wonderful read that I still think about.
/ WHAT WILL YOU READ NEXT?
Wild Geese by Soula Emmanuel is being released in 2023 and sounds great:
‘Over-educated and underpaid, Phoebe Forde is finally settling into her new life in Copenhagen with her anxious dog Dolly. Almost three years into her gender transition, she has learned to move through the world carefully, savouring small moments of joy. A woman without a past can be anyone she wants – that is, until an unexpected visit from her first (and only) girlfriend brings her face-to-face with a life she thought she would never see again.
In the course of a single weekend, as their old romance kindles something radical and new, Grace helps Phoebe to navigate the jagged edges of migration and alienation.’
I’d love to know what you’re reading this week or plan on reading soon – let me know below!