WWW Wednesday

I’m late, but it’s still Wednesday in the Americas.

What are you currently reading:

Sour Sweet by Jenny Zhang

This is for review. I love the stories but they are very hard to read, for a variety of reasons. Stay tuned for the review.

Northern Girls: Life Goes On by Sheng Keyi

I started reading this because the heroine is a Chinese girl with big breasts and there’s a description in the first page about how her ‘assets’ make people feel uncomfortable. Being bosomy myself (and Chinese) I could relate. I’ve continued reading because the book offers a view of Chinese society that is quite new to me. Will try to write a review when I’m done.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, which I loved (you can read my review here) and Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto, which I also loved. I want to read more by this author, but there aren’t many English translations. I’m hoping to write a review of Imanishi, but, in the meantime, you can read my review of another of his murder mysteries (A Quiet Place) here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Good question as I have a long list of books (old and new) I want to read. Possible candidates:

Under a Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

I’ve read good and bad reviews of this book, and both make me super curious about it. The idea of a Christian missionary spreading the ‘good news’ to the fae is intriguing and I am looking forward to the theological debates that one reviewer complained about. In any case, I think Pendulum Sun will definitely be unlike anything else I’ve read.

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

I’ve read iMalice by the same author and didn’t quite get it, but I am keen to give Higashino another try, especially as I think I’ve now got the hang of the slow, meditative pace of Japanese crime novels (thanks to the two by Seicho Matsumoto that I read recently).

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I received a review copy from the distributor but I have not spoken to my editor about reviewing it. Heard Ng on the BBC yesterday and the discussion about the book didn’t really excite me. I didn’t like her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, found it somewhat flat and colourless. Well this one is about race, class and privilege, which are subjects I am interested in so I will give Little Fires Everywhere a chance.

I am excited that Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor is out, but I want to re-read Akata Witch first.

I also want to re-read Pamela Dean’s Secret Country trilogy.

(Book I want to read most at this moment: Under a Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng)

I’m curious to see how much the book titles in my WWW Wednesday post will have changed next week.


A ‘Mix-Tape’ for Marisa

A mix-tape for Marisa ❤

The Garden of Jane Delawney by Trees


Have you Heard the News Today by Cosmic Rough Riders


These Days by Nico


Northen Sky by Nick Drake


Autopsy by Fairport Convention


White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes


Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone


She’s Got Medals by David Bowie


Hounds of Love by Kate Bush


Next Life by Suede

I’ve been losing so long


I’ve been out walking
I don’t do too much talking these days
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had
A chance to
I’ve stopped my rambling
I don’t do too much gambling these days
These days
These days I seem to think about
How all these changes came about my ways
And I wonder if I’d see another
I had a lover
I don’t think I’d risk another these days
These days
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It’s just that I’ve been losing
So long
La, la, la …
I stopped my dreaming
I won’t do too much scheming these days
These days
These days I sit on cornerstones
And count the time in quarter tones to 10
Please don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them
La, la …
Performed by Nico
Written by Jackson Browne

Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

A slightly shorter version of this review was published in The Star on 1st November, 2017.

la_belle_sauvage_cover.jpgTHE BOOK OF DUST, VOL ONE: LA BELLE SAUVAGE

Author: Philip Pullman

Publisher: David Fickling Books, 546 pages

ISBN: 978-0857561084

HIS Dark Materials (HDM) Trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time and so, I was quite nervous about reading Philip Pullman’s latest novel, set in the same world introduced in those books, the first of which, Northern Lights (also known by its US title The Golden Compass) was published 22 years ago.

This new story tells of events that occur ten years before what happens in Northern Lights, serving as an introduction to what we already know. Indeed, part of the worry was if this backstory was worth knowing. If so significant, then why hadn’t not knowing made a difference to how much I enjoyed HDM?Read More »

Remembrance of Things Past

I have a new post up on my blog about my family. Feedback would be most welcome. Thanks.