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WWW Wednesday logoIt’s WWW Wednesday again: and, hip hip hooray, I finally finished The Book Thief, which has been on my currently reading pile for weeks.

And I also managed to knock a couple of other books off my TBR pile.

A good reading week.

So here’s my WWW Wednesday.

What’s WWW Wednesday? It’s a fun way to share what you’ve been reading and which books on your TBR pile you hope to tackle next.

It’s currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Books and it’s easy to join in.

Simply answer the three questions below, post on your blog and then click here on the link to Taking on a World of Books and leave a comment and a link to your blog post for others to see.

Don’t have a blog? Just leave a comment with your responses.

And the questions are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s what my reading looks like:

Currently reading:

A butterfly stoneThe  Butterfly Stone: The Stones of Power by Laurie Bell and A Shine that Defies the Dark by Jodie Gallegos

I’d hoped to make some progress with both of these but have had to prioritise other things first.

However, I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far of A Butterfly Stone, a YA sci-fi fantasy, with undertones of Harry Potter but with a Down Under twist.

Recently finished:

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak:

Loved it. And I hear Zusak has a new book, his first in ten years, coming out soon. Can’t wait.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

It’s many years since I first read this modern classic: and this is a much easier and shorter read than I remembered.

And better than I expected too. Read my review here.

In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

Beautifully written, as you’d expect, from a novelist of Dunant’s experience and calibre.

In the name of the familyBut you really need to be a fan of this sort of historical fiction to appreciate this one.

And I’m not.

Fictional stories about fictional people set against an historical backdrop are fine but fiction about real people and real events doesn’t appeal.

Perhaps because, as a journalist, I was taught not to put words into people’s mouths – something which, inevitably, the writer of historical fiction can’t avoid.

However, In the Name of the Family is impeccably researched and the period is vividly evoked although I didn’t feel it had anything new to say about the Borgias.

Reading next:

The History of BeesThe History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Now this is the sort of historical fiction that gets my vote.

What the blurb says:

This dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees – and to their children and one another – against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1851. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honour and fame.

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared.

When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident—and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition—she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

Available to buy on Amazon.

What are you reading?