#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 August, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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  • What are you currently reading?

amibalckenoughcoverI have started Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss, and so far I really like the writing style. I think it will be a bit of a challenging book for me as a white person, but that’s why I picked it up.

On audio, I’m listening to Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. This has really good reviews so I have high hopes, but I’m  not very far in yet.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

paperdaisiescoverFinally reached the end of the audio of Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly. I actually did like the story itself, but the book could have been about half the length. Maybe two thirds. Definitely not as long as it was.

After that, I listened to Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant. It was another one of those books where it was absolutely fine but nothing special.

ashalawolfcoverThe only print book I finished this week was The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullin. This is one of those books where it’s really hard to explain my feelings, because on one hand, it avoids some really tired YA tropes and I really wanted to love it for that, but it also just wasn’t that exciting?

Reviews of Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page and Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French went up this week.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

All I know is I’m not allowed to get anything else out from the library! I have two books on my Netgalley shelf, along with all my other unread ebooks, and I received two shiny new paperbacks for my birthday, again on top of all the ones I already had. I’ll think of something, though!

And now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one. In this scene, Frederick has gone searching for Grace, who ended their affair by disappearing from his house without a trace. He has finallytracked down her family home. Eight lines for the eighth month.

“Er, Mrs Kent?” he asked.

“Who’s asking?”

“My name is Frederick Merrow, and I believe your daughter was in my employ for a time. Your daughter, Grace?”

Mrs Kent’s eyes narrowed. “You’re the one who was teaching her the magic, then, are you?”

Frederick couldn’t believe Grace would have been so open about her abilities, but he nodded. “Yes. That was me.”

Mrs Kent took a step back from the door, and held a hand up to keep Frederick at a distance. “I don’t want you coming any closer.”

“Please,” he said, “I just want to see Grace. I don’t even need to come into your house at all, just send her down, please?”

“Grace is dead.”

Ouch.

Given that I had today off work, this post is ridiculously late, so I shall go now and try to visit some of your blogs before bed. Apologies for being so awful with doing the rounds last week. It’s been a busy time and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. I hope to do better this week!

~ Emily


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39 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 August, 2016

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    My last library reservation came in yesterday and I’m now also under a library borrowing ban until after the holidays! 🙂
    I’m also on a NetGalley request ban… not sure how long either of these bans will last!
    Your review for Melody Bittersweet was really helpful. I think that’s probably how I’d feel about the book too. I love the sound of it though so I’m keeping it on my TBR for a future date when I need a light read.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW earlier (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/www-wednesday-3rd-august-2016/) and happy reading!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I actually haven’t found too much on NetGalley that really appeals to me lately (well, actually, there have been quite a few, but I’ve been out of the preferred region for all of them), so that has been rather helpful!

      Glad my review was useful! I definitely enjoyed it enough that I would say keep it on your TBR. It’s probably a good one to pick up after a slew of heavier reads.

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  2. Diana says:

    What time was it over there when you posted this? It is 1:00pm on Wednesday here right now, I am on my lunch break at work. I read your last paragraph and it made think of time zones especially because you mentioned bedtime:-)

    Am I Black enough for you sounds like a thought-provoking kind of read. I would like to read that.I also like the sound of the Asha Wolf one. Enjoy your books for this week. Happy reading.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      It was about 8:30pm when I posted, and it’s now 9:40pm. Being so close to this side of the Date Line is pretty frustrating for blogging, as it means most people visit my blog/post their own stuff over my nighttime.

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  3. alilovesbooks says:

    I wish I only had two books on my NetGalley shelf. I think I’m at 28 at the moment. I tried to stop requesting but they’re evil and keep sending me emails about all of the shiny new stories available 🙂

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I can’t imagine having that many! I get stressed out when I have more than five books from the library all at once, and that’s after reminding myself that I can renew some if I need to. With NetGalley, though, I’m rather pedantic about keeping my ratio above 80%, so I’ve rarely got more than two or three at once. There are more that I probably would request but am outside fo their preferred region, being neither in the US or the UK, so that helps somewhat. 😉

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      • alilovesbooks says:

        I don’t think my ratio has ever been above 80% 🙂 The majority on my shelf have actually been archived as it’s taken me so long to get to them. I’m trying to be stricter but it’s not happening.

        I just can’t resist looking whenever I go on to post a review and keep picking up more books from the library too.

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  4. cleopatralovesbooks says:

    I have really tried with audio books this year but I do prefer print books. It is a shame when books are noticeably padded out – hope you find plenty in your stash to keep you going during your library ban.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I still do, too. I am pretty picky about audio books because the wrong narrator can really ruin the experience. I have on a couple of occasions returned the audio book and continued with the print book.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      It is! Anita Heiss was one of a few Aboriginal Australian women who sued a journalist for breaching the Racial Discrimination Act when he accused them of choosing to identify as Aboriginal because “it’s so hip” to be black. I’m still only in the third chapter, but I really like the way she talks about her family and how it formed her identity growing up.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      She isn’t, I promise, though neither is she in the house, as her mother didn’t want to have anything to do with someone practicing magic. Mrs Kent would certainly like Frederick to think Grace is dead so he gives up the hunt, though.

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  5. patgarcia says:

    Oh, I forgot to say, concerning Am I Black Enough For You? That’s okay when you feel challenged. We, people of color, feel challenged all the time when we read books that don’t include us or mention us in a negative way. This is not a gripe. Just saying what is on my heart.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Oh, absolutely. I recognise that, which is why I’m trying to read more books by women of colour for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. It’s unfortunate that I wouldn’t have heard of some of our indigenous authors without joining this challenge. :\

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  6. Eden says:

    Dead? Dead how? Like Undead-dead? Or Dead to Us dead or….

    Reading for fun…. I need to get back into doing that. Seems all I’ve done is read for research and assigned work lately. Very draining…

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Dead to Us is probably the closest option, though also with a side of “If you think she’s dead, you’ll go away, right?”

      Ugh, I know that feeling! Hope you get to pick up something enjoyable soon.

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  7. shanjeniah says:

    I don’t think Federick’s going to buy this line. Or go away.

    I, however, am intrigued by your current read. What a horrible thing for the journalist to have said. I would imagine an Aboriginal person might choose to identify that we because that’s a huge factor in who they are! What other reason is needed? Besides, we white folk certainly got to be the “hip” ones for a very long time. We begrudge a group that has already has so very much stolen away from them?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      The journalist (and I use the term loosely) in question is a vile piece of work. When it comes to completely failing to understand the experiences of anyone who isn’t a straight white man, I’d easily put him on the same level as that guy recently trying to tell Michelle Obama that the slaves that built the White House were well-treated. But it’s a testament to the power of the straight white man that despite being found in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act, he still has both a column in a national newspaper and his own TV show. :\

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