WWW Wednesday June 20

Thank you so much to everyone for how kind you were about the Bookshelf scavenger hunt! I’m so grateful that so many of you took the time to read it, and hopefully, it made you want to read some of the books!

On the topic of books, though; Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!


WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On A World Of Words , and anyone can join. All you need to do is answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading
Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor

I can’t tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this book! Just the concept of a dream choosing its dreamer seems so fascinating to me, and it’s something I feel like I need to learn more about. I also read The daughter of Smoke and Bone years ago, and really like Taylor’s writing style. Only a 130 pages in or so but already hooked!

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundand Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

I just finished
Søster by Gro Dahle

About a hundred pages of Norwegian poetry about really wanting a sister. Dedicated to the bond between sisters; related sisters, book sisters, brothers who are sisters, or sisters who aren’t sisters at all. A rollercoaster of a book that I went from really enjoying to properly disliking as it turned angrier in the middle, to being in complete awe of the beautiful simplicity Dahle masterfully handles towards the end.

En som vet om meg
som bare en søster vet om meg.
En som er i rommet
slik bare en søster kan være i rommet.
Et søsterhode.
En søsterrygg.
En søstervegg
å lene meg mot.

Someone who knows me
like only a sister knows me.
Someone who’s in the room
like only a sister can be in the room.
A sister head
A sister back
A sister wall
to lean against.

Next book on the list
On Love by Charles Bukowski

More poetry! So many people say that Bukowski is a must-read if you like poetry, which (clearly) I do. I’ve never read any of his work before, and I’m excited to see what it is about his voice that draws so many people to his poetry. This book is also another one of those I bought at an airport somewhere once and said “I’ll need something to read on the plane” while at the same time lugging along 4 books in my backpack. I like to be prepared.

In Our Love, we see Charles Bukowski reckoning with the complications of love and desire. Alternating between the tough and the tender, the romantic and the gritty. Bukowski exposes the myriad of faces of love in the poems collected here – its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance and redemptive power

So that was another week gone, and another WWW Wednesday done.
Last week I got to read so many people’s WWW posts and it felt almost like a little community. I loved it! So please please please, if you’ve done a WWW either now or in the past, drop me a link in the comments and I’d love to read it!

As always, have a nice day x

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16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday June 20

  1. Ceri

    Ooh will be interesting to see what you think of Charles Bukowski. People love his work so much but as a person he was no bueno 😛 Søster sounds really interesting (as someone with no sister but always wanted one). I wonder if there’s any English translated editions.

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    1. Andrea Wold Johansen

      Oh, I didn’t know that! Will keep the no bueno-ness in mind while reading, thanks for letting me know!
      And yeah, I wonder how the søster book reads to different people, I’ve got a sister and it would be interesting to see how that colours the poems in a different way than if you’re an only child, if that makes sense? And I don’t think there’s an English translation yet, but hopefully soon!
      Thanks for reading! x


  2. Alexia Cambaling

    I’ve never read any of Laini Taylor’s works but I’m really starting to want to! Strange the Dreamer looks really great and I’ve seen a lot of people recommending it. Now I kind of want to pick it up myself.

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    1. Andrea Wold Johansen

      So glad to hear you’d like to read more poetry! I’d definitely recommend to both read and listen to Sarah Kay’s poetry. Her poems perfectly capture the extraordinary in the ordinary, the small pieces of wonder of everyday life. I didn’t really read poetry at all up until a few years ago, but then I got my hands on her collection “No matter the wreckage” and was hooked from the first poem. Ocean Vuong’s “Night sky with exit wounds” is also really good, but quite heavy, so depends what you’re in the mood for 🙂
      Sorry, this got a bit long, haha, but good luck with finding some poetry you really like!
      And thanks so much for reading x

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    1. Andrea Wold Johansen

      Oh, I’ll let you know how it goes, then! Am excited to get started on it to see what all the “hype” is about 🙂
      And yeah, it’s everywhere right now! Pretty newly published, I think, so I guess that’s why. Really good so far, though!
      And thank you for reading and for sharing your post! x


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