WWW Wednesday September 30

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words. This week’s theme is royal-related for sure!

The Three Ws are:

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

1. What I’m currently reading:

I’m finally getting around to reading the YA book American Royals II: Majesty after I was able to get the first book in the series, American Royals. I wasn’t sure if I needed to read the first book in order to appreciate the second, but I took no chances. I enjoyed the first book enough to continue on to the second.

And speaking of Royals, I’m listening to the audio books of The Royal We and The Heir Affair. The Royal We is so satirically funny and well written, I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to get to the newest release, The Heir Affair, which just came out in July 2020.

2. What did I just finish?

No surprise, another royal book, this time non-fiction. Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown was a very interesting read. Lady Anne Glenconner was Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret for 30 years, but has known the royal family since her childhood days in Scotland.

I also finished book 14 in the Nancy Drew Mystery Series, The Whispering Statue. The Orignal Text from the 1930s is completely different from the Revised Text of 1970.

I also finished an ARC Christmas book, The Winter We Met, which is released to the public on October 8, 2020. It’s very British, which sort of fits this week’s unintended theme, and a light romance, and very enjoyable. Find my review here.

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m completely switching gears for my next reads. No more fluffy royal books or YA or children’s classics.

Little Lindy Is Kidnapped: How the Media Covered the Crime of the Century. This is an ARC from NetGalley that I’m finally getting around to. Many moons ago I checked out every book on the Lindbergh kidnapping from the library. Each book had a different theory on what happened, and I never came to any strong conclusions about the Crime of the Century one way or another. But one thing’s for sure: the kidnapping and investigation and subsequent trial were a media circus. We’re sort of used that sort of thing nowadays, but back in 1932 when the kidnapping happened, it was cray-cray.

The other book I’m going to tackle is Lake Wobegon Virus audio book by Garrison Keillor. I grew up listening to Lake Wobegon stories on public radio, and reading all of Garrison Keillor’s books. I naturally bought the audiobook as well as the physical book because I love the melodious tones of Keillor’s voice. I’m happy to dive in to a world where all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children above-average.

“A mysterious virus has infiltrated the good people of Lake Wobegon, transmitted via unpasteurized cheese made by a Norwegian bachelor farmer, the effect of which is episodic loss of social inhibition. Mayor Alice, Father Wilmer, Pastor Liz, the Bunsens and Krebsbachs, formerly taciturn elders, burst into political rants, inappropriate confessions, and rhapsodic proclamations, while their teenagers watch in amazement. Meanwhile, a wealthy outsider is buying up farmland for a Keep America Truckin’ motorway and amusement park, estimated to draw 2.2 million visitors a year. Clint Bunsen and Elena the hometown epidemiologist to the rescue, with a Fourth of July Living Flag and sweet corn feast for a finale.”

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    • While I never got to see APHC in person any of the times I visited my brother in the Twin Cities, I did see Garrison Keillor twice here in town for charity events and it was so cool seeing the man I’d been listening to since fourth or fifth grade. I still have my original copies of the original Lake Wobegon Days books, where I wrote my name on the inside with glitter nail polish (horrors!).

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  1. Little Lindy is Kindnapped sounds so good! I don’t know much about the Lindbergh kidnapping, but it sounds intriguing. I do know that the kidnapping in Murder on the Orient Express is loosely (actually more like identical) to the real Lindbergh kidnapping, so it was interesting enough for Agatha Christie at the time. Very interesting. Happy reading 🙂

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    • It has definitely been fun re-reading the ones I grew up on, as well as discovering the original text versions from the 1930’s, as well as reading the modern Nancy Drew novels to see how she’s changed with the times; she’s lasted 90 years, after all. I sometimes read heavier books, so picking up something lighter like a children’s series book is a nice break!

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    • No, it really wasn’t, it just turned out that way based on books I had heard about/requested from the library. All the “royal” books just came in at the same time. And my book review for later today is The Royal Governess, so really a royal day!


    • There’s a book called Cemetery John that was fairly even-sided. Most of the books I’ve read, though, seemed to have already made up their minds on the man who was convicted of the kidnapping and murder and cherry-pick facts and make sweeping accusations without substantial proof in order to make their case. And there’s always the Lindbergh biography by A. Scott Berg that’s pretty good, but that’s about his whole life, not just the kidnapping.

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  2. Little Lindy sounds interesting – I’m curious to know how the media portrayed the crime and how different stories spread in that time. It’s been a while since I’ve read true crime as well so I’m definitely missing it. Happy reading!

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  3. I’ve had American Royals on my TBR forever and can’t seem to read it! Next time it’s on sale for $2.99, I’m doing it!! Enjoy all your royal reads. 🙂

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    • I realized it when I was about 14 and bought an old copy of The Whispering Statue at an antique store, forgetting that
      I already had the novel at home. But when I compared them, they were completely different. It turns out the first 34 titles were either revised or completely rewritten. This is my first time reading through the Original Texts (OTs).

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