WWW Wednesday December 16

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to take a look at what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I’m planning on reading.

The Three Ws are:

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

Not much progress this week because of work, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race. I admit, I’m not used to not reading that much. I looked at my Goodreads stats over the years since I started using the site in 2010, and I’ve always read at least 100 books. I’ve far surpassed that this year thanks to quarantine, but this end-of-year lack of reading and listening is hard on me. And I don’t have much time to visit my fellow bloggers who also contribute to WWW Wednesday, and that bums me out. In a few weeks, things will go back to normal, and I’ll be grateful I could earn some more money and get to know my co-workers better, and I can concentrate on the blog a little more.

What are you currently reading?

No Time Like the Future audiobook by Michael J. Fox (Amazon) (AbeBooks). Man, did I love Family Ties. I was the same age as Michael J. Fox’s TV sister, Jennifer, when the show was on. And then the Back to the Future trilogy happened. And years later, I thoroughly enjoyed Spin City and was saddened when Fox temporarily retired because of Parkinson’s disease. Luckily, he’s been able to continue his work as a character actor and advocate for research on the disease which struck him when he was so young.

“In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.”

I’m also on volume eighteen of the Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion, both the Original Text (Amazon) (AbeBooks) and Revised Text (Amazon) (AbeBooks). One of the books has exploding oranges, so it’s been a lot of fun reading it!

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy (Amazon) (AbeBooks). I listened to the audiobook and it took me a while, but I’m glad I finished it. I’ll have more thoughts about the notorious senator from Wisconsin after the holidays. I don’t want to drag down anyone’s celebratory mood discussing McCarthyism and the effect on the American psyche.

Demagogue is a masterful portrait of a human being capable of immense evil, yet beguiling charm. McCarthy was a tireless worker and a genuine war hero. His ambitions knew few limits. Neither did his socializing, his drinking, nor his gambling. When he finally made it to the Senate, he flailed around in search of an agenda and angered many with his sharp elbows and lack of integrity. Finally, after three years, he hit upon anti-communism. By recklessly charging treason against everyone from George Marshall to much of the State Department, he became the most influential and controversial man in America. His chaotic, meteoric rise is a gripping and terrifying object lesson for us all. Yet his equally sudden fall from fame offers reason for hope that, given the rope, most American demagogues eventually hang themselves.”

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations? Drop your list in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I just finished The Lightning Thief, currently reading The Outsiders, next will be reading Greenlights by M McConaughey. That MJ Fox book is on my TBR list!

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