WWW Wednesday January 20

It’s Inauguration Day! As a lover of presidential history, I’m so excited for today. Every four or eight years, we see the peaceful transition of power in our country. I’ve been lucky to have been able to see every President inaugurated since I started voting in 1992. And this year my kids will get to see the swearing in live, too. Yay for a democratic republic!

It’s also WWW Wednesday, so let’s get to it:

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

Being a fan of presidential and first lady history, I thought I’d finally read Becoming by Michelle Obama (Amazon) (AbeBooks). After reading President Obama’s first installment of his memoirs (review can be found here) as soon as it came out, I was curious to hear Michelle’s side of the story. I had gotten a Kindle and  Audible.com’s  deal on the book some time ago, and since one of my resolutions was to read books I already had, this fit the bill (Read more about my resolutions here).

“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.”

I’m also reading a really good ARC from NetGalley that I’ve had for a while called The Last Tiara by M.J. Rose (Amazon). So far, I’m finding that it’s can’t-put-it-down good.

“Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother’s secrets have died with her. But while renovating the apartment they shared, Isobelle discovers something among her mother’s effects—a stunning silver tiara, stripped of its jewels.

Isobelle’s research into the tiara’s provenance draws her closer to her mother’s past—including the story of what became of her father back in Russia, a man she has never known. The facts elude her until she meets a young jeweler, who wants to help her but is conflicted by his loyalty to the Midas Society, a covert international organization whose mission is to return lost and stolen antiques, jewels, and artwork to their original owners.

Told in alternating points of view, the stories of the two young women unfurl as each struggles to find their way during two separate wars. In 1915, young Sofiya Petrovitch, favorite of the royal household and best friend of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, tends to wounded soldiers in a makeshift hospital within the grounds of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and finds the love of her life. In 1948 New York, Isobelle Moon works to break through the rampant sexism of the age as one of very few women working in a male-dominated profession and discovers far more about love and family than she ever hoped for.”

What did you recently finish reading?

Books I’ve finished with Reviews:

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox

#NetGalley ARC Review: #TheCrowninCrisis: Countdown to the Abdication by Alexander Larman

The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #20)

Spellbreaker by Charles M. Holmberg

I also finished the audiobook of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie (Amazon) (AbeBooks), the latest historical fiction by Marie Benedict, an author I discovered last year and enjoyed. This is the second historical fiction book I’ve listened to about Agatha Christie’s mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.

With many reviews comparing it to a Christie “locked room” mystery, I finally got around to listening to The Guest List by Lucy Foley (Amazon) (AbeBooks), which was a Reese’s Book Club selection last year. Reviews to come in the next few weeks.

I also finished volume 11 of The Nancy Drew Diaries, The Red Slippers (Amazon) (AbeBooks) and will have that review on Friday.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Secret in the Old Attic (Nancy Drew Mysteries #21) Original Text (Amazon) (AbeBooks) and Revised Text (Amazon) (AbeBooks)

I’m not sure about anything else. I have a load of library books and Kindle books and can’t decide.

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

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