WWW Wednesday March 3

Temps in the 40’s for the rest of the week and early next week, in the 50’s. I tell ya, this has been one mild winter with the exception of that ten-day arctic blast a few weeks ago. But we’ve still got two more months of winter weather ahead of us and I saw the meteorologist say we average about 15 inches of snow between now and the end of April. Phooey. But for now, I enjoy seeing all that grass and very little snow!

It’s also WWW Wednesday.

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?

An ARC from NetGalley, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense. I adore Hitchcock. If I had to pick my top ten movies, probably five of them would be Hitchcock movies.

“In The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock, Edward White explores the Hitchcock phenomenon—what defines it, how it was invented, what it reveals about the man at its core, and how its legacy continues to shape our cultural world.

The book’s twelve chapters illuminate different aspects of Hitchcock’s life and work: “The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up”; “The Murderer”; “The Auteur”; “The Womanizer”; “The Fat Man”; “The Dandy”; “The Family Man”; “The Voyeur”; “The Entertainer”; “The Pioneer”; “The Londoner”; “The Man of God.” Each of these angles reveals something fundamental about the man he was and the mythological creature he has become, presenting not just the life Hitchcock lived but also the various versions of himself that he projected, and those projected on his behalf.”

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. I didn’t know how hyped this book was until I tried to get on the hold list through our local library system. Two weeks after it’s release, I was number 266 with 17 copies in circulation, which means at least a six month wait. Then I earned a $25 gift card for Amazon from Swagbucks, a site I’ve been using since 2010 (seriously, $33,000 earned in ten years, redeemed for PayPal or Amazon), and had a $6 book credit, so I just bought the darn ebook to see why everyone is talking about this book.

“Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. 

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli – like so many of her neighbors – must make an agonizing choice: Fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. “

On audio, I’m listening to The Last Moriarty (A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery). The audiobook was on sale last week so I bought it because it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a Sherlock pastiche and there are 25 books or short stories in this series, so I thought I’d try it out.

Murder. Intrigue. And a long-buried secret that will change everything. . . 
London, 1895. A beautiful American actress visits 221B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life. 

Holmes feels compelled to help the young woman, but he’s been asked to solve an urgent case with international implications. A close associate of John. D. Rockefeller has been murdered, and Holmes suspects the violent act is an attempt to derail the upcoming British-American summit. Clues to the murder point directly to Professor Moriarty, proving that while Holmes’s old archenemy may be dead, his criminal enterprise is alive and well. To prevent an international disaster, Holmes must figure out who is pulling the strings now, and why. As he races to find the true culprit, another woman walks into his life–someone from his past, who presents him with a mystery that will force him to look deep within for answers.
Can Holmes protect the young actress, solve the riddle from his own past, and prevent chaos on both sides of the Atlantic?”

What did you recently finish reading?

Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck

#NetGalley #TheKennedysintheWorld: How Jack, Bobby, and Ted Remade America’s Empire by Lawrence J. Haas

The Mystery of the Tolling Bell (Nancy Drew Mysteries #23) by Carolyn Keene

The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper (review tomorrow)

Nancy Drew Diaries #14, Riverboat Roulette (review on Friday),

The House of Kennedy by James Patterson (review on Monday)

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier (review on Tuesday)

What do you think you’ll read next?

One of these days I’ll get around to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Amazon) now that I own the ebook. I’m also also still planning on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (Amazon) (AbeBooks), hopefully soon, and watch the DVD and compare. And of course, Nancy Drew Mysteries #24, The Clue in the Old Album.

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

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  1. Ahaha, the Spring of Deception is good! I’ve been hesitant to think it’s over but it sure feels like it. I’m a Swagbucks user too but I haven’t made that much on the site yet – that’s incredible!


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