WWWWednesday April 28: Happy Birthday, Nancy Drew!

It’s Wednesday, April 28th, which is known in my world as Nancy Drew’s birthday! The first Nancy Drew books were released in 1930, which means Nancy has survived and thrived for 91 years! Funny, she doesn’t look a day over 18. 🙂

It’s also WWW Wednesday, where I answer the questions, What am I reading, What have I read, What do I plan on reading? Let’s get started!

What am I reading?

I would be remiss if I weren’t reading a Nancy Drew book, but luckily, I am. I’m up to volume 28, The Clue of the Black Keys (Amazon) which involves an ancient treasure and a missing professor.

“Terry Scott, a young archaeology professor, seeks Nancy’s help in unearthing a secret of antiquity which can only be unlocked by three black keys. While on an archaeological expedition in Mexico, Terry and Dr. Joshua Pitt came across a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the professor had time to translate the cipher, the tablet disappeared – along with Dr. Pitt! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of the Tinos, a Mexican couple posing as scientists who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy and her friends follow a tangled trail of clues that lead to the Florida Keys and finally to Mexico in this suspense-filled story that will thrill readers.”

I’m also reading/listening to This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories: Turner Classic Movies.

In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram’s celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear.

From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

The shocking fate of the world’s first movie star. Clark Gable’s secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman’s career. A former child star who, at 93, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.

Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.”

What have I finished reading/listening to?

The Secret of the Wooden Lady (Nancy Drew Mysteries #27) by Carolyn Keene

Eisenhower: The White House Years by Jim Newton

The Last Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James #1) by Charles Veley

2021 Newbery Medal Winner: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

What do I plan on reading/listening to?

Next up for me is Hidden Pictures, the 19th in the Nancy Drew Diaries series.

“Nancy and her friends are spending the weekend in a small mountainside town called Shady Oaks. The local museum is displaying a never-before-seen collection from famous nature photographer, Christopher DeSantos. So the usually sleepy town is now filled with tourists. But it’s not just the dramatic lighting of the old black and white photographs that people have come to see.

Newspapers all over the country have picked up the story of two visitors who went missing in Shady Oaks only to turn up in the old DeSantos photographs, seemingly frozen in time. What’s more, there was a rumor that DeSantos was cursed by his former partner after a disagreement. Now everyone is wondering if the legend is real.

Nancy, Bess, and George are convinced that there is another explanation to be found. But it quickly becomes clear that someone is making sure they don’t find it. Can these three teenage sleuths solve this mystery before it’s too late?”

I’m also reading an ARC from NetGalley called Katharine Parr, the Sixth Wife (Six Tudor Queens #6) by Alison Weir, a historical fiction look at Henry VIII’s final wife.

“Two husbands dead; a life marred by sadness. And now Katharine is in love for the first time in her life.
The eye of an ageing and dangerous king falls upon her. She cannot refuse him. She must stifle her feelings and never betray that she wanted another.
And now she is the sixth wife. Her queenship is a holy mission yet, fearfully, she dreams of the tragic parade of women who went before her. She cherishes the secret beliefs that could send her to the fire. And still the King loves and trusts her.
Now her enemies are closing in. She must fight for her very life”

That’s it for me this week. What was your reading week like? Drop me a line in the comments!

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