WWW Wednesday – August 17, 2016

Happy Wednesday y’all! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

Refresher: this meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and was revived by Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer three reading-themed ‘W’ questions and then post the link to your post in the comments of Taking on a World of Words weekly post.

The questions are:

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

What are you current reading?

About a Girl - Sarah McCarryI started “About a Girl” by Sarah McCarry over the weekend. I haven’t gotten very far yet, so it’s probably too soon to pass a verdict but my first impression has been… Well, I’m on the fence. I love the quality of the writing and I was blown away by the LGBT representation present right off the bat. But I’m finding Tally, the main character, to be a bit insufferable. I realize her elevated vocabulary and way of speaking, coupled with her smarter-therefore-better personality is supposed to be part of what makes her a unique character but MEH. I’m going to be patient with it (I’m assuming there’s good reason for Tally being the kind of character that she is) but at this point it’s a bit grating (it’s also difficult to warm up to a character when they pretentiously bash a couple of your favourite books in one of the first chapters…)

What did you recently finish reading?

Anything Could Happen coverI was 20 when my brother, himself 15, came out to my family. He had known he was gay since he was at 12, but sat on his truth for three years while he tested the waters and worked himself up to opening up to us. I remember being struck with the irony of his timing; only a few months before I had been having a conversation with a friend who asked if I thought my brother might be gay. I had said no, not because I had a problem with it, but because I thought he and I were close enough that he would have confided in me if it were true.

It wasn’t until years later, when I was finally coming to terms with my own sexuality, that I realized that coming out is rarely as straight forward (no pun intended) an experience as people are often led to believe.

I spent my entire time reading “Anything Could Happen” by Will Walton thinking of my brother, wondering if he had gone through some of the same things as protagonist Tretch Farm when he himself was deciding whether or not to come out.

I’ve seen this book get flack in reviews for lacking in substance, but I think what really makes it strong is the fact that its realism is so understated. The whole story takes place over the course of a winter break, making it just a snapshot into Tretch’s life. While we do get resolution to the main conflict, there are lots of other loose ends that never really get tied up. I can see that bothering some readers, but to me it felt satisfying because it felt real. All of life’s problems can’t get sorted out in one fell swoop, and kids Tretch’s age are often privy to things bigger than they’re ready to comprehend. I also really liked that the story focused on more than Tretch’s sexuality – it made him feel three-dimensional.

What do you think you’ll read next?

station elevenI have a list of books I want to order, including “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” (required LGBT reading, apparently!), “Bodies of Water” (at the recommendation of Chloe from Paint and Butterflies Books Blog), plus placing pre-orders for “Labyrinth Lost” and Hannah Hart’s “Buffering” (LGBT non-fiction!), both of which come out this fall. But before I place those orders, I think I’ll probably focus on finally finishing “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel which I started waaaay back in May!

2 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – August 17, 2016

  1. Sam says:

    Ahhh! Station Eleven is AMAZING! I just loved it. I’ve been wanting to read ‘Simon’ for a while, too. I bet I get to the audiobook first, haha. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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