Books,  Wrap Ups

W.W.W. Wednesdays: April 23, 2014

As there is still an hour left is Wednesday, I would like to introduce one of the two new initiatives I hope to keep up with on Sitting in the Stacks. 

WWW Wednesdays comes from the blog Should Be ReadingEvery Wednesday, Should Be Reading, and other blogs, such as Heart of Sultana, post the three Ws of reading:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My WWW Wednesdays will be slightly modified from the norm seen on other blogs, since I am currently a graduate student. WWW Wednesdays will include a “School” section and a “For Fun” section. Welcome to the first WWW Wednesday!!

For Fun

What are you currently reading? 

At the moment I am reading the second book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. This book is otherwise known as, A Clash of Kings. I really enjoy the HBO series, so last year I thought I would begin reading the books. The first book, Game of Thrones, was hard to read simply because HBO did a good job of replicating the novel. The second book is interesting, but it is hard to read a story when you know what is coming.

What did you recently finish reading? 

I recently read two books over Spring Break. One was a memoir — Lit — by Mary Karr. This book inspired me to write a poem (Sounds of the Soul). It’s an interesting recount of an alcoholic poet’s life. I highly suggest this book. The other book I read over Spring Break was Eleanor and Park. Yes — this is a young adult novel, but I heard great reviews from other 20-year-olds. I was prepared to be bored by juvenile writing, but instead I was up until 2am some nights trying to find a point in the book where I felt comfortable leaving the characters. Eleanor and Park is fantastic! I am not ashamed to admit that this book is on the top of my 12-year-old niece’s pile. For more details on these books, stay tuned for my “Spring Break Review.”

What do you think you’ll read next?

That’s a tough one. Most of what I’ll be reading for the next 6 weeks is for school. I still have a lot of A Clash of Kings to read. However, if I had to think months in advance I would probably name either Luther Blissett’s or J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy as my next book. Both titles have been on my shelf for some time and it’s about time I get around to reading them.


For School

What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading a few journal articles for my “Islam in the Digital Age” course. Book-wise, however, I am about to start Politics of Piety by Saba Mahmood for “Religion and Politics in the Secular Age.” I also have to read, for Tuesday, David Walker’s Appeal and The City on the Hill from Below: The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics by Stephen H. Marshall for “Cities on a Hill, 1600-Present.”

What did you recently finish reading?

Last week I had to read Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves by John Bowen. This was an interesting piece on the 2004 headscarf ban in France and the tradition of laïcité. I also had to read Islam Dot Com, which I hope to write a review about soon for Sitting in the Stacks and another blog. For “Cities on a Hill,” I had to read Richard Gamble’s book In Search of the City on a Hill, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in the myth of American exceptionalism. Gamble writes for a general audience, so you do not have to worry about overly academic language.

What will you read next? 

In the week and a half, I will read a variety of articles about a myriad of subjects, The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India by Thomas Hansen, and Mormonism:The Story of a New Religious Tradition by Jan Shipps. Stay tuned for some possible “FYI” posts on these books.


  • heartofsultana

    I’m glad you’re starting WWW Wednesdays, I’ve really been enjoying it since I started it over the last few weeks! I like that you have the for fun and for school sections, looking through your for school section makes me want to tackle some school books I have on my shelf, mostly on conflict in the Middle East. As for the for fun section, I love A Song of Ice and Fire, my favorite book (so far) in the series is the third one, A Storm of Swords. I’ve also been wanting to read A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, as well as her book Cuckoo’s Calling (under pen-name Robert Galbraith).

  • Ashley

    I didn’t know about Cuckoo’s Calling. I’ll have to check it out! Yea – I think I’ll enjoy WWW Wednesdays as it is an easy post to accomplish each week in the midst of school.

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