WWW Wednesday is a meme led by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I’ve always loved this meme, so thank you Sam for keeping it alive!
If you want to take part, just answer the following three questions:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading My Education by Susan Choi. I’m less than 100 pages in, but I’m really enjoying it. Regina Gottlieb is doing her graduate degree at a prestigious university, where she meets infamous professor Nicholas Brodeur. He’s smart, charismatic – and stands accused of sexual assault by many of his students. Regardless, Regina is drawn to him, and his beautiful wife Martha.
Choi’s writing is beautiful, and sometimes a little convoluted for me – at one point I was having to stop at look up words every third sentence. But it isn’t impenetrable, in fact, I’m becoming really absorbed in it. I wasn’t expecting that because this isn’t my usual sort of book, but something tells me there’s more to the story than a graduate student having affairs with her teachers. I’ll have to wait and see.
What did you recently finish reading?
I finished a couple of books at the end of October/beginning of November, which I talked about in my last post.
Another book I really enjoyed recently was Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, by Angela Saini. It looks at the ways that science is very often biased against women, and how in some cases findings have been ignored in favour of preserving the status quo. Sometimes, research relating to women hasn’t even been carried out and dismissed as unnecessary. All of this affects women, whether physically, socially or psychologically. Saini looks at the work that’s being done by scientists to counter this bias.
It’s a depressing read in places – one chapter talks extensively about female genital mutilation, which had me in tears. But it’s a fascinating and thought-provoking book, one I’d recommend to anyone interested in the so-called “gender differences”.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’ve no idea! It’ll probably be a graphic novel as I’ve got a couple of those from the library to read. I might be ready for some short stories by the time I finish my current book, so I might finally make it to Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. Watch this space!