Musings From A Bookmammal

WWW Wednesday–5/14/14


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chestnut streetChestnut Street, published after Maeve Binchy’s recent death, is actually a collection of short vignettes and character studies—the common link is that each character either lives on Chestnut Street or is somehow connected to a person living in that neighborhood. I enjoyed this book a lot—the only disappointment was that many of the chapters seemed to end rather abruptly, which makes sense since a lot of these selections were probably not originally meant to be published as complete pieces. I also felt that several of the characters in the chapters could have definitely been developed into books of their own! I really liked this book and am sorry that it will likely be the last published work that we’ll see from Maeve Binchy.


burgess boysKwizgiver, one of my blogging buddies, wrote about The Burgess Boys  in one of her posts last week. Reading her thoughts about it reminded me that it was on my TBR list—and I was able to find the audio version through my local library. I started listening to it this week on my daily commute to and from work, and so far I’m really enjoying it. Partially based on a real crime that took place in Maine about ten years ago, the novel focuses on three adult siblings, their own families, and their complicated relationships with each other and with other members of their communities. I’m not very far into this book yet, but I’m intrigued by the characters and I’m interested to find out where the author is going to take us.


reading in wildI’m sort of reading Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller for my job (I work in marketing for an educational publisher), but I’d probably be reading it for pleasure and curiosity anyway. I’ve always been interested in why some people love to read and why others don’t. This professional resource is written by a Language Arts teacher who excels in helping her students become book lovers—both in and, more importantly, out of the classroom. I’m loving this book so far!


As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I have a pile of library books and a stack of used book purchases sitting by my bed, so I have lots of possibilities! It all depends on my mood when it’s time to choose another book.

How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

17 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday–5/14/14

  1. Reading In The Wild looks fantastic. I hope you enjoy your books.

  2. I’m in complete agreement about Chestnut Street! And I hope you enjoy The Burgess Boys as much as I did. I thought the location was spot on.

  3. I loved The Burgess Boys — had no idea it was based on a real crime. I think Elizabeth Strout is a very talented writer — I’ve enjoyed all her books.

  4. ‘Reading in the wild’ will be interesting I guess. here’s my WWW Wednesday post NatashazWords

  5. Reading in the Wild looks like something I need to pick up! Also, I’m really intrigued by The Burgess Boys. Here’s my link

  6. I read that review of The Burgess Boys and really want to read it too. I still struggle with audio but maybe that’s the route I’ll go with this one…. I just need to learn to concentrate so I don’t miss bits 🙂

    • I’ve definitely had to train myself to listen to audiobooks, but now that I’m used to it I really enjoy them. The only thing about the audio version of Burgess Boys is that for some of the dialogue the narrator uses different accents and it was a bit distracting for me at first–but I’m still liking the book a lot.

      • I think for me it is practice and maybe a life a little less stressful than it’s been lately. I am determined to crack it though. Thanks for the warning on the accents 🙂

  7. I am very intrigued by The Burgess Boys. I think I would love this book – crime, family connections and drama, community . I’ve contemplated writing a family memoir, and the intricacies of our relationships, so this would be a good book for me. I’m going to have to go grab it, as well as Reading in the Wild. After almost an entire school year (four more weeks!) I still have a handful of kids who abhor reading.

  8. READING IN THE WILD sounds interesting….will love to hear your thoughts on it 🙂

  9. Reading the Wild sounds neat — I’ll have to look out for it.

    I just finished reading Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion,” which had been on my TBR list for a long time, a scholarly book about Robin Hood by Stephen Knight, and “Cocaine Blues,” by Kerry Greenwood (a mystery set in 1920s Australia). I’m in the process of reading Don Quixote — another of my long-standing TBR books! — and otherwise, not sure what will come up next. Lots on my bookshelves and out from the library at the moment.

    • I’m in the same boat–I have a big stack of library books and an even bigger stack of book purchases on the floor by my bed — not sure what will make it to the top of the pile when I’m ready for my next book!

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