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WWW Wednesday, 12-May-2021

12 May

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

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

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UndergroundCurrently reading: I think I read a chapter from Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono this week but that’s about it. I’m not happy about moving so slowly, but I’ll come to terms with it eventually. I’ll finish it, but maybe I want to shy away from nonfiction for this format in the future.
I made some decent progress in The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko. I’m a little iffy on this one right now, it seems to be rambling a bit and I’m unsure how it might all come back together.
I started listening to The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead on Sunday but I’m not far into it yet. It’s a long book so I expect this will be here for a while, though I hope I can power through.

PetticoatsRecently finished: I finished up The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee! After taking a break from it for so long, it was great to finish this one. I posted my review yesterday so you can check that out. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.
I also finished Recursion by Blake Crouch and I’m meeting with my reading buddy tonight to talk about it. I found the end a bit too convenient, but this is a book I still thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend to people who liked Crouch’s first book. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.

I also posted my review for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal on Thursday last week. My book club met on Monday to discuss it so look for a summary of that conversation early next week.

DollfaceReading next: I still think Dollface by Renee Rosen will be my next ebook. I just need to read ebooks faster so I need a new one!

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Book Review: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (4/5)

6 May

My husband saw the title for this book on my book club calendar and had to laugh at me. I can’t blame him. Out of context, the title seems odd. But when I started reading this book, I realize that the stories are a small part while they’re also the focus of the novel. It’s not about the stories, but the writers and how they change. This book took me happily by surprise.

PunjabiErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Summary from Amazon:

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s “moral police.” But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

I did not expect there to be a mystery to this book and I loved it! That added a layer that was a complete surprise to me an allowed me to enjoy the book even more. What the book had to say about culture was really important, too. Nikki straddled her Punjabi roots and her London location better than some, but never seemed to completely fit in either location. Many times, it was comments from non-Punjabi’s who made her feel like she didn’t fit in and these microaggressions are so quick and might be forgettable to the errant speaker but are so painful to the victim. I thought Jaswal gave the reader a lot to think about with this book and I think I’ll seek her out for more in the future.

The characters rang true to me. I can’t comment too much about their authenticity since a lot of their identities circled around being part of a minority group that I’m not part of. However, I felt their humanity in their conversation and interactions. The community they had was wonderful and it made me hope that I can find such a community if I ever find myself a window.

Kulwinder ended up being my favorite character in the end. I think she may have been the most dynamic person in the book. The way her relationship with her husband heals was really great to see. I liked how she admitted that she misjudged Nikki and worked to right that mistake. She was brave in the way she stood up to her male coworkers and fought for woman’s classes. She didn’t seem to realize how much she’d influenced Maya with her ideas.

Nikki was really relatable as a daughter. There are times I’m afraid I’m disappointing my parents or have disappointed them in the past and I felt the same guilt that Nikki shared. I think most children feel this. Mine has never been to the same degree as what Nikki shouldered with her father’s death, but I think Jaswal gave a lot of different examples of ways that Nikki felt she could or should have done something different for her parents.

Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal Image via the author’s Facebook page

I liked how Jaswal revealed Maya’s death. In some communities, there are things people just don’t talk about and it felt real that this community wouldn’t talk about Maya’s death. I liked how it kept coming up and we slowly learned more about her and her life with Jaggy and what she was like. It gave her a lot of layers and the more we got, the more obvious it was that something was wrong in what we’d learned early on. I won’t give any more away here, but it was very well paced.

I thought Nikki’s romance with Jason seemed forced. I don’t think she needed a romance to feel completed in this story so I was a little upset that it was added in. I think Nikki’s growth would have been as meaningful and stark without Jason in the mix.

The audiobook was narrated by Meera Syal and I think she did a wonderful job of telling the story. She did a great variety of voices for the widows and Nikki (I wasn’t a huge fan of her Jason American voice, but I can get over that). With so many woman talking over each other at times, it was a big task and I think she carried it out well.

Nikki is very stuck between two cultures and this story is a great exploration of that. She begins by rejecting a lot of the elements of her parents culture and trying to completely embrace her location’s culture. By the end, she seems to have found a happy middle ground where her understanding of her parents culture has increased and she feels more comfortable and accepted. She gains a level of understanding with her mother and sister that she wasn’t going to find without this acceptance and it’s helped her repair a stressed relationship with her late father in the process.

Writer’s Takeaway: This book reminds me why stories by minority writers are so needed and should be celebrated. I don’t live in the UK and I knew nothing about the Southall minority population! My city has similar enclaves and I now want to see if there are books celebrating their cultures and amplify those amazing voices. I’m so glad Jaswal wrote about this group so their vibrance can be shared.

An enjoyable read that taught me a lot. Four out of Five Stars.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 5-May-2021

5 May

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

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

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LateralCurrently reading: I didn’t move through Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono this week. I’m really not too worried about it, but I’m hoping I can return to it fairly soon and make some more progress!
I was able to get back to The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee and I’m flying. I love the narrator for this one. While I’m not as enamored as I was with Lee’s first book, I’m still enjoying this and I think I can finish it within the week!
Reading Buddy and I are just about finished with Recursion by Blake Crouch. We met Monday and I’m now reading the last section so we can have our final meeting! Expect a review soon and this should easily be off here next week.
I’m reading The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko between sections of the Crouch. I’m not too far yet and still unsure what to think of it. The style is very different but still enjoyable enough that I’ll keep going.

PunjabiRecently finished: I wrapped up Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal as expected last week. I liked this one more than I expected from the title. It’s a very timely book about culture and understanding and I really liked what Jaswal had to say. I think it will be a good discussion with my book club. I was able to post my review yesterday if you want to read more. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

UndergroundReading next: I’m sold on Dollface by Renee Rosen being my next ebook. I just need to get to a point where I’m ready to start one!
I think I’ll need a new audiobook soon, too. Next up will be The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This was supposed to be a book club pick but got delayed due to COVID and seems to be permanently on hold. I’d still like to enjoy it and if we do eventually read it, I’ll be ahead of the curve.

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You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 28-April-2021

28 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

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

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HangmanCurrently reading: I got through another chapter of Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono while I was waiting for a lane. I’m sure I’ll make my way through this soon, but I’m not minding the slow pace.
I think I’ll return to  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee later this week! I’m having a lot of success with time to listen to my other audio so this is coming up sooner and sooner.
The other audio I’m talking about is Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I like this one a lot and I’m flying through it quickly. I’m optimistic about finishing today! Fingers crossed.
My reading buddy and I are both in love with Recursion by Blake Crouch. We met twice last week and are already more than half way through it! We haven’t read one this quickly before so I’m really excited to have found something we both enjoy so much.
I started The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko and I’m iffy on it so far. It’s not written in a way I would write, but it’s not poorly written. I’m pushing forward with it between bouts with Recursion and even though it’s a long haul, I think I’ll make it through.

Recently finished: Nothing new this week. I’m sure I’ll have at least one thing here next week, though. Two if I’m lucky.

I posted my review for Mil veces hasta siempre (Turtles All the Way Down) by John Green on Thursday. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars. I really liked the ending, more than I thought I would early on. I liked how Green tackled mental health and I thought telling the book from Aza’s point of view was really powerful.

DollfaceReading next: It might seem premature, but I think I’m getting toward the end of Lateral Thinking so I’ll need an ebook next. It sill probably be Dollface by Renee Rosen. It will be nice to get back to some fiction with my ebook. I wonder if that will help me read a bit faster.

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You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 21-April-2021

21 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

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

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Currently reading: Yet again, not much with Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono. I’m fine with this going on a while so I’m in no rush. I just feel bad letting it linger!
Nothing again with The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee but I’m making good progress with other audiobooks so I’ll stay optimistic that I’ll be back to this soon!
The other audiobook is Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I’m really enjoying this one so far! It’s funny and has some good points so it’s a win for me. I hope I can get through it quickly.
I started Recursion by Blake Crouch for my reading buddy book! I’m excited to get some SciFi and I hope the quick pace will help me read quickly. I’ve missed some solid fiction in my reading lately.

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Mil veces hasta siempre (Turtles All the Way Down) by John Green on Thursday. It was a solid story and I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll be posting my review tomorrow. I always feel like my reviews for a Spanish read should be different, but then I realize that’s silly.

I posted my review of The Overstory by Richard Powers on Monday. This book wasn’t a good one for me. My book club met last week so I’ve posted a reflection of our conversation as well. I wasn’t alone in disliking it, but I was a minority.

Reading next: I don’t really have a good idea here. I think it will be a print book to pick up between chunks of the buddy read, though. There’s one book I’ve had on my TBR for years that I got as a Goodreads Giveaway and that’s The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko. I won’t lie, I’ve debated taking this off of my list a few times due to what looked like polarized reviews, but looking again they seem pretty well spread if new in number. I’ll give it a try.

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You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 14-April-2021

14 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

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

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community. 


PunjabiCurrently reading: A slow week on Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono but with a few upcoming doctors appointments, I might make more progress. TBD.
I’ve made a lot of progress with Mil veces hasta siempre (Turtles All the Way Down) by John Green. I’m really liking Aza’s story and this is a good reading level for me in Spanish. I’ll stick with it as much as I can and hope to finish soon.
Unfortunately still waiting on The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. Not commuting has really cut down on my listening time this past year.
I’ve started another book club pick already, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. Not very far into this one yet but I’m hoping it will go quickly so I can get back to Piracy!

OverstoryRecently finished: I made a huge push on Sunday to finish The Overstory by Richard Powers in time for my book club meeting on Monday. Finally! This book was not for me by any means. I really disliked the characters and the length was a big turn off. A lot of the characters could have been cut to save on the length and I don’t think there would have been a negative impact. I felt like I was being lectured and it was a big turn off. I’m giving it Two out of Five Stars. I’ll have a review and book club reflection up next week.

RecursionReading next: My reading buddy and I decided on Recursion by Blake Crouch as our next book. I recommended this mostly because we were looking for a paperback option and I’d loved Dark Matter so much. I hope she likes it! We haven’t done SciFi yet (though we touched on fantasy) so this is new territory.

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

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Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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