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What Are You Reading Wednesday?

I missed this meme last week because I read nothing...because I put games on my iPad again. Oops! Deleting them took some self-discipline, but no more Tetris for me. Reading is much more enriching.

What are you reading now?
Trapeze by Simon Mawer - A book about a female British agent working behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France. Once I stopped comparing it to Code Name Verity, I liked it rather well. It doesn't try to glamorize the difficulty, fear, or boredom of being involved in spy work, and it's obviously well-researched. I'm glad it's not some kind of crazy spy adventure; it's much more about an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation during the war.

What did you just finish?
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls - I really loved this story about two girls who are abandoned by their mother and take the bus cross-country to live with the last bit of their extended family. The characters' voices are so real that I believed even the crazier bits could have actually happened. The story has lingered in my mind even though I finished it almost two weeks ago.

What will you read next?
Ack! I don't know! So many choices! The whole Booker finalist list looks amazing, and so does the National Book Award shortlist. Then, on top of that, I had three or four international possibilities picked out. Sometimes there are just too many good books in the world.