WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris (2005). This is a historical mystery series starring a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars. At the last Betsy-Tacy party before the pandemic, my friend Michele gave me several she had finished, which was great because I had been meaning to read this series for a long time and must have accidentally given away my copy of this first book. I can tell I will want to start the next book immediately.
I just finished Mazie by Melanie Crowder (2021) after reading an enthusiastic review at Ms. Yingling Reads. It’s a YA novel about a girl from Nebraska who is determined to make it on Broadway but acutely misses the friends and family she left behind. I recommend it to those who love coming-of-age stories and/or the theatre.Another book read recently is So Young a Queen by Lois Mills (1961). I am not sure where I picked up this fictionalized story of fourteenth-century Hungarian princess Jadwiga, daughter of King Louis the Great and Queen Elizabeth. Unusually for the time, she and her sister received a classical education, and Jadwiga is betrothed to the heir to the throne of Austria. Instead, after her father dies, she is sent to Krakow to become Queen of Poland (Zadok the Priest is played at her coronation; I didn’t know it had such a long tradition) and forced into marriage with the pagan chief Jagiello of Lithuania, who promises to make his country Catholic as part of the wedding terms. Her priests think this bargain is a good one for the realm’s safety, plus saves the souls of everyone in Lithuania. As my Trademark professor used to say, Who’s not happy? Jadwiga’s fiancé, but no one cares except the unfortunate couple. Jadwiga has to tame Jagiello (not so much fun in real life as in fiction) and teach him to follow a legal and moral code. Later she defies enemies of Poland and builds up the University of Krakow to take its place as a seat of learning.
Next up is Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson (2019) about the woman who led the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II. I have really become an evangelist for Olson's Citizens of London, so persuaded my book group to read this for May, although I know I said was growing weary of WWII books and was going to avoid them for a while.