It is that time of the week again! Welcome to my fourth WWW Wednesday! This meme is originally hosted by SAM@TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS.
The mechanics for WWW Wednesday is quite simple. You just have to answer three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What have you finished reading?
- What will you read next?
I’ve been seeing this meme quite often in my fellow blogger’s pages. As it is bookish and quite simple to complete, I decided to take the plunge. Oh the bandwagoner in me! This is my first time doing it so do bear with me. Happy reading! Without any more ado, here goes.
What are you currently reading?
My current read is truly special and was carefully selected from a host of candidates. I had to choose carefully for it is to be my 700th read, a remarkable feat if I have to be quite honest. And what way to enter the 700th book mark than by embarking on a journey with one of the most discussed literary classics of all times, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.
From the time I bought the book, I have already decided how it is going to rank amongst the bevy of books I have. It really has something to be special, so 700th read it is:) I am about a third through with the book and I am slowly getting the hang of it. If I have to say so myself, I am striding through the narrative which I’ve always thought to be very formidable. It is reminiscent of my experience with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. But let us see how it goes. There is still two-third of the book I have to unravel.
P.S. I am quite torn on Scarlet O’Hara’s persona. Although she was vilified in ways more than one, she had redeeming qualities as well. Hmmm.
What have you finished reading?
Since my last WWW Wednesday update, I have completed only one book. Which is kind of not surprising considering that my current read is almost a thousand pages long (sorry, I can be quite the slow reader). Besides, my job has been taking so much of my time lately but I try to complete a chapter every day.
Back to Pearl S. Buck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Good Earth. I was actually quite taken aback by the novel. I guess it is due to the crude manner in which the story was related. The novel uses the typical rags-to-riches troupe as its primary device. It may sound cliche but the story swelled with many aspects of Chinese culture that sets it apart from your “typical” rags-to-riches story. Verdict: Impressive.
What will you read next?
We’re already inching towards the last quarter of the year and I still have quite a lot of books to cross out from my various 2019 reading lists. Post-Pulitzer Prize Month, I want to resume completing ticking off items from these lists, starting with my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. In line then is Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Apart from Kingsolver, it would be my first time indulging in the works of these authors.
Reading The Poisonwood Bible would make me hit two birds with one stone as it also a part of my Beat the Backlist 2019 Edition. My current stand in the Beat the Backlist challenge is a measly 3/15 record. My priority is my 2019 Top 20 Reading List, knowing how daunting some of the books in the list are; I still have twelve books to complete. SMH. Good luck to me on completing these twelve!
Thus ends my WWW Wednesday update although I was only able to publish it on a Thursday. My bad on that as I had a lot happening yesterday. How about you fellow reader, what are your WWW Wednesday reads? Care to share it in the comment box? Or you can do your own but don’t forget to tag me!