It is that time of the week again! And just like that, I am already on my seventh 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! It’s been two weeks since my last WWW Wednesday update. I hope you get to enjoy my own version of WWW Wednesdays.
What are you currently reading?
Finally, I am making much needed progress on my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. After Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, I am yet again ticking off one more book from the list with this Kingsolver masterpiece that have long piqued my curiosity. I have read just one Kingsolver before and I was underwhelmed; it didn’t hamper me, though, from exploring some of her other works. After all, The Poisonwood Bible is one of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die; it has a literary heft.
On to the book. The Poisonwood BIble, ironically, is both what I expected and what I have not expected. A story set in the hinterlands of the Congo about a family of missionary trying to convert an African tribe, it has many elements that riveted me from the onset. Kingsolver fused religious commentaries, history, and domestic life in an interesting literary hodgepodge that has so far impressed me. I am nearly done with the book and it barely disappointed. I hope this will be sustained until the end.
What have you finished reading?
It’s been sometime since I have last read two novels in the span of two weeks; which, I guess, shows how much my reading momentum has slowed down the past couple of weeks.
Anyway, on to the two books I have completed. The first one is Zadie Smith’s On Beauty; it was my current read during my last WWW Wednesday post. I barely had positive notes on this one the first time around and it didn’t change one bit when I completed it. As beautiful as the prose is, the story did drag. It didn’t help that most of the characters are passive. Do wait for my full review on this Man Booker Prize-shortlisted work.
The second book I have completed since my last WWW Wednesday post is Heather Morris’ The Tattoist of Auschwitz. This wasn’t even part of my TBR list as per my last WWW Wednesday post but the curiosity was overwhelming; it is another World War II piece inspired by true events. I didn’t have an issue with the story but I felt that it was under-written and that there were dimensions that were under-explored. Maybe it is just me but the story had so much potential but it concentrated too much on one facet of the story.
What will you read next?
The next books in line for me are all part of my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. I’ve been losing some badly needed momentum over the couple of months but I want to pick up where I started. On Beauty is just the start. I will immediately follow it up with American literature classics – Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. I am looking forward to the three novels but more on Uncle Tom’s Cabin as it was the inspiration of Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, in his novel, Noli Me Tangere. I am also looking forward to Rebecca as I have been a fan of suspense and mystery, plus it is a classic.
It’s going to be a very tall order for me in the closing three months of the year but I am more than up to the challenge. There are several interesting reads in line for me and this three are just some of them. Do look forward to the conclusion of my 2019 reading journey! I do hope everyone’s having a wonderful reading journey as well.
Happy reading everyone!