We’re already midway through the week! It is also that time of the week again! Who’d have thought that I am already on my eighth WWW Wednesday! Yay! By the way, 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?
This is an off-cycle WWW Wednesday post; I did mention previously that I will do my WWW Wednesday update every two week. Surprisingly, I was able to gain some badly needed reading momentum in the past week, hence, this untimely WWW Wednesday update. Being out of office for most of the previous week, I got the opportunity to read more. Even though I was technically on vacation, I was able to meet some of my reading targets. Which is very fortunate for me.
Without any more ado, here is my WWW Wednesday update. I didn’t realize that this is my 10th update already. How time flies!
What are you currently reading?
I’ve just started reading Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which happens to be part of my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. It is also the 17th book in the list; It is unsurprising that I am very happy with my reading progress! Although it is basically a young adult fiction, it is about subjects that remain very important to me – mental health, depression and suicide.
As always is the case with these types of book, it is written on a first person point-of-view, which is I guess, logical as the writer wants the reader to peek into the machination that is making the character tick. The writer’s personal story saddened me though; Vizzini struggled with mental health issues which culminated into him taking his own life. Many a writer has plodded the same path but the shock remains the same.
What have you finished reading?
This is the primary reason for this off-cycle post. I even surprised myself how I was able to complete three books in a span of ten days. Nevertheless, I am more than happy with this progress as I also made inroads into other reading list and reading resolutions I have made for the year.
This is the 16th book from my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. I barely had any inkling on who Nevil Shute was or what A Town Like Alice was about. However, after encountering this work in numerous must-read lists, I decided to be absorb into its fold. Surprisingly, or rather unsurprisingly, the book deals with World War II, or at least it is one of its many layers. Unlike the usual World War II book that one encounters, this is set in the Malaysian peninsula. It was, rather, an unusual read, it having three distinct layers to it. The Second World War is just the first layer. The other two layers pertain to its undercurrents of romance and recoveries made post-World War II. For my complete thoughts on the story, do watch out for my review of the book.
Whilst stuck in Cebu City with no other companions, I did what I would always logically do in the metropolis – scour book stores. And surprise! I was able to find a copy of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women, one of eleven books in my 2019 Books I Look Forward to List. I was even happier because I was never able to find a copy of the book back in Manila. The story is about Young-sook and Mi-ja’s friendship, two haenyeo women (Korean term for sea women) living in Jeju Island. Whilst the friendship trope is very hackneyed, the backdrop upon which Lisa See drew their story is filled with color and different textures. I loved how the history and traditions of Jeju were infused into the story. Although this is my first Lisa See book, I can’t help but look forward to her other works. To read my complete thoughts on The Island of Sea Women, click here.
The last book I finished in the past ten days is Filipino National Artist in Literature Nick Joaquin’s collection of short stories, The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic. This is another book that I purchased during my Cebu City book hunt and despite my aversion to short stories, I nevertheless took the plunge. After all, one of my 2019 Reading Resolutions is to read two books written by Filipino authors; the first one I had for the year is Joanne Ramos’ The Farm. I was surprised by how riveted I was by this short story collection, way off from expectation. It has that signature Gothic vibe and with its immersion into the world of the magical and fantastical, I was given a literary ride akin to the experiences I had with South American adores whom I adore. For my complete thoughts on this short story collection, do watch out for my review of the book.
What will you read next?
Easy question to answer – the last three books on my 2019 Top 20 Reading List! 🙂 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!