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 twelfth WWW Wednesday post! 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?
What are you currently reading?
I’ve been reading a lot of young adult fiction recently. I didn’t quite expect that. To be fair, most of these young adult books are part of my 2019 Top 20 Reading List. Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (or THUG for short) is the 19th book from this list. Finally, I am off to my last two books after struggling for much of the year! I am also nearly done with the book, leaving Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes as the last book from the said list.
The Hate U Give was written on the line of the recent social movement referred to as the “Black Lives Matter”. Guised as a young adult book, it contains heavy and dark theme, racism being one of its biggest subjects. In the tradition of YA fiction, it was written in a straightforward manner. Surprisingly, I found the story, not the writing, a compelling read because of its strong message.
What have you finished reading?
After struggling with the book for nearly two weeks, I am finally done with Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. The fault is on me though, not the book. Just like THUG, Freedom is part of my 2019 Top 20 Reading List and is also one of the lengthier ones. I am just glad I get to finish it.
The book was, well, interesting. It has a different and liberal interpretation of its main theme, freedom. The story was a little eccentric, which, to his Franzen’s credit, made the story interesting. However, it did make me feel lost at times. I had the same struggles with Zadie Smith’s On Beauty – the stale writing and the dull characters. The more interesting facets lie on the secondary characters. Or maybe I am just not into contemporary American writing. Do watch out for my full review of this book in the coming weeks (or months, haha).
What will you read next?
I’ve already mentioned above about Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. This is going to be the only nonfiction book I’ll be reading this year. Too bad because part of my 2019 Reading Resolutions and Goals is reading at least TWO nonfiction books. But hey, to get to read at least one book is enough of an accomplishment for me considering how averse I am to nonfiction books.
The other two books, Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread and Sally Rooney’s Normal People, are part of my 2019 Books I Look Forward to List. If time permits, I also hope to finish other recently published books like Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman Other, the other 2019 Man Booker Prize award winner (the other one is Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments). Quichotte and Ducks, Newburyport were also shortlisted for the same award.
How about you fellow readers, what books have you finished recently or what are you looking forward to reading before the year ends? Please do share in the comment box. Or you may do your own version of WWW Wednesday as well. Do remember to tag me so that I can check out your answers.