First of all, I want to greet everyone a happy holiday! This week’s midday is very special as majority of the world is celebrating the holidays! It is also that time of the week again! Time zoomed past and despite posting once every two weeks, I am already on my thirteenth 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?
This might be my last completed book for the year. I haven’t started it yet because of the holiday rush so I cannot offer any insights. Well, I am about to but I have to update my WWW Wednesday first. LOL. By the way, Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread is part of my 2019 10 Books I Look Forward To List, which, by the way, I failed to complete, managing just seven out of the eleven books in the list.
Do look forward to my First Impression Friday post for a preview of the book.
What have you finished reading?
Surprise! For the first time in forever (I think), I read two works by Irish authors back-to-back. This was unintentional, however. Nonetheless, I am stoked because these works reminded me of the beauty of Irish writing.
Just like Gingerbread, Normal People is part of 2019 10 Books I Look Forward To List. Both books just piqued my curiosity, hence, their inclusion in the list. How do I say this. I found Normal People a bit odd. The writing was nostalgic and impressionable, two adjectives that seem to characterize Irish writing. The way the main theme was dealt with, however, was a bit lacking.
To finally complete my 2019 Top 20 Reading List, I followed Normal People up with Frank McCourt’s childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes. It is my first (and only) nonfiction work this year. Again, the writing was simply breathtaking and something that is difficult to capture in any adjective. McCourt’s memoir gave me a peek into the poor Irish Catholic childhood. Despite the tawdry backdrop, McCourt’s story is brimming of hope for the future. I am torn on whether I want to read the sequel, however.
Do look forward to my reviews on these books which I will publish in the coming weeks.
What will you read next?
I will be on a 2019 Man Booker reading tear, starting with the 2019 co-winner, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. I wanted to read Lucy Ellmann’s shortlisted work, Ducks, Newburyport as my closing read for the year but it is just too lengthy. Haha. If I cannot close the year with it, then I can start the new year with it. Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer was long-listed for the award but has received very positive feedback from readers and literary pundits.
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.
Happy reading! Again, Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!