First of all, I want to greet everyone a happy new year! For the second Wednesday in a row, the midday is something special as, all over the world, the birth of a new year is being celebrated. It is also that time of the week again! I usually post a WWW Wednesday update every other week but this weeks’s Wednesday is way too special for me not to post an update. 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?
After reading Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, I found myself torn on which book to read next. My first option, following the Man Booker Prize shortlist, was Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport. One thing pulled me back, however, it was too lengthy. My next option was Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer. But since I am planning to make February 2019 my African Literature month, I pushed it later in the month. Which left me with my last option, Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, one of the six books shortlisted in the 2019 Man Booker Prize. Rushdie is one of my favorite authors so I am going to be in a familiar territory.
I haven’t started reading the book yet but do look forward to my First Impression Friday post for a preview of the book.
What have you finished reading?
Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread is the seventh and last book in my 2019 Books I Look Forward to List (I failed to avail copies of the four other books in the list). Of all the books in the list, this one is the most… eccentric. For a very short book, there is a lot going on. It has many elements, themes and subjects that can be utterly confusing. It is no simple mother-daughter book as it dives into the world of surrealism as well. I must say, however, that Oyeyemi’s writing was stellar. As confusing as the story as, the languange and the words flowed.
Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Man Booker Prize winning book is my first read of 2020; I did start it in late 2019, however. This is one of those books that lack structure but despite the lack in structure, it still flowed. It is a fast-paced and, ergo, pulsating narrative that deals with a variety of heavy subjects such as homosexuality, homophobia, the feminist movement, the search for identity, to name a few. It is a finely textured piece of literature that is just the right mix of everything I love about reading.
What will you read next?
As I have commenced a 2019 Man Booker Prize marathon, the next few books in my TBR list are books from the award giving body’s long list. I am still quite reserved on Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, however, because of its length. But let us see. The year is still young and time is on my side. Or not really, considering that I have nearly 200 unread books on my pile. Oopsssss.
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, happy new year!