It’s the middle of the week! And y’all know what that means! It’s time for the WWW Wednesday update, my second for the year and 15th overall.
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?
As I’m trying to unload my 2019 reads this January, my current read is Lucy Ellmann’s 2019 Man Booker shortlisted work, Ducks, Newburyport. My curiosity was piqued when it trended on Twitter after the announcement of the 2019 Man Booker Prize Winners. Many a reader was claiming it was a more deserving winner. So, despite the challenges of gaining a copy of the book here in the Philippines, I did what I can to have one.
I’m just 20% done with the book (it’s over a thousand pages, if you include the glossary of terms). I must say, the reading journey, so far, has been, hmmm, interesting? Imagine reading an 81-page endless stream-of-thought with no punctuations (except commas) at all. Most of book was structured in this manner, which makes it quite challenging. Oh well, no turning back now.
What have you finished reading?
After completing Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, I next read Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, followed by Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. These were two of six books shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize.
I’ve been a Rushdie fan ever since I’ve read his masterpiece, Midnight’s Children. Inspired by the Spanish classic, Don Quixote, Rushdie’s latest is a picaresque work that satirizes the maladies of our time. More than that, it highlighted the evolution of Rushdie’s writing and how it swiftly moved with time. Despite the conclusion, it was still a very interesting read.
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was my first dig into the works of Turkish-British author, Elif Shafak, the most read female author in Turkey. Like Quichotte, this book has an interesting context inspired by a neurological observation apropos death. The fine textures of Turkish history makes it more interesting. There were some aspects that were lacking but still a satisfying reading journey.
What will you read next?
I am trying to complete books that were published in 2019. These two books were also part of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, with Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities part of the shortlist and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer forming part of the longlist. These two books will also help me transition to February. I am planning to read works by African authors next month.