It’s the middle of the week! And y’all know what that means! It’s time for the WWW Wednesday update, my third for the year and 16th 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?
I resolved to start my 2020 reading journey by immersing into the Man Booker shortlisted books. With Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities I am at the tail-end of my journey. It is the sixth and last 2019 Man Booker shortlisted book that officially concludes my venture; I’ve already read Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments in 2019.
So far, I am enjoying the journey although I am just about 30 pages in. The voice of the chi who is narrating the story has a very human quality to it that it is easy following the storyline. The writing also reminds me of Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, a Man Booker Prize Winning book.
What have you finished reading?
Yes, finally I am done with Lucy Ellmann’s behemoth of a work, Ducks Newburyport after nearly two weeks of scrambling through the anonymous narrator’s endless stream of thoughts. Through the point of view of the narrator, Ellmann painted an abstract picture of America. The worries, the confusions, and the anxieties of surviving in contemporary America. Truth be told, it is quite a challenging read and it took me sometime to warm up to the story.
Ever since coming across Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, my interest has been piqued. I found the title intriguing and I’ve been hearing a score of positive commendations from fellow book bloggers. It was a fun and witty read. It is not a murder myster but rather an understudy of the relationships between siblings. Whilst I enjoyed the quick pace, I felt that the story was a tad too short and needs more elucidations. Still a good read though.
What will you read next?
In February, I’ll be fully immersing in African fiction as I’ve already done an Asian and a European reading months previously, I felt it fitting to have one for African authors as well. I’ve already started the journey with My Sister, the Serial Killer and carried on with An Orchestra of Minorities. I’m pursuing the journey with Alaa Al Aswany’s The Automobile Club of Egypt and Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers. It’s going to be my first time reading their works and I cam more than excited.