t’s been a very busy week so far but I’m glad that it’s already the middle of the week! And y’all know what that means! It’s time for my WWW Wednesday update! Despite being burdened by my job, I have managed to sneak in a couple of pages here and there. I am, after all, aiming to read at least 50 pages a day. Before I get carried away, let’s go back to this wonderful bookish meme.
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 just started reading Egytptian wrtier Alaa Al Aswany’s The Automobile Club of Egypt so I can’t give further insights as to what it is about or how I feel about it. However, do look forward to my First Impression Friday post on this book. That being said, I can vividly remember picking up this book two years ago during the first Big Bad Wolf Manila sale. It was the book’s title and the colorful cover that drew me in. I just hope the book is as colorful and fascinating as its cover. This is also my third consecutive book written by an African author; the first time that it happened in my years of reading.
What have you finished reading?
I am a little bit conflicted on Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities. Of the 2019 Man Booker Prize nominated books, it was the one whose title has captivated me and filled my mind with vivid images of what the story is going to be. I liked the writing and the intimate manner in which the main character’s chi narrated the story. The writing was lyrical. However, I am torn on the story as it was a little predictive, too linear. I am still reserving my final judgment on the book. Writing-wise, it was brilliant.
What will you read next?
Keeping in line with my first ever African literature month, my next reads will be books written by African authors. The first one is Nobel Prize in Literature, Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace Walk. It is the first book of a trilogy. I am missing the third book of the trilogy but I am raring to immerse once again in Mahfouz’s brand of writing. The second is an Oprah Book Club recommended work by Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue. I am very excited on how my February African Literature is going to shape up!
Happy reading everyone!