It’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 having a lot placed on my plot, I still managed to make a dent on my ever-growing reading list. I am taking it one page at a time but what is important is that i am making decent progress. 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?
Pursuing my February 2020 African Literature month, my current read is Homegiong by Yaa Gyasi, a Ghanaian-American writer. Her debut novel published in 2016, it earned her a score of accolades and a lot of positive reviews. From what I’ve read so far, it is part-family saga and part-historical fiction that traces the story of two sisters who were parted by circumstances beyond their control. There is still a lot that I have to unravel but I am kind of let down by the abrupt transitions. Perhaps I’ll talk more extensively about my initial impressions on this work in my next First Impression Friday post.
What have you finished reading?
I called it even before I read it! Alaa Al Aswany’s The Automobile Club of Egypt is as colorful as its cover and title. Chronicling the story of the Gaafars as they try to mesh into their new environment, it is complex narrative about Egypt and its history; in this sense, it is also part family-saga and part-historical, plus parts-political. Al Aswany did leave some strong impressions on me but I find the conclusion a little bit underwhelming.
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!