And, just like that, it is already the middle week. How time flew with me barely noticing the changes in my environment; cliched mantra here but I still can’t help reiterating how time passes us by. Oh well, that is how life is, as they always say. I am veering off course again. Midweek also comes with it another WWW Wednesday post. Surprisingly, despite my recent hectic schedule, I’ve managed to be an active reader. I guess I owe this to my 2020 goal of reading at least 50 pages a day.
Anyway, before I get carried away, let’s go back to this fun bookish meme, which was 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?
Okay. I wasn’t originally planning on reading Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me next as I just recently bought it from the Big Bad Wolf Sale. I wanted to read it on a latter date. But with many positive recommendations from fellow book bloggers (three as of last count), I simply could not resist the urge of reading it next. I am on an African Literature reading binge anyway so I guess it is but logical to read it next. I haven’t read much yet but I am already giddy in anticipation with how the story evolves. I know I won’t be disappointed as I trust the taste of my fellow readers.
What have you finished reading?
I am actually surprised that, in a span of eight days, I managed to read two books considering how busy I’ve been these past few weeks. Anyway, I won’t dwell much on that.
The first book I completed is Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. It was my current read during last week’s WWW update. Despite my initial apprehensions due to the structure, I ended up loving this book because of its powerful portrayal of Ghanaian history and how it is virtually connected with the slave trade. Overall, it is, at once, a very powerful and a very magical tale about Ghana, its people, its culture, and its history.
From Ghana, I next traveled to Cameroon with Cameroonian-American author Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. Just like Homegoing, it comes in highly recommended, and I can understand why. I often read about Asian and European diaspora but I’ve rarely read about the African story. Behold the Dreamers gave me that pleasant, although heart wrenching, experience. Mbue wrote a very insightful story that gives the readers a deeper perspective of the quintessential “American” dream.
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 other book I look forward to reading is Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater. Like Stay With Me, I recently bought a copy at the Big Bad Wolf Sale although this book was part of my 2018 Books I Look Forward to List. Reading the synopsis, I am so looking forward to this book and the magic that it beholds.
So far, my African Literature reading adventure is going pretty well. The diversity of the works and the variety of writing styles and voices is impressive. The books I’ve read so far are giving me a deeper insight of Africa, its people and its culture. I am relishing the experience. I hope everyone is enjoying the books that they’re reading as well.
Happy Wednesday everyone!