Whew. Time flew just like that and we’re already in the middle day of the last week of February! March is literally knocking over the horizon. It still feels like yesterday when the second month of the year begun. Time does knock us off of our feet. Oh well, a lot did happen in the past two months and before we wave goodbye to February, I’ll do my last WWW Wednesday update. This is also my 20th WWW Wednesday, more testament to how time literally passes us by!
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?
To conclude my African literature month, I am going to read Nigerian writer, Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater. I first came across this book in early 2018 when I was researching for books to include in my 2018 Most Anticipated Releases list. Unfortunately, I never got to purchase a copy until the recently concluded 2020 Big Bad Wolf Sale. I was elated I found a copy of the book. I’m even more excited about the book after reading the synopsis – it is a subject that is very close to my heart. So yes, I am really looking forward to this book.
What have you finished reading?
Whew. Momentum, momentum. I have indeed gained some badly needed momentum as, for the second week in a row, I have finished two books. My 2020 reading resolution of reading at least 50 pages a day is indeed helping me with my reading backlog.
The first book I finished is Nigerian writer, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut novel, Stay With Me. Published in 2017 to critical acclaim, it was a book that came in highly-recommended, as it should be. Relating the story of young couple, Akin and Yejide, Stay With Me is a stellar piece of published text that everyone should read. It speaks of profound subject but with local flavors. It is a book that hems in the reader into its already rich tapestry. It is a rarity and, despite its heavy subjects, a magical and powerful read.
Canadian-Ghanaian author, Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black is the perfect followup to Stay With Me. I’ve never heard of it before but it being part of the New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year piqued my curiosity. I just bought a copy and immediately dived into its prose. Like the book it succeeded, it is a very rich text, albeit distinctly its own. It relates the adventures of its eponymous main character and narrator. It is a well-written piece to say the least.
What will you read next?
After a magical and delightful African literature month, it’s time to travel back in time with these two English classic books. After eight consecutive books written by African authors, I am taking a 360-degree turn towards English fiction in March. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Charles Dickens’ Bleak House are just the start. This is going to be my first Dickens in nearly a decade!
Happy midweek reading everyone!