This fun bookish meme 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?
I am closing out my European Literature month with yet another British writer; I started March with Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. After Atonement and On Chesil Beach, Saturday is my Ian McEwan book and by reading it, I am basically hitting two birds. It is one of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and the books is also included in my 2020 Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge. I finished the part where the main character, Perowne, and his colleague Strauss played squash. It can be mundanely boring as it lasted for nearly 20 pages. However, what struck me most was the richness of the details. Not bad.
What have you finished reading?
The last two books I’ve read are both classics. The first one is Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Highly controversial because of its sensitive, and, rather perverse theme, it is one of the books that keep on eliciting negative feedback from readers across the globe. Despite this, its study of human nature is one that can leave one in awe of the complexities of human behavior in general. It is not a book that I would consider “insightful” but it is one that leaves indelible traces because its strong characterization of our otherworldly desires.
After Lolita, I next immersed in a classic Italian work, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio. But who has never heard of Pinocchio? Its famed Disney adaptation is a classic in its own rights. How does the printed text fare? Collodi’s writing was upbeat and highly imaginative. Although there are some key plot holes and several morbid scenes (which can be unsuitable for children), it is nevertheless an experience. Besides, most of the original text of most Disney adapted films have some grisly details of their own. Haha.
What will you read next?
After navigating through African works and European works, I am pivoting back to my native Asia. I will kick things off with Han Kang’s Human Acts. I wasn’t really enthused by The Vegetarian but I am willing to give the Korean author another chance; this book was, after all, recommended to me by a fellow reader whose insights I fully trust. As it is going to be an Asian month, it is imperative to read a work by a Filipino author. I think reading two Filipino books is part of my 2020 Reading Resolutions. Nevertheless, it is my full desire to read more of my fellow countrymen’s works.