Ahhh. April 15. Today was supposed to be a very important date for accountants and auditors alike. Had things not gone the way they did these past three months, today would’ve marked the end of regular taxation season. But 2020 is not a typical year. In the Philippines, tax season was extended for one month to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope everything goes well as the year moves forward.
But before I further fall into a hole, let us go back to the point of this update – WWW Wednesday. 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?
My current read is this seminal, and ironically, controversial work written by Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses. The title itself is enough to make eyes roll, something that has also kept me from touching the book. That was until I learned of its history and how it impacted the author’s life. On the subject of the book, to say it is difficult and complex is an understatement. I had to deliberately slow down my pace to understand the story. At the start specially, I found myself confused and dumbfounded. It started making sense as the story progressed (thankfully). I am nearly halfway through the book and I am hoping to finish it by Friday. Hopefully things hold.
What have you finished reading?
For the first time in weeks, I am only reporting one book read. Blame it on my current read. LOL. Just kidding. Anyway, despite Filipino-American writer Randy Patron Saints of Nothing’s being a young adult fiction, I had a great time unraveling this narrative about the current state of Philippine affairs, with particular emphasis on President Duterte’s Drug War. What I liked about the overall concept is its highlight on the involvement of the youth in current national affairs. It echoed the message of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal – “the youth is the hope of the nation/motherland.”
Despite the heavy criticism on today’s youth, this novel showed that “ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.”
What will you read next?
In line with my reading month’s time, my next adventures are (presumably) into Afghan Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows and Turkish Nobel Prize in Literature winner Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman. However, these are not definite because my mood might change. I was planning to read Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain but it is too long for my taste (one 500-pager is enough for the month). Nobel Prize in Literature winner Kenzaburo Oe was supposed to be part of the line up but I am having a separate month for Japanese authors again.
And that’s my WWW Wednesday. I hope everyone is keeping safe in the comforts of their home. Let’s keep on hoping and praying for this pandemic to end. Happy midweek everyone!