And just like that, it is midweek again! It feels ages ago that I was busy doing month end reporting even though it was just last week. Haha. Outside my world, a lot is happening, not just in my country but in the world. Things are shaking up but I am hoping and everything that everything will end up fine. Anyway, that’s it for my weekly pep talk. Time to go back to what this post is all about.
WWW Wednesday is a 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 following up Kathryn Stockett’s The Help with another work set in the Deep South. Nobel Laureate in Literature William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! is touted as his best work by many a literary pundit. It took me that much to convince me to read the book after my rather confusing experience with The Sound and the Fury. I am halfway through the book and I am overwhelmed by how verbose Faulkner writes. I should have expected it because The Sound and the Fury is the same although Absalom, Absalom! doesn’t use the colloquial. I am lost in Faulkner’s descriptive storytelling and, at times, I also lose the story.
What have you finished reading?
Let me just say it this way – I started my June reading journey in the best possible way. Kathryn Stockett’s highly acclaimed novel, The Help, is a triumph of fiction because of its powerful and masterful portrayal. Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter’s individual stories and voices are riveting. It is also a timely read because of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has swept the world. The novel is filled with introspective moments that apply to all walks and aspects life. A wonderful and sweeping read about humanity and how we should treat each and everyone with kindness, regardless of the color of the skin and the stature in life.
What will you read next?
Since I started June with two American novels, might as well continue the trend and read novels written by American authors for the rest of the month. Coincidentally, all four books in this list are part of my 2020 Beat the Backlist challenge. I am truly looking forward to both books which I bought years aback. Cold Mountain’s cover gives me the chills of the mountains. Upon learning it is a historical novel, my anticipation for the book doubled. Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian may belong to a literary genre I am averse to but it is a book that has long captured my imagination. That fancy title makes my brain churn.
That’s it for now. Happy reading everyone! Happy midweek!