It’s midweek again! That only means one thing – another WWW Wednesday update! 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 currently reading my 10th African work for the year (I should have also signed for the African literature reading challenge, haha). Daré is also my sixth Nigerian author this year after Evaristo, Braithwaite, Obioma, Adébáyọ̀, and Emezi. Her debut work, The Girl With the Louding Voice forms part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List (the same with My Dark Vanessa). I am more than half way done and I must say I am impressed despite some flaws in the plot. There is just something in the way Nigerian writers write that commands the readers’ attention.
What have you finished reading?
After waiting for six months, I am finally making headway with my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List. I finished reading my first book from the list. Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut work, My Dark Vanessa, has immediately captured my attention while I was searching for books to include in the aforementioned list. It touched on complex and heavy but relevant and timely subjects. The book reminded me of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, a Lolita related through the “nymphet’s” perspective. I was actually establishing the parallels between the two works when Russell caught me of guard – she connected My Dark Vanessa to the Russian classic. Despite Vanessa being a frustrating character 90% of the time, this book deserves all the accolades it got and is still about to get.
What will you read next?
I’ve mentioned before that I am the backlist type of reader and it is very rare that I read books in the year they were published. The four books in this list are members of that rare group. Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt, like My Dark Vanessa, created massive shock waves that reverberated through the world of literature. Both touched on complex but timely and relevant subjects. They also both piqued my interest. I am also planning to read Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea, the English translation of a work originally published in Spanish in 2019. This is going to be my second Allende after The House of the Spirits. I am looking forward to the experience as The House of the Spirits is one of my all time favorite reads.
And thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!