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?
Oh, I am on a roll. This past few weeks, I’ve been reading books published within the last two years. After reading four books published in 2020 consecutively, I am stepping back a bit with Erin Morgenstern’s latest literary work, The Starless Sea which was published in the latter half of 2019. I am a little bit ambivalent about this because my first Morgenstern (The Night Circus) was a total dampener because of its dubious plot. I am hoping that The Starless Sea would change that negative perception. I have just started the book and I can already understand why many a reader said it has a lyrical and beautiful language. But I had to stop myself. The Night Circus had the same quality as well. I am still hoping that this won’t be the same as the first.
What have you finished reading?
So, after a couple of weeks of one book finishers, I managed to complete three books this past week.
The first book I completed is Nigerian writer Abi Dare’s debut work, The Girl With the Louding Voice. This book was my current read in last week’s WWW Wednesday post. It relates the story of Adunni, a fourteen-year-old girl who was sold into marriage by his widowed father. The story of child-brides is heartbreaking and knowing that their presence still exists in Nigeria and other parts of the world is even more appalling. However, Adunni is no ordinary child-bride. Her story beacons because it is one of hope.
My next read was Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt, a very controversial book that piqued my curiosity. It ended up being my first 2020 book purchase even though it wasn’t part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List. The novel started with an ambush which Lydia and her son, Luca, miraculously survived. Knowing that the hunter is not going to stop until she ends up dead, the mother and son duo fled. With cunning, they journeyed to el norte where they believe their future and protection lies. It is a dark book that details the experiences of Central American migrants who fled north in order to escape poverty and their bloody neighborhoods.
The book I most recently completed is Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea which formally breaks my self-imposed abstinence from her work. Don’t get me wrong. I strayed away because I was so in love with The House of the Spirits (I still am). Anyway, her latest work (initially published in Spanish in 2019) charts the story of Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera who both fled from Spain after the Spanish Civil War. They both found themselves exiled to Chile, the metaphorical and titular Long Petal. It is rather an unusual story with the history Chile embedded on the back drop. Honestly, I enjoyed the history part more than Victor and Roser’s story. Pablo Neruda, the famed Chilean poet, played a major role in the story.
What will you read next?
In keeping up with the month’s theme of reading the most recently published books in my bookshelf, my next read will be Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House. This is the last 2020/2019 book I have so it will be standing alone this week. It is also going to be my second Patchett work. This was one that I wasn’t planning to buy but after reading several positive reviews of the book, I changed my mind, like the Cancer I am.
I am still deciding on what to read from that point one.
And thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!