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?
After reading four more recent books in a row, I have finally decided to jump back in time. This journey brought me back to early 19th century. Northanger Abbey was supposed to be Jane Austen’s debut work as it was completed for publication in 1803. Unfortunately, it was only published posthumously in 1817. I am about to start with the book. I am looking forward to the experience of being immersed in Austen’s first major work.
What have you finished reading?
Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea is one of two books I managed to complete in the past week. It was my current read in last week’s WWW Wednesday post. As I have mentioned in my First Impression Friday post, the book’s language is truly beautiful; Morgenstern is gifted in the art of words. The story itself is confusing. The romance, which I assume was supposed to be the narrative’s centrifugal point, was ephemeral, underdone, and . The fantasy was really well done that it is easy to forget about the story, or the lack of it.
I had the same issue with Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House. After Bel Canto, which I wasn’t really ecstatic about, this is my second Patchett. It took a very huge amount of constitution to convince myself to buy the book after that unforgettable experience with Bel Canto. Whilst the language was beautiful, better than Bel Canto even, the lack of plot and the passivity of the characters dampened the experience for me. It was a shame really, both of these books.
What will you read next?
I think I’ll use the rest of the month to check off books from my 2020 Beat the Backlist challenge; Northanger Abbey is also part of the list. The first one is Jean Rhys’ popular feminist work, Wide Sargasso Sea. Its a title that has long been the subject of my curiosity. The text is rather short (like Northanger Abbey) so it is favorable to me. I’ll be following it up with Cormac McCarthy’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning post-apocalyptic book, The Road. I can’t wait to read these two!
And thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!