It’s a new month. Time moved so fast that we’re already on the last four months of the year. It’s also midweek which means one thing, a WWW Wednesday update! WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme 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:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you finished reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

After finishing Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, I have opted to read Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot next. As I have just finished reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, I haven’t gone that far yet with The Marriage Plot. Nonetheless, I am very much excited in this new reading adventures as I have fallen for Eugenides’ writing since I have read Middlesex; it is one of my all-time favorite reads. There is, however, one that that makes me apprehensive about The Marriage Plot. It has a very low rating in Goodreads, it seems that many readers are not satisfied with it. I am diving in to this new journey objectively, insouciant of the comments I have already read. LOL. Come to think of it, this is one of the rare moments I read some reviews before starting a book.

What have you finished reading?

For the second week in a row, I managed to tick off more books from my 2020 reading list.

The first book I completed was Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel. This book was my current read in last week’s WWW Wednesday update. This is my first St. John Mandel and I was looking forward to the book because of the blurb surrounding it; it was even part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To List. The story revolves around a scam which sometimes made me question its connection to the title. Parts-suspense, parts-mystery, the narrative had the tendency to jump from one scene to another without any preamble. The writing was good but the story barely made any impression on me, except perhaps that Vincent, the main heroine of the story is a female.

The second book I have completed is Robert Tressell’s colossal (and solitary, unfortunately) work, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Published four years after the author’s death, the book’s influence and impact was astounding despite its highly political nature. It involves a group of house painters, led by Frank Owen, with the story revolving mainly around themes of capitalism, free-market, politics, among others in Edwardian England. By the way, it contained autobiographical elements. Although it tried to sell socialism, the discourse about the glaring dichotomy amongst the various social classes is very thought provoking. It is just unfortunate that Noonan (Tressell was a pseudonym) was unable to bask in the glory of his work.

What will you read next?

As most of you might already know, I am more of a backlist reader. However, I have been trying to make some strides towards becoming a “new” book reader. As part of this initiative, I am planning to immerse in two 2020 release – Louise Erdrich’s The Night Watchman, and Ilana Masad’s All My Mother’s Lovers. The latter is actually part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To. I am still to receive both books as I just recently made the purchase but I will indulge in them once I have them. Another reason I wanted to read these two books is because they’re both adjudged as two of the best books of the year; I also pre-ordered a hardbound copy of David Mitchell’s latest book Utopia Avenue because it was also part of the same list.

And thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!