It’s 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:
- What are you currently reading?
- What have you finished reading?
- What will you read next?
What are you currently reading?
This is my first time immersing in a work written by Louise Erdrich. Honestly, I wouldn’t have bothered with The Night Watchman had it not been included in USA Today’s list of Best books of 2020 so far: What USA TODAY’s critics loved reading. Luckily, my local bookstore had an available copy so I purchased it along with Ilana Masad’s All My Mother’s Lovers (which I just finished yesterday). I am a couple pages into The Night Watchman and I am still finding my footing in the narrative. The writing seems straightforward enough so I don’t think that is going to be a challenge. My nth historical fiction in the last two years, I am interested in how the book relates the history of the setting.
What have you finished reading?
I guess I am gaining reading momentum for I managed to complete two more books in the past week albeit it being a busy period because of month end duties.
The first book I completed, and the first one in weeks that is not part of any reading challenge, is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot. It’s been nearly three years since I read Middlesex but I can still vividly remember how it made me feel. It is one of the reasons why I bought a copy of The Marriage Plot. The premise was interesting enough. It was about Eugenides challenging the established marriage plot, both the literary ones and the actual ones. To demonstrate, he created three vivid characters with varying personalities. I liked them and the way their individual traits were explored. However, I felt like the story never percolated, or reached a peak. Things simply floated. You can say that the impact was ephemeral – it’s nearly there but never gets there. If you know what I mean.
I nearly had the same experience with Ilana Masad’s debut novel, All My Mother’s Lovers. Part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To List, it was a book I was really anticipating because of its interesting title and premise. I guess the title already spoils what the story is about. The narrative begins with the accidental death of Iris Krause. During her wake, her daughter Maggie (short for Margaret) discovered five letters addressed to men she never heard of. To get to the bottom of the mystery, she set out to personally deliver the mails. What she finds out shocks her but it was also during this journey that the story hit a plateau, both in writing and plot. Thankfully, Masad managed to redeem the story during the conclusion and that’s when the story reaches a clarity. To sum it up, All My Mother’s Lovers is a story about all forms of love.
What will you read next?
Honestly, I am still unsure on what to read next; I randomly picked Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves. With the long list of unread books I have, I am having a hard time making up my mind (my Cancer qualities haha). I might read these two next but I might not read them as well. There’s about one in 200 chance I will read either of them. Housekeeping is quite short though and I haven’t read any books from either author. It will all boil down on my mood once I am done with The Night Watchman.
And thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!