Since it is a Wednesday, it is also time for 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?

And the “new” book parade for the month continues with Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. After A Man Called Ove, this is my second work by the popular Swedish writer. Anxious People revolves around an unusual incident on New Year’s eve. An amateur bank robber tried to pull off a bank robbery but without any contingency plans. Things escalated and then it turned into a hostage taking. More than the incident, the novel grapples with the various concerns of the individuals caught up in the unusual situation, thus, the “Anxious” in the book’s title. More than the humor, what I am enjoying is the insight on realities and life in general. I am nearly midway through the story and more things are unravelling.

What have you finished reading?

Ah Vietnam, Vietnam. I fell in love with the country when I visited it over two years ago (which reminds me I haven’t written my travel blog yet). Even though it was a very short stay, the country, its culture, and its people has captured my heart and I am longing to go back. Nguyễn Phan Quế’s The Mountains Sing reminded me exactly just that, especially of Hanoi and its Old District. But the book reminded me more of the country’s rather bloody modern history, where war and discord was ubiquitous. This part of modern Vietnam’s history was related through Dieu Lan and the succeeding generations of her family. It was a heartbreaking read, with very graphic details. It was also about finding hope and being persistent when the odds are against us. A thoroughly thought-provoking read but not one for the faint of heart. This book made me fall in love more with Vietnam, and now, its brand of literature.

What will you read next?

I haven’t decided yet on what to read next for I have ran out of “new” books. However, I am thinking of Mexican writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow. I believe the story interweaves modern Mexico and elements of Mexican mythology. I’m curious about her works because I have been hearing positive things about Mexican Gothic (which, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a copy of). I think this is a decent choice as, again, I will be moving to another country, in terms of reading and literature of course.

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