Life update: the past few weeks have been really tedious. I’ve been filled with so many deadlines that I work nearly every single day. I am hoping that reprieve is coming soon. It has also weighed heavily on my reading. The momentum I built in the closing weeks of September fizzled out; I managed to read a couple of pages only.

Nonetheless, I still find time to update my blog, just like this new 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?

As I am currently on a quest for books listed in the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I have opted to immerse in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It is a title that has captured my imagination when I first encountered it a couple of years ago, and even more so when I learned that it was inspired by some elements of Lawrence’s personal life. I haven’t gone that far into the book yet even though I started it three days ago. I am still in the part where Lawrence is elucidating on the personal histories of the primary characters. By the way, this is my first Lawrence work so I am excited on what I will unravel (despite its lowly rating in Goodreads).

What have you finished reading?

With my momentum stymied, I managed to complete a solitary book in the past week. Although I just received my copy of Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate, I immediately delved in it because it is one of those books that I have been longing to read. And I must say, it was a scrumptious tale, especially with the incorporation of several cuisines and dishes. Not only were these dishes delectable, it filled the air with a distinct smell. Anyway, underneath the layers of food is a romance story. I was, however, underwhelmed by the romance but I liked how Esquivel interwove details of Mexican culture and history into the backdrop of the story. It was a quick read but I was hampered by the pandemonium that has been the main motif of my past few weeks.

What will you read next?

With a feast of I 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I am setting my eye on Marina Lewycka’s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian because of its, well, obviously striking title. I was intrigued by the title but my interest was further piqued when I learned it is part of the aforementioned reading list. What does this book hold?

Chinese classical writer TsaoHsueh-Chin’s Dream of the Red Chamber is another title I have set my sights on. I hope this is a good substitute for Luo Guanzhong’s The Romance of Three Kingdoms (I am still hoping for a hardbound copy of the book). I just hope I get to read these books before the month ends.

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