It’s midweek of my first week in my new working environment! As part of the migration process of our new accounting system, some of my officemates (including yours truly) checked in to a hotel close to our office. I’ve been reporting to the office this week and will be reporting here for the next two weeks as well. I am fervently hoping that everything goes smoothly.

As it is midweek, it is also time for another 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?

I am about to start reading Nobel Laureate in Literature Halldor Laxness’ Independent People; I just recently completed reading Philip K. Dick’s popular work, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This is going to be my first novel from the Icelandic writer and I can’t help but be giddy in anticipation. I believe this is my first novel written by an Icelandic author. I actually bought the book after learning that Laxness is a Nobel Prize in Literature winner. It is an added bonus that the book forms part of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

What have you finished reading?

After a measly one book last week, I managed to complete two books this past week, both part of the said 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List.

The first book I completed is D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It was a book that intrigued me the moment I encountered it a couple of years back. Lawrence’s final novel, it was inspired by parts of his personal life. It was also a very controversial work that it had to go through some legal proceedings before it was finally published. Having read the novel, I can understand the controversy it stirred. The novel contained vivid and intricate descriptions of brazen acts. It was, however, quite a challenge trying to derive pleasure from the book.

My next book was equally influential in the world of literature. Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Ship? is a sci-fi classic and it remains a seminal and timeless tale. It relates the story of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter working for the San Francisco Police Department commissioned to “retire”, or kill six androids who escaped from Mars to Earth. It was my first novel written by Dick and it was, I must say, a mesmerizing world. I look forward to reading more of his works.

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!