It’s already midweek. It also 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?

Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater left so much to be desired that when I learned that she was going to publish a new work this year, I immediately added it to my proverbial cart. The Death of Vivek Oji is also my second read this November. It is the story of Vivek, the only son of Chika and Kavita. Whilst Freshwater dealt with mental health, The Death of Vivek Oji tackled with sexuality. Both books, however, share a common denominator – the exploration of identity in a country that remains grounded to its traditions. It has a promising premise but I am still a bit unenthused by the story, contrary to my expectation. I am still looking for that spark that made me fall for Freshwater.

What have you finished reading?

Nineteen Eighty-Four was my first George Orwell book, a book that I have been looking forward to for the longest time because many touted it as a classic and is also a part of the extensive 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. And what an experience it was! Published in the late 1940s, it is a visionary work that captures Orwell’s/Blair’s vision of the future. Orwell vividly captured the gruesome vision of a totalitarian state, where history is continuously rewritten and revised, where privacy is nonexistent, where men disappear for showing opposition to the party. It was a dark political tale but it was so close to reality. I can’t help but relate the novel to what is happening in the present.

What will you read next?

From seminal and classic works included in the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I am shifting towards the more contemporary works. Megha Majumdar’s debut novel, A Burning, was listed as part of many books to look forward to in 2020. It was one of the reasons why I included it in my own list (but I am not really sure why, curiosity perhaps,? HAHA). Thankfully, I managed to purchase a copy of the book and now I am looking forward to it.

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