Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Blurb from Goodreads

Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.

Award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history. 

Why I Want To Read It

Wow. It is already the last Monday of the eleventh month and tomorrow will commence the final month of 2020. What an eventful year it has been. A lot has happened, with the COVID-19 pandemic its most buzzworthy topic. With this being said, I hope everyone is staying safe and happy in this most uncertain and unpredictable times. Today, the Philippines is celebrating Andres Bonifacio Day. Andres Bonifacio is one of the faces and founders of the KKK, the underground movement that resisted the oppression of the Spanish regime.

Enough Philippine history today. As it is Monday, it is also time for another Goodreads Monday post. The book I have picked for this week’s feature is one that is rooted in history as well, Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. I first heard of it a couple of months aback through a fellow book blogger who wrote a glowing review of the book. The premise: a literary account of William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet. I recently purchased a copy of the book.

Admittedly, the book didn’t pique my interest at first. But then Maggie O’Farrell won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her work. That is, I guess, a plus. And then it was underlined that the book was about the pandemic! It was a detail I overlooked at first but then it slowly dawned on me that this book is quite timely, with the pandemic and all. More importantly, I am curious about the setting. I take it that it is going to make me immerse in the Elizabethan age and (perhaps) introduce me to a famed writer whose work I am mostly unfamiliar with.

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!.