It’s midweek again! 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 finally moved on from Péter Nádas’ Parallel Stories! Haha. I am now currently reading Bolivian-American writer Isabel Ibañez’s Woven in Moonlight which is one of ten books listed in my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List. What enticed me to purchase the book? Well, the book’s cover is a dead giveaway; I didn’t have to think twice in including the book to my list. Woven in Moonlight is a fantasy novel which, I have read, was inspired by the history of Ibañez’s native country. So far, it is going great as Ibañez’s writing is light and the story easy to decipher and understand. This is in stark contrast to the last two books I finished.

What have you finished reading?

Yes, as mentioned in the first question, I was finally able to complete reading Péter Nádas’ Parallel Stories. It took me nearly two weeks but I am just happy I was able to complete it. It is a colossal literary piece that is worthy of being my 800th novel. It started with a murder and ended in suspense, exploring nearly eight decades of European history centered around Hungary. It does involve a lot of graphic scenes and images; sex is ubiquitous and “cock”, “labia”, and “foreskin” were casually used as though they were food. Despite this, it was still a memorable read.

C Pam Zhang’s debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold is not as colossal as Parallel Stories but it was equally memorable, moving, and powerful. Also part of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List, it was one of the titles I was really looking forward to but unfortunately, it took me months to avail a copy of the book. Once I did gain a copy, I didn’t hesitate in immersing the novel. It relates the story of sisters Lucy and Sam who were recently orphaned when their father, Ba, passed away. Set in the twilit years of the American Gold Rush, How Much of These Hills is Gold is a multilayered narrative that explores several seminal themes such as the immigrant experience, definitions of identity and gender, and how fragments of history and memory affect the present.

What will you read next?

With 2021 just over the horizon, I am trying to complete as much book as I can. As 2020 shaped to be a “new” books year, most of the books I am looking forward to in the coming weeks are 2020 books that made some noise such as Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown and Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. Both books flew under the radar and didn’t capture my attention had I not (in the case of the former) heard of it winning an award or (in the case of the latter) encountered positive feedback on the book. Hamnet also did take home a literary plum this year, winning the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. I am raring to dip my fingers into these literary works.

There are still some books I am awaiting delivery and hoping to read like Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face and Cho Nam Jo’s Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982. I am also hoping to receive a copy of the recent Man Booker Prize winner, Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain. I am crossing my fingers. Thus concludes another WWW Wednesday update! I hope everyone is having a great midweek! Do keep safe and as always, enjoy reading!