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 am picking up my pace again and now I am on my fourth book in the last 10 days. My reading adventure has next transported me to (a) fictional Chinatown located somewhere in California (it could be in San Francisco). Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown relates the story of Willis Yu, a “Generic Asian Man” trying to break into Hollywood. The winner of the recent National Book Award for Fiction, Interior Chinatown is an entertaining read that deals with seminal and timely subjects such as the immigrant experience, racism towards Asians, and discrimination. The book actually reminded me of a lighter version of C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills is Gold. Both are equally powerful narratives that deal with similar themes but in their own distinct voices.

What have you finished reading?

In the past week, I managed to tick off yet another book belonging to my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To List. Isabel Ibanez’s Woven in Moonlight is one of the books that captured my imagination because of its colorful book cover, hence, its inclusion in the said list. This young adult novel story takes inspiration from the history and politics of Ibanez’s native country, Bolivia. It is the story of Ximena who, at a young age, was trained to be a decoy for the real condesa of the Illustrians. The Illustrians used to rule the magical land of Inkasisa until they were overthrown by Atoc and the Llacsans. Although the symbolisms were a little heavy handed and some scenes a little implausible, it was an interesting and entertaining novel.

My next book brought me to Elizabethan England, through Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. Hamnet recently won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Like Woven in Moonlight, Hamnet was inspired by actual events and people. Hamnet is the eleven-year-old son of renowned English playwright William Shakespeare (though he remained anonymous in the text). It was 1596 when Judith, Hamnet’s twin sister was suddenly struck by the feared plague. In the end, it was Hamnet who passed away. Hamnet is an emotionally powerful read that explores grief, death, and maternal love. The novel stirred several emotions in me although I found Shakespeare’s presence a little underexplored and underdeveloped.

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 more 2020 books. The first one I have in line is Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face. I am still to receive the book but this novel was also listed as one of the 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To List. Another book I am looking forward to is TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea. I like the quirky cover. I am also hoping to read Cho Nam Jo’s Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 once I receive it.

I am still fervently 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!