Happy midweek everyone! And in the blink of an eye, we are already on the six month of the year. It is already midyear already even though it still feels like the year started a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I hope you are all having a great day and a great week. I am wishing everyone a happy Wednesday! Wednesdays also mean 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 just completed my second Mario Vargas Llosa yesterday evening and I am about to embark on a new journey. After some contemplation, I am extending my immersion into Latin American literature this month for I still have quite a score of Latin American and Caribbean works in line. One of these books is Barbadian writer Cherie Jones’ debut novel, How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House. I first encountered the novel while I was searching for books to include in my 2021 Top Books I Look Forward to List. The novel’s premise and the title were enough to pique my curiosity, hence, its inclusion into the said list. This is also going to be my first book from this list. I just hope it lives to the hype, especially that it was shortlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

What have you finished reading?

I had again a sluggish week because of work. Nevertheless, I am grateful I managed to complete Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Feast of the Goat. This is my second novel by the Nobel Laureate in Literature, after The War of the End of the World. Just like my first Vargas Llosa novel, The Feast of the Goat was set not in the author’s native of Peru. I initially found it strange that he writes novels about other countries only to find out later that these two novels I have read were his only works not set in Peru! Haha. Anyway, The Feast of the Goat was set in Dominican Republic, exploring the country’s turbulent contemporary history, specifically charting the events prior to the assassination of the country’s long-time dictator, El Jefe Rafael Trujillo. It was an interesting novel and made me understand a bit about Dominican Republic’s history, underlining the role of literature in highlighting the ills of the past in order for it not to be repeated in the present. I first encountered Trujillo through the Pulitzer Prize winning work by Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I did find the novel an easier read compared to my first Vargas Llosa novel.

What will you read next?

In line for me are two authors and titles who I am not both familiar with. Chilean novelist Jose Donoso’s A House in the Country was a title that piqued my interest while browsing through an online book seller’s books for sale. I found it interesting and I even featured it in my Goodreads Monday update. A couple of months after my random purchase, I encountered the book in a list which heralded it as one of the best books about South America. This novel has been listed on this list for quite some time now! Haha. Brazilian writer Jorge Amado is another unfamiliar name but I am hoping to get more insights into his craft through Show Down. Just like A House in the Country, I bought the novel out of curiosity.

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