Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners but is now currently being hosted by Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog. 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:

Night by Elie Wiesel

Blurb from Goodreads

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must simply never be allowed to happen again.
With many strata to mine, The Garden of the Departed Cats is a work of peculiar beauty and strangeness, the whole layered and shiny like a piece of mica.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy Monday everyone! I know I am a day late. I was so sleepy yesterday (I don’t know why for I wasn’t even that exhausted) I crashed immediately after reaching home. HAHA, The weekends are indeed quite short. HAHA. Anyway, I can’t believe that we’re inching closer to the end of the year and to the start of a new one. With the pandemic slowly getting under control despite the emergence of new variants, the new year is brimming with hope. Everything is slowly going back to normal. But still, the virus remains a real threat. I hope we don’t become too complacent lest we will not be undoing the progress we have made thus far. With this, I remind everyone to be diligent in observing minimum health protocols. We can never be too complacent, especially with the rate the virus mutates and spreads. My holiday wish for this year remains the same: that the virus will finally be eradicated.

As the year draws to a close, I hope that the remaining days of the year will be kind to everyone. I pray that it will be filled with nothing but great news and more blessings. I also hope that all your hard work will get repaid. I pray that all your prayers get answered or that they have already been answered. I also hope that the rest of the week will go great for everyone. More importantly, I hope that you are all doing well and are in a good state of health, both in your mind and body.

To kickstart the blogging week, I am posting a new (late) Goodreads Monday update. Since September, my focus has been on books listed on my active reading challenges. I was so relaxed I didn’t realize I was lagging behind on these reading challenges. The shift in focus helped me make huge strides toward completing (some of) these challenges. I recently finished Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace Walk, the first book in the Nobel Laureate in Literature’s globally acclaimed Cairo Trilogy. It was my third novel by Mahfouz and was the fourteenth book in my 2022 Beat the Backlist Challenge I read. This means that I am one book away from completing the said challenge! Yay! I am also down to my last book in my 2022 Top 22 Reading List. The last book on both challenges is Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy which I am saving for last as it is quite thick.

For this week’s Goodreads Monday update, however, I am not featuring a book from any of my ongoing reading challenges. Rather, I am featuring Elie Wiesel’s Night. I have always been encountering the book. It was ubiquitous, thus, naturally piquing my interest. However, whenever I get the chance to obtain a copy of the book, I bypass it for other books. I am not sure why. Moreover, I keep on reading good things about the book, which is the first in Wiesel’s The Night Trilogy. Apart from that, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; apologies for I have always thought that it was the Nobel Prize in Literature that he won.

Another erroneous perception I have of the book – and again, I must apologize for this – is that it is a work of fiction. I might have realized along the way but it is only today that it stuck that the book and the trilogy are a set of memoirs. The trilogy focuses on Wiesel’s experiences during the Holocaust. The book, translated into more than 30 languages since its publication in 1956 in Yiddish as Un di Velt Hot Geshvign, is regarded by many as one of the foundations of Holocaust literature. The number of books built around the Holocaust is astounding and understandably so. The harrowing experiences of the survivors need to be heard in order for the present generation to learn about this dark phase of history. Their voices should not be muted, rather, they should be heard.

How about you fellow reader? What books have you added to your reading list? Do drop it in the comment box. For now, happy Monday and, as always, happy reading!