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:

Demon Copperfield by Barbara Kingsolver

Blurb from Goodreads

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy Monday everyone! I know I am a day late (for the second consecutive week). My body has been a little weird lately as I have been too sleepy lately. I have been pushing my body mayhaps? I crashed shortly after reaching home. Anyway, I can’t believe that we’re inching closer to the end of the year. 2023 is so near! With the pandemic slowly getting under control despite the emergence of new variants, the new year is surely brimming with hope. Brighter days are ahead as everything is slowly going back to normal. 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.

With 2022 drawing 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 hope for healing and recovery. 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. For this week’s Goodreads Monday update, I am featuring Barbara Kingsolver’s latest work, Demon Copperfield. I think it was in 2015 that I read my first book by the American writer. It was an interesting work, to say the least. It was meant to prepare me for her most renowned work, The Poisonwood Bible, a book that was ubiquitous in must-read lists. I did like the book and its historical context. However, when I learned about her latest work, I just said, okay. I didn’t think much of it really. Besides, I have a lot of books in my reading pipeline already.

Things changed a couple of days later when different literary journals and magazines started sharing their best book of 2022 lists. Demon Copperfield was repeatedly mentioned as one of the best books of the year. It was even included by the New York Times in their 10 Most Notable Books List of the year. Time Magazine also listed the book as one of the 100 Best Books of the Year. The book was ubiquitous and comes highly recommended it seems. It didn’t take much to convince me to obtain a copy of the book and add it to my growing to-be-read list. HAHA. Reading the blurb, I realized something I missed out on earlier. The connection between Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield and Kingsolver’s latest work. Although my memory of the former is sketchy (it has been over a decade since I read it), I do recall it being one of the Dickens novels I love, maybe even the first to make me fall in love with his storytelling; either David Copperfield or The Great Expectations.

Anyway, I am looking forward to reading Demon Copperfield, and if time permits, I just might be able to squeeze it into my 2022 reading journey. I do have quite a lot of new books on my shelf waiting for me to open them. LOL. 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!