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:

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell

Blurb from Goodreads

I don’t want to tell you what happened. I want to tell you how it felt.

Cassandra Williams is twelve; her little brother, Wayne, is seven. One day, when they’re alone together, there is an accident and Wayne is lost forever. His body is never recovered. The missing boy cleaves the family with doubt. Their father leaves, starts another family elsewhere. But their mother can’t give up hope and launches an organization dedicated to missing children.

As C grows older, she sees her brother everywhere: in bistros, airplane aisles, subway cars. Here is her brother’s face, the light in his eyes, the way he seems to recognize her, too. But it can’t be, of course. Or can it? Then one day, in another accident, C meets a man both mysterious and familiar, a man who is also searching for someone and for his own place in the world. His name is Wayne.

Namwali Serpell’s remarkable new novel captures the uncanny experience of grief, the way the past breaks over the present like waves in the sea. The Furrows is a bold exploration of memory and mourning that twists unexpectedly into a story of mistaken identity, double consciousness, and the wishful–and sometimes willful–longing for reunion with those we’ve lost.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great start to the week. Woah. We’re halfway through December; time is flying past us! We are inching closer to a new near. 2023 is so near! The new year is certainly 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 2022 drawing to a close, I hope that the remaining days of the year will be kind to everyone. I pray that you will all be showered with nothing but blessings. I also 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.

In the past few days, I have also been repeatedly streaming NCT Dream’s latest song, Candy, a remake of H.O.T. – their industry seniors – 1996 hit. It may sound light and fun but it is actually a breakup song. HAHA.

Anyway, to kickstart the blogging week, I am posting a new Goodreads Monday update. As the year draws to a close, literary publications and websites have been posting about the best books of the year. This has been a yearly tradition. Meanwhile, I am on the lookout for these lists as I want to see how I fared. It is also an opportunity for me to learn about writers and books I have not encountered before or whose works I have not read before. I can’t say the same in the case of this week’s featured book, Namwali Serpell’s The Furrows. Sure, the book was listed in several Best 2022 Books List but she is not an author I have just learned about this year.

I first came across the American-Zambian author through an online bookseller. I came across her debut novel, The Old Drift. It immediately piqued my interest but for some reason, I held back. I guess her being new to me and the rating of her book in Goodreads did not help the book’s case. Nevertheless, she left an impression on me for I cannot recall reading the works of any Zambian writer; my bad for initially thinking Serpell was a Zimbabwean writer. I was again apprehensive about reading her latest novel, The Furrows especially after I learned that it was not a straight novel. I think it had other descriptions (HAHA); this is the same case with Marga Ortigas’ The House on Calle Sombra – a Parable. Nevertheless, there was still something about the book that reeled me in, that made me want to read it. It was imperative for me to read it.

This yearning for the book was reinforced later in the year when the book was listed in several Best Books of the Year. Now, I just have to obtain a copy of the book as I can’t wait to see what the book holds. 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!