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 Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts by Soraya Palmer

Blurb from Goodreads

Folktales and spirits animate this lively coming-of-age tale of two Jamaican-Trinidadian sisters in Brooklyn grappling with their mother’s illness, their father’s infidelity, and the truth of their family’s past

Sisters Zora and Sasha Porter are drifting apart. Bearing witness to their father’s violence and their mother’s worsening illness, an unsettled Zora escapes into her journal, dreaming of being a writer, while Sasha discovers sex and chest binding, spending more time with her new girlfriend than at home.

But the sisters, like their parents, must come together to answer to beings greater than themselves, and reckon with a family secret buried in the past. A tale told from the perspective of a mischievous narrator, featuring the Rolling Calf who haunts butchers, Mama Dglo who lives in the ocean, a vain tiger, and an outsmarted snake, The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter & Other Essential Ghosts is set in a world as alive and unpredictable as Helen Oyeyemi’s.

Telling of the love between sisters who don’t always see eye to eye, this extraordinary debut novel is a celebration of the power of stories, asking, what happens to us when our stories are erased? Do we disappear? Or do we come back haunting?


Why I Want To Read It

Before anything else, I wish everyone a happy new year! I hope that this 2023, you will be showered with nothing but blessings and good news. I hope that this new year will usher in good tidings. I hope and pray that everyone will be healthy, in body, mind, and spirit. And, happy first day of the week everyone! The celebrations are now done. Time to go back to reality! How I wish I can extend the holidays if only for a couple of days. I just hope that the rest of the week will be a great one. For accountants and auditors, time to buckle up! It’s that time of the year again. I am not yet in the right mental space but I have no choice but to face reality head-on.

To kickstart the blogging week, I am posting a new Goodreads Monday update. This is going to be my first Goodreads Monday update for the year! The first few days of the year are often spent for setting goals for the year. I have already ticked off one of my targets as I shared some of the 2023 books I am looking forward to. I have still several lists to do, from my 2023 Top 23 Reading List to my 2023 Beat the Backlist Challenge but I will be taking it in strides. I also have several 2022 wrap-ups to do on top of this. But speaking of most anticipated 2023 releases, one of the books that kept appearing in said lists is Soraya Palmer’s The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts.

Before this year, I have not heard of Palmer, who I learned has Jamaican and Trinidadian heritages. While she had written a nonfiction book, The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts is going to be her debut novel. I am no stranger to the works of Caribbean writers, who I feel are having a surge in the past few years. Some of their works have also been included in my Books I Look Forward to List: Barbadian Cherie Jones’ How the One-Armed Sister sweeps Her House in 2021, and Puerto Rican Xochitl Gonzalez’s Olga Dies Dreaming in 2022. In a way, Palmer’s debut novel is going to be an extension of what has slowly, without design, developed into a tradition.

To be honest, what pulled me toward The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts was the title. You know, I have a bit of a history of being captivated by book titles. HAHA. From the blurb, I get that the book has undertones of the American Dream. It also explores family history and secrets, subjects I have noted in other works of Caribbean literature as well, at least that are more recent. Come to think of it, reading the book is logical because I do plan to host another Latin American literature month this year. Besides, Caribbean literature is one that I rarely have ventured into.

The book is going to be released on March 28 and I hope that the book will be available in the Philippines; it is one of the primary reasons why I have never been successful in my Books I Look Forward To Lists. I hope to change things this year. 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!