Happy hump day reading! Taking on a World of Words is hosting this fun meme, which I first discovered at Coffee and Cats. It asks three simple but ever alluring questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
They’re alluring questions because … because … oh well, I can’t help myself:
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a book lover in possessions of three current reads and 500+ of her own damn books* must be in want of more book suggestions. Or something.
Now that’s out of the way…
What are you currently reading?
I have three books going at the moment, all my own (*flashes victory sign*).
My current nonfiction read is The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe by Ann Morgan, which I bought when it first came out. So far, she’s mostly discussing the world literature market forces and how little world literature makes it into the anglosphere. Though it’s not quite what I expected – I’d been hoping to hear more about the books themselves – it’s interesting and thought provoking.
I’m also reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein for teaching purposes. Fun fact: This was one of the first books I bought on my Nook. It’s a sneaky book (in the best way possible) that plays with the reader’s head in a big way. This is why I chose it for a teaching text: It rewards the careful reader.
I seem to need always to be reading a Harry Potter novel. This month, it’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rereading tends to work for me at bedtime, when I don’t want to get sucked into the “just one more chapter” scenario. Knowing what happens in the next chapter makes it (somewhat) easier to turn off the light and go to sleep.
What did you recently finish reading?
On Sunday, I finished Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, which we’re reading for my book group meeting this Friday. I’d heard mixed reviews about it, and opinions seem to be sharply divided into “love it” or “hate it” camps. Reading the first page, I was skeptical that the style would hook me, but the more I read on, the harder it was to put the book down. The prose had a mesmerizing rhythm. I also found the narrative structure fascinating for its meaningful gaps, where what we’re not shown becomes as significant to how we understand the main character as what we’re shown.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Next up is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole. This is my dear friend Jessica’s favorite book, so there’s some pressure there. But I trust Jessica and her awesome taste in books. She is currently reading Harry Potter on account of being gently nudged (or relentlessly badgered – one or the other) about it for months. So basically, we’re trading reading each other’s favorite books.
I’d love to hear thoughts, reflections, suggestions, and lists of what you’re reading in the comments!
*A gross understatement since the figure only represents e-books. Gulp.