WWWednesday: What Are You Reading? 24 October 2018

It’s a while since I did this meme which involves answering three questions set by Sam at Taking on a World of Words 

 

What are you currently reading?

South Riding

During a recent bout of  “squaring away” (otherwise known as a “tidy up”) I found my copy of Winifred Holtby’s best known novel: South Riding.  It’s set in the world of her upbringing in Yorkshire in which she creates a fictional rural community struggling with the effects of the depression.

Into this community steps a new headmistress with a vision of making changes and putting her school on the map. She needs to win over some of the most powerful local figures including a gentleman farmer whose world is falling apart, Mrs Beddows, the first alderman of the district and Councillor Snaith, a cunning and manipulative fellow  member of the council.

So far this is proving to be a marvellous and engrossing tale.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Mars RoomThe only 2018 Booker contender I managed to read this year was The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. The title comes from the name of a strip joint where Romy Hall, a young single mother once worked. Now she is in a women’s correctional facility in California, serving two life sentences for murder. The novel, written in an unforgettable, direct voice, is an unflinching indictment of the prison system. It’s not a book that you can really say you ‘enjoy’.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Warlight

Usually I find this a difficult question to answer because I don’t like planning ahead. But on this occasion, it couldn’t been easier.  As soon as I heard about Michael Ondaatje’s new novel Warlight, I put in my reservation at the library. It’s just become available but such is the interest from other readers, there’s no chance of renewing the loan. So my default this is my next read though I can honestly say I’m being pushed into this choice.

About BookerTalk

What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on October 24, 2018, in WWWednesdays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I went on vacation to Zion National Park last Wednesday so reading went by the wayside. I had started Go Went Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck and will finish that soon. It started off in what I thought might be too much of a cerebral tone but what I read last night got me hooked.

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  2. I only read Running in the Family, by Ondaatje, and I was far from being impressed

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  3. My commute audio is The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. There’s one I’m supposed to review that puts me to sleep so will remain nameless. A true crime set in Kenya’s Happy Valley called White Mischief. A few others lying around. South Riding and her others have been on my to read list for years.

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  4. I’ve been tempted by The Mars Room but I don’t know if I’m in the mood for a book that I won’t enjoy!

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  5. I loved South riding – a marvellous book! I’m useless at predicting what I’ll read next – you can almost take it for granted that if I say one book by the time comes to choose what to read I’ll pick something else.

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    • Me too Margaret. It’s why I’ve stopped doing challenges where you have to make a list of books and then read them.I liked making the list but then the minute I had finished it my enthusiasm waned.

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  6. I’m reading a collection of Dashiell Hammett fiction, “The Forsyte Saga,” and “The Mill on the Floss.”

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  7. I’m just coming to the end of Slav Sisters, an outstanding collection of short works by female Russian writers of the 20th century. Not quite sure where I’ll go next! 🙂

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  8. I am reading Little Man Little Man by James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac. This book tells the story of a 4 year old boy’s experiences in Harlem. It really puts into words how he feels and thinks about his world around him.

    I just finished The Trial and Other Stories by Ifeoma Okoye Short stories about women in present day Nigeria, how in spite of all the laws that control them, that take away their power as women, mothers, and human beings, these admirable women use ingenuity, intelligence and hard work to hold on to their money, their children, their dignity.

    I plan to read The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

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