I started this blog as an accompaniment to my main platform for my expression, HA’s Place, long back but I couldn’t keep up with it. Perhaps I can try it again with a more methodical approach. What better way to start than creating an update of what I have been reading lately?
WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and this is the first time I am linking up with this weekly affair. And that requires answering three questions, listed here forth:
- What are you currently reading?
I am currently on a break from novels and works of fiction. I have around three books lined up on my reading list. And I am going about it on a leisurely pace, because that is the only kind of attention these books require, given that they can only be enjoyed through a proper introspection.
I started reading The Second Sex by Madame Beauvoir in June. It was after years of delaying that I thought of finally going for it. I didn’t touch it in July and picked it up again this week. This is a rather new translation by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. I have just completed the Part 2 i.e. History of the I Volume, Facts & Myths. I will now be starting with the Myths. It has been an invigorating read thus far — very well researched and annotated. Beauvoir’s compelling collection of facts come in handy and add a mystique to this history of the “other” sex. I think it should be a mandatory reading for universities in this age when we are still reeling with casual sexism and misogyny and gender inequalities are abundant. Look at the world leaders, adamant at taking us back to the fiefdoms of the 17th century.
The two other books I am reading are poetry collections, viz. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (a facsimile of her original manuscript and original selection and arrangement with a forward by Frieda Hughes) and Kalidasa’s Meghadutam (tr. by Srinivas Reddy).
2. What did you recently finish reading?
That would be The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I was seriously disappointed, to say the least. My short review on Goodreads could be found here.
3. What do you think you’ll read next?
I was thinking of starting Wallace’s Infinite Jest but I am having second thoughts now. I would perhaps get back to my unfinished reads like Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy or Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler. Wait, I may read the HP series again. HA!
P.s. Please let me know if there are any reading challenges or interesting reading groups (those particularly indulging in classics or poetry) in the blogosphere. I have been out too long; would love to be a part of something.