This is beginning to look like my most regular post 😆, but I do enjoy seeing what people are reading right now.
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
Beautiful World, Where Are You? – Sally Rooney
Synopsis: Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
I am finally getting around to reading the author’s latest book and I’m already enjoying it. The familiar narratives of everyday life, the slightly melancholic nature of it all and the societal discourse slipped in and entirely inseparable from the author’s voice are all present in this book, which are things I enjoyed from the previous two.
Admittedly, there are a few things I don’t like about the writing. Sometimes events are a bit too contrived, or the characters’ musings feel much too pretentious to be irony anymore, but it’s nothing that has (so far) stopped me reading.
What have you recently finished?
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
Synopsis: Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships… Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.
I have a proper review of this book here, but it was a great audiobook to listen to.
What are you going to read next?
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Synopsis: Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me. The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past.
But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange.
I’m very excited about reading this book. I read – and loved Piranesi – and I know this book was very much a fan fave when it was released. It is also very long, which makes it a great one for the holidays when I will actually have a bit of time for reading properly!
Saying that, I don’t really know anything about what this book is about.
A bit of a genre mix 💁♀️
What are you reading this week? Any long fiction recommendations for me?