Can you believe we’re three weeks into 2021? Time seems to move so fast and yet so slow at the same time. We are in Lockdown still here and I am home schooling my daughter for at least another two weeks.
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The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?
What am I currently reading?
I am listening to actor Matthew McConaughey’s memoir Greenlights. I am enjoying that one a lot. He is definitely an interesting guy with interesting views on life. This is a memoir/life advice book and feels quite unique. I decided to listen to this one because he has such a good voice to listen to and I had seen him talk about it somewhere. It sounded like a good read, and it is.
I am reading another memoir as well. Things The Grandchildren Should Know is the memoir of musician Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E of alternative band EELS. This is a guy that had a very turbulent life that I knew next to nothing about! I only picked this one up because of a book club. I am halfway. There are things about the writing I don’t particularly like, but his life story is sad, but kind of fascinating.
Finally, in desperate need of some fiction I have started Piranesi by Susanna Clarke on my Kindle last night. I am only a few pages in. It’s definitely intriguing!
What have I recently finished reading?
I have finished reading The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali, which is mostly historical fiction set in Tehran, Iran. It was a tearjerker for sure, but I loved it so so much! My first 7-star read of the year.
Unfortunately it was followed by a less impressive book, which was Greenmantle by Charles de Lint. I only gave that one 2 stars. This is a late 1980s fantasy book and though the characters were ok, it was rather sexist and the weird combination of mobsters and fantasy creatures really did not work for me.
I also read The Love Poems of Rumi, which is a collection of Rumi’s poems translated by Nader Khalili. I read this after Rumi was referred to in The Stationery Shop. It was the second book in a short while that touched on Rumi, and I felt I wanted to look into his work. This collection was not great, but it really felt like it was the translation that ruined the poems for me. I ordered a different work by him that is supposed to be a more faithful translation. I decided not to rate this one, mainly because I did not feel it was a good reflection of Rumi’s work.
What do I plan to read next?
I am not entirely sure. I am really enjoying stories set in the Middle East at the moment, so I may pick up something else set there. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz is on my 2021 TBR, so I may decide to read that one. This one is set in early 20th century Egypt.