This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…
To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading…
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Because I don’t quite get what is going on in this book it’s taking me longer to read and I’m finding myself re-reading parts to fully understand.
I can appreciate how reading this book over sixty years ago could have been completely terrifying. Almost as shocking as those who heard War of the Worlds on the radio and believed it to be true.
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.
I didn’t finish
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
It’s not very often, in fact, hardly ever that I don’t finish books and unfortunately this is one of them.
I got to about 30% and was really struggling to engage with any of the characters or the stilted timeline, so I gave up.
How do three sisters write a single suicide note?
In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters – Lady, Vee, and Delph – finalise their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a Jewish Nobel Prize-winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I and the lethal agent used in Third Reich gas chambers. The chemist himself, their son Richard, and Richard’s children all followed suit.
The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee is facing cancer’s return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a spinster’s life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely, and share a darkly brilliant sense of humour.
As they gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story about four generations of one family – inspired in part by the troubled life of German-Jewish Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chlorine gas – unfolds.
What’s up next?
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
I really enjoyed The Paying Guests and one of my fellow book club members has loaned me Fingersmith. I want to return it to her before our next meeting so this will be my next read.
London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her ‘family’. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue’s fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
Have you read any of this week’s choices? Let me know what you’re reading…