My Week in Books | WWW Wednesday: 20 March

Today I’ve decided to participate in WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is hosted by Sam. Rules are simple: Answer the three questions below and share your link to
TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Her oval face was beautiful in the extreme, her every feature finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Similar in face and figure to women of Earth, she was nevertheless a true Martian–and prisoner of the fierce green giants who held me captive, as well!

Description from Goodreads

I have always loved the classics. The very first novel I read is a classic and I have been reading classics since then. I also have a fascination with science fiction. I chose to read A Princess of Mars because it’s a sci-fi classic. The Barsoom series inspired sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur Clarke. I sure would not want to miss an influential book.

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The last live broadcast on Polish Radio, on September 23, 1939, was Chopin’s Nocturne in C# Minor, played by a young pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, until his playing was interrupted by German shelling. It was the same piece and the same pianist, when broadcasting resumed six years later. The Pianist is Szpilman’s account of the years inbetween, of the death and cruelty inflicted on the Jews of Warsaw and on Warsaw itself, related with a dispassionate restraint borne of shock. Szpilman, now 88, has not looked at his description since he wrote it in 1946 (the same time as Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man?; it is too personally painful. The rest of us have no such excuse.

Goodreads description

I would like to read more non-fiction and biographies this year. What influenced me to read Szpilman’s memoir is Roman Polanski’s 2002 movie adaptation. Adrien Brody’s performance was staggering and the movie was so heart-breaking.

Szpilman had nothing to eat for so many days when a German soldier made him play the piano. I can’t forget the scene moments before this when the shot shows a can rolling across the floor. It broke my heart.

Recently finished

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Goodreads description

The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls’s recollection of her childhood and a testimony about her roots she kept hidden for many years.

We by Yevgeni Zamyatin

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The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell’s 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet Russia

Goodreads description

It’s claustrophobic and scary. Everyone should read this book at least once. The grim ending was superb.

To read next

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens’ ways are strange and frightening…again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery…and the truth.

Description from Goodreads

It’s the second book of the Ender’s Game Series. I’ve read the first book last year and have seen the movie as well. There’s no reason not to read its sequel.

Descendants of the Crane by Joan He

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Description from Goodreads

Release of Descendants of the Crane was pushed back a week later than it’s original publication date. I requested for an ARC from Edelweiss before its release in the 9th of April. If I don’t get approved, I’ll just buy a copy and put it at the bottom of my TBR list. Twitter is also buzzing about Joan He’s debut novel. I can’t help but be curious. I’m supporting Asian authors as well so I decided to read her book and share my opinions to other readers.


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