It’s been a while since I posted about what I’m reading, have been reading and hope to read.
What are you currently reading?
Barbara Pym’s No Fond Return of Love. I am rather behind in my Pym re-read posts. Have not written about Jane and Prudence and A Glass of Blessings.
Let’s Kill Uncle by Rohan O’Grady
I heard this book being discussed on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read podcast, presented by Harriet Gilbert. Love that show! Have just started reading it — so far, so good.
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
I’m listening to this audiobook on Scribd, but I may give up soon. Will give it another couple of chapters to decide for sure.
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Cho
I started listening to this on Scribd forever ago and I was enjoying it but the narration (done by the author) was too distracting, so I stopped. I think I might go back to it. Don’t want to spend more money getting the book so I will just try to ignore Cho’s plummy British accent, which is soooo wrong for this book set in Malaya. Apparently, she wanted to perform the audio book because she wanted the names of Malayan towns and other Malay words to be said correctly. Fair enough, but then why the British accent!
What did you recently finish reading or couldn’t finish?
Apart from the two Pyms mentioned above, I recently finished Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom; and Wu Ch’eng-en’s Monkey (translated by Arthur Waley), which I listened to on Scribd and loved to bits, not least because the narrator is the late great Kenneth Williams.
I’ve read and heard so much about Monkey, but had only a vague idea about Sun Wukong and Journey to the West (Monkey is an abridged re-telling) until I listened to the audio book. So glad I found a version narrated by Williams.
As for Dark Fire, it’s the second book in Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, set during the reign of King Henry VIII. A Good Read is also where I learnt about these books. They’re so good, although the descriptions of torture, burning at the stake, bear baiting and other unsavoury 16th century practices are hard to read. Really happy that there are five more novels in the series. I love it when I come across a series after it’s complete, as binge reading is a thing in my world. However, I am taking my time with these novels.
What do you think you’ll read next?
The next Matthew Shardlake book, Sovereign. Also, (maybe) Cold Comfort Farm and most definitely Pym’s Quartet in Autumn, which comes after No Fond Return of Love.
But, I may start Hiromi Kawakami’s The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino right away as my friend Janet got it for me and I want to discuss it with her.
By the way, these are the books that I am dipping and and out of, which will probably be on my ‘current reads’ list for some time as it’s partly research for my fantasy novel:
A Chinese Bestiary: Strange Creatures from the Guideways through Mountains and Seas edited by Richard E. Strassberg
Myths and Legends of of China by E.T.C. Werner
Daoist Identity: History, Lineage and Ritual by Harold D. Roth