WWW Wednesday

It’s been a while since I posted about what I’m reading, have been reading and hope to read.

Let's KillWhat 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?

monkeyApart 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?

10 lovesThe 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

 

Angel[s] of My Lifetime

While we’re on the subject of boy bands, I can’t believe this was released in 1992. I can’t believe I was twenty-five. I can’t believe I was ever twenty-five.

But Take That was not, to me, what BTS is to my daughter. I am only a ‘greatest hits’ fan of their’s. My BTS was probably Duran Duran or Culture Club (although neither could be described as a boy band), but there wasn’t a Yoonmin equivalent. I can’t imagine shipping any of the members of either band. But I imagine that if Duran Duran were a band today, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes might get shipped — Jick? Or Simon and Nick — Sick? Brilliant, definitely Sick! Or maybe a Taylor three-way — Jorandy!

Favourite BTS Songs

Five years ago, in response to one of my Facebook posts, a friend remarked that I was living in a Korean drama. At that point, I hadn’t watched any of these Korean series, and never imagined that I’d become low-key hooked on them. Or that I’d have a BTS playlist and it’d be on repeat all the time!

Anyway, that’s what this post is about, my favourite BTS songs. Do NOT read if you’re not a fan!Read More »

Who Knows Where the Time Goes

I thought I’d write an update. April was all about the A-Z Challenge, and I’m not sure where May went so …Read More »

Slight Whinge

It’s been more than two weeks since my last post. I know I shouldn’t feel too bad about it — after all, it’s not like I’m sitting about all day twiddling my thumbs, but I still wish I could be a more regular blogger.

How come we’re in June though? I don’t like how time speeds up once January passes.