It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. As you might have deduced, it’s a place to talk a bit about what we’re currently reading, have just finished reading, and what we are about to start reading.
This week I finished China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. I expected to like it, but I ended up loving it! It was subtle, clever and intriguing with wonderful characterization and deep, believable world-building. In short, it was one of the best pieces of “soft” or socio-political science fiction I’ve read in a long time. Written in 1992, this novel was prescient in many ways.
As to what I’m currently reading, I am about 100 pages into Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Murakami is one of my favorite authors, yet I’ve managed to never read this one, which is arguably his most popular work. I am liking it so far and am looking forward to the slow slip into surreality for which Murakami is so well-known.
I am also nibbling away at Yoko Ogawa’s recent short story collection Revenge. Another contemporary Japanese author with a penchant for the strange, Ogawa seems good to pair with Murakami. What I’ve read so far has been quite good. Ogawa does have a similar vibe to Murakami, but there is a slightly darker, more melancholy and more feminine wash over everything. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.
Next on deck (while I’m waiting for my library hold for my Classics Club Spin pick, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, to come through) will probably be Heart of a Dog/A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov is probably best known for The Master and Margarita, one of my favorite classics, and I’m really looking forward to exploring some of his other work.
That about wraps up my upcoming reading week. I hope you have a great week of reading lined up, too!