The Three W’s of Reading 2

I tacked on a 2 to this as I’ve done this meme before on this blog, back in February as a Black History Month, Caribbean Edition. I really haven’t done a lot of reading this year, not as much as I’d like, but I’ll share again because these memes are a good literary diversion and it’s an opportunity to boost Caribbean books I may have been reading.

It’s Three W’s Wednesday (shout out to Kristin Kraves Books) and the questions are:

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

Be sure to share your answers in the comments (even if you’re not reading Caribbean books). It’s all about sharing a love of books and reading.

Currently reading

Songs of Silence by Curdella Forbes. I actually mentioned this in September in the End of the Year Book tag (Caribbean edition), listing it as a book I’d like to finish before the end of the year. I’m getting there. I’m up to page 108 of 150in this slim and engaging montage style coming of age tale that is as much a showcase of place as it is character – multiple characters. The way the language loops instead of walking a straight line is one of the things that I find charming about the writing style. Example: “She was short and squat and bull-headed like her father; in fact as my sister Everette would have said if she was born then and the time was now, Cudjoe Man’s daughter looked so much like her father, it was like she had Xeroxed him.” (p. 105-106) There is a shorter and straighter route to that sentence’s point but like the winding country roads in Jamaica, where the book is set, why walk straight when you can wend your way there. Better view.

Recently finished reading

Not a book but in October and November, I finished issues 1 and 2 of the online journal Speak Out! <–click to read my reviews (really I just share my favourite poems and stories from each issue). As this site, I’ll mention that among those faves were Caribbean pieces by Jamaican fiction writer Lloyd D’Aguilar’s (Things must Change), Dominican fiction writer Lisa Latouche (“Atiya Firewood“), and Jamaican poet Topher Allen (“Fish“). I have two more journals in the series, published on the Commonwealth Writers Adda platform, to go.

Reading next

Several but because it’s the one I’m trying to finish ahead of Book of Cinz’s next book club at the end of November, Irish Trinidad author Amanda Smyth’s historical epic (at least it so far feels like a historical epic) Fortune.

It is another book I listed as one I’d like to finish before the end of the year and maybe this is just the push I needed.

As with all content on, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and The Jungle Outside). All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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