Happy Wednesday lovelies? How’s your week been? Mine’s been tiring work wise and a bit slow on the reading side. Thank fully, we’re mid-week already so that means Friday is not that far away, LOL! I haven’t been much active on the blog lately so here’s a little recap of a few not-so-new new posts:
New on the blog:
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words where the quest is to answer three simple bookish questions:
- What book are you currently reading?
- What book did you recently finish?
- What book do you think you’ll be reading next?
I’ve been in a bit of reading slump lately so I wasn’t able to finish anything last week. Most of my reads are in the middle. But I did start a new book and have another one lined up so we can discuss that today.
What Book Am I Currently Reading?
This book is republication of a 20th century commentary on the poetry of Ghalib, an 18th-19th century poet and a pioneer and unforgettable name in Urdu poetry. Binjouri, the writer, was a renowned critic of his own time and there are many editions of this particular Mahsin as well, most of them riddled with errors, as the intro by the editor highlights. This one is a more recent publication of Binjouri's famous work and it also has a very well-versed and thoroughly researched introduction by one of my favorite literary scholars, Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq.
I'll have more to say about this book once I've finished reading.
What Book Will I Be Reading Next?
I'm finally planning to diving back into this world again!
I know I've gushed about the TOR short stories based in this world before and how I've been saving this book for a rainy day.
Well, here it is now! I'm so excited!
Here's the blurb:
Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.
So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.
Alongside her Ministry colleagues and her clever girlfriend Siti, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city – or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems….
Shelf Control is hosted by Lisa @ Bookish Fantasies. The quest is to give your shelves some love and provide the details of one unread book that you own.
My entry for today is this gorgeousness!
I got this book last year I believe. And yes, you guessed it, it was because of the cover! But really, can you blame me? It was available in hardcover in one of my favorite local Indie bookstores and my eyes all but gravitated towards it.
Since then, it's occupied a prized position on my shelves. I recently remembered I own this when I reshuffled a few for a bookstagram photo post and now it's back at the top of my mind.
Let's have a look at the blurb, shall we?
A dark, feminist retelling of The Children of Lir told in Sullivan’s hypnotic prose. A retelling of the favourite Irish fairytale The Children of Lir. Aife marries Lir, a king with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aife turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aife, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character. Voiced in Sullivan’s trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine – the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA.
Sounds magical, right? I personally love retellings and this one seems like exactly what I need to read right now. What about you? Would you read this book based on that synopsis? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned today?
Let’s chat in the comments! If you’d like me to check out your post, feel free to leave your links below too. Wishing you a great reading week!
Perveen is a South-Asian Muslim, an introvert who daydreams about love-myths, monsters, and magic during my day job and occasionally binge-watch period dramas at night. Most of her time is spent reading, writing & talking to the cats in my backyard.
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