What I’ve Been Reading (July-October)

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a “What I’ve Been Reading” post, but don’t worry, it’s catch up time. So sit back and relax while I tell you about the books I’ve been reading the past few months.

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July

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Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Everyone knows this book is an African classic, so I made a concerted effort to read it. It’s really short, so that’s a plus because I found this book to be a lot of work. I don’t know, maybe I’m not mature enough to understand it or the meaning of it. And maybe in a few years time, I’ll read it again and maybe find that I enjoy it. But I did not enjoy this book. I found it to be unsatisfying and the ending to be a bit disappointing.
Have you read it? I’m interested to hear some of your thoughts on it in the comments!

August

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Emma Donogue, Room
I found this book to be one I couldn’t put down. The plot, the way it’s written is just flawless. The story is told by a five year old boy who lives with his mother in a shed. He is unaware that they are being held captive and has no prior idea of the outside world until they escape. It’s a brilliant book. I loved it.

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Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
I’m a huge lover of poetry, being a poet myself. So when I was given this book as a gift from a dear friend of mine, I couldn’t wait to read it. There’s something about the way Rupi Kaur completely bares her soul in this book. You see her breaking, her loving, her healing in the pages of this anthology. And I found that this book was exactly what I needed in my own life. It’s beyond beautiful and I cannot wait to read her new book, “The Sun and Her Flowers”

September

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Nadia Hashimi, the Pearl That Broke Its Shell
I’ve never read any of Nadia Hashimi’s work before, I came across this book when it was mentioned by someone on Twitter and I bought it on an impulse. This book tore me to pieces. I had to put it down a few times just because the plot is so heartbreaking. It follows the life of a girl, Rahima, living in Kabul, in a family of girls only and a drug addicted father. In her culture, it is a disgrace to not have any sons, so her family decides to enforce the tradition of the Bacha posh- where one of the the daughters lives as the son of the family. This books shows the powerless fate a woman has in the time Rahima lives. It’s an extraordinary read. Definitely a favourite of mine. I look forward to reading more of Nadia Hashimi’s works.

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Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star
I needed something light after reading The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell. So I went to Nicola Yoon. She is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Although this is a book for teenagers or young adults, I still enjoyed reading it. This story deals with love and soulmates, while tackling deeper issues such as race and immigration. I won’t go too much into the storyline, as I don’t want to give it away. But it’s a good book, if you’re looking for something light hearted to read.

October

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Dave Eggers, The Circle
This book was another impulse buy, after I saw the trailer for the movie. Look, this book took me a while to get into. The build up is tedious and it only starts getting interesting after like 150 pages. Then it’s really good for a while, like I couldn’t put it down. And then it ends, abruptly. It left be extremely disappointed 490+ pages later. It’s not worth the read. It does however make you question the impact social media has on your life but beyond that, it did nothing for me and I also found the main character, Mae, exhausting and unlikeable.

What I’m Reading (June 2017)

Hey 20 Something Readers!
I’m a month late with this one, but it’s been crazy getting back into the swing of being home and I haven’t had much time to focus on my blog. But I’m back to share with you the two books I’ve read in June.

The first book is The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah. I took my time reading this book, because it’s quite intense and I had to put it down a few times just to process what was going on. Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer who studied law. The book is narrated by a woman named Memory, who is thinking back on her life and her childhood as she tries to figure out how she ended up in jail with the death sentence hanging over her head. You’ll be captivated by her haunting journey and heartbreaking childhood.

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Secondly I read Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa. I read this book in two days. It’s a short book but it takes you through the most. It deals with South African issues like xenophobia, corrective rape, corruption, crime and being a woman in post Apartheid South Africa. It’s narrated by Masechaba, a medical doctor, who’s journey explores these issues and makes you reflect on your actions as well as helps you question and rediscover your humanity. I loved this book, it’s one of my favourites so far.

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It’s been a slow month of reading for me, I promise to read a bit more in the upcoming months!

Have you read any of these books? Be sure to let me know in the comments what you’re reading!

Till next time,
Nadine

What I’m Reading (May 2017)

Hey 20 Something Bookworms!

It’s the end of the month so that means it’s time for the May edition of “What I’m Reading!” Yay!!

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So this month, I read two really good books. They’re possibly two of my favourites so far this year.

So the first one I read this year was “Everything, Everything” By Nicola Yoon. This is another book which I bought because I saw the movie trailer and thought, “That looks pretty good! I should read that book.” It’s a young adult book, its target audience is mostly teenagers, so I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it. But it surprised me. The story follows Madeline, an 18 Year old girl who has a rare disease that makes her allergic to everything. This disease has kept her from leaving her house. Ever. But her life get’s turned upside down when her new neighbours move in and she learns things about herself and her mother she could never have imagined. Read it. Its a great book.

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I then read “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. Oh. My. God. It will change your life. If you’re a fan of Shonda’s TV shows, you’ll enjoy this book, it’s almost like a love letter from Shonda to the women of the world. It’s great. I’m not going to tell you too much about it because I don’t think I could do it any justice. But if you’re looking for something to read, this should be at the top of your list!

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Be sure to let me know what you’re reading this month, is there anything you think I should add to my reading list?

Until next month!
Nadine

What I’m Reading (Jan-Apr 2017)

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Hey hey hey!
Welcome to a new part of my blog called “What I’m Reading”. Once a month I will be posting about the books I have had the pleasure of reading that month and giving you a quick one-liner (By one-liner I mean paragraph) about what I thought about it!

Think of it as a book club, where I do all the reading!

So my goal this year is to read at least 20 books. Since we are already in May, I’ll be sharing with you all the books I have read until April and post about May at the end of the month!

Let’s get started, shall we?

In January I read Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime”. What a Great Book. South Africans of all races should be reading this book. If you’re white, it will help you understand your white privilege. For POC’s it gives an educated commentary on the effects of Apartheid on today’s generation. Trevor Noah retells stories of his childhood and how being mixed race affected him growing up. One of my favourite books so far!

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In February I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “Purple Hibiscus”. It’s a heavy read. You need to be emotionally ready for this book. It took me a long time to read because I had to put it down a few times and process, Chimamanda’s books will do that to you though.

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I then read Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”. I had seen the trailer for the series and thought, damn, I need to read this book. It’s a young adult novel, aimed at Teenagers. I took me two days to read. It’s not a bad book. It’s pretty hectic, if you’ve watched the series, you’ll know what to expect. The book doesn’t go as deep into the character back stories as the series does but it’s still a good read.

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In March I then decided to take on Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”. I was never ready for this one. It’s A lot. Like I had to put this one down more times than I put Purple Hibiscus down. The story line focusses on the Nigerian Civil War. It’s hectic. But read it.

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I then took on Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph”. Paulo is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy everything he writes. The man can do no wrong. This book was a smooth read after HAYS about finding your soulmate and finding yourself. It was a very personal story for Paulo and most of it seemed to be written straight from his own life.

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Then in April I decided to finish the Chimamanda Holy Trinity and read “Americanah”. What a beautiful book. My favourite one of Chimamanda’s. It follows a love story between two Nigerian characters and how they’re lives are affected when the female, Ifemelu decides to move to America to study. It broke my heart a thousand times and fixed it over and over again in the space of 400+ pages.

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I then returned to Paulo Coelho and read “Eleven Minutes”. One of his darker stories about a Brazilian Prositute and her struggle between choosing her profession or going against everything she believes in and choosing love. It’s a lovely story. And a short book.

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So that’s my reading up until now in the year. If you have any book suggestions for me, send them my way. I love books. And I love suggestions!

Happy Reading!