This one broke my heart.
SLUMP. I am in a slump. I‘m currently reading Where The Crawdads Sing and a few others I am meandering through. I may wait on WTCS because I love it and I can‘t give it my full attention. This is all I read in April, the Achebe being the best. I also enjoyed The Golden Hour, but was not impressed with the Genova book. Hoping for a much more productive May!
I‘m not sure how I missed this one all these years. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wow. This is such a powerful little book. I was completely immersed in the culture of the Igbo. It took some setting aside of my own beliefs and traditions to really appreciate Okonkwo's character and ways, but it was worth it.
#Booked2019 (Indigenous author)
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I can only express sorrow that I did not read this book at a much sooner juncture in my life. I can only express a deeper and more profound sorrow for the implications of this novel: a strong African tribe/community deeply rooted in tradition, stabilized with an internal way-of-things, flourishing with a sense of pride is undone in a matter of a few years, because someone comes in and says, “You are savage and uncivilized. We know who 👇🏽
For the #schoolsout prompt, I decided to see the summer reading requirements for my district. This was Honors English 10 for last summer. It was the only list that wasn‘t a. A long list of books to choose from or b. Free reign, wherein the student gets to choose any book.
Summer reading lists always fascinate me, and I like it when there are at least some parameters set. A list is even better! #marchintothe70s
Current nightstand status: four kindles and five books. Makes me happy! 😍😄📚📚 You know, just in case I run out of things to read.
Such a short but powerful book. We are dropped into a pre-colonial Igbo tribe (modern day Nigeria?) and through the life of the main character Onkonkwo we become fully immersed in the culture, traditions and every day lives of these people. Of course we have an uneasy feeling that it will not end well, and 3/4 in when the first white men arrive that feeling intensifies. The writing is simple, but the story is complex and forces you to think.
This was such a serious omission in my reading. I‘m glad I finally got to it, and it was enjoyable and important but at the same time I liked the idea better than the execution. So much felt glazed over and interesting plots and characters were completely dropped. Definitely a must read even if it wasn‘t my all time favorite.
Barack Obama's recommendations
And just like that I‘ve landed in America for a well deserved break 😂 kicking off the books with this which I picked up at the airport and I‘m going to try and update a load of reviews from last month before I got too busy to post them! Hope all littens are enjoying the new year!✊🏻
Here is what I enjoyed most in 2018:
fiction - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
memoir - Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
series- Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
audio book - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
kids - Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
We were amused at his foolishness yet allowed him to stay.
New game! Let‘s stick with books (rather than movies or TV shows) for your character choices, and tag me in your response so I can see it. This was ridiculously difficult, but here‘s mine:
1. Anne Shirley
2. Hermione Granger
3. Matilda Wormwood
4. Scout Finch
5. Jane Eyre
6. Shadow Moon
8. Fitzwilliam Darcy
10. Tyrion Lannister
Told in a direct style w/o a lot of trimmings, this is a tightly-built story. The MC isn‘t a likeable hero: he is insecure, violent, arrogant, and this grounds the book in reality. But he loves his tribe. Easy to mistake the simple style as telling a simple story, but there is a lot at work here. We see how the marginalized leave for the promise of peace and equality. Pictured: Cameroon mask used to protect the community from evil manipulations.
The setting wasn‘t rich nor overly explained, but gave me a sense of unaware familiarity. The characters are given a solid existence and souls. Most of the book is used to cement the everyday, cleverly sprinkling foreshadowing of the horrible things to come disguised as usual life events. Voice was simple, well structured and paced for easy digestion. 5 stars.
I made it to 24 hours! 🎉 I just might keep going because I really want to finish my stack. But for now, it‘s time to relax and take a s‘mores break. #24in48
For the Hour 12 #24in48 challenge: a book that has expanded my worldview/changed the way see something. I read Things Fall Apart for an English seminar class that focused on “crossing boundaries.” It made me re-examine the way Christians do “missions,” and specifically opened my eyes to how Western Christians assume their values are superior. I hadn‘t thought to question this before, and Achebe made me do so. ⤵️
A new book recommendation list from President Barack Obama. Saving it here for myself! I've read some of these already.
I‘m not sure ‘enjoyed‘ is the correct word, but I was very invested in this 60-year-old story of pre-colonial Africa and what happened when Europeans began to arrive on the scene. While it‘s hard to like Okonkwo and some of the elements of Igbo culture as depicted here, it‘s impossible not to feel heartbroken as the arrival of white missionaries begins to destroy a culture and way of life. Achebe‘s writing is masterful.
I actually managed to do an entire month‘s photo challenge last month, so I‘m going to try again in July with #ReadingResolutions by the lovely @Jess7 😃
Here‘s the part of my #JulyTBR (that fits in the picture). There are more, but this seems plenty ambitious. 😳
I‘m on vacation for the next 7 days, and with the readathon later this month, I should be able to make lots of progress!
My daughter read this book for her English class a few months ago. I meant to read it then, but didn‘t make the time. I saw this on the #GreatReadPBS list and decided I really should read it without more delay.
The insight and understanding revealed make this a must-read. It certainly deserves a spot on that list.
Found this little gem at a thrift shop today during our travels to Southport, N.C. I never buy books (librarian!) but this one I couldn‘t resist because it looks brand new and it‘s on the #pbsgreatamericanread ...plus, it was only 25 cents!! #gar #pbs #minibookhaul
The culture....the religion...the religion of culture. The culture of religion. The humanity of all people and beliefs....This hit me on so many levels, I'm unsure how to describe it. I totally enjoyed reading about the African cult in Nigeria, and it's native beliefs. Until the white Christians arrived......
"...The white man is very clever. He came quickly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that hold us together and we have fallen apart."
# 6 of 100 Classic Challenge
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts about The GAR after last night's episode.
2. There were several, but especially the tagged book.
3. Harry Potter, Outlander, Jurassic Park, The Stand, GoT, LotR, Hunger Games, The Martian, Pillars of the Earth
I can't wait to see what all of your thoughts are. 😊