Oh what book to read first 🧐🤔
My bff just sent me this, I‘m done 😂😂😂😂😂
My bff just sent me this, I‘m done 😂😂😂😂😂
Gifty was raised to be a good Christian girl. To believe that God will always protect her. However, when her brother dies and mother succumbs to depression, she finds that religious piety isn‘t enough to console her. Thus she turns to science in search of the answers and meaning. She interweaves both to create an extensive acceptance of the world. Beautifully told and simply written, this is a novel about unlearning the shame of your existence
This is an important book for anyone trying to find themselves and get out of toxic cycles. I‘m just disappointed that I wasn‘t able to find a copy in my country and had to read an ebook which is just hard for me. But I persisted in finished it. Feels like a hug. Highly reassuring. It not only highlights issues but gives reasonable ways to overcome them. Practical.
I really enjoyed reading this book because the things tackled are the answers I‘ve been looking for. I also wanted to read it at the start of the year so that I can do better in my academic career this year. It hasn‘t been easy balancing school and work (and life). Helpful lessons that are practical. A must read for anyone who wants to make some improvements in their lifestyle. 4/5
‘The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.‘ - James Baldwin
This is the third book by Toni Morrison that I‘ve read. Her writing is good, granted, but I find her stories over-layered, inaccessible, and all over the place. This particular book is very segmented and that made it hard for me to focus. The topic of this book is interesting so I had very high expectations on how she would navigate it and what answers she had to offer but unfortunately she didn‘t do that for me.
Stayed up late to finish this despite the fact that I have work tomorrow (and a presentation). It reads like a hip-hop song. Beautiful and shameless, definitely worth losing sleep over.
September isn‘t a great month for me. Both my cousin and best friend were born in and died in September (2017, 2020), a few days after their birthdays.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It reads easy, felt like a conversation that answers specific questions that I had. There were many laughs and ‘aha‘ moments. The personal stories from ‘grit paragons‘ made it more practical and enjoyable. I get why most people say it‘s not for everyone though - it would be best for people in their formative years or 20s or people pursuing a goal. Many great lessons learned. 3.5/5
Properly sub titled ‘essential wisdom for getting through the storm‘, this book provides insight on how to calm the chaos within you. I didn‘t like the writing style but I still got a meaningful message: it all starts within, always go back to your centre. It will be a challenge doing that but I am determined to practice. I think I have found my new Paulo Coelho. 3/5
I‘m very pleased with the author for mentioning that not everyone has the luxury to quit their current job in pursuit of their passion. A lot of motivational speakers neglect this important point and call people lazy or complacent, without realising how much those people have to lose.
Does anybody else buy books when they‘re sad or am I a psychopath?
Should I study or should I read? A novel by me 🤦♀️😅
The Obstacle is the Way. Valuable lesson I really needed today since is everything is so hard and I don‘t feel like being an adult human.
Have you ever realised that you have only one chance to read a book for the first time so you want to do it right? In bed, warm, mind cleared, phone off, so that you can fully absorb the words. Scour the pages and be one with the text. This book is beautifully painful (and I think I have been overusing this description of late). It is my equivalent of Hazel‘s ‘An Imperial Affliction‘ in The Fault In Our Stars.
The third book by Upile Chisala. This one is all about self love. She has come full circle. She has accepted the pain and worked through it. Chose to not remain in hell. There are still some dark days, as is the manner of life, but she always chooses to walk towards the light. It‘s important for people to not romanticise pain. 3.5/5
I am going against every last thread of my being to not buy this book because I want to save money but .......😩😩😩😩😩
After months of not being able to finish anything, I stumbled upon this little miracle. Great book with many valuable lessons.
I went on YouTube to distract myself from my feelings and then I saw a trailer for Americanah the movie. I love this book so much and to think that it‘s going to get ruined breaks my heart. The casting isn‘t right, seems they will adapt it as more lovey dovey than the book intended. I‘m sad, goodnight. https://youtu.be/P2aDFZRATqM
Childhood trauma, heartbreak, the trap of self help and capitalism, feminism, are some of the themes she focused on in this book. I found this one to be lacking in terms of the writing, it is more prose than verse and has a dissatisfying diction. However, she still managed to evoke deep emotion. I‘m sorry to all the women who have suffered like she has, you are not alone 💜💜. Living is hard enough as it is, we should all spread some love ❤️
She writes so beautifully .... 🌻
125 pages of short poetry and prose about self love, motherly love, romantic love, black lives, sadness and depression. Every poem a mantra, Chisala‘s collection feels like a snug hug or the sun shining on my face. It is deeply nourishing for the wounded soul and a gentle reminder that we are magic. The writing is short but the feeling it evokes will last long after you‘ve closed the book.
‘Have you ever had a feeling there‘s more to you than the person everybody else sees, a person hidden deep within the very fabric of your soul- you must pull that thread, unravel the truth of you and wake without yourself that great giant you already know you can be.‘ Atticus always makes me fall in love with the simple things in life. Something about the way he writes makes even the melancholy seem not so bad. 💜
This book was easy to read so I flew through it, there were two hints and I knew what the big reveal would be so it became predictable. The issues tackled are nonetheless very important, but most views are well known stereotypes. No new view is presented. I guess I expected the author to pour out more of himself into it and shed some light. 2/5 ⭐️ First book of the year completed 😉
‘But we can‘t make policies based on religion when religion means different things to different people......You can decide the ethical value that has for you, based on your own relationship with God but the POLICIES around basic human rights with regard to reproduction shouldn‘t be up for interpretation‘
The first time I read this I registered nothing but shock. Shock at the regular brutality and lack of accountability. There was a slight distance since I am not American nor male, so that experience isn‘t one I personally know. The second time I read this book I cried. Cried because of the way black people are treated in this world. Cried at how the world regards me. Cried as I thought of what my legacy is. “Please explain why they can‘t stand us”
“The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was no destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance- no matter how improved- as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never compensate for this.”