Category Archives: BOOKS

5 of My Favourite Men Characters

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Since today is International Men’s Day, I celebrate five (5) of my favourite men characters.

1.Martin Luther King Jr. in Martin Luther King by Rob Lloyd Jones

Martin Luther King Jr. died fighting against segregation and discrimination of  black people. One of the most remarkable selfless characters I have read in Literature, one that many attest to out of Literature. Even when his family were almost killed and he lose his home, he still called out for “Love,” he shouted, “I want you to love our enemies. We can’t let their hate stop us.” How many of us can truly utter those words to the people who wants us dead?

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The Classics Spin #16

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The Classic Club

It’s time for another Classics Spin!

What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year (details to follow). Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Friday, November 17th, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by December 31, 2017. We’ll check in here in January to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

 

My Book Spin List for the Classics Club  

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

2. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

4. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

5. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

6. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

7. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

8. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

9. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

10. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

11. Middlemarch, George Eliot

12. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

13. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

14. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

15. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett

16. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

17. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

18. Animal Farm, George Orwell

19. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

20. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Authors Day

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National Authors Day

Today’s authors celebration is specifically towards American authors. Although my favourite authors are British in origin there are a few American authors who wrote the most delightful and inspiring stories. It is important to note that the American author whose novel I have enjoyed the most is  Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my most beloved stories because of the skill in using an effective child narrator and addressing the issues of racism and discrimination. With Harper Lee’s newer novel Go Set A Watchman– published in 2015- it reveals that  To Kill A Mockingbird is actually an edited version and  I thought this editor is really skilled. However it did lead me to wonder at Harper Lee’s attitude towards racism in the South during the time period. I still have not read Go Set A Watchman. It is well to know, also that one of the other American author whose story delighted me is Louisa May Alcott. Little Women is a quaint story surrounding girls in their transition to womanhood influenced by their environment. I am still disappointed by the Theodore and Jo ending though! Another profound American author is Lorraine Hansberry.  A Raisin In the Sun  is one of the most precise, passionate and chilling account of a  black family quest to survive in a discriminatory society.

These are a  few of the American authors whose stories stayed with me for many years. Let us celebrate the authors who made our lives more enjoyable.

Books To Read In November 2017

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1.From short stories to powerful poetry: 10 must-read books for November by Sarah Shaff

2. Ten Books To Read In November by Jane Ciabattari/ BBC Culture/ Books

3. Must- Read November New Releases– Sarah Nicolas/ Book Riot

4. Best Books of the Month: November 2017 by Goodreads

5. 8 New Books You Need To Read In November by Lauren Habbard

6. 5 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in November

7. The 12 Must-Read Books of November 

9. 8 Comics to Read (and One Comics Movie to Watch) in November By Abraham Riesman

10. 9 Books To Add To Your November Reading List By Lifestyle Advice

11. The 6 Books You Need to Read in November By Katie Robinson

12. The best books of November 2017 by BookBrowse

13. November 2017 LibraryReads/ Library Reads

 

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls: Emergency Response and Resilience Planning / My 7 Favourite Girl Child Narrators/Characters

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Every 11th of October from the year 2011, United Nations celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child. Maybe in your neck of the woods girls receive the same treatment as boys, however it is important to point out that for many countries around the globe it differs. Many girls do not get to enjoy the same privileges as boys such as the right to a classroom education, the right to not go through gender mutilation or the right to not forcefully enter marriage. We can all make a change in the way we treat our girls both on a small-scale or a large-scale. If you are able to travel to volunteer at women/girl shelters it is fantastic or if you can give a care pack for thousands of girls homeless and displaced because of wars and natural disasters. In addition, speak up when you see that someone is discriminating against our girl children. Teach them self-love, that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and heart. The girl you see today helps transform  the woman you will come across tomorrow.

To commemorate  today, I will share with you a few books featuring my favourite girl child narrator or major character.

1.Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My Review: Oh I just adored that girl Scout, one of the best narrators ever. I enjoyed it this time around even more. I appreciated the sarcasm, the irony and the small talk, I felt like I read this novel in a different light. It has been years since I went on this journey with Scout and I still read it with the first time fresh approach. I love how the writer issues such as racism, poverty, class separation, family relationship etc, fused in the story according to the eyes of a child. Whilst I chuckled at the Scout’s smart mouth, these serious issues were never far from my attention. Harper Lee did a fantastic job in presenting the way of the South. Using Jem and Scout was a smart move, imagine viewing society in the eyes of a child. It makes you more receptive to the issues at hand and it shows how brilliant the two were (notice the explanations they gave and received and their willingness to learn).

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Books With Mental Health/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Let us ponder and ‘do’ for #WorldMentalAwarenessDay

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 is a weekly bookish assessment by Gingerreadslainey and today’s feedback is 5  books with mental illness or health. You can also access the topics on the Goodreads Group. In addition, if you would like to read first hand experience concerning mental health, go over to Randoms by a Random every Friday. Now let us dive into it.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Books on mental health

Mr. Rochester has an eye on Jane  even to marry her but he has a secret: his wife Bertha, yes wife is hidden in a chamber upstairs. She is hidden because she is not entirely of sound mind, you may even call her mad. Although Grace Poole, the servant, cares for her, Bertha escapes a few times disturbing the air with her shrieking laughter. In addition, doing damage to a well intended dress, setting a certain someone on fire and attacking a guest at…

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World Space Week: Exploring New Worlds In Space

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I normally do not gravitate towards science based books because I find the genre a bit difficult to understand especially the hardcore sci-fi.  Nevertheless, I have ventured into the science world a few times but fell in like only on very few occasions. I looked through my bookshelf to only discover one space book that  made me giddy in joy. That one book is Legacies And Lies by Nancy Holder. Alas, I decide to celebrate World Space Week by going the book route, however I was disappointed that I could not come up with five (5) space books that I favour. Instead I am going to share the one space film adaptation.

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Books To Read In October 2017

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  1. From Short Stories to Epic Journeys: 10 Must Read Books In October by Sarah Shaffi/ Stylist
  2. Ten Books To Read In October by Jane Ciabattari/ BBC Culture/ Books
  3. Must- Read October New Releases– Karina Glaser/ Book Riot
  4. Best Books of the Month: October 2017 by Goodreads
  5. 9 New Books You Need To Read In October by Lauren Habbard
  6. Must Read Poetry: October 2017 by Nick Ripatrazone/ MM The Millions
  7. 5 Books To Look Forward To In October 2017 by IANS/ New Delphi/ The Statesman