Hey book people, what’s good? It is Wednesday again with another Top 5 Wednesday. Yay! Today we talk about
July 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…
Let us dive into:
1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the stories that I enjoyed the most and the child narrator enhance the story. When I learnt that a new book of Harper Lee was due, I was ecstatic. However, when I understood that it is actually the story the author wrote and To Kill A Mockingbird is the edited version, my hesitation to read the ‘new book’ grew because I’m terrified it will taint my To Kill A Mockingbird.
2. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah
One of the most graphic descriptions of personal disappointment, poverty and struggle that I have read. The author Ayi Kwei Armah pens the story of a man’s [name never mentioned] interpretation of living in Ghana after Independence. The narrator’s tale is compelling and coarse at times but that made it more engaging and demanding me to read more. Although some aspects of the description were gross, they were a reality that I understood and once lived. Cutting that detail from the story would be taking out the essence of a painstakingly quest for the man to keep toiling and to keep his family alive.
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I did something with Everything Everything that I have not done with books in a very long time. I picked up the book, opened it, read the first sentence and continued reading (nonstop) until the last page of the book which is an excerpt from the author Nicole Yoon newer novel. It felt tingling good to feel greedy for words again.
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Almost 200 pages to the end of novel and I got that deja vu feeling that I read Outlander before but at the same time the beginning and middle of the story felt like fresh words. I am not sure why. I would not believe that I kept saying “I have read Outlander, I should some day,” and actually did read only have it sink in oblivion. Sigh, mind conflict….
Outlander is how I like some of my historical fiction: A mixture of the old with the new, Scottish Highlanders and absolutely stunning landscape (one day Scotland, one day).
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Hello book people, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday ; today we delve into the world of protagonists.
June 21st: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists
— People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!
Let us dive into:
Fanny Price from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Fanny is my second favourite Jane Austen heroine. I think that the film adaptations of Mansfield Park make Fanny look like a push over, grey and lifeless. Although I am still not sold about her love interest with Edmund, there are other characteristics which made me find and root for the girl. We see in the story the growth of a timid girl to an assertive young woman who wants to live happy in love. She is not feisty and that is fine with me; she is more mellow and sometimes to selfless in putting her comfort of her cousins before herself. I simply do not know how she puts up with her aunt Norris!
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontee
I know there is absolutely no excuse to being an ass BUT when we are introduced to Heathcliff and his treatment during his childhood my heart went out to him. I hate when children are mistreated and at times I feel his revenge is perhaps validated. Some of his actions are indeed questionable but he has that passion and spirit of ambition which lifts his characters.
Hey Book People! It is another Top 5 Wednesday albeit the lateness (smiles). The books todays covers:
It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??
Let us dive into it:
.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Glamour, glitz, glitter and all the other adjectives for throwing a massive ‘elegant’ party; just ask Jay Gatsby for all the 411 he did it mostly every night till daybreak.
.The Jane Austen Club by Karen J. Fowler
Very suitable for a book club event. You will get tips in how to break down the book in sections for reading, throwing quotes here and there to motivate and the social aspect of people gathering together. P.S Look out for some hook-ups/growing friendships and how to read the signs.
.Just This Once by Rosalind James
This could be a go to for a summer retreat to a tropical country or if you want to go bag-packing in nature. Snorkelling, swimming, hot springs, hiking, lovemaking, fishing, rugby etc. The sun is out bright and summer never sets in this story.
.Emma by Jane Austen
Listen if you want dips for a ‘gentle’ tea party theme party- leaning more on the Regency era- check out Frank Churchill for the venue and arrangement. Emma and Jane Fairfax will aid in the music and Miss Bates will teach you how to not let your ears fall pry to the most talkative person at the party.
I like feeling cold but cuddling in bed watching Youtube.
I like reading romance set in a historical phrase.
I like kitkat bars.
I like love coconut water.
I like my hair when it cooperates.
I like that fresh feeling after a shower.
I like when it rains heavy when I am indoors.
I like watching waterfalls.
I like dimple smile, I just do.
I like holding moving conversations.
I like many things. What do you like?
A poem for #PoetryMonth2017.
Why do so many black people love to point out all the flaws of their ethnicity like parents blaming teachers for their children failing grade. Yet when another ethnicity takes the same flaws and appreciate and show love, the same black people erupt a volcano of “it is our culture, we are the only ones entitled to wear hair like that or use that hastag.” Do they hear themselves sounding like Judas before the Last Supper? This is why we cannot have anything nice because we are busy throwing dice about ownership over trivial matters. If a young Bangladeshi-American growing up in New Jersey used #blacklivesmatter in answer to one question on a Stanford application flustered so many black people then shouldn’t black people express more than lackluster dismay? Shouldn’t one be happy that another ethnicity is marching to the proud loud drums of equality for all. Instead many are lashing out that it was not his hastag to use, leaving my thought process dashing in an array of dismay. What is wrong with our sense of reasoning? Are we so mess up in the head with such strong yet low opinions of ourselves that we fail to realize that if we keep segregating that we are defeating the fight against laws of Jim Crow?
Islam is a religion and its fellowers are called Muslims like Christianity is a religion and it’s followers called Christians.
Sign off with a sigh for #PoetryMonth2017
“From short stories by a surrealist to an account of 12 trees around the world, these titles should sit on your shelf this month”