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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne

I can't wait for these two to hit the road and begin their journey. Very exciting. There's something very engaging about Verne's style.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She knew that the people who read her blog were not the same people who attended her diversity workshops. During her talks, she said: “America has made great progress for which we should be very proud.” In her blog she wrote: Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.

 

This quote is just one of the great insights into race relations that the protagonist, Ifemelu, posted on her blog, written primarily for the non-American black, which she herself is, having come to the US from Nigeria.

 

The novel begins with Ifemelu thinking about her blog when on the way to a hair appointment. I mention the hair appointment because hair is a theme that runs throughout the narrative. It’s a metaphor for the life of a black immigrant in America and a surprisingly good one. It highlighted the lengths that are sometimes necessary for people to go to to fit in and be accepted.

 

At its core this novel is a love story, although not a typical one. The narrative moves back and forward through time describing Ifemelu’s adolescence in Nigeria and her developing relationship with Obinze, a boy she meets locally. Her family, friends and other’s occupy more than just a guest spot. They’re expertly described and add to this rich narrative.

 

This novel isn’t just a story about Ifemeu but also charts the early life of Obinze, her soon-to-be boyfriend. Granted, there are more chapters from the POV of Ifemelu, but we get a fair amount told by Obinze, which brought authenticity and objectiveness to the novel.

 

For me this book was as close to perfect as it’s possible to get in a novel. The prose flowed in a way that made it a joy to read and the characters were written with such expertise that regardless of fault I fell in love with them.

 

I plan to read everything I can get my hands on from this author and highly recommend that you do the same.

 

Booklikes-Opoly roll 13 & 14

I finally finished my Memorial Day weekend rolls and here's where I stand:

 

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

Gift from Line Bookaholic: $38

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $40

Of Mice and Men (73 pages): $41

Gift from As The Page Turns $51

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $53

The Power (177 pages): $55

Americanah (590 pages): $65

Turn of Mind (235 pages) $71

Roll ahead -$1: $70

 

I'm going to post my reviews of Americanah and Turn of Mind in the next few days.Now comes the good bit! I took roll 13 last night and found out that I moved from the wrong square *slaps head* and as the book I need to start reading for the next meet of my book club didn't fit the square I landed on, I paid for another roll. So basicaly I rolled twice. The first roll I took, like I said, last night:

 

 

This brought me to: and for this I'm going to read my book cub pick          

 

Roll 14, which I took today:

 

 

This brought me out here: 

 

 

BT kindly let me know that this book has travel by boat, although, is that it on the cover!? Ha! Anyway, I choose it:

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.lhvy1UP8.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.9SC5PshJ.dpuf

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

- See more at: http://booklikes.com/blog#sthash.9SC5PshJ.dpuf

Grrr!!

I just found out that when I took my roll (last night) I counted on from the wrong square! I'm pissed. I had my book picked out and started.

 

Edit: The square I actually landed on is a free square anyway (Start) so it's OK. I just found out the next meeting of my RL book club is sooner than I thought, so I'l take the opportunity to read the book assigned for that.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Turn of Mind - Alice LaPlante

Being the painfully slow reader that I am I've only just finished the last of my reads for the Memorial Day weekend rolls. I'm not too sure what to say about this book. It was a tough read, the protagonist being a dementia sufferer, but there was a lot about it I enjoyed. If anything, it was a very unique murder mystery. Full review to follow in the next few days, but rolling is happening now!

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It's taken a while, but I'm finally finished. Perfection. I loved it.

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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I’m not going to write much of a review for this because other than to say I absolutely loved it, I’ve not got too much to add.

 

Here’s part of the synopsis, in case you don’t know the story:

 

Meg's father had been experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

 

Essentially it's a story about time travel that unfolds as Meg and her brother Charles Walace (and their friend) go on a search for their father.

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Books like this one that are intended for a younger audience and manage to illicit excitement from me are why I love reading. After about the 50% mark this went from 0 to 100. It went from a book that was just okay to amasing. The themes and ideas were so thought provoking, such as good versus evil and the notion that our parents are only human and can’t always fix things.

 

This book gave me a lot of pause for consideration and I intend to read it again and again over the years.

 

I read this for the booklikes-opoly square: Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power - Naomi Alderman

I apologise for taking so long to write a review. I’ve been so caught up in local politics that everything has taken a back seat these past few days.

 

I read The Power for a feminist book club that was meeting in Belfast last week. Unfortunately the book club was cancelled, so you’ll only get my thoughts. Sorry! I’m still glad I read it, though, as I found it an eye-opening experience.

 

The book charts the time when women from across the globe acquire a power that gives them the ability to electrocute or even kill others. It ends up being directed at men and used to attain positions of power.

 

We’re introduced to several characters from varying regions, such as London and Nigeria, and learn how the power has effected their lives.

 

What I really liked about the novel was the uniqueness of the story and directions I could see the world going in if something like this did happen. What I’m saying is, what I simultaneously liked about the novel was also it’s downfall. The fact that I could imagine a more interesting turn of events to what was depicted is a pretty big fail on the part of the author. If the book had been scaled back and described how the power affected just a couple of people in one corner of the globe I think it would have been better. The author took a much larger approach and set out to give us a kind of Rise and Fall overview of events, which diminished her ability to make the reader truly connect. The story was just too big for me. In relation to this there were several characters who I felt were unneeded and failed to add much. This idea of failing to add much was a common theme as I felt it just about everywhere. It felt like a novel that wasn’t very well planned, like all of the pieces didn’t really add up and were there largely for filler.

 

It’s worthwhile to mention that there are pockets of violence that are quite extreme, so bear this in mind if you pick it up. I felt like the violence achieved its goal well by illustrating the depths to which the world had fallen, but I also think it could have been achieved in a more creative and less jarring way.

 

The aspect I really enjoyed were the letters between the author and a friend that framed the beginning and end of the book. That gave the book a layer of intrigue that was lacking from the actual narrative.

 

All in all a great idea with mediocre execution.

 

I read this for:

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I've been totally caught up with everything political that's been happening in the U.K recently and only got back to this today. I'm still loving it and am in awe of the author. I predict I'll be going on a binge of her work after I finish this one.

 

Currently reading

Truly, Madly, Guilty - Signed/Autographed Copy by Liane Moriarty
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Progress: 20%
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Progress: 42%
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Progress: 100%