April! Well as you all know, April came with extra responsibility for me – this hub (which I love running, no doubt!) and of course there is post-grad application requirements and national service and half a dozen kpa-kpa-kpas keeping me so busy, I have not been able to read much. I’m hoping May has mercy on me and my Library (we need time with each other, you know.) I did read some really good books all the same, and as usual, as I am sharing mine here, do share yours with me (your reading list, I mean), I love to grab new books at every opportunity!
So here goes….
Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, an inspiring young woman with a supportive family (which was something I took note of, very much). It was eye-opening for me; a peek into Pakistani culture, and dealings of the Taliban. More into surviving as a girl/woman in these parts of the World. I got a hold of this book because I was lucky to be a U-PAL forCouncil on International Educational Education (CIEE – GHANA) when I was an undergrad, and CIEE supports the Girl Rising Campaign, which endorses this book a hundred percent! So guess what came in the mail as Christmas giveaways?? Yuup! I Am Malala! All i’ll say is, she is a strong girl. May she keep at her dreams!
“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.”
This is another by my favorite, Toni Morrison. Got it as a gift for my birthday last year, although I received it after six months (thanks Kofi!) Now I must say the language was not easy to read, but I liked it nonetheless (maybe not as much as I did Sula – well I LOVED Sula so there’s the difference.) But hey, Morrison is Morrison and she did a good job with this too. It is a kind of slave narrative that reminds me subtly (portions) of The narrative ofSojourner Truth. It’s a small book, and so reading was quick as well as satisfying.
“Shallow believers prefer a shallow God.”
“To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.”
Yes, my first read from Nabokov was Lolita. And you know how that novel starts right??
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”
(Bows!!!) I got this book just about a week ago…read it in a day and half (would have been done long before then, had I time to sit and read straight up!) I was captured right from the blurb! It’s about a man who was sentenced to death by hanging for Gnostical Turpitude (hahaha! Oh the name of the crime alone!)
“As far back as I can remember myself—and I remember myself with lawless lucidity, I have been my own accomplice, who knows too much, and therefore is dangerous.”
And then there are two poetry books that I couldn’t help but read and YES i enjoyed them. You may have guessed them by now;
I have already talked about my experience after meeting her so I will spare you on here (lol!) But yes, I loved these good reads!
“At sixteen I stopped going to church. I had to admit
that I was only there for the biscuits.”
And that was it for April! (told you I couldn’t read much )
In my last reading list I told you I was reading Anna Karenina again right? Hehe…yes, I am still reading it, but I am always putting it aside to delve into new reads.
Will come back next Wednesday with a review of Nana Awere Damoah’s yet-to-be-published “Sebetically Speaking”