I read this books recently and thought I’d share some highlights of them. They each get about three sentences of descriptions because…well no one wants to read through six long reviews when they can be all rolled into one post 😀 So let’s hop on this real quick so we can pick up from here during the next review.
I am currently reading Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood which I’ve really taken time to read. I’ll probably be done in two weeks’ time. The one thing that impressed me most was the depth of research that went into it. There is so much to read and I feel like I’ll need to read it again to grasp concepts that Gristwood discusses. It’s a political book which indulges female rulers and how feminine power worked in that era. It is ideal during this election year in Kenya and emerging women in politics. Her other work has taken a similar course which I will buy if I come across it.
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi. Her book represents simple life lessons on good behavious and common courtesy with humour and sarcasm. Her quips are hilarious and brutally honest. It was an easy read and I didn’t understand what she was on about, so I googled her blog and figured out where the side-eye judging business originates from.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The story is set in Germany just when the Nazi are gaining notoriety in the world. Liesel Meminger takes centre stage in this book which poignantly describes death and other events in her life. And because stuff is constantly being taken from her she begins stealing books, hence the title. It’s intense even with comic relief in some parts. I absolutely loved it. The scene with Jews are being paraded and dragged through the streets with lines of people looking at them with hollow eyes will haunt you. It’s a solid eight out of ten.
Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I struggled with it. I’m still struggling with it because I owe it to African literature lovers the world over. I feel as if I’ll be stuck in the pages for way too long and have to start it all over again because I forgot the plot line. Listen, my intake of African lit is mostly limited to anthologies and short stories. Why? I’m not exactly sure. I’ll give it till time and if it that doesn’t work then I’ll probably give it away.
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. Funny. Refreshing. Political. Those are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe Noah’s book. The tone is relaxed conversational and funny. I gushed about it on my gram. Read rant here (lol!)
What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell. I quickly bought this book because I thought it would live up to Outliers, but no! It’s a real bore! I’m eyeing David and Goliath next and though I might probably buy all his other titles I will not pin so much faith in them. It is a collection of his best writing which I found a bit lazy to do but anyways not worth your pennies.
My to be read pile keeps growing every month and I can’t seem to stop buying and getting books. For now, Pour Me A Life by A.A. Gill is my read in late May though that could change. 😉