I’ve been thinking, and I guess my hiatus was not long enough. That is to say, I don’t really want to take another one, but I think I want to post less, and the fact that I have to post based on any calendar just makes me feel like it’s work. So I’m probably going to abandon the Sunday posts for a bit, although they’ve always been my favorite and most visited post. But now that I don’t have time to visit blogs and link them, or really even recap my own posts for the week (cause there’s only ever one!), I don’t know if the Sunday post is even so interesting anymore. So I’m definitely still blogging, but you’ll see me more rarely I guess!
And this week I have to thank my buddy Bella @ Bella Jones (whom you should really follow!) for sending me some lovely bookmail ❤️ and not only! She sent me my very first bookish pin and I am in love with it waaaaaaahhhhh!!! ❤️❤️❤️ take a look:
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My lovely and unbelievable bookish buddy @bellaojones didn’t just send me a beautiful handwritten card plus a book she loved, but also MY FIRST EVER BOOKISH PIN 😍😍😍😭😭😭😱😱😱 and it was a total surprise!! Look at it, it’s so beautiful!! I was stunned for a moment there, when it fell out of the envelope as I pulled out the book. I am running around the house now, showing it to mom and to my cat, and to all the saints, basically. BELLA, YOU ARE THE BEST ❤️❤️❤️ Also, hey, look at the book. Isn’t it gorgeous? ✨ Then again, let’s hold that first thought. MY FIRST EVER BOOKISH PIN!!! ❤️ Okay, okay, I have a Hogwarts Hufflepuff pin. But that’s not the same. Not the same!!! And also that one’s not an enamel pin. LOOK AT IT!!! Wow, okay, I am fangirling, but we don’t get much bookish merch here in the boondocks. Also I really treasure these kinds of things, especially if they’re gifts from friends ❤️ Do you also feel the same about bookish gifts? I mean, run around the house and flail like a kid when you get something like it? Even if they’re gifts to yourself? #bookhaul #enamelpins #bookishpins #booksbooksbooks #instabook #bookstagram #ilovebooks
~ What I’ve Been Reading ~
Homegoing is one of those books that took me about a year to read. The stars in my rating (4.5) should tell you that it’s not because I got stuck – but because this is just one of these books that gets too painful to read, if you’re highly empathetic. Which is exactly why I kept putting it down. Although it’s told in relatively short stories that don’t often span entire lives, the stories get under your skin and they don’t let you go. The injustice in most of them was the biggest reason I had to keep taking breaks. It was ovrwhelming and so, so sad.
The main thing I want to highlight that I loved about this book was that it breaks up the complicated history of the Black people of America by not just telling half of it – the book tells it all, because only half the stories are based in America – the other half continue in Africa, the place that was left behind when those people were taken. To me, as a reader, this didn’t just present the unique opportunity to read the part of history no one ever really talks about, but also enrich my knowledge of it with a lot of cultural detail. You can feel how the story becomes full when it’s told like that. You can’t tell the story of Black slaves without telling the story of the place they left behind.
Another interesting thing about Homegoing is that there will be stories that stick and stories that just go by – for everyone. But these stories will be different for all of us. The one that stuck the most for me was the story of Marjorie, a girl originally from Ghana, living and growing up in Alabama, and how she wasn’t allowed her own identity, because even the Black people there wanted to put her in the frame of American Black, although that wasn’t her experience, coming from Ghana. The author wants to say that there’s no single definition of being Black, and it can’t be considered the same experience for everyone, just like we can see through all of those stories, detailing the very many different pasts of the characters of this book.
Homegoing is a book that conveys so much. I’m amazed by the fact that so many different histories and ideas even fit in one book. It’s a unique book be be sure, and I’m certain it tells a different story to each reader, depending on their culture and background. But I’m sure every reader will be able to take something valuable from it.
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While this book is definitely interesting and very immersively written, you also have to keep in mind that essentially, it’s a book about
However, if you’re struggling in a blended family yourself, or are looking for similar experiences to your own from the past, then you will definitely find this book a wonderful source of info. The book is very emotional, easy to relate to and the author’s way of presenting her own past choices in a way where you shake your head along with her is very easy to read and follow. She doesn’t refrain from using humor at her own expense either, so you won’t find it a boring read by any means.
But like I said, it’s a painful read all the same. I am one of those people that easily identifies with other people’s emotions, so I found myself often anxious or stressed out while reading this, because it talked about how
I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy for review through NetGalley in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion.
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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~
Last week I talked about traveling from your living room! Which if, of course, reading travel books. This time, another illustrated review of a memoir of the Camino de Santiago, which I enjoyed greatly. Check it out here:
~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~
The first book, as already mentioned, hauled with the help of my lovely friend Bella, who sent me a gorgeous copy of The Beautiful Side of the Moon. Then I also hauled a middle grade about a dyslexic child and a teacher who helps her cope, Fish in a Tree – very curious about that one. Has anyone read it yet?
So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?
I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.