This was a book club book and I would not have heard about this without that group. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson needs to be on everyone’s TBR and then Read stack. This should also be required reading in school. EVERYONE should read this book.
This book for me answered a question that I had for years and no one could answer it for me. Who was Jim Crow? Do you know? I do now, and it is not something that I will share unless you read the book. Do you know why some neighborhoods are “bad” I do? Did you know that there was a migration of refugees that took place in the United States? Did you know that the US had refugees? Did you know that the refugees, for the most part, were born in the US? This book explains things like that, and so much more.
I lived in the south and so was exposed to some of the things that this book covers. Not all of it because of my race, but some of it. Therefore some of the subjects that the book covers were not a surprise to me. To my partner having never lived anywhere other than CA it was eye opening.
This is a sad book to read, it is not easy to see what people went through what is still going on, and what is on the rise. This book is so good in so many ways it is a peek into a life I could never live but am better for have learned that.
I will admit that I love the Iron Druid books. Kevin Hearn has created a wonderful world for his characters to live in. For Besieged I listened to it as an audiobook. These are a series of short stories that follow Attacus, and gang on a few adventures.
The one thing I did not like about the audiobook was the voice that was used for Oberon. I felt that it was a little too cartoonish, but I do know that people can read him that way. I never did.
My favorite story in here was the one that focused on Owen. I think we need to know more about him. I would love to learn from Owen, I think he would be an amazing teacher.
Binti is another book by Nnedi Okorafor. I told you that I am trying to read everything that she has written. Binti is not like Akata Witch. Akata Witch would be called a fantasy and Binti is Si-Fi.
Binit is also a novella it is short and not sweet. This is a violent book about a girl who gets accepted into a university on another plant. Her parents do not want her to go, she is going to take over her fathers work. Binti however, wants more than that. She leaves home to go to school.
On the way there a thing happens that changes her forever, and she has to learn how to survive. I can’t go into more details than that as it would give away the plot of the book. I don’t want to do that I want you to read it.
I heard about this book and author from BookRiot and I am so glad that I picked up a copy of this book to read. Akata Witch is by Nnedi Okorafor and this is the first book of hers that I read. Sence reading it I have plowed through several of her books and am holding my breath waiting for a few sequels to be published.
I don’t know how to describe this book and it is just amazing. Sunny is the protagonist and she moved from the United States to Nigeria. There she faces sexism, she is a girl and therefore cannot be good at soccer. She faces rejection because of how she looks. She faces alienating her parents because of a secret that she has. There is so much in this book that it just does not fit in a blog post.
I love how Ms. Okorafor describes this world that Sunny and her friends live in. There are the exploding flesh balls that just kind of well-falling teeth is just nasty. Just go read this one.
I am still worn out from reading, it is exhausting getting up at 4:45am to read. But it is so worth it. I read two books and listened to a few short stories, so I am not exactly sure of my word count. I read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. Both amazing books.
I took a bread about 11am and did some errands that took longer then I thought they would. I ate only two of my snack items! The hummus and pita chips, then a candy bar. For lunch we went to Amy’s Drive-IN and got the extra spicy vegan burger it was so good.
\On Sunday to recover from mostly sitting all day I made a loaf of sourdough bread, and then worked on my possum belly bakers table. I was able to put two coats of the new oil stain on it. That means on Wednesday when it is dry, I can start waxing it. I know woodworkers out there might be wondering why I am not using a sealant. Well, the table is over 100 years old and I want to put a wax seal on it. Do it the hard way, but it is looking beautiful, it I may say so. Once it is all done I will post before and after photos of it.
One of the mini-challenges for Dewey’s is called decades of reading. It is hosted by Just One More Thing, and it is a fun challenge that requires some thought. So here are my decades.
1970’s Nancy Drew by Carolin Keen
1980’s Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
1990’s The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint
2000’s Harry Potter by JK Rowling
2010’s Hounded by Kevin Hearne
As of right now for the read-a-thon I have read two books one 622 pages and that is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wlkerson and then a book called Binti by Nnedi Okorafor who is fast becoming one of my most favorite authors.
1. What are you reading right now? The Warmth of Other Suns, I am almost finished with it!
2. How many books have you read so far? Just this one
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I had an appointment at noon then had to go to Costco, and Target I just got home.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am so tired, I just want a nap, but if I nap I do not sleep at night.