Incase y’all haven’t noticed, it’s already APRIL. How did this happen? I realized I haven’t done a book update post in a while and wanted to share some of my favorite spring books!
I’ve only read 8 books so far this year (2 behind according to my goodreads challenge), but am hoping to catch up soon! Next on my list is this one.
I mentioned that I was excited to read this novel back in this post. Saeed and Nadia fall in love during a civil war of sorts. Soon they hear rumors of magical doors that lead to other, faraway places. Taking a chance they step through a door and leave behind their war-torn country. With this decision comes a reality that while magical is also fraught with real human emotions- fear, love, selfishness, and hope. Exit West is such a great novel showing migrants how they really are- as real people. A MUST read this year!
My mom has been telling me to read The Nightingale for probably two years now and I finally got around to it. Glad I did because I really enjoyed it. The Nightingale follows two sisters during WW2 in France. Vianne and Isabelle are distinctly different and yet their parts played in the war follow a similar tune. If you’re into WW2 novels with strong female heroines then you’re going to want to pick this up.
I just finished this two nights ago and man I’m glad I picked it up based on the cover. This type of book is not one I’d normally read- I tend to shy away from darker themes when they’re on the back of a book (yet when I encounter them unknowingly I’m good with it). The Animators follows Sharon Kisses and her drawing partner Mel Vaught as they encounter success as animators up until Sharon suffers a stroke. This novel tests the bonds of friendship, childhood, and artistry so well. Something I normally wouldn’t be interested in, yet I was gripped and finished it within a few days. If you’re looking for something unique- read, read, read!
What are some of your favorite spring books? Share below!
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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about new books on the blog, and I’m sad about it for two reasons.
- It means I haven’t been reading as much and
- I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge
Yikes. But all is well. I’m only three books behind and that’s a doable comeback for me. My problem is I keep not reading what I want to read. For some reason I keep picking up what I think will be fun even though I don’t want to read fun books right now. I want to read gritty, unhappy books. I want to read books about people who are struggling and who make do. It has been a long time now that I don’t want YA, and yet I still keep picking up YA. There’s probably some deep psychology behind this phenomenon, but the point is – I need to drop the books that I keep trying to force myself to read and read the ones that are interesting to me right now. Some of those interesting books are:
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Exit West tells the story of Saeed and Nadia, two young people who fall in love whilst a civil war breaks out in their city. Soon they hear of secret doors that lead to faraway places, and when they have no where else to go- they decide to step through. I’m halfway through this and am already deeply in love with the story, and its depiction of migrants and immigration is something very akin to the world now. Everyone should read this novel.
- Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
- Underground Airlines is a twist on present day America in which the Civil War never happened. We follow Victor, whose a black man acting as a bounty hunter for the government so that he can live as a free man. While pursuing a runaway named Jackdaw, Victor finds himself in the middle of something bigger. I’m so intrigued by this book as it’s depicted as a thriller and the premise itself is unique. Can’t wait to get to it.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- I love Chimamanda, so when I saw her novel sitting on a table at B&N, I had to grab it. In this book, she follows the viewpoints of multiple characters while telling the story of an important moment in African history- Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.
- The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
- The cover of this book is so gorgeous, which is why I picked it up in the first place. I don’t know too much about this book except that it’s about a woman scientist during the 1940s and 1950s. Meridian Wallace is a late-blooming heroine who is awakened by the woman’s movement, and discovers the impossible choices women have to make between family and self. Yes, please.
I’m happy with these lil’ guys because 1) we’ve got two women authors in there and 2) we’ve got two diverse authors in there. Means I’m on the right track in my head.
Can’t wait to read! Let me know what you’re reading in the comments or on instagram! 🙂
New Year and new goals, right? This year I don’t know if I want to set specific goals for myself, but it’s always nice to have something to aim for. So I’ve come up with a few that are pretty open to interpretation & not rigid. I don’t want to feel bad about not accomplishing them by the time 2018 rolls around (god, how old are we), so here we gooooo:
- As usual (or the past 4+ years) I do have a reading goal which is 40 books. That should be pretty doable as I did 45 this past year… a few years ago I read 123 books in one year, so this is definitely taking it easy.
- I want to make more YouTube videos. 2016 was not a YouTube year for me- I want to push forward with being more creative and growing my editing/writing skills. I went to film school and I need to put it good use!
- Being self-aware is going to be a big thing for me this year. Listening to what I’m feeling and understanding why it’s happening is going to be an ongoing challenge. The payoff is worth the work, though. Letting go of things I don’t need to worry about is also going to be an uphill battle, but excited to be more chill! Woohoooo mental health.
- I want to continue to travel & keep up the international travel especially. Thinking Ireland/Scotland this year. But, who knows where I’ll end up.
- And finally, I want to make more money in the form of starting something of my own. Time to brainstorm business opportunities, pick up my camera, work longer. I want to bulk up my savings + start feeling like a real adult. Well, I’ll never feel like a real adult, but I’ll settle for a smidge closer.