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Very happy to have a lazy day ahead of me. Little C is at school, I’ve got brunch with a friend and a haircut booked but for now I’ve gone back to bed with my book. #currentlyreading #homegoing #books #reading #bookish #ilovereading #bookstagram #igreads #igbooks #bibliophile #instabooks #lazy
“Home is where the heart is” where is home when the heart is broken? #homegoing #thingsfallapart #bookworm #countermemory #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock
Every day is a day of Thanksgiving! God has been so good to me, everyday he is blessing me and you! Truly grateful for love. life, family, and friends! I’m grateful to all the text, calls, cards, & more as we celebrate the loss of one of my closest family members this weekend. I will always love you and cherish all the laughs and love we shared! I’m truly grateful that God allowed you the extended time he did give you over the years! Rest in Love my dear Aunt Jean! ... 💙🎀💙🎀 #grateful #restinlove #auntsarethebest #familymatters #memphis #tennessee #homegoing #jesuslovesyou #thursdaythoughts #love #faith #breastcancerawareness #blueisyourcolor #untilwemeetagain #yolo #lifeisbeautiful #lifeisshort #thursdaylove #instalove #loveyourfamily #homeiswheretheheartis
This one I finished just a few days ago and I am at a loss to describe just how good this book is. It’s sort of a magical realism-lite piece that follows the lives of two family lineages from the start of the British Invasion of Africa to present day. Do yourself a favor and don’t study too closely the family tree at the start of the book, only reference it if you need to in order to keep lineages straight (although there is a clear alternating pattern established at the beginning). I found myself marking so many passages that I’ll make a separate post just with those. Shoot this book to the top of your list. #homegoing #yaagyasi #bookstagram #book #books #reading #africa
I will leave this here in honor of a friend who today entered her eternal rest in the arms of Jesus after a long battle with breast cancer. 💗 Praying for her husband and teenage daughters. 🙏🏻 That makes two far too young this week. Please don’t let this be a wave of three. 😞 #breastcancer #cancersucks #gonetoosoon #findacure #comelordjesus #homegoing #fighter #nevergiveup #ultimatehealing #abundantgrace #reluctantfarmerswife
“Chapter 5” - James⁣ ⁣ James is the son of Quey (Effia’s son) and Nana Yaa. The three of them learn that Nana Yaa’s father has died. After days of traveling to the funeral, they make a quick pit stop at David’s house, a friend of Quey’s from his time in London. That is when Quey announces James will have an arranged marriage. James’ family continues, and after the funeral, James meets a young woman who refuses to shake the hand of a slaver. ⁣ ⁣ After meeting up with the girl, Akosua, he promises to return to marry her. James goes through with his previously arranged marriage, but he makes up excuses to avoid consummating the marriage so that he can remain faithful to Akosua. ⁣ ⁣ After a year, James goes to see a witch doctor. He comes up with a plan to join the army and pretend to be killed so he can escape his life. After a raid, James is found by an Asante warrior, who promises not to tell anyone. James travels for a month to get to Asanteland, and when he gets to Akosua, she is waiting for him.⁣ ⁣ What are your thoughts on this chapter? What did you think of James and his character? . . 📸: Cape Coast Castle, Ghana. @fabi07a a . #homegoing #homegoingyaagyasi #homegoingyaagysai #homegoingbook #bookclub #bookclubofinstagram #bookclubs #bookclubpick #bookclubbing #bookclubsofinstagram #reading #readinglist #bookhaul #ghana #ghana 🇬🇭
Starting my morning with this fantasic read 📚😍
There are times when all it takes is a really good book to make your day better, and then you have days when you need a Chanel bag to make you smile. Lucky for me, I’ve got both. • • • • #stylecollective #bossbabe #bossbabesofstyle #memphis #memphisblogger #memphisbloggers #fallfavorites #homegoing #hippiechick #chanel #vintage #johnnywas #lysse #fashionblogger #boho #bohochick #discoverunder10k #bloggerstyle #stylecollectivefollow #influencer #read #nowreading #lifestyleblogger #fallreading #newbooks #fashionable #hippiechicksandpixiesticks
Said #bye to my #friend #coworker and now #guardianangel : I will miss your making #beverages #friendship #laugh and #beauty #homegoing #lanika4L
In typical @booksnboooze fashion, here I am after work relaxing thine nerves with a good ass read. Okay so, y’all told me #homegoing was great and y’all weren’t lying. OMG. Any free min I have during the day, I’m all in. I love Gyasi’s writing style and how she portrays emotions. Like, girl—almost brought a real one to tears LOL. I feel like the tears are gonna come with this read though so let me stfu. • • • I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to read lately, oh but best believe I’m getting it in regardless. I’m also tackling another read in my TBR pile! Yay. Two books at a time is my max. What about y’all? 📚 • • • #bookstagram #bookshelf #wellreadblackgirl #bibliophile
"White men get a choice. They get to choose they job, they house. They get to choose to make black babies, then disappear into thin air, like they wasn't never there to begin with, like these black women they slept with or raped done laid on top of themselves and got pregnant. White men get to choose for black men too. Used to sell 'em; now they just send 'em to prison like my daddy, so that they can't be with they kids." 👑 Join us for our discussion of HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi on Sept 25, 7pm at Irvington Vinyl and Books. RSVP via link in bio! 👑 #forcoloredgirlsbookclub #bookstagram #bookdiscussion #homegoing #diversespines #readblackwomen #rebelwomenlit
"¿Quieres saber lo que es la debilidad? La debilidad es tratar a alguien como si te perteneciera. La fortaleza es saber que todo el mundo se pertenece a sí mismo" . 📚 Volver a casa es un libro que trata sobre la identidad, el amor, la discriminaciòn, la esclavitud, lo complejas que pueden ser algunas decisiones, la conexión entre personas más allá del tiempo, pero sobre todo trata de la familia. . 📚 La novela sigue las historias de los descendientes de dos hermanas, una que se queda en Àfrica y otra que es enviada como esclava a EEUU. Cada capítulo está dedicado a un miembro de una generación distinta por lo que la historia abarca ¡casi 200 años! . 📚 Hay muchas cosas que me gustaría destacar, pero creo que es mejor que las descubráis por vosotros mismos. Merece mucho la pena. Lo único que os avanzaré es que en la historia vemos también la implicación activa de los pueblos africanos en la trata de esclavos, representación no muy habitual, pero que dota de mucha más complejidad a esta historia. . 📚 #bookstagramespaña #bookstagram #homegoing #yaagyasi #volveracasa #wocwriters #pocmaincharacter #igreads #instagrambooks #santiagodecompostela #bookphotography #instabook #blackandwhite
Hey all, I don't post on here much... well at all actually but this is really important to me and those close to me and I am asking for your help. Last week my children's granny and someone who was like a mother to me passed unexpectedly. As quickly as affairs are trying to be put in order, trying to take care of this while grieving is terribly difficult. Much is not being asked for ($2500 is the goal) anything helps, we'd just really like to send her home the proper way. Link is below and in my bio: gf.me/u/mbh8tz #granny #mama #homegoing #unconditionallove #rip
🍂 Autumn Reads 🍂 . . 🍂 Here are some books that I am hoping to read in the next coming months that have an autumnal feeling to them. I have no logical explanation for this but I always associate long, sweeping historical fiction books with the autumn weather. Something about the cosy yet chilling autumn weather perfectly encapsulates the feeling of historical fiction for me. That is especially the case with Sarah Waters' novel 'The Paying Guests' which sounds like the perfect historical/ mystery book to read in the coming months. I'm looking forward to reading it due to the amount of hype I have heard about her writing and I am a sucker for a good ol' mystery set in Britain . . . 🍂 Moving on to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I have heard great things about both and am looking forward to dive into those soon . . . 🍂 I also really want to catch up on the Cormoran Strike crime novels by the one and only J.K Rowling (writing under the pen name Robert Gailbraith), Lethal White just came out yesterday and seeing it reminded me how much I loved The Cuckoo's Calling when I read it years back and how I should continue the series! The Silkworm is meant to be the best in the series so far so I'm definitely excited to start that one soon! . . . 🍂 Have you read any of these books?
7 years. You’ve been Heaven-side 7 years today, Gma. The emotions of that morning and the mix of being overwhelmingly saddened by the absence of your presence and joyously happy that you were no longer suffering in your earthly body still burns in my memory. . I’d love to be able to pick up the phone and call you for one of our hours-long chats this morning. I’d love for you to tell me how amazing Heaven is and how Gpa is doing. How you’re singing with your beautiful voice with the angels while sitting at the throne of God. How it feels to be free and no longer in pain. . I miss your whistling. Your singing. Your laugh. Your smile. Your fierce and unconditional love. Your “hey, mister!” when someone would cut you off while driving 😂. Your hugs...how I miss your hugs. . 7 years gone is a long time but I’m so glad I got 27 years with you! I’m so glad YOU were my grandma. So as I sit here with tears streaming down my face, know that they are happy tears. You gave me, and our family, SO MANY beautiful, fun and unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime and I’m so grateful for that. . Love you so much, Gma. . . #grandma #heaven #homegoing #memories #childhoodmemories #cancersucks #itsnotgoodbye #itsseeyoulater
Hello bookstagram! And congratulations on reaching mid week blues 😂 just 2 days to the weekend! . . I received this beautiful ACOFAS by @therealsjmaas locket with @thebooklingscrate box a few months ago. I've been eyeing it lately, waiting for Kingdom of Ash next month. (Yes, I know, different series). . . Meanwhile, I just finished a light romcom book - "Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating" by @christinalauren. It was the perfect balm after reading the emotionally wrecking Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi! . . I'm also reading All About Love by Bell Hooks with @the_food_and_book_life for a book club. (We have to catch up on it though 🙈). . . QOTD: What are you guys reading today? And how's the experience so far? ♥️ . . #bookish #bibliophile #instabook #bookstagram #bookworm #igreads #booksofinstagram #reading #currentlyreading #tbr #toberead #bookbox #bookgasm #india #read #literature #reader #pune #booksacrossgenres #september ##homegoing #sjmaas #acofas
I keep getting asked what I use on my skin... well here are a few of my go to products. I will do a video on how I apply these amazing products soon. My favourites are from @puregoodness1 :) #alovera #aveeno #puregoodness #thebodyshop #honeymask #facemarks #glowup #workingactress #theaterlife #performers #vintageclothing #vintagedress #fuirts #healthylifestyle #avocadoil #homegoing #booksforlife #dovesoap
Tag 2 der #sevendaybookchallenge - 'Heimkehren' (O: 'Homegoing') von Yaa Gyasi. 7 Tage, 7 Bücher, kein Kommentar. (Hin und wieder habe ich rebellische Momente, also: großartiges Buch, absolut empfehlenswert!) #heimkehren #homegoing #yaagyasi #bookstagram #igbooks #igreads #instabooks #instareads #bookchallenge #literature #africanliterature #ghanaianliterature #americanliterature #literatur #bibliophile #bücher #bücherliebe #coffee
Day 6 of the Book Challenge: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi I’m sharing 7 days of books! Homegoing is a beautifully written story that follows the parallel paths of sisters and their descendants through eight generations. It offered me a small insight into slavery’s legacy both for those taken and those who remained. I read this book before I left on a one month placement in Ghana and I often find myself reflecting on what I took away from this book and the life changing lessons I gained from my experience in Ghana. Is there a book that stands out to you as a must read prior to travelling to a specific destination?
Headed to my grandmother’s funeral.... it’s gonna be a rough one but I know she’s in a good place. #love #family #funeral #missingmygranny #grandmother #pray #godisgood #havefaith #calledhome #homegoing #mourning #chicago
Me and my baby bro...Mom would be proud! #jacksonstrong #homegoing #love #red #missingher #mom #siblings @smoovegroove82 🎈❤️
This book 🇬🇭 was 🇬🇭 amazing 🇬🇭. I must thank my new friend Eric for recommending it – he’s a teacher in the States who recently visited and from whom I learned so much. The structure was ambitious, but worked.⠀ .⠀ #YaaGyasi #Homegoing #AfricanLit #Ghana ⠀ .⠀ #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookish #readingtime #ilovebooks #instabooks #booksofinstagram
Homegoing is another one of those books that has an insane amount of hype surrounding it, but fortunately is well-deserving of it! I was immersed in this far-sprawling novel for three days, but I felt like I had travelled with the characters through the centuries (this is a good thing, I’m not insinuating that it dragged 😂) . I admit that sometimes the structure didn’t work as well as I wanted it to: you only meet each character once in their chapter, sometimes they are mentioned in later characters’ chapters, but you don’t get anything more than one chapter for each perspective. There were some that I cared for less than others (Quey & James) and some that I wanted MORE for (Akua & H), but overall Gyasi pulls off the multiple perspectives with aplomb! . I was blown away by how flawlessly she shifts from century to century, decade to decade; there’s so much attention to detail and the narratives for each character from each place in history were perfect. I found the first two chapters particularly engaging but extremely brutal, they definitely set the tone for the rest of the book 👀 . I highly recommend Homegoing, I can’t do justice to the plot so I’ll just leave it there, but it’s definitely worth the hype in my eyes! . 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . #abreadsandreviews2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #homegoing #yaagyasi #bookreview #review #bookrecommendation #bibliophile #bookstagram #reading #igreads #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #booklove #lovebooks #bookish #bookaddict #fiction #read #secondhandbooks
#whomadethis why y'all so #mean & #funny at the same time?! #homegoing #careerover lol y'all know her #husband will #pullup
OMG #bestbookever #Homegoing #NoHome Thank you 🙏🏽 Yaa Gyasi For taking us in this historical journey. I hope one day this story becomes something we study in schools ! I have rarely been so moved by a book before 🇬🇭 #Ghana ☀️☀️merci @sarah_mrslt je l’ai dévoré !!
"Chapter 4": Ness 📚 This is the first character to take us to the plantations in America. The chapter opens up on Thomas Allan Stockham’s plantation in Alabama where we meet Ness, Esi’s daughter. She was sent from plantation to plantation, beginning at one she only referred to as Hell. Ness was married to another slave named Sam while working on another plantation and had a son named Kojo. When they tried to escape, Sam was killed and Ness was whipped so badly that she carried horrible scars for the rest of her life, but their son was brought to safety by a woman named Aku. The book describes Ness as a beauty who was originally supposed to be a house slave but because of the scars covering her body, she was sent back out to work the fields. Ness eventually forms a motherly relationship with a young slave named Pinky who has gone voluntarily mute. Pinky is Timtam’s daughter, another slave who took a liking to Ness causing jealousy amongst the other women despite the fact that the liking was not reciprocated. So what are your thoughts on this chapter? Any particular quotes or passages stood out to you? What stood out to you about Ness? Along with your own thoughts and musings, I've asked some questions below in the comments for you to answer! . . . 📸 Location: Elmina Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana - Female Slave Dungeon . . #book #bookclub #bookstagram #bookshelf #bookworm #booklove #booknerd #bookaddict #bookish #books #reading #read #readingnook #reader #kindle #readings #homegoing #homegoingyaagyasi #ghana #capecoast #slavery #knowledgeispower #thetravelingbookclub #elmina #elminacastle
*NEW FEATURE ALERT* Ever read a book and wish you could put a physical image to the settings you're picturing in your mind? Get a clearer picture? If yes, hope this helps! As we travel to different countries through literature, we thought it’d be cool to feature pictures of the places we are visiting taken by our very own traveling book club members! So, if you’ve been to Ghana, tag us in your Ghana photos so we can feature them! This photo was taken by @bellaworldwide in the main courtyard at Elmina Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana. Elmina Castle is located along the same Coast as Cape Coast castle where Effia was taken to be married to James and where much of the beginning of Homegoing takes place. The castles differ a bit in architecture but were used for the same purposes and carry the same history. * * Elmina castle was built by the Portuguese in the 1400s to house trades for European goods and African gold. In the 1500s, they upgraded. The dungeons that stored the goods were made into dungeons for African slaves. This continued when the Dutch took over in the 1600s and when the British took over in the 1800s - right until slavery was abolished. Have you visited Elmina or Cape Coast castle before? #elminacastle #capecoast #ghana #homegoing #bookclub #thetravelingbookclub
Dal & chicken with a hint of lime! So I just love the colors popping in the pot all the way through. Yassss @guavabelli knows all the secrets. We both had dal on the mind today. Red lentils, garlic, onions, cumin seeds. ginger, salt, curry powder (I used spicy Jamaican), turmeric. pepper, broth, tomatoes. Don’t forget the lime! Changed the game altogether. Topped with seasoned chicken baked hard. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is up next on my list. It is so highly recommended!Amber Mark’s rendition of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” gives life just like these spices. #lovemesomeguavabelli #yaagyasi #homegoing #spice #ambermark #loveisstrongerthanpride #sade #remix #sharedvibes #foodishealing #brooklyn #yuminmytum #goodfood #chicken #dal #lime #ginger #color #poppin
My day ones. It’s always great when family gets together . Unfortunate circumstance but we the roses🌹#family #blood #georgiaboys #homegoing #appreciatelife #humble #Islam
POPS Gone Home But Never Forgotten , I know I will see you again... But Until Then Rest In Heaven Pops ... #dad #pops #father #love #family #rip #rih #forever #homegoing #youwillbemissed #fuckcancer #cancersucks #love #family #untiliseeyouagain #iloveyou #imissyou #heartbroken #life 😥
Reading Homegoing was such a delight, even though the topic is far from uplifting. This debut novel is well written, well structured, and it’s amazing how much humanity and inhumanity Yaa Gyasi easily packs into 300 pages. Spanning seven generations we follow the fate of a family from the Gold Coast of Africa to the plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the streets of Harlem. The story of each generation is equally heart breaking, but as love runs through every chapter as a theme, I also somehow found it a consoling read 🌼 * While I was reading Homegoing over summer in my family’s summer house, my dad was engaged in a nonfiction new release on Denmark’s role in slave trading on the Gold Coast. It’s a tough and touching theme and I think it will take a while before I return to the important history of slave trading. * #homegoing #yaagyasis #forternepåguldkysten #bookstagram #reading #booklove #instaread
I have to confess to struggling through this a bit. Not helped by reading it in fits and starts but sticking at it. I've three books put away for my holiday in a fortnight and determined to finish this before I go. But it's slow. Seems like a chore to pick it up. #homegoing #whatimreading #inmyhomeseptember #onmybookshelf #books #waterstones #whatimnotenjoyingreading
Being with my family made my uncle’s homegoing so much easier. ❤️❤️❤️ We cried, we laughed, we ate, we danced, and......some even argued 🙄🙄🙄 BUT at the end of the day we still love each other and it was great seeing everyone despite the unfortunate circumstances that brought us together. I LOVE MY FAMILY 😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯 #Family #HomeGoing #Memories #Smile #Cry #Laugh #Hug #Argue #Makeup #Healing #Restoration #Christian #Eat #Melanin @iam_lynrene
Being with my family made my Uncle Clyde’s Homegoing so much easier. ❤️❤️❤️ We cried, we laughed, we ate, we danced, and......some even argued 🙄🙄🙄 BUT at the end of the day we still love each other and it was great seeing everyone despite the unfortunate circumstances that brought us together. I LOVE MY FAMILY 😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯 That’s my father on the right in the 1st pic 🙂 My mother wasn’t there. #Family #HomeGoing #Memories #Smile #Cry #Laugh #Hug #Argue #Makeup #Healing #Restoration #Christian #Eat #Melanin #RIP #PrayForJason
Being with my family made my uncle’s homegoing so much easier. ❤️❤️❤️ We cried, we laughed, we ate, we danced, and......some even argued 🙄🙄🙄 BUT at the end of the day we still love each other and it was great seeing everyone despite the unfortunate circumstances that brought us together. I LOVE MY FAMILY 😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯 #TeethandGums #Family #HomeGoing #Memories #Smile #Cry #Laugh #Hug #Argue #Makeup #Healing #Restoration #Christian #Eat #Melanin
Sunday 📚📚 13th book for the year. An incredible, heartbreaking, well-written book on slavery by Ghanaian novelist Yaa Gyasi. Cannot wait to finish this one. 💜 #HomeGoing #YaaGyasi #EpicReads #AmReading #GoodReads #BookLover #BookCollector #BookAddict #AfricanLiterature #Books #AfricanWriters #FicLit #Sunday
This is an excellent debut! In an interview I heard Yaa Gyasi to say that the term ‘homegoing’ comes from the African-American funeral belief that the spirit of the deceased is at last free and could travel back to Africa. Following African-American history for some time the existence of such conviction brings no surprise. Generation after generation being born in slavery and largely exposed to inhumane and horrendous treatment by slave owners, has resulted in complete extinction of language and identity therefore creating fertile ground for superstitious believes serving as final salvation from the dreadful reality. Such nuances are easily detected in the works of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin and it was comforting to learn that Yaa Gyasi has been influenced by them before she started writing. Gyasi’s novel is structured in a way that allows the reader to most easily follow the 250 years of human trafficking and slavery between Africa and America. ‘Homegoing’ starts with the separation of two half-sisters at Cape Coast (Ghana), whi are destined to never meet each other. Each subsequent chaper of the book follows the bloodline of each sister - child, grand child, great grand child, great great grand child and so on. Such construction of the narrative provides a broader view of the processes taking place at the background during certain historical period in Africa and America. Gyasi masterfully shapes each character with care and precision to correspond as closely as possible to a time period of the past skillfully avoiding making them too stereotyped or cliched. ▪️Full review is on goodreads (apparently IG has set a word limit)▪️ #yaagyasi #homegoing #africanamericanbooks #africanamerican #slavery #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #igbooks #instareads #booknerd #bookreview #booksbooksbooks #libros #libro #livre #livres #libri #книги #книга #роман #яаджаси #завръщане #четене #читател #книгоман
What an amazing trip and an amazing celebration of life for Uncle Gene. I know he would have approved. ❤️ * * * * #keywest #snorkeling #ocean #sea #marvinkey #boatparty #boatinglife #funeral #celebrationoflife #familytravelblogger #scatteringashes #scattering #ashestoashes #homegoing #ritual #familytradition #discoverocean
Thank you for being the best Father you knew how, for having the realest opinions and most of all for being a great Grandfather♥️you were always just one phone call away, Whenever, where ever & whatever ... i will NEVER let you go, until we meet again💋 #rip #loveyou #alwaysandforever #dad #homegoing #bigrod #neverforgotten
Thank you for finding my Mother, loving me as your OWN and later blessing me with my brother, life will never be the same without you ❤️ #iloveyou #rip #dad #stepdad #homegoing #2018 #missingyou
Thank you for loving me like non other Dad 💔 #bigrod #rip #homegoing #love #brokenheart
Today Was Truly Heartbreaking4 Me& My Family We Had2Lay My Beautiful Aunt2Rest She Meant So Much2 Me Good People Wit Good Hearts R Hard2Come Across So If U Ever R Blessed2Be Surround By Some1 Wit A Good Heart Treat Them Wit Respect& Never Take Them4Granted Thats A Rare Quality That Most People Dont Possess She was1 Of The Most loving& Family Orientated Women I Knew “Aunt Geraldine Rest In Peace” #godisfaithful #godisgoodallthetime #love #rip #family #memories #homegoing #eastcoast #stlouis #beautiful #instalove #summer #smile #loveposts #picoftheday #instadaily #instagood #kattwilliams #tiffanyhaddish #nas #cardib #heartbroken #followme #likeforlikes #funeral
#Heartbreaking to learn of the #passing of #lovedonesinheaven thanks to #friends and #family for such a #rememberable #homegoing service.
Happy 1 year homegoing anniversary bro. Everyday I miss you more and more. Life hasn't been the same since you've been gone. You were all I had in this crazy world other than my Young Kings. We miss you. #LadyBolding #Missingmybrother #Homegoing #1Year #Throwbackpic
Me n my lil mama on my auntie Wilma #homegoing #lovelivelife
#Book and #Brunch on September 29 at 10 am. Reading #Homegoing with brunch at #BlackCanaryEspressoBar . No pressure to read the book - the love of #GoodConversation is all that’s needed. Link to event is in my bio. . . . #bookclub #brunchclub #brookies #booknbrunch #LocalEvents #EatAndRead #Homegoing
I've read three books in the last few weeks. First up is #lullaby by French author #leilaslimani I started and finished this book on the two hour flight to Majorca. It's short and fast paced and well, horrific. It tells the story of a couple Paul and Myriam who hire who they think is the perfect nanny, Louise to look after their children. The writing is eerie and rich and my only criticism is that it could have done with more character development and back story around the terrifying murderous character of Louise. Secondly was #homegoing by #yaagyasi This book was heart breaking, beautiful and brutal. It follows the family tree of two sisters on either side of the slave trade over centuries. The characters are vibrant and charasmatic and very believable. The harsh realities of slavery are detailed with great skill and the sense of oppression from the inhumanites through the years make it at times a hard and frustrating read. I was an emotional wreck through this but I was glad I read it because despite all this it is a beautiful book. Gyasi is a wonderful writer that captures the human experience in all its glory and ugliness well. Lastly was #matthaig and #notesonanervousplanet It was a really nice little book- terribly cliched and twee in places but overall the messages of detaching from the internet and social media, remembering your values, being kind to yourself and not allowing anyone or anything to make you feel worthless is a good one. I felt great reading this book and I advise anyone that experiences anxiety or mental health issues to give it a whirl. Matt is speaking from experience of his and others and there's some great tips and pieces of information in this book to keep you sane in a world that's not. #bookreview #books #reading
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