WEEKEND READS (WK 8 – 2019)

This past week I gave my body the rest it deserved in order to kick flu but!! Turns out this was the smartest decision I ever made, cause my weekend starts out with me feeling on top of the world. 😏… Usually it’s the other way around.

To celebrate my new found wealth, I decided to do something bold and adventurous. After a week of recuperation this means … that my next read is definitely going to be an epic rollercoaster ride and anything else that allows me to hang around the house wearing fancy pajamas.☺️

So without further ado, here are the books that I have picked up and hope to finish by the end of February (of course I know that this will not be the case, but a girl can dream, can she?)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James

Tracker is a hunter, known throughout the thirteen kingdoms as one who has a nose – and he always works alone. But he breaks his own rule when, hired to find a lost child, he finds himself part of a group of hunters all searching for the same boy. Each of these companions is stranger and more dangerous than the last, from a giant to a witch to a shape-shifting Leopard, and each has secrets of their own. As the mismatched gang follow the boy’s scent from perfumed citadels to infested rivers to the enchanted darklands and beyond, set upon at every turn by creatures intent on destroying them, Tracker starts to wonder: who really is this mysterious boy? Why do so many people want to stop him being found? And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying? (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

Although fantasy is definitely my jam, I usually start trilogies when all the books in a series are published and the rates on Goodreads indicate that every installment will be worth my while. Of course if you are going to make an exception to this rule…the Dark Star trilogy is it…because

1. African Game of Thrones

2.Micheal B. Jordan already purchased the movie rights.

I probably will not finish this one before the end of this month…because at 620 pages the book is a chunker and although very engaging, not a particularly easy read.

Homegoing – Yaa Gyashi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

This book has unjustifiably been collecting dust for 2 years now. So enough is enough. There will be no better time to pick this one up than Black History month.

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing – curated by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This expansive collection seeks to shed light on that injustice, putting some of America’s most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance. Organized into three sections—the Peril, the Power, and the Pleasure—and featuring a vast array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

What better subject to dive into than the history of African American literacy (which does not differ much from Surinamese history) and find out how the journey of the ones that came before us attributed to me, a person of color, being allowed to do something as ’trivial’ as writing a blog post and reading books. The plan is to read this essay by essay in order to properly digest all there is to digest. Since there are 25 essays, this book will probably not be finished by the end of this month either.

Since one of my bookish goals for 2019 is to write a review on virtually every book I finish…you will probably be able to read my thoughts on these gems pretty soon.

But enough about me, what is on your TBR this weekend?

MID-YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG 2018

Whoaw … half of this year has already come to pass!!

This is what first came to mind when tons of blogposts and youtube videos with this tag started popping up in my feed. In general I tend to skip all tags cause I am more of a book review, monthly wrap up and new releases kinda girl. Except for the book tag to rule them all …. the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag. Simply because it’s all of those things I enjoy wrapped into one video and/or blogpost. So … big shout out to Chami from IsThatChami and Ely (Elyjane) from Earl Grey Books for co-creating this awesome tag.

So after years of reading tons of Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag blogposts, streaming an even larger amount of videos and as a consequence feverishly updating my want-to-read list on Goodreads … here is my very first Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!!

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MY BOOK TO MOVIE LIST FOR 2018

In 2016 I started my reading journey and ever since the only resolution I make at the beginning of the year is the amount of books I will finish by the end of it. The annual 12 books a year I started out with, were not challenging enough and therefore I am working towards a total of 40 before the end of 2018.

I have since adopted a lot more noteworthy reading habits, all but sticking to my monthly TBR list. For some reason a monthly TBR list, more often than not, results in a reading slump. So this year I am experimenting with a yearly TBR. The fact that all titles on my current list are books that have been or will be adapted to movies or TV-series helps me finish one book after another, often before the release date of the adaptation.

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KOORTS 2.0

Elke spiervezel lijkt in brand te staan. Gister was alles nog normaal, maar vannacht heeft een lopend vuurtje besloten een ommetje te maken door mijn hele lichaam. Mijn gloeiende voeten kan ik stiekem best waarderen, maar mijn klamme handen wrijf ik altijd zo snel mogelijk droog. Er straalt hitte van ze af en er schieten nog net geen vlammetjes uit mijn vingertoppen. “Goedemorgen ziekte van Graves”, mompel ik terwijl ik de ruimte scan naar mijn flesje water. Continue reading “KOORTS 2.0”