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text 2017-03-05 02:02
What I got with my gift card
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twen... On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder
We Should All Be Feminists Paperback - February 3, 2015 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump - James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair
The Black Notebook - Patrick Modiano,Mark Polizzotti
Binti - Nnedi Okorafor

On Tyranny looks fascinating and timely and I want to read a little more politically minded right now.   It's also a cute, small book, so I figure it's a good choice for post-September when I won't have much time!


We Should All Be Feminists is my fuck you to all the misogynists.   Also, small, cute, and short, so again, saving it for post grad-school when I'll have no time.


His Majesty's Dragon is a physical copy so that I have one for Novik to sign. 


Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump is my fuck you to Trump.   Small, short, although a little bigger than the other two.   I want to understand a little more about Trump, and well, I'd like to think anyone buying this, and reading it, pisses him off.   


I got three copies of Black Book by Modiano as a thank you to the three people who wrote my letters of recommendation.  

I got a copy of Binti because the professor who did my phone interview loved this, too, so I'm going to get it signed and surprise her with it.   


I'm looking forward to like everything.   Then again, just earlier this week I got so nervous my mind basically shut off my feelings to cope: I couldn't get interested in anything.   Everything excites me now that the feels have been turned on.   I'm watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and loving it, reading, and loving it all.   

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review 2017-02-25 23:33
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I received this book for free through a complimentary Quarterly Literary Box.


This is a great book (essay) that explains the fundamentals of feminism. It incredibly accessible and clears up some misconceptions about feminism, like why we don't just call it human rights. Overall, this is a must read for people wanting to learn about what feminism really is all about.

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text 2017-02-25 06:44
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 64 pages.
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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review 2017-02-06 14:40
The Thing Around Your Neck
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This was an amazing collection, each story focusing on a different part of life, each one entirely different from the last, and each one completely amazing.

There are a lot of reasons why these stories were each amazing and beautiful. For starters, they are #ownvoices, which in itself lends depth to them that is hard to come by from people not familiar with others experiences, but the stories are also varied in many other ways.

I remember first hearing about Adichie from her TEDtalk, the Danger of a Single Story, so I knew not to expect the stories to be similar to each other or to any idea that I had about Africa or African people. Each one is a different part of life for African people. I know that several stories were about Nigerians specifically, but not whether all were. I know Adichie is Nigerian (yes, I even looked up her Wikipedia page to double check), but I don't want to make either assumption that it means all her characters must be Nigerian nor that the experience of people from different countries within Africa are interchangeable. Instead, I'll just point out that I don't know. I do know that one story pointed out where secondary characters were from and the protagonist even refers to them by their country more than their name as they are all new to her.

Getting back to the way the stories were varied, some were immigration stories to the US and others took place in Africa, but even one of those could be loosely categorized as an immigration story because it is about a woman attempting to obtain refugee status to go to the US. It would be difficult to judge the stories against each other on a level of enjoyable as not all are happy or sad, but they all make the reader think about their ideas of how they treat people and how they are treated by people.

I was glad that I listened to the audiobook, read by Adjoa Andoh, because of the character names. Not only would I have mispronounced, but I would have missed out on the lyrical beauty of many of them. The many accents required to read through all the stories were masterfully done as one should expect from an actress of Andoh's accomplishments.

Altogether, it's an enlightening set of stories that should definitely be read by anyone interested in stories about the lives of women. This does not mean that it should be relegated to "chick lit", though. None of the stories are delivered in the "humorously and lightedhardly" style of what is often referred to as chick lit. These are serious stories about women's lives, the struggles, the many forms that heartbreak takes, the difficult decisions that must be contended with. While I wouldn't use the book alone to indicate what African or Nigerian culture is completely about (then we'd fall into the narrow view that Adichie herself cautions against), I would say that it paints an interesting picture of what it is like for some women.

So again, an excellent pick for anyone interested in women's stories, particularly those looking to expand their reading to include stories in more than one country, of moving between countries, of the way lives mix between people of different cultures in several ways. The collection on its own, it still expands the idea of what African stories are and takes us a beyond a single story.

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review 2017-01-14 15:22
An Essay That Should Be Read By Everyone.
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Earlier this month, I attended a book discussion 'Purple Hibiscus' where I did not read the book. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had written 3 novels and a collection of short stories. I wasn't into the books she had written despite the praises from other book readers. I was more interested on her essay 'We Should All Be Feminists' and when I read the reviews and the praises and how it changed the view of a reader to become a feminist, I am curious and went ahead, read it at one go on my way home riding a light rail train.

Here's my honest opinion - this is probably one of the best essay I have ever read. Her words got me thinking but also some of her questions was what I question before some years back. She brought up some strong points, questions that should be laid out in the minds of today's gender equality. I do agree - human rights isn't the right word that equals to gender equality. We are living in a world, given the perception and the norm that the world should be given to men because he is a man, not women because we were raise to believe women should be stay-homed moms and take care of men's needs. I do agree it is wrong and in fact, I did see the change happening around us but we still have this inequality happening because of gender even though when a female has the same highest learned education but given low pay. What Chimamanda pointed out is right - even today in the 21st century we are still living such inequality.

What I like in her essay is how true she had said. She pointed out that the way we raise our children our beliefs that boys should grow into masculine men and girls should learn to cook for their husbands, bound by marriages because our parents belief is to be true and a fact. She pointed out that culture does not make people but people make culture. She pointed out that we should raise daughters differently as much as we should raise our sons differently too. What she had written is the truth. What she had said in TEDx talk is an awareness to all. And this is what we should be - the true meaning of feminist we all (male and female) should be a feminist.

Although what she had pointed out I do agree, I felt there is some thing missing. Some thing that, although her questions had been the ones she laid out, I didn't find it as a realization. I had asked these questions before to myself. I had asked these questions to people I am acquainted and yet they have no answer. It is true - this book really will change the view of the norm. I am living surrounded by the norm of people whom are too comfortable in the way they grew up. As an Asian, its how we were taught to believe. I am glad it was different for me. Still, I can't for the help of any thing felt there is some thing still missing in her words. Maybe her views on equality was her experience, which she mention a plenty, is the way of life Nigeria for men and women always have been. But it was some thing I felt missing that did not give me that kind of impact that I would give a 5 star rating instead.

Nevertheless, We Should All Be Feminists is a well said book. We all should be a feminist (point taken as how the definition is in dictionary) and not the hearsay or assumption many people thought feminist is. Not to mention, the ones that abuses the meaning of it. Everyone should read this book so that everyone (male and female) truly know the true definition of it.

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