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review 2017-09-16 00:07
Self-deprecation at its best
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays - Scaachi Koul

I first heard about Scaachi Koul's One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter several months ago on BookTube (I will continue to sing its praises) and added it to my TRL as I felt the need to read more Canadian authors. This book is a collection of essays about Scaachi's life growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in Canada. There's a focus on body positivity, feminism, and the endemic racism she and other people of color face in that country. She discusses her family and how she is the direct product of two disparate parenting philosophies. (Each chapter begins with an email conversation between herself and her father. He's quite possibly the funniest man on planet earth.) She's deeply afraid of going outside of her comfort zone and yet she's in a relationship with a man who seems to do nothing but push her to do just that. (I thought I had travel anxiety until I read about her experiences flying.) It's a look into a family as different and yet somehow the same as mine or yours. There's always going to be some neuroses in any family. It's about self-discovery, self-love, and ultimately self-acceptance. It was a lot of fun but judging from the fact that I had to refresh my memory by looking up the blurb it isn't the most memorable book I've had the pleasure of reading this year. So I'm gonna give it a 6/10. 

 

A/N: I really need to start making detailed notes about the books I've read immediately after reading them because my backlog of book reviews is getting more and more lengthy. Stay tuned for a special post on Tuesday by the way. ;-)

 

Source: Amazon

 

What's Up Next: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-10 14:35
Break of Day (One Night in South Beach) by Andie J. Christopher
Break of Day (One Night in South Beach) - Andie J. Christopher

 

Break of Day blows in like a cyclone. The passion is as tempestuous as a raging storm. Carla and Jonah seduce readers as easily as they entice each other. Ms. Christopher crafts a tale of resilience that spans two exotic locations and begins within the ravages of uncertainty.  Can the love they found whether the storm of real life?  An overload of sensations make for a page turning adventure.

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review 2017-07-12 22:13
I still don't care for essay collections.
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays - Scaachi Koul

I had first come across the author during the period that is covered by one of her essays: she chose to shut down her Twitter account after receiving a flood of awful tweets and posts threatening all sorts of violence and harassment. Since this book is a collection of essays I thought I'd skip it (don't care for the genre) but after seeing how some people reacted to an interview she gave I decided that the author should have some support.

 

The book is a collection of essays ranging on a wide variety of topics: racism, the harassment she received, a friend who was (is?) an alcoholic, sexual assault, the struggles of growing up Canadian with Indian (and immigrant) parents, etc. Some of the essays are very poignant: the one regarding sexual assault was short (it's also not graphic as it appears she was *very* lucky but her anecdotes and discussion about rape and rape culture showed how easily that might not have been the case) but I thought it was the "best" (it was hard to read but it absolutely got the point across). I actually somewhat wished it was longer and that she had expanded upon her thoughts and the analogy of being watched and hunted.

 

And some essays are too long and need better editing. Sometimes there are some really great sections and lines but while I thought I'd the ones about her upbringing and interacting with her parents best (as I can somewhat understand her POV), I found those were too long. Sometimes it was interesting (how she and her brother turned down the offers from their parents to arrange their marriages) and sometimes she does come across as whiny.

 

One frustrating essay that also needed something more was the one about the alcoholic friend. He disappears at the end of the essay and we don't know what happened to him. After spending the focus of the writing mostly on his struggle Koul turns it back on herself and how she considers getting in touch. I respect that she may not know or wanted to respect his privacy but it just seemed like an incomplete piece or a piece that needed better editing to be make less about the friend and more about what Koul learned.

 

Overall it wasn't as dreadful as other essay collections but I do understand why a lot of people found her whiny or that the text needed better editing or that they couldn't get it or into the book. I suppose if you follow her or read a lot of her writing it might be a good pick up to try but I'd recommend the library and skim.

 

 

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review 2017-02-13 13:40
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - H.T. Willetts,Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Review to follow.
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text 2017-01-20 12:38
REVIEW BY AMY - One Bad Day by Edie Hart
One Bad Day (One Day Book 1) - Edie Hart

When Tessa agreed to do a favor for her boss, she never thought she’d end up being a mistaken target for a hired killer or falling for the sexy cop who is determined to keep her safe.

 

 
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Novella
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/onebaddaybyediehart
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