Saturday, April 21, 2018

Top 3 Books When You Are Looking for Love

Finding love seems to be a growing theme in people’s lives. The options to find love range from speed dating events to dating apps. I vehemently believe that these three books can provide you some insight into your quest for love. 

Anna Karenina was chosen because of the themes of love, faith, infidelity, and marriage. A true classic, Anna Karenina, embodies the reality of relationships and love. Even though the novel is somewhat a tragic love story because of the unlikely transgressions of Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky, many life lessons can be learned and applied. 

An American Marriage challenges the beliefs surrounding the institution of marriage and relationships Roy and Celestial’s marriage is tested when Roy is falsely accused and convicted of rape. Since Roy and Celestial are newly wedded when the event happens, the reality if how hard marriage can be when challenges occur is illustrated in this novel. The novel makes you question your ideology of marriage and love. 

Me Before You proves that love can quietly creep up on you in the most unlikely and uncomfortable situations. In Me Before YouLouisa Clark’s life becomes transformed when she takes a job as a caregiver for Will, who uses a wheelchair to move around. The ending surely surprised me, but the journey was well worth it. This book is the first in a series of three. I've read them all and enjoyed each one. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

St. Francis Public Library - Wisconsin

Usually, when I travel, I make a point to find a locally owned bookstore. I’ve always been fascinated by these types of bookstores, and often, I fall in love with their unique charm.

My first day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin resulted in me finding this gem. The librarian shared with ne the schedule for their Friends of the Library Book sale, which happened to be the very next day. 

When I returned the next day, I was amazed at how organized the book sale was. They have a room dedicated to the sale. Organized by categories, the room felt like a mini used bookstore. 

Talking to the volunteer, I learned that she was a former English teacher. She was so excited to see that I purchased some classics. 

I love how books unite people regardless of race, gender, locale, and etc. I shared with her snippets of who I was and where I was from. I learned that she once visited Oxford to decide if she would relocate there after her retirement. However, she ended up retiring in Milwaukee. 

Even in the airport, I was asked several times about how I liked Leo Tolstoy’s book, Anna Karenina. With my highlighter in tow, I felt like I was teaching English again and preparing for a lecture. 

I’ve decided to start visiting libraries when I travel because that’s something that my parents did when we were younger. Visiting St. Francis Library proved to be well-worth the visit. I left happy and filled with joy. 

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Book Review: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Book Title: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Author: Issa Rae
Format: Audiobooks
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Recently, I was added to a Facebook book club group. The chosen book was The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Having always longed to be a member of a book club, I was excited to start the book right away. I decided to purchase the audiobook version of the book via Audible, and I must say that I wasn't disappointed. The humor that is found in Issa Rae's YouTube Series and HBO Series has been translated in the text of her book.

The themes of the book are family, self-esteem, coming of age, struggle for acceptance, and life lessons. I think that what I enjoyed the most about the book is that the audiobook is read by Issa Rae, so you hear her quirkiness throughout the text. I found myself chuckling out loud numerous times, which contributes to the book being very relatable.

Even though I would not categorize this book as an inspiring autobiography, I would share that it provides enlightenment about her life and how she arrived to be such a fantastic storyteller. This book is a quick read and enjoyable. I enjoyed the flow of the book and was not bored at all. So I did give it a 5 out of 5.

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