Book 1: Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
“Sunja-ya, a woman’s life is endless work and suffering. There is suffering and then more suffering. It’s better to expect it, you know. You’re becoming a woman now, so you should be told this. For a woman, the man you marry will determine the quality of your life completely. A good man is a decent life, and a bad man is a cursed life—but no matter what, always expect suffering, and just keep working hard. No one will take care of a poor woman—just ourselves.”
If you ask me, ‘what book should I read next?’ There’s only one answer you’re getting from me. PACHINKO! I am not sure why it only has 4.3 stars on good reads but I am giving this book a solid 4.6. This book tells the historical relationship between Korea and Japan and the will to survive in a country where one is unwelcome.
I am always drawn to complex characters and naturally, I understand the depths of their existence and in this book Sunja and Noa were those characters. Sunja falling in love with a married man, and Noa covered in shame due to his lineage. I am incredibly impressed with Min Jin Lee and her ability to give each character a whole personality, a vibe, a mood in just one book.
Book 2 – Waragi – Jedidiah Mugarura
Listen, all I want is to sit down with this guy and ask the questions that are burning inside me. If you’ve been here long enough you know how I really feel about poetry and then I get this book and I am once again trapped in Waragi’s beautiful, sick in a kind of thrilling way poems.
The first thing I noticed was that Jedidiah Mugarura chose to completely forego capitalization. After some research, I found that e.e. cummings is a famous lower case poet but generally poets do whatever they want to do and I think in Waragi the use of lower case letters was beyond style of writing but there’s a hidden message in there.
Once you read ‘Everytime he was in the library‘ you’ll feel all sorts of ache for the boy, the shame he has endured and the longing to be rescued and protected. This book is not yet available on the market but as soon as it is out, you’ll be the first ones to know.
in the morning
he sat in class
with the same boys
who thought they knew what had happened
that he had freely given his body to be used
in between his legs
Book 3 – Beneath the Tamarind Tree – Isha Sesay
In 2014, 234 female students were taken from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. This was all over the news and social media and this unfortunate story gave birth to this #bringbackourgirls. Isha Sesay a CNN correspondent followed this story even when the media stopped talking about it as if her life depended on it.
This book was gifted to me for many reasons. Women and girl issues are my issues, and working with young girls under Girl Empowered Educated (Girl-EMED) reading about the stories of other young girls is my responsibility.
I had tears reading these stories because it really could have happened to any one of us. This book left me paralyzed because this story is not fictional, this was and still is the reality of many girls around the world. Therefore, don’t waste a single second and get this book because there’s still girls in 2019 from Chibok who are still under the control of Boko Haram. It will challenge you to care less about the superficialities of life and will direct you to feel deeply for these girls, how complex life is and a conviction to do more for those who find themselves in the claws of injustice.
…while much in life is negotiable, gaining an education should never be, and a girl’s right to be educated is always worth fighting for.
Book 4 – The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
This book is hella funny and hella spiritual and I am obsessed. Shout out to Brooke Ligertwood’s sermon that brought this book in my life. This book is EXCELLENT! If you want to understand just a little bit how the physical and spiritual worlds collide, this is a book you should get like yesterday.
Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily ‘true’ or ‘false’, but as ‘academic’ or ‘practical’, ‘outworn’ or ‘contemporary’, ‘conventional’ or ‘ruthless’. Jargon, not argument is your best ally in keeping him from the church.
What’s next on my list.
- Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge (no recommendation just lured by the title)
- The importance of being Aisling – Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen (gifted)
Are you interested in any of the books in this post? They are all available at The Good Library.
What books are you reading before this year comes to an end? Please do share in the comments any recommendations. Do not forget to subscribe 🙂