Book Promotions of January 30th

I feel that it would probably be useful that I share what books I buy when they come on sale. Obviously by the time I get to review these books they are sometimes no longer on sale and that is not very productive to the point of this blog.

For today’s notable book promotions for e-books there is Kindred ($2.99; Amazon) and The Women of Brewster Place ($1.99; Amazon). Both books are written by female women of color and are about women of color, so if you are looking to expand your library to include more books that are written by women of color and that speak of the lived-experience of women of color, this would be your chance.

Octavia Butler, who is the author of Kindred, is actually a prominent science-fiction writer, and I have read her trilogy of Lilith’s Brood. I will have to do a review on them at a later time, but they were excellent books. Octavia Butler skills as an author are not bound by genre!

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Everything I Never Told You

I had heard about this book and seen it on Amazon whilst shopping for the many other books that I buy on a daily basis. However, I am always wary of books that become so popular and that everyone is reading.

I ended up reading this book for my Authors of Color book club, and I will say that I shouldn’t have judged this book by the cover.

When you read the summary you don’t expect that this book will affect you the way it does. By the end of it, I definitely felt that I was being given the opportunity to view my own familial woes from a totally different perspective.

When I first started reading this book,  I was annoyed due to my utter lack of being able to keep up with the different characters at the beginning. Celeste Ng would switch character perspectives so often, that if you are a person who is bad at remembering names, like me, it takes some time to adjust and a little bit of effort. However, once past this roadblock, this book becomes utterly delightful and insightful.

Celeste Ng touches on so many different themes. From the hardships that interracial couples and the kids of these unions can face, to the difficulties of communication, to the  distress teenagers face as they grow-up. The author uses a simple plot line and is able to weave these deep emotional issues that any reader can identify with, for they are typical day-to-day problems. However, what makes her book truly unique, is how much you find yourself identifying with not only the characters but the general situation at hand. It is so easy to get caught up in daily activities and not realize how your actions or non-actions can affect those around you. Most of all, following the book’s title, you realize that it is better to have said things to not have said anything at all.

Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a meaningful read. I wasn’t in tears at the end but for those of you  who are more emotional than me with my cold, black heart, you may be extremely moved.

The Center Cannot Hold

“The Center Cannot Hold” by Elyn R. Saks

I acquired this book through my daily emails from BookBub and this one particularly stood out to me. In my quest to read books that are on atypical topics, this one fit the mold perfectly!

As an individual who has never experienced mental health issues, I have always sought to understand and read books such as this; books that tell of the experience from the perspective of someone who lives through it.

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age in which mental health continues to be stigmatized, particularly in the case of conditions such as schizophrenia. This happens, in part, because the only time we are ever exposed to such a disease is through a negative and skewed lens.

This book was a joy to read, but it was also incredibly hard. Elyn did an amazing job of relaying her life experiences with her disease, so much so that at times I felt as if my thoughts were also becoming disorganized. She blew me away with her way of presenting to the reader the disorganized thinking that is typical of an individual with schizophrenia. And because of her ability to coherently give the reader insight to this pattern of thinking, you begin to understand why and how an individual could find themselves thinking the thoughts that they are.

Elyn writes in a manner that makes it easy for you to feel like you are there with her, during her entire journey of trying to come to terms with her disease. You grow attached to some of her therapists and doctors, just as you are appalled at the behaviors of others. You feel her anxiety when having to change therapists, and hope the next one will be attune to her needs. Most importantly, you begin to understand why someone with her disease would be so focused on not taking any medicine. This is again, something that those of us who have never experienced such illnesses cannot even begin to understand.

I definitely count myself lucky for having stumbled upon this book and it has given me invaluable insight on what it means to have schizophrenia and the harrowing journey that many who have this disease must face. Most importantly, I feel like I have a slightly better understanding of the disease itself and how it affects those who have it.

Would recommend to anyone who is a fan of memoirs and is interested in finally having schizophrenia explained from the perspective of one affected by it.

*Please remember that calling someone a schizophrenic is offensive for it makes the person and the disease one. When a person has cancer you do not start calling them cancerous, or say they are cancer, just as you should not call someone with schizophrenia a schizophrenic.

#ReadersUnite

The New York Public Library is promoting today, January 3rd, that everyone share the books they’re reading on social media through the hashtag #ReadersUnite.

Today, in honor of #ReadersUnite, I want to share with you a quote from Dr. Seuss on the importance of reading:

“The more that you read, the more things you will now. The more that you learn, the more place you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss*

To follow in the trend of #ReadersUnite, currently I am reading:

  • “Why Him Why Her?” by Helen Fisher
  • “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society” by Col. Dave Grossman
  • “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson
  • “A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing” by Eimear McBride

I’ll be reviewing soon the most recent book I finished: “An Undisturbed Peace” by Mary Glickman.

*When I was little, my mom used to make me read Dr. Seuss out loud so that I could practice my English pronunciation and enunciation.  Ever since, Dr. Seuss has held a special place in my heart. I went so far as to get the word “unless” tattooed on me, in remembrance of the Lorax.