August Bookend

Yes, I am back to being derelict with my monthly Bookends. But this time, I have a good excuse!

Not really. Wow, I’m so trash. It’s embarrassing that it took me this long to get this monthly bookend up, but here it goes. Plus, August was a month of trials (lawyer joke!) and tribulations, but I made it through. Whew!

Also, I was in Greece getting my whole life at the time that I would have been diligently recording all of my bountiful thoughts about the lovely literature that I read in the month of August. And by getting my whole life, I mean flirting with the possibility of alcohol poisoning…but I digress.

I do have to ‘fess up and admit that I fell short of my book-a-week goal for the month. The reading was slow and the writing was even slower (as you can see). Sometimes that’s just life…which is why I’m happy for the months that I plow through books at lightening speed to make up for the deficit.

  • Speak No Evil – Uzodinma Iweala || πŸ‘ŽπŸΎπŸ‘ŽπŸΎ
    • This story chronicles a teenage first-generation Nigerian kid coming into his own…which includes discovering his sexuality (and not the type of sexuality that is pleasing to his hardcore Nigerian parents AT ALL).
  • Binti & Binti Home – Nnedi Okorafor|| πŸ‘πŸΎ
    • A budding series following a young Himba girl who leaves earth to study at a prestigious university across the galaxy, only to return to delve deeper into her own history and story than she had thought possible.
  • Please Look After Mom – Kyung-sook Shin || πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ
    • This book apparently took South Korea by storm. It’s the story of a family come apart after the matriarch and mother of the family goes missing in a train station.

Please Look After Mom was my favorite book this month. Although, for some reason, critics panned it as melodramatic and “hand-wringing.” Those are probably the same critics who put their mothers in nursing homes. The book does lay it on thick, but I mean, being the mother of several children in a poor family ain’t never gonna be anything but the story of sacrifice and under-appreciation. The book isn’t a happy one, but it’s one that I could connect with, even though my life is light-years away from that of a mother living in the countryside of South Korea.

TheΒ Binti books fell in the middle of the month (check out my review here) and were a good young-adult diversion in a busy month. The more I think about it, the more I would like to see these movies come to the big-screen. Someone get Okorafor a movie deal, please!!

Unfortunately, Speak No Evil was my least favorite book in the last several months. I felt as if the author was trying to shove several themes into a not-that-long novel. Police shootings, interracial interactions, homosexuality, teenage angst, religion, generational disconnect…basically everything that has ever been the focus of a coming of age story. By the end of the book, I was just happy that it was short.

This fall, I promise, I’m going to read my ass off. Summer is over, I’m starting a new job (yep, excitement!), and there are only four months left to finish out my Bookends challenge.

-Dij

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