The Sweet Tale of Queen Sugar

Social media has been helping me discover so many of my readings. For instance, when I started following Ava DuVernay on Twitter last year, I inevitably stumbled upon her OWN series Queen Sugar during her fan-comment retweets. Most of these comments were mini thankyou-notes that ranged from “thank you for exploring ____ theme” or “I …

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Binti – An Afrofuturistic Tale

Afropunk steered my readings to Nigeria again by introducing me to Binti. I don’t remember what their Facebook post said, but I do remember reading the book's description...

Quick Update!

So, after struggling with And the Mountains Echoed, I panicked. I binged. I finished three books in eleven days just to keep myself on track. In that time, I lost sight of the purpose of my reading challenge. I forgot to analyse and make notes and I just submerged myself into the warm embrace of …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 2

It took me almost a month to get through And the Mountains Echoed. I spoke about my initial difficulties in my first installment of Middle Eastern Sojourns, only to be bombarded with even more hindrances soon after. Nevertheless, I persevered through sporadic reading and once I had finished the book, I developed a new appreciation …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 1

My father introduced me to Khaled Hosseini in 2015 by blasting the audio version of The Kite Runner in the car every morning for two weeks.  You see, my father doesn’t actually read his books. Instead, he listens to them in his spare time - usually during his morning and afternoon commutes to work and …

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Asian Explorations: Books 1 and 2

Book 1: The Valley of Amazement When I was a little girl, one of my favourite daytime cartoons was Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat. Unbeknown to me at the time, the show was an adaptation of Amy Tan’s children’s novel of the same name. I forgot all about Sagwa after the show ended and 14 …

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The Valley of Amazement vs. Memoirs of a Geisha

So I started writing my review for The Valley of Amazement and then I did a silly thing: I started reading Memoirs of a Geisha. I couldn't help it! I am simply dying to see how the Chinese and Japanese cultures differ when it comes to entertainment, the sex industry and the expectations of femininity. I don't …

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