I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

If I hadn’t read the back cover, I wouldn’t have realized this book is autobiographical. She writes with such humor and feeling that you forget these things really happened to her. You want to root for her, even – or maybe especially – when life makes it seem like she’s a bird trapped in a cage with no way to escape.

Title – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author – Maya Angelou

Page count – 290

Rating – Borrow, although I bought mine at a used book store and will probably keep it because I need to read it at least one more time.

CW: rape/sexual assault. If reading a rape scene could trigger flashbacks for you, make sure you’re in the right mental space before reading this book. Continue reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)”

12 Years A Slave (#39/50)

For those who don’t know, this book is based on a true story, and as one might expect from the title, it is devastating. It’s clear early on that Solomon will eventually regain his freedom, and that hope was what kept me reading to the end.

Title – 12 Years A Slave

Author – Solomon Northup

Page count – 217

Goodreads rating – 5 stars (This is something new I’m going to include. The ratings are as follows: one star=didn’t like it, two=it was ok, three=liked it, four=really liked it, five=it was awesome! Or, in cases like this where “awesome” doesn’t feel quite appropriate, I think of it as “would highly recommend.”)

As stated before, this book is based on a true story. And keep in mind I haven’t seen the movie, so my commentary/opinion is based solely on the book. Solomon was born a free man in New York State. Continue reading “12 Years A Slave (#39/50)”

Reading Lolita in Tehran (#19/50)

Well, friends, we are officially halfway through the year. As far as my Book Challenge numbers go, I should be at 25, and I’ve actually read 19…so not where I need to be, but it’s still do-able. Even if I don’t actually get to the Magic Number 50, this challenge has kept me focused on finishing books at a decent pace, and it’s definitely pushed me to read new genres and authors I might not have otherwise. Speaking of which…

Title – Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Author – Azar Nafisi

Page count – 343

Although this book is technically a memoir, it often reads almost in the realm of fiction (Perhaps because I’m an American, and this book is set in Iran, it seems like an unreal world). Nafisi divides her story into four sections. Each is based on an author or book she teaches in her English Literature classes Continue reading “Reading Lolita in Tehran (#19/50)”