August TBR

I am trying something new to help me get through the purchased books lying around in my room and my Kindle app. I’ll have a monthly TBR list to help me get through them and to help stop myself from buying more books. I am a shameless impulse shopper when it comes to books, which means I have so many unread books, especially in my Kindle. This list will be made of books from different genres and if it works out this month, I will stick with it.  Continue reading

Movie Adaptations 2017

Film adaptations have been happening for years now so it’s nothing new. But I find that reading the book before watching the movie lets you have a better grasp of what the author wanted to portray because not everything can be captured in a film. Here is a guide of some of the books you might want to pick up before watching the movies. It’s important to know that the dates might change and new movies might be added as the year goes by. Continue reading

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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by Bryn Greenwood
Published August 9th 2016
Fiction/Contemporary

 

“Girl that age ought not to have so many troubles, but she did. Looking at it that way, them two was about made for each other.”

This one doesn’t have a fixed rating from me. It’s one of those books that you read and cannot decide where to place it. The writing was superb but the subject matter is a disturbing one and I love delving into taboo topics once in a while and this was just it for me. The synopsis had a Lolita vibe to it and so that made me get it but then after reading it I can honestly say it wasn’t what I expected at all. Continue reading

All the Bright Places

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by Jennifer Niven
Published January 6th 2015
Young Adult/Contemporary
5 Stars

 

“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”

I decided to pick up books that are being made into movies and this was one of them in the list and it’s starring Elle Fanning. I didn’t even read the blurb or bother finding out what the books was about and I normally do that especially if the author is new to me. Thank God I went in blind because if I had read the blurb, I would not have read it because I am trying to stay away from the heavy books at the moment. Once I figured out what it was about and that it was Young Adult, I put it down for a while but I found myself unable to move on to any other book without having finished it first. Continue reading

Battle of the Books: Fiction or Nonfiction?

The bridge between truth and imagination has always existed in literature but the distinction between the two does not exist in some languages. Fiction and Nonfiction. Real and unreal. For instance, in Swahili, there is no word set aside to differentiate the two.  They are all summed up as stories “hadithi” and even in my mother tongue Kikuyu where they are all referred to as “rῦgano”. These are the words that come closest to fiction. What distinguishes the real from the made up stories are just the words added to them “rũgano rwa gwĩtungĩra” (made-up story). So why is it that the distinction of the two has become something that’s contested over today? Continue reading

Confess

by Colleen Hoover
Published March 10th 2015
New Adult/Contemporary Romance
5 Stars

“Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.”

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Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi
Published June 7th 2016
Historical Fiction
5 Stars

 

“We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story, too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.”

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It Ends With Us

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by Colleen Hoover
Published August 2nd 2016
New Adult/Romance
5 Stars

 

“Naked truths aren’t always pretty.”

Two months. That’s how long it took for me to finally get the courage to read this book. It was my most anticipated book of 2016. I had my kindle copy pre-ordered months before it was released and even sent my boyfriend for the paperback since they don’t sell Colleen Hoover’s books in Kenya. I had both copies with me but I was too chicken to read it. I was not ready to go through any emotional roller-coaster. What pushed me to pick it up this time was my small sister. She wanted to borrow the book and I didn’t want her to read it before me because her reaction to it would ruin it for me. Seeing that I was holding her from reading the book, I decided to dive in. two months was enough to lower my expectations.

Less than 10 hours. That’s how long it took for me to finish the book. Once I opened it, I found it hard to put it down even when it came to going to get some dinner. That’s typical with any Colleen Hoover book I have ever read. She has a way of bringing to life beautiful narrations and this one has to be her best one yet. It definitely is. I had to do stuff in between while I was reading this and I never wanted to stop. I just had to get through it. I was done with the book at around 3AM and it was worth it when I had a hard time getting up this morning. And the result was exactly what I expected, an emotional roller-coaster I am not sure I’ll get over anytime soon. Continue reading

Her Roots

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by J.J. Lanji Ouko
Published 2016
Nonfiction/Self-help
4 Stars

 

“I’m the only constant in the equation in my life, hard as it may be, I try to avoid wasting time on any meaningless variables.”

Lanji Ouko takes us through her experiences from her university life until after all while living in three different cities. She documents her highs and lows in such a congenial way that had me laughing and thinking really hard at different points in the book. Her experiences are so relatable and she was just brave enough to share it with everyone while most people cannot stomach the thought of putting their downfalls out there. It’s because of her experiences that she started a ladies only club where she aims to bring together women so that they can build each other among other things.

“Only reason I am keen on helping bring other women up, is that I know what it is like to have other women bring each other down.”

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Battle of the Books: eBook, Paperback or Hardback?

This is a subject that I have seen many people debating over. Which book is better, eBook, paperback or hardback? I know many people have different preferences when it comes to this because each one of them has its own appeal. It’s something people will never agree on and it’s just the way it is. I walk around a lot with my iPad and people would ask me why. I would explain that I was reading from it and they never understood what I meant.

‘How are you reading a book from an iPad?’
‘How do you get a book on an iPad?’
‘Is that a real book?’

Those are some of the questions that would follow after I mentioned reading from it and I guess they just could not comprehend that electronic books exist.

In all honesty, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading my books from my devices. I wish I could get a kindle but for now I’ll make do with what I have and the fact they have an app that allows me to pick up my phone or iPad or laptop and keep on reading makes it even better. I’m not saying that they are better than the physical books, not at all, it’s just that the eBooks have been convenient. Continue reading