Czech Republic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Review

Title: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Author: Milan Kundera
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Blurb: In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles, to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

Me: The first book I've read for fun in college! It had been on my list for a while and I thought I'd finally give it a read... so glad I did. It got me out of a reading rut and was stunning and totally new but also very readable. 

Where we go from here: Plans & New Beginnings

Hey everyone! Oh my gosh, I know it's been basically forever since I've written consistently on here, and to be honest, I did have a brief second of wondering if I should completely let this go and spend my time elsewhere. But I'm about to start a whole new chapter of reading & other things in my life, and I realized I'd be too sad to let this form of logging & thinking go. So I wanted to say: I'm back! With updates! I don't know what my schedule will look like in school, but I'm going to do all I can to keep this up. 

A Toni Morrison Documentary: The Pieces I Am & Thoughts

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Hey everyone! It's been a h o t second since I've written here, and can't lie- it does feel a little strange to be back. I feel like I've tried and explained my spottiness again and again, but there's really no excuses - second semester senior year & its best friend burnout hit me like a truck and everything just kind of fell through... it was a little scary - there was like a good few months where I didn't even feel motivated to read! 

Angola: A General Theory of Oblivion Review

Title: A General Theory of Oblivion
Author: Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Translator: Daniel Hahn
Publisher: Archipelago books

BlurbOn the eve of Angolan independence an agoraphobic woman named Ludo bricks herself into her apartment for 30 years, living off vegetables and the pigeons she lures in with diamonds, burning her furniture and books to stay alive and writing her story on the apartment’s walls.

Almost as if we’re eavesdropping, the history of Angola unfolds through the stories of those she sees from her window. As the country goes through various political upheavals from colony to socialist republic to civil war to peace and capitalism, the world outside seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of someone peeing on a balcony, or a man fleeing his pursuers.

Me: Before anything else, hi! So sorry about the sudden disappearance - the last few months have been a time of a lot of change and just growth for me, and I've also been doing quite a bit of reading. I'm glad to be back!

I was completely blown away by this book. It's been a while since I've discovered such a gorgeous, thoughtful piece that also reads so easily.

Mini Reviews: Karate Chop (Denmark) and Savage Theories (Argentina)

Today I'm back with two books to share with you. After a little break from the Read the World challenge, I'm now feeling completely energized again to get on all these books. These two were from a huge stack I picked up at the library. 

The first is a collection of short stories from Danish author Dorthe Nors called Karate Chop, and the second is a grand sort-of novel by Argentinian author Pola Oloixarac. Here are my thoughts!

The Incendiaries Review: A Letter to R.O. Kwon

Title: The Incendiaries
Author: R.O. Kwon
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Blurb: Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. 

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group—a secretive extremist cult—founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe's Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he's tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

Me: What did this book mean to me? I feel like I could best express everything in a letter to the author, R.O. Kwon. So here goes...

FEMLIT: The Power Review

This month for FemLIT, we decided to read a book that's been buzzed about a lot since last year: The Power by Naomi Alderman. Here's my review of it!