As I was googling, hunting for books to read and add to my tbr list, Their Eyes Were Watching God, popped out. I think it was featured in one of the books recommended by Florence Welch, and I immediately bought it, pushing it on top of the list and started it as soon as it arrived.
As Zadie Smith in her in introduction said, the writing is ‘lyrical’ (I love this description) and ‘accurately rendered ‘folk speech”. Pure art. Despite it was a slow start for me; the dialogue’s prose was a bit tricky but once I got the gist of it, I was fully immersed in the story. The love story between Janie and Tea Cake is one of the most real I’ve ever read, and that’s thanks to Zora’s incredible lyrical writing and her talent in expressing emotions and vulnerabilities.
A must read, one that I will definitely reread.
PS: Two quotes I fell in love with “An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.” and “There are years that ask questions and years that answers.”
Salt. is a collection of poems about emotions and experiences in sometimes, just a couple of words. The poems range from narrating about love, pain and womanhood to race, Africa and family. I picked it because I wanted to step outside my comfort zone of classic literature and I have to say I was overall surprised.
It’s not a book that you have to read in one sitting; I’ve read it while reading other books, between other books, and it was a good distraction filled with emotions, warmth and inspiration. I have to admit despite the positive reviews some poems weren’t really my cup of tea. In some poems I couldn’t feel there was a ‘story’ being told but rather sentences stating randomly related facts.
But poetry doesn’t speak to us in one language and we don’t have to always find ourselves in poetry. I enjoyed it; it was a fast read aiming at leaving something inside you that is meant to stay. The world needs more poetry.
Despite the exciting synopsis, I have to admit I was left a bit disappointment and my excitement turned into wanting to finish the book as soon as possible so I could start a new one.
It wasn’t the prose and writing I struggled with though reading the main character’s POV was a bit too too long in certain bits. My struggle was with the trying to connect all the pieces together, especially the timeline.
I never met anyone important, not even when I was a journalist. Or probably, I never met anyone that was personally important to me. But what struck me the most was that despite years of interviews, by phone, emails or in person, when I met Brandon Sanderson in London at the Forbidden Planet, all the things I could have asked. All the questions about the writing, inspiration, advises…vanished and when the guy standing next to him asked, “do you have any questions?”
I was like “nope.”
I was lucky to stumble upon The 52 Lists Project just before the end of the year while researching on planning and journaling- alas another growing addiction.
Being a list addict- and loving it- this was the perfect start that didn’t require much commitment. I already do lists, write them on the back of postcards or filing them in my planner, but The 52 Lists Project is perfect to help me focus on things that perhaps I wouldn’t and have everything in one place to review at the end of the year.
Of course, being me, I was hesitant to write at first. Not only my handwriting is awful and reflects my insecurities with my wobbly letters, but I also didn’t want to ruin something that looked like- and is in fact- a book. The hardcover, the shiny letters, the smell of the pages…why write into something so perfect?
My first book of 2017 was devoured and left me with a question the second I read the last sentence:
Was this a YA?
I have nothing against YA books, in fact I have read quite a few even when I was way past my YA years. But for some reason, as I finished the book- devoured it in a couple of days, that question popped in my head and I felt me a bit…disappointed. Continue reading