12 books in 12 months

Hey guys!

I know it has been a while since my last post. Uni has been keeping me so occupied with weekly exams, club meetings, and not to forget FINALS! I hope your winter break turned out amazing and the new year has settled in for you guys :).

I wanted to start this new project where I read a book a month (maybe 2 books a month over the summer), this will allow me to fit in time for myself to read since I’ve been slacking last semester.

So I hope you guys enjoy this adventure with me!

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“A Mind For Numbers” by Barbara Oakley

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Hey guys! I know it’s been a long time since my latest blog post. I blame uni ugh, there are so many assignments to do and just when I think I’m done, I ‘m actually not! Ha! I’ve squeezed in some time to read a book, so jokes on them.

This book is so amazing, especially if you are a college student. It has really made me realize that I am a queen and I am the best I can be for me. I can’t compare myself to other people in academics, because I am my only competition. Oakley has described different ways to think of my studying habits, and provides examples. She didn’t make this effort of studying to be a hassle, in fact, Oakley made me realize what were my goals and how to achieve them. Little known fact was that Oakley hated math and science because she wasn’t good at it, but later got a PhD in engineering. Her point was that, you are never not good at something, you only make yourself fail if you put yourself in that mindset.

This book was a 10/10 I recommend it to everyone! Please read it!

P.S I made a little journal outlining my personal thoughts on this book down below (please feel free to click on the link!) tesfaye_rooket

 

“The Blessing” by Nancy Mitford

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This book was published in 1951, and took place during a post world war II era. It is about a french man, Charles Edouard wooing an english woman, Grace. They eventually get married and she gets pregnant with his child all in a span of about 6 to 8 months. Grace being as naive as she is, moves to France with her husband, after he finishes military duty, without having any knowledge of the language or culture. So this makes her husband take advantage of her clumsiness; he doesn’t allow her to go out of the house and controls her actions when they happen to go out together. However, Charles has an affair with two other women. On the other hand, their son, Sigi is about 7 or 8 years old and sees how unpleasant his parents relationship are and convinces them to marry other people, instead of fixing their broken relationship.

Thoughts….

This book was annoying, because I didn’t like how Charles walked all over Grace and took advantage of her. I also didn’t like how Grace was portrayed as a weak, fragile woman that couldn’t support herself without the help of a man. She was still willing to go back to Charles even after she caught him cheating…..on their bed! And Charles was still contemplating whether to go back to his wife or stay with the mistress! (WHO WHAT WHYYYYYYY!) I guess that’s what happens when I read a book from the ’50s… The only character that I actually enjoyed was the Nanny, she was witty and charming.

If you are okay with being really annoyed, I recommend this book. If you want to keep your sanity, then probably not (it’s all up to you, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya!).

“Sugar Daddy” by Lisa Kleypas

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I don’t even know where to begin….

Little background:

Liberty Jones is the daughter of Diana Jones–Liberty’s father died when she was young during a construction accident. They are a low class family living in trailer parks in a small town called Welcome, Texas. They struggle to pay bills and Diana struggles to find love again; she never settled on one long term relationship after the death of her husband. This eventually leads Diana to become pregnant with a child, Carrington (unknown father), and Liberty helps her mother raise the child. Diana usually tells Liberty that she is leaving for a day and comes back with the bills paid and the food in the pantry and fridge restocked. Thus the concept of the “sugar daddy” comes in. However, this concept is short lived after her mother dies in a car accident due to her current boyfriend. So Liberty raises her sister alone and leaves her small town, goes to school, and works as a hair and nail stylist at a prestigious salon in Houston. There she meets an old man, that she doesn’t know is her mother’s sugar daddy. He proposes to both Liberty and Carrington a place to stay at his Estate, and offers Liberty double the salary that she makes at the salon if she works for him.

I don’t want to say anymore, so please please please get the novel if you are interested! I left out some important details because I don’t want to spoil it for those interested!

Now to say the least, this novel has taken me on an emotional roller coaster.The novel takes place in about 10 years of time, so I noticed Liberty’s dynamic development–the coming of age part in the novel is realistic and relatable. The author does an amazing job with the mood, diction, and tone throughout the novel to make you sympathize towards Liberty. Butttt, there are rare times where I do think her actions and the monologue came off as annoying. However, I think it was because I couldn’t relate enough to the character to think what she was thinking. When I got out of the mindset of “selfishness” I started to sympathize towards Liberty, and it made me understand why Liberty made those decisions. Specifically, the actions that she took towards Carrington. Nonetheless, there were at least 3 times where I wanted to rip my hair out, because I would’ve taken different actions than Liberty. I also gasped at least twice during the novel due to pure shock.

If you want a novel that takes you through all of the emoji expressions, then I recommend reading “Sugar Daddy.”

“Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling

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Memoirs aren’t my favorite categories of literature, only because I am afraid that I will near the end of a book only to find out that I had no sort of connection or relation to the author’s stories. Nothing depresses me more than a memoir that doesn’t feel like you’re conversing with your best friend.

However…

Mindy Kaling has delivered that memoir feel in her latest book. She was witty and quirky all throughout which led me to some laugh out loud moments–not just the usual blowing air through the nose, if you know what I mean. Her memoir involves her going back in time to share her coming of age; taking power in the entertainment industry and balancing her sanity.

Mindy was a writer/producer of the hit show “The Office.” She uses her work, experience, and knowledge for the show as a stepping stone to create her own show, “The Mindy Project.” The process in which she took me through was inspiring and empowering. She explains how the entertainment industry is male dominated, and the opportunity given to her was able to encourage other women to take charge and be the leader. Reading that chapter* improved my perspective on feminism; don’t be afraid to be assertive, stop being apologetic, and continue to be driven.

Of course there are parts in the memoir where she shares her most traumatic experience, memorable moments (like meeting President Obama and many more), and behind the scenes of her show.

And who doesn’t like the accuracy of sororities explained with references of mainstream media

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This is a powerful memoir, that can quite possibly change your life….*cue ominous music*…forever (I’m totally kidding, it’s for good, obviously)

So, thank you Mindy Kaling, I needed this.

*Also continued to be an underlying theme