Hi Everyone! My name is Taijah, I am 21 year old college student studying Business Marketing. Currently living in Georgia, United States.
When I am not reading I enjoy traveling, yoga, soccer, and listening to music.
What Can You Find in My Blog?
Book reviews, summaries, challenges, list of books I’ve read, inspirational quotes, etc. I do not include spoilers because I myself hate them. If I do, I make sure that there’s a warning in the beginning.
For my first Book Review I chose to do one of my all time favorites, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen.
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much”
Title: Sense & Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Summary: This novel follows the love lives of sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. Based in an old English society, the impulsive younger sister Marianne falls in love with the charming John Willoughby. Meanwhile Elinor struggles to hide her own disappointing romantic engagements from her friends and family. Through their parallel experience of love Marianne and Elinor come to learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love .
Review: If you ever read any Jane Austen novels you come to know that many of her stories have characters like Marianne one who comes to mind in particular is Lydia Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Both characters contain the same attitude towards life, society, and their family in both stories. In Sense & Sensibility Marianne Dashwood is the sister who falls head over heels for John Willoughby who is the player bachelor that leaves her stranded and un-proposed to. On the other hand, the more composed sister Elinor is going though her own romantic struggles she comes to learn that her boyfriend (of sorts) is already engaged to another woman. Instead of confronting him or telling her family she holds it to herself until it comes out in the open on its own. In the end readers come to see how both sisters love lives pan out and who they end up marrying. I particular felt like this ending was a bit rushed, it was evident throughout the whole book that Marianne never felt the same amount of love for the man she married as she felt for Mr. Willoughby. In the same notion it was never quite concluded that she was 100% over her first love. In Elinor’s case I felt her marriage was even less sincere, her husband chose her as his second choice only because his prepossessed wife ran away. Though Elinor being the calm, composed, caring sister was able to forgive Edward and proceed with the marriage.
Overall, this leaves readers with a few questions; Will these marriages last? Who do you think Elinor should have married? Why is the notion such an important theme in the text? How did the definition of sense change for the Dashwood sisters?
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s new memoir has only been out 3 months and has already sold billions of copies. I can personally say I’ve seen a multitude being given out as Christmas gifts for friends and family members.
In Becoming, Obama chronicles her life to this point, opening up about her journey from the South Side of Chicago to her stay on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. She recalls light stories from her undergrad days at Princeton and gives readers insight on what it is like to grow up on the South Side. As well going deeper on opening up on what it was like to see her father sicken over the years and die. In addition, to give the readers a touch of romance she reminisces on how she met and fell in love with Barack Obama. Lastly, she also delves into her personal struggles with pregnancy with taking fertility treatments, to having to share her husband billions of citizens with the country.
Oprah has already nominated this book as one of her book club picks, and who am I to go against Oprah haha! Well I highly recommend this book to women of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you are a freshman in high school, ending your undergrad studies, making a drastic change in your career, a newly wed, or trying to start a family Michelle as a section in her memoir for you. Her memoir inspires readers to follow their hopes and dreams no matter who doubts them. It does not matter if you voted for Obama or Romney this book is about encouraging all people to follow their hopes and dreams. One of my favorite anecdotes is when Michelle recalls her senior year of high school before she applied to Princeton and her guidance counselor tells her, “you’re not really Princeton material”, despite this negative feedback she continues to aim for her goals eventually getting into Princeton plus going to Harvard Law for graduate school. This anecdote perfectly describes the inspiration readers get from this memoir to keep running no matter who tells you to stop.
I recently received some new books over the holidays for Christmas and my birthday. I’ve been spending most of my time over the break reading. My goal is to finish all of books by time I go back to college for the Spring Semester.
I recently started reading a bunch of Laurie Halse Anderson books, so it was no surprised when I asked for Catalyst as a birthday present. The book was only $3 from Amazon. Im still in the beginning of the book, so I have formulated an opinion yet. But per her other books, I anticipate this one being just as well.
As for Becoming by Michelle Obama, I normally do not reading biographies. But I find Michelle Obamas story very intriguing. Michelle sheds light on her upbringing in Chicago, attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School, as well as being a wife and a mother Whether or not you are a Republican/ Democrat this book is good read for all women.
My Summer of Pink & Green was a birthday gift from my 5 and 2 year old cousin. At first I was a bit hesitant to read this because it seemed childlike, but so far I am enjoying the storyline. It is about a young teen, Lucy, who struggles to get voice heard while her family is opening up a new spa in town. I would recommend this book for young girls, it’s a very easy read.
One of my 2018 goals was to read all of the Jane Austen novels, I felt moved to do so after watching the movie The Jane Austen Book Club. Anyways I am finishing up with Mansfield Park. This is Austen’s third published novel, and from reviews one of her most disliked novels as well. Though I am not far enough into the story to dictate whether or not it is favorable.
” It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime “
– Khaled Hossesini
Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
This novel tells the coming of age story of Amir, the son of a Sunni Pashtun business man in 1960’s Afghanistan. His peer servant Hassan belongs to group of racially persecuted Afghanis, Shia Hazaras which becomes an important factor throughout the text. Amirs father, Baba, treats Hassan with the same care and affection that he has given to his own son if not more. Causing Amir’s conflicting jealousy and admiration of Hassan to constantly put their friendship on edge.
After Afghanistan government becomes overthrown by Russian communist. The lives of both boys change for the worst. One day, Amir and Hassan are playing when they run into three boys their age. One of them, Assef, threatens to beat up Amir for hanging around with a Hazara, but Hassan uses his slingshot to stop Assef. The story skips to winter, when the kite-fighting tournament occurs. This Afghan tradition uses a kite strings in glass and battle to see who can sever the string of the opposing kite. When a kite loses, boys chase and retrieve it, called kite running. When Amir wins the tournament, Hassan sets off to run the losing kite. Amir looks for him and finds Hassan trapped at the end of an alley, pinned with his pants down. Assef rapes him. Amir runs away, and when Hassan appears with the kite, Amir pretends he doesn’t know what happened which he regrets throughout the text but could never communicate this to anyone.
I fell in love with the book after reading it. I enjoyed reading how the story of fate, justice, and overcoming evil, despite all odds. Without giving away too much, I am going to say Amir experiences a gran character development in the end when he returns back to Afghanistan he is able to make a stand for what is right and speak up for himself which is something he could never have done in the beginning of the text. Which is my favorite portion of the book. The ending of the book leaves the reader feeling a sense of hope for the characters in their future. Outside from the story-line of the text I greatly appreciated learning the background history of the text. Taking place in the late 1960’s Afghanistan women were able to experience more freedom in life until it was thrown over by the Russian military. Which stemmed the domestic cultural issues in Afghanistan leading to the genocide of the Hazzaras in the country and the uprising of the Taliban party. Overall, this one of my favorite novels and I would recommend reading this tragic story of love, brotherhood, and life.