• Anastasia Hamurari

January in books

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Lately I haven’t had time to write since I was busy with my ongoing studies as well future ones. (Will talk about the latter later on) However, by having a reading goal, I found myself fully dedicated to the idea of reading AND creating time to read. I am not trying to read in free time, instead I am making that time by putting it in my “To do” list. Whether it’s in my head or in my journal, it has helped me a lot in terms of not forgetting to fully indulge something I used to spend hours doing as a kid.

Fortunately enough, January was the starting point for my long awaited reading journey. I started out by reading “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes, the author of one of my favorite books “Flowers for Algernon”.

From the very beginning I was expecting something extraordinary because it is Keyes, you know. Oh boy I was right. It started with an intriguing point which instantly got me hooked. After describing what crime took place, the story starts telling you what led to it. Daniel guides you through the life of a man whose head carries 24 completely different personalities. At first I was skeptical of his actions and consequences, but as I got further down the book, I began to empathize him. Till the very last page I was hoping for the better future for him and then it took me several days to “recover” from this book. By the way, the story is based on the actual man’s life, which you can google if interested (like I did).

Second book was the oh-so-popular “Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso. It was the first book I ordered from eBay and the first one I got to enjoy reading.

I always knew about her website NastyGal, which has some exquisite pieces I will purchase at some point. I did not know about her books, though. With me being the curios and quite fashion-lover person that I am, I was thrilled to read about Sophia’s story. It compiles ups and downs as well as successes and failures she has to face along the way of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Not at all sugarcoated by Sophia, she emphasizes the importance of reminding yourself that ‘You can do it’ – something we all need to hear from time to time.

“What I wish I knew when I was 20” by Tina Seelig was the next one I read. Having heard of it at university lectures, I decided to give it a go.

Although it is more business oriented, since Tina is a Stanford university professor, you can find some really nice mini-stories of people’s successes and her own advise even if you are not interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. While talking about others she does not avoid talking about her own path and how she has got to do what she is doing now. It is also interesting to notice that Tina dedicates her book to her son’s twentieth birthday.

While I was waiting for another book to come, I remembered the books I have on Kindle and decided to look through them. “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee caught my attention and I was reminded of how badly I wanted to read it. So, the story is traced back to the south of Alabama, 1930. The times when racism, inequality and injustice were still flourishing. First half of the book tells you mainly about three innocent kids who live in a small town and enjoy each other’s company causing occasional mischiefs. It is not until the second half when you see how all those town’s habits are unfolding. Despite them being there, you can see some hints of the opposites and realize that the hope was there. Jem, Scaut, Tom Robinson, Miss Mody, Karnepeli and, of course, Atticus are the ones responsible for that. You discover not only the hints of combating racism, but also compassion, justice, and, of course, five star guiding and parenting combo. A relationship that does not involve hierarchy, but rather promotes mutual love, empathy, knowledge and impartiality.

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I have finally held “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur in my hands.

The book of poetry was finally in my possession and it is truly worth having it in your collection. I was always interested in poetry, especially in the non-classic one. That is exactly how this book is structured. Not only the poems are written in their own unique way, but they are filled with illustrations that are nicely completing the poems. I can say that although it is a poetry book, I also find it to be autobiographical. Rupi shows us her life journey through the prism of hurting, loving, breaking and healing. Femininity, abuse, self-love and self-care are being discussed in this book. It is the book every girl, woman, mother and grandmother should consider reading.

Have you read any of these? If not, then what books have you read in January and which ones left you impressed? Please let me know, I am always looking forward to finding some new jams.

Image credit: Alice Bloomfield

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