Books, General, Mediums, Reviews

shhh…

Author’s Note: This is an old draft that I felt the need to publish after reading an interesting article on secret introvert. It is always bothersome how people expect you either be an introvert or an extrovert. In Susan Cain’s book she talk about introversion and extroversion as a spectrum in which people lie at different interval. I encourage everyone to read it; it is not a book only about introverts, it delves into extroverts as well.

I am not proud to say this: I did not know Susan Cain gave a TED talk considering how much I love watching TED talks. So how did I find out? Buying the book on Chapters and stumbling on the video via a Freshly Pressed blog.

I got an email from Chapters/Indigo about amazing book deals and since I recently went back to my love for reading, I started checking for good deals and new authors and that’s how I saw Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Being an introvert, I added it to my wish list but the urge to buy it was so great, I added it to my cart.

Enjoy her TED talk below:

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Books, General, Mediums, Reviews

the Spanish Prisoner

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untitled, a photo by Tuti A’mare on Flickr.

I recently read 419 by William Ferguson which is about the Nigerian Scam popularly called 419*. A friend asked me to do a review when I tweeted a picture of my new purchases (which included the book 419).

I was elated by the accurate portrayal of the Nigerian Airport and how the Nigerian weather might feel to someone coming from Canada. In the beginning, I somewhat forced myself to keep reading. While I recognized that Laura was the protagonist, I was mostly interested in Nnamdi’s story which hurt me what he went through in the end.

I cannot for the life of me place why Amina was in the story as there wasn’t much background, all I figured was she once has a better heritage but now she has to keep heading south though her people were from the North (presumably outside Nigeria and associated with Hausas). I do not know if this was deliberate but I appreciate the author’s attempt to capture the three “major” parts of Nigeria (Hausa, Igbo & Yoruba) as Kaduna, Niger Delta & Lagos – now we can digress and get critical about how people from Niger Delta aren’t Igbo.

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It’s been almost three months since hopeje [sorry I just realized I wasn’t following] commented on my post about reading A Vintage Affair to which I fell in love with its cover. I do understand now the appeal of getting into Pheobe’s shop because now I feel the same. I had the title on my wish list since you said it and when I saw a great deal that was too good to pass off, I knew I had to buy it.

Just before I finished reading the book today, DJ suggested I write a review on my blog to which I replied that I will be no good at reviewing it. Plus talking about the books  I read are too personal to mention to everyone. I would need someone that appreciates the title just as much as I do.

When I read a book, I am immersed in it and it has such and engulfing power over me. Most times when I ‘m done reading, I ‘m not satisfied with the end so I make up my own ending by adding to what this author has. I agree with Isabel that vintage is about giving new life to a piece of someone’s past.

One person I wasn’t sympathetic towards was Roxy, too spoiled. I felt sorry and sad for what happened between Miles and Phoebe. My eyes watered finding out that Therese died before meeting Lena. I’m unsure of if I want Dan and Phoebe together in a relationship or as really good friends. Poor Emma, poor Phoebe, I took that really personal. All in all, with the emotions invoked by the book, I felt happy when I got to the end.

Maybe I will feel better about giving a book review on my next reads. Till then here’s what I plan to read next:

  1. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  2. 419: A Novel
  3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  4. And the Mountains Echoed

I will In the meantime, I will appreciate titles recommendation and update my wish list with more books.

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