I’m back again with a current weekly reads post. I haven’t been reading too much these days because frankly, Netflix has taken over my life ( hangs head in shame lol), But. I thought I’d share with you what I’m currently reading as it seems the reading bug has once again bitten me 🙂
First, I have been continuing with my “Women of the Bible” devotional with my girlfriends ( Ottawa, Hamilton, Florida its international bible study 🙂 ) This week we are working on the story of “Jael”. Her story takes place in the book of Judges chapter 4:11-22.
Next, I finished up a book called, “Purple HIbiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie . Here is a synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.
When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new.
Sounds pretty interesting right? I thought so too but…. I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I found the story lagged in some parts and I just couldn’t connect with most of the characters. I have read one other book by this author that I really loved ( Americanah) and I’m glad that I read that one first. Had I read Purple Hibiscus first, I might not have picked up another book by her. I have another book by her to read ( its been on my TBR for some time) called “Half of a Yellow Sun”. I hope it leans more towards the literary masterpiece that Americanah was.
Finally, right now I am currently reading “ A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison. Here is a quick synopsis of this book:
When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent’s human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
This is another repeat author for me. I have read the book ” The Garden of Burning Sand” which I quite enjoyed so on a whim I picked up this book during a book buying binge ( two cheers for birthday gift cards 🙂 ) , I’m really enjoying this book so far! I hope to finish this by early next week( it’s a lengthy read).
What are you guys currently reading? Any suggestions?