Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

This book was both beautiful and challenging. I cannot explain how completely focused I was while reading it. William Faulkner is a genius and now I want to read another one of his books. He just has a such a way with words.

I was supposed to read this book while I was on holiday in December but I haven’t taken a holiday as yet (don’t ask). It was a lovely way to start a year of reading :)

“Run my dear, f…

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“Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred, tender vision of your beautiful heart.”
– Hafiz

May Book 2 (A Brother’s Journey)

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Last year I attempted to read one books a month. It was such a wonderful experiment. I am sharing the book that I read last year. This post is pulled directly from my old blog:

The plan was to finish off the latest draft of my manuscript… But you don’t need me to tell you how tempting everything becomes when there is writing to be done. Today was one of those days where I literally had to sit around waiting for people to do things. So I took a book with me. I had started ‘sort of’ reading it yesterday; the intention was not to get into it.

The book is by Richard B. Pelzer and it is a story about his childhood and how he survived an abusive mother. When I read this book I had no idea that he had a brother who had also written a book about their abusive life (David, who is known as IT in the book). It is a true story and one that left me feeling so sad. I was saddened because Richard seems to think that everyone around them (family, neighbours and teachers) knew what their mother was doing but nobody did anything.

Richard is one of 5 boys who lived with an alcoholic and obviously mentally ill mother. At first her abuse and hate is directed at David, known as IT, but when the authorities take David away she picks Richard as his ‘replacement’. I couldn’t put the book down because I was hoping that someone would come and save him.

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I now want to read his brother’s book: A Boy Called It. No more books this month. I NEED to finish the latest draft.

“Following your…

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“Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer. There is a track just waiting for each of us and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else.”
– Joseph Campbell

Truth!

April Book (Dr Seuss)

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Continuing with my ‘books I’ve read this year’ posts… I grabbed these from my old blog:

When I told Marcee what my April Book was she laughed. I am not kiddding when I say that ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ is one of my favourite books. I only read it 2 years ago and often revisit it when I am feeling down or need perspective. Once when asked to give a talk to a bunch of really inspirational ‘dance for life’ contestants, I read bits from the book to make a few points. Its fun to quote the ‘great thinkers’ of our time but nobody does it better than Dr Seuss.

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But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

– Dr Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)

Read this book and thank me later ;)

March Book (Tom Sawyer)

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This year I tried to read at least one book a month. I’m going to be sharing posts (about the books I’ve read) from my previous blog on to here. This is pulled directly from my old spot.

I’m just gonna act like I am not almost 2 months behind with my reading and tell you about the March Book. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was a lovely read. I often myself laughing out loud or holding my breathe. The book is about the kind of little boy I suspect I might have been… Had a been born male ha ha. I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Sawyers adventures, his infatuation with the new girl (Becky Thatcher) and even his filthy, pipe smoking friend Huck (I am planning to read his book in about 2 months).

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The book was written over a hundred years ago, so I found myself often picking up the dictionary or googling things like ‘spunk water’. I was also very surprised at the use of the n-word as well. Besides that, it was a wonderful book. Put it on your list of books to read :)

Could I be one?

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Could I be one?

I love discovering new words. Perhaps one day when I’m not a broke artists (he he he) I will aspire to be a quaintrelle. According to Wikipedia (allow) Coco Chanel was one such woman.

(Via MonaMade – click on the image to go there)

February Book 1 (Sometimes There Is a Void)

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I moved from Blogger to WordPress, so I’m sharing some of the books I have read this year. Here is what I wrote about Sometimes There Is a Void, pulled directly from the old blog:

Zakes Mda is one of my favourite authors, so much so that this month I am reading two of his books. I was reading Cion when I bought Sometimes there is a Void (Memoirs of an Outsider). I stopped reading Cion, not because it was boring but because my curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know where my favourite authors was from, where his love for writing came from, what his childhood was like etc.

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I was unable to put this book down. It made me realise just how little I knew about the history of Lesotho and the ‘arts scene’ in South Africa. It almost felt like I had gone to visit him in his home and every day was spent just listening to him talk. I am not disappointed that I bought the book. His honesty made me appreciate him even more.

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I will be reading Cion for the rest of the month. 2 book in February? I’m impressed with myself *wink*

Update: A few months after I read this book I got to meet Zakes Mda and his beautiful wife Gugu Nkosi. This was truly a dream come true. I have tried for a long time to blog about what this meeting has meant to me. But words fail me. All I can say is that Zakes Mda is one of the most incredible people that I have met this year. He is relaxed and always interested in hearing what people have to say. Maybe I should also include that he is funny, we had many laughs. Zakes is very passionate about South Africa; both he and Gugu want to come back home and be part of the ‘solution’. AND Sometimes There Is a Void was made it on to the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2012. I am not at all surprised. Well done Ntate Mda!

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

-Claude McKay

I’m not a poetry person. I struggled with it at school. But the older I get, the more poetry I read. If We Must Die by Claude McKay gets me through rough days. God Bless Claude McKay.

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