Although there might be many more advantages, here is a quick list of ‘wins’ for those who start reading global.
Minutes of Glory is a collection of short stories by the Award winning author from Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. I…
Although in general I try to resist writing about the most popular books, I couldn’t resist writing about this one. Simply because it was so good. And while most of you are probably reading this from the US (at least that is where 1/3 of my views come from). For me this book is still in many ways a small trip to the US, a culture which somehow looks familiar due to the high exposure through the media and internet, in reality it is still very strange to me.
I have to admit that I was quite excited when Sumayya Ali from the blog My Rebelious World tagged me…
Some books you have to read at least once in your life if you call yourself a book-reviewer or bookworm. You might have picked up Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and realized it’s not for you as it is old, thick and from Russia of all places. But please reconsider. Not for me, but for your (future) self.
In case you always wanted to travel to Japan but you lack the time and money right now, I guess The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is your second best alternative. If you are also a cat person, I am pretty sure you will love it.
I started the global bookworm because I wanted to connect with people globally, to share my love for international books and to find inspiration for new readings. So far I feel like this has been a success. I have been able to cover books from 10 different countries, and been able to grow my audience a little.
Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto is a beautiful book which tells the story of an African girl and a Portugese imperialist which sets around 1875. The book shows an African and European perspective on what colonialism meant for a country. If this sounds boring to you, it is a love story too and not your usual one.
As 2018 is almost ending, I would like to share some of my lessons learned while starting The Global Bookworm…
In August I found a great review while randomly strolling through the Wordpress reader by Ninth Melody. What triggered me into reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang was the weirdness and originality of the story. Or maybe the title strongly appealed to me as a vegetarian. It is not one of my favorite books, but the uniqueness of the story made me happy I read it and I strongly recommend it to all of you.
I took my time to write this post because I wanted to take some time and reflect on the book. I noticed once I finished the book, my perception changed over time in a positive way. In general I think Han Kang has put a very critical note to society.
The end of the year is coming and I wanted to create a tag to connect people globally and to share what we love most: books. Hopefully the tag might help with some extra inspiration for books to read in 2019.
I really enjoyed reading Honor by Elif Shafak. It is an elegantly written book which combines big themes without feeling too heavy. Over two generations the book builds to a family tragedy which can only be understood and judged when one knows the context and family history.
What I loved in the book is the split between the setting in Turkey and in the UK and the attention for the challenges of immigrants.
This book has it all. I will not often call a book a “masterpiece”. But for Nino Haratischwili’s ‘The Eight…
Here is my question to you: Are there others which incorporate this cultural/international aspect in their reading, reviews and recommendations? If so, which tag could we use? As we are a world wide community I think it would be great to get in touch.
Berlin is an amazing city. Marked with history worth to understand but also full of energy and very open minded. I am not going to fully report on my Interrail trip, but I like to share some of my favorite spots, which I think are worth to pay a visit if you are nearby.
Have you ever wondered what the reason was behind all the violence in Colombia and how inhabitants lived through it? The farm provides a strong insight in some of the daily lives of Colombians who dealt with that violence. The book is accessible and easy readable story about a farm, told by three siblings who live totally different lives. Besides it includes, family drama, romance and abductions. I promise, no spoilers.
As of course one of my goals is to get my blog. To do that I am expanding on social…
This summer I traveled through Europe on an interrail ticket. A great opportunity to see more of Europe and to take plenty of time to read.
Let me give you an update on where I have been, what I have read and what I am planning to write.
Which book written by an author from your country would you recommend to give more insight into your culture and country via a fictional story?
Anita Desai will take you to various parts of India. With this book you quickly end up for a couple of hours in the Himalaya.
The three short stories in this book all inspire and trigger to think. This is a hardly discovered little gem and a nice break from more mainstream books. The stories touch upon themes like poverty, deprivation, environmental pollution and women empowerment.
“Kweku dies barefoot on a Sunday before sunrise”. His death brings about a reunion in Ghana of his abandoned and scattered family. The book contains a beautiful portrait by Taiye Selasi of a migrant family diffused across the world while slowly revealing their scars. The book does not only show different migrations in the courses of their lives, it also shows how families travel trough social classes.
I read this book, or letter, in an hour. I loved it. It is simple, and clear and all of what she says is needed to be said. Ijeawele is very lucky to have Adichie as a friend.
The book writes about the basics of feminism every parent should know. Although she is writing the letter for her friend Ijeawele who just had a daughter and requested Adichie to explain her how she could raise her daughter as a feminist, the book might be (maybe even more) necessary for parents of boys.
This books is worth cheating on my own rules. Lisa See did her research on this book so well, I felt like I could smell the tea trees in the Chinese rural mountainous areas of Yunnan. Besides that, it is a book filled with cultural, gender and developmental issues.
So the book was totally my cup of tea… Let me elaborate on the aspects which makes it an unforgettable journey to China.
For The Global Bookworm I am looking for inspiration myself and hopefully a possibility for people to inspire each other.
Why? Because people experience the world differently. By reading from authors who have grown up and lived in another culture enables them to share a perspective you cannot understand unless you interact, read and discuss.
One day, a Lagos born Nigerian wakes up as a white man. Too ashamed to show his family he flees the house on to his planned job interview…
The books reads easily like a comic, but there is so much to it. Three observations I would love to share.