Friday, August 15, 2014

The Girl With the Golden Shoes

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Good day blog readers. I am still on the go reading books for the 2014 goodreads reading challenge. Yesterday, I borrowed the book 12 Years A Slave at my local library. I saw it and was curious to read it since the film adaptation of it was released. I have already started reading a few pages and it just astonishes me how much this guy's words can say. I'll be posting more upon finishing reading.

In the meantiiiime......I have finished reading a historical novel titled The Girl With the Golden Shoes.Written by Colin Channer, this book follows Estrella, a teen girl in San Carlos during 1942 who goes on a journey for a better life. Throughout her journey she meets different people and finds herself in different types of trouble.

Although, a light read for me; I really liked reading this book. I learned of different dialects used during those times and felt close to this girl. There is a mixture of conversation of first and third person narrative that provides a multi-faced perspective of what it was like during those times.

Estrella's voice is relatable for those who have experienced going alone on a journey to have a better life far from home. This is definitely different and Channer shows a depiction of history in such a small place; it is easy to almost assume this novel is actually based on a true story. (You never know it may have happened to someone else). If you like historical novels I suggest reading this book.

til next blogpost,

-Miss Bobo

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Home: A Vet's Story

Hey guys.

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Hope you all are having a wonderful day. Summer is almost over here in the east coast. Still on my 2014 reading challenge on goodreads until the next big chore. And as usual it is always the random books.

This last book I finished reading follows the journey of a vet coming back from Korea. Written by Toni Morrison, Home is the story of Frank, an African-American vet from Korea who is on a journey to go home. However, everything changes once he receives a postcard: "She be dead".

There is a balance of dialogue and narration here that flows within flashbacks and the present tense of the characters. I definitely felt sentimental towards them. There was no cliche about it but rather a more realistic view of the reality of many American vets, specifically African-American vets in the United States. The only thing I can say that was a bit of a flaw for me was the consistent flashback to present sequence. There is no cheesy romance.

Til Next Blogpost,
Miss Bobo