Anyways, what books are you reading this summer? I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven’t read it yet, I really encourage you to! It’s very well-written, funny without trying and very insightful.
As an immigrant, I’ve never really been able to put into words some of the confusing things I’ve noticed about the Americans, let alone my own culture. Or maybe I just never sat down to think about these things because I was too busy adapting and trying to hide my roots while being a good little American girl, just as I was busy hiding my “American” accent while talking to my fellow kinsmen and pretending I hadn’t Americanized the pronunciation of my last name.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot of Americanah, but I think it’s something that any immigrant will read and be able to relate to, no matter from which continent you hail. And that’s not to say that my born ‘n raised American buddies won’t enjoy it – you will – because the book gives us all a glimpse into being an in-between. A glimpse into the identity of someone who doesn’t know herself half as well as she thinks she does. And who hasn’t felt like they haven’t completely belonged somewhere or another? Who hasn’t felt out of their element?
When I’m done reading Americanah, like next week … when I’m on my first PAID vacay in … oh yeah, my FIRST paid vacation EVER… what do you guys recommend I read next?
Last time I rejoiced over my first paid holiday… which was A-ight… but a vacay is even better because flights are cheaper when you pick the dates and nobody knows you’re not going to be at work until they get your “I am out of the office until June X. For any urgent questions, call my buddies in the office, who won’t be able to help you because I’m out. BWHAHAHA.”
Anyways, what I meant by all this was that I need your book recommendations for I plan to read many a good book this summer.
So please send me your recommendations! Pronto!
Also, if you check out Giphy on “reading” – you will find many a funny gif, including this one… Because when thou lovst thine readers, thou sharest funny Brad Pitt gifs!
Please comment, share your thoughts and let me know what you think. Please help me keep this a positive forum, though. I am so excited for some debate, but let’s respect each other please. I reserve the right to monitor and delete inappropriate posts. Thanks in advance!