Saturday, September 15, 2018

What Has Madeline Been Reading?

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Don't you just wish that life would just afford us a few extra hours so we can get some of the important things done, like, oh I don't know...reading a good book? Well going on a blogging hiatus did relinquish some much needed time to get myself lost in between the pages of a few.

1. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Renni Eddo-Lodge

I picked up Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race back in June, after much self-debate. The reason for my hesitation? It was the fear of strange looks on the tube and unwanted questions from colleagues. But the foolishness cleared from my eyes when I saw a pretty, brunette lady nose deep in it on the Northern Line one morning. 

Soon after reading the first few pages, I realised that this book was opening a much needed and overdue debate on the UK's colonial history, structural racism, and white supremacy. It's an important book for everyone in this country to read because trust me, this thing called racism is a construct we are all involved in. If only we can drop our defensiveness, and learn. Get your copy here
Bloomsbury Publishing, 238 pages, RRP £8.99

2. Hold - Michael Donkor

Hold jumped onto the top of my 'to be read' list from the moment I read a Guardian article about it at the beginning of the year. I even wrote about it in my Must Read list back in January. So why was I immediately drawn to this book? Firstly, the author is Ghanaian. Secondly, the main protagonist is an unlikely character - a Ghanaian house help named Belinda. And thirdly, the story is mainly set in South London. 

In principle, I loved the premise of this book. I have visited Ghana a few times, and have always observed the silence with which house helps, or domestic staff execute their duties with grace and humility. But don't get it twisted, they can be full of attitude at times. (We all have bad days right?) So it was great to explore the backstory, the flaws, the emotions and triumphs of one such character. Having said that, I found the story lacking in momentum somewhere in the middle, and it did take some tolerance to get through.

All in all, a great first novel from Michael Donkor, exploring the themes of loss, friendship, and identity. Check it out here
4th Estate, 306 pages, RRP £12.99

3. Slay in Your Lane - Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené

"That book you've been reading, haven't you finished it yet?", my hubby asked me the other day. Instantly I felt a bit useless because how can something you like so much, take so long to finish? But then again, when something is precious and valuable to you, you take it in carefully and with consideration. You don't rush it, you appreciate for its every blessed word (That, and the fact I have been mad busy!) But anyway, I say all this to say I'M FINALLY DONE! Book review will be up on the blog in the next couple of weeks. #buildingwomenwithwords #slayinyourlane . . . . . . . . . . #wordsaregolden #conversation #conversationrituals #communication #communicationacademy #blogger #instablog #motivation #bookblogger #booklover #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #africanliterature #bookreviews #bookblogs #ontheblog #bb_bloggers #blackbritishblogger #BlackGirlsWhoBlog #womenwriters #femaleentrepreneur #BlackGirlsWhoWrite #copywriter #serviceprovider #hireme #smallbusinesses #tipsforbusinesses
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If you have been following me on my socials then you will know that I have been totally obsessed with this book. When I first recieved it, I must admit I lacked appreciation for this well rounded 'guide for life'. But my disillusion soon evaporated with the flick of a few pages. 

Slay In Your Lane, also known as The Black Girl Bible is more than just motivation. It gives black women in the UK the tools needed to succeed in their careers, their finances, in the media, with their health, and in relationships. The clever authors collated the voices, experiences and opinions of some inspirational black British women to put together this gem of a book. Read my full review here.
4th Estate, 341 pages, RRP: £16.99

That's it. This is what I read over the summer. Not full reviews per se, but a good intro into what I'm interested in. Have you read any of these? Thoughts? If not, do you have your sights set on any? Let me know below. 

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  1. These all sound like great read sis. Of course you know I'm intrigued to read Donkor's piece. Ha!!

    1. I knew you would! It's an ok book. Let me know if you pick it up.

  2. These sound like some fantastic and empowering reads, particularly the third one; Slay In Your Lane (such an innovative book title as well!). Hope you're having a wonderful week so far Madeline :) x

    1. Hi Gabrielle it was actually the book title and pink cover that first piqued my interest!

  3. I'm interested to read about the first book. The title is captivating.

    1. Yes its a very good read. With some very harsh truths!

  4. Thank you for sharing this books. I need to check it because it seems very interesting.

  5. Would Slay In Your Lane be a good read for US-based black females as well?

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    1. Hi Berry. I believe it would because black women in both countries face barriers to success in dating, in our careers and in our finances. As children of African parents, the cultural and belief systems we are born into are similar. The book does have some very uk-centric portions such as talk of the NHS and UK stats but it's totally up to you whether you would like to skip over those parts, or read them.

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