Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This book made so much sense! Its structure is so strong and beautiful that it took me through ages of family history in an honest way,being full of sensibility and strength, so delightfully complete.

I wanted to hug Marjorie and Marcus in the end, being so happy that they both found what they had been looking for through each other. And they also completed the journey of all the generations before them, starting with Effia.

Water and fire are symbols of unity and purpose in this novel, chasing each other through centuries. The characters themselves are like these elements, bold and determined to make a change, somehow burning their roots, yet still finding a way to swim ashore back home to what holds most meaning in life: family and love.

There are so many adjacent topics in this book, that at times I felt I was almost reading a second book. Nevertheless, the borders between segregation, slavery and family history are seemlessly woven to make this book an experience, a flow of emotions.

A journey of suffering, love, wandering and hope. Everyone should read this book!

Make space by Regina Wong

A necessary manifesto for a simpler and more fulfilling life, without clutter and going against consumerism! I have been trying and slowly succeeding to declutter, it is difficult and overwhelming. The good news is that it is possible. This little book introduces the basics of minimalism with inspiring quotes that reawoke in myself the desire to simplify more, hence to live more.

“When we crave simplicity, we are not after an easier life. We are after life”. —Dave Bruno

I recommend this for those who are toying with the idea of finding a way to simplify their lives, this books is a great start!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

IMG_20170801_075447_791.jpgFreshly out of my mind, deeply engraved in my conscience, a masterpiece of musings, a multitude of stories woven into one, the journey of Shadow from reality to nothingness and back.
I did not love Shadow, there is no character which touched me fully, and that is ok. The thorough depiction of the characters is however geniusly realized. Only Gaiman could take you on such a paradoxically believable journey without making you fall in love with the characters per se.
Right after finishing the book, I was left in a state of awe. During the past week American Gods became part of my daily world somehow. I got used to having it in the back of my mind, curious about what was next and in what way the plot would develop.
I fully recommend this book to everyone who has a bit of patience with the type of spectacular fantasy of horrific yet compelling proportions. This is Gaiman snd he is impressive. A must read for a well-rounded booknerd to say the least.

“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe. And then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjurations. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe: and it is that belief, that rock-solid belief, that makes things happen.”