October 2019 Book Review

During the month of October, I managed to read four different books that all had completely different topics!

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

This particular book has been on my to-read list for years! My university has a club on campus, Scholars for Syria, that works to inform the public about the Syrian crisis by having Syrian students speak at local schools and bringing in speakers for an annual spring panel.

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled covers the Syrian uprising in sections: before, during, and the now. Through interviews with Syrians, Pearlman pieces together experiences of citizens and their perspectives. Some are young activists who participated in marches, others are mothers and fathers who talk about what the Assad regime was like in the early years. All in all, I found the book to be informative about the Syrian crisis.

My heart absolute breaks for those who have perished or have had to uproot their lives and flee. If you are interested in learning more about why the Syria uprising occurred and how it has impacted citizens’ lives, I encourage you to pick up We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled.

The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham

Book number 2 for October was The German Midwife. This book follows the story of a German midwife and how she must provide care to Hitler’s lover and the future child. Hitler did not have any children, but this historical fiction novel brings in elements of the World War II time period. I enjoyed Robotham’s book overall; a solid three stars in my opinion.

Brave, Not Perfect by Reshama Saujani

After a historical fiction read, I turned to the nonfiction book Brave, Not Perfect by the Girls Who Code founder Reshama Saujani. Saujani writes about how society can better support and help girls be brave and not perfect. She points out bias and hurdles girls and women face because of their gender and how the hurdles can be surpassed.

Over the Top by Johnathan Van Ness

My final book of the month happened to be Queer Eye’s Johnathan Van Ness’ memoir Over the Top. Van Ness is a fan-favorite in Netflix’s Queer Eye with his flamboyant and confident personality. He delves into how he suffered from body issues, drug addiction, and bullying as an out and proud gay man. Most importantly, Van Ness covers his diagnosis with AIDS and debunks myths that the general public believes about the disease. Johnathan’s voice really shown through the book, which made it a quick read for me.

That’s all of my books for the month of October! Should I add anything to my to-read list?

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Sydney xo

September 2019 Book Review

Today, I am doing something a bit different! I will be reviewing the books I read for the month of September.

With a lot of lengthy bus rides in Costa Rica and needing to decompress at the end of the day from Spanish, I have been doing a lot of reading.

Reading is a passion of mine and I love to share great reads with friends, hence the reason for this post!

For the month of September, I read 5 books:

Without a Country by Alse Kulin

Without a Country follows the lives of a Jewish German couple, the Schliemann’s, and their move to Turkey prior to the start of WWII. The book covers the family’s struggles of adjusting to Turkish culture and the challenges they face as the war progresses in Europe.

This is the second book I have read by Alse Kulin — I read The Last Train to Istanbul earlier this year. I loved how this book spanned multiple generations of the Schliemann family and offered a different perspective on WWII.

Naturally Tan by Tan France

I am a HUGE fan of Queer Eye on Netflix. When I saw Tan France had written a memoir, I knew I needed to pick it up and read it. Naturally Tan covers Tan France’s life from the racism he endured as a Pakistani in England to his self-discovery as a fashion guru to coming out and meeting his now husband.

While reading the book, I could feel Tan’s personality in the writing that is emulated on the show. In my opinion, this made the book feel very authentic and real.

The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

This book happened to be an Amazon Prime “First Read.” The Dressmaker’s Gift bounces between present day and WWII spanning three generations of one family. The main character, Harriet, moves to Paris to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother in the fashion industry. While in Paris, she learns about her grandmother, Claire’s, history of working for the resistance during WWII.

The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Books 4 and 5 for September were poetry by Rupi Kaur. Kaur has a gift for putting words together to pack a punch regarding feminism, immigration, and so much more! I plowed through both books very quickly and having a feeling I will read re-read them both again. If you need something quick and beautifully written, I highly recommend both books!

What books did you read for the month of September? What should I add to my to-read list?

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Sydney xo