Review: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe


Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Title: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1

Author: Chinua Achebe

Release Date: September 1, 1994, originally: 1958

Publisher: Anchor Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 209

Source: Foundations of the English Major

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

3 out of 5 stars


Things Fall Apart follows two storylines that intertwine. The underlying message deals with European invasion and taking over of culture in Africa. I read this for my Foundations of the English Major course, and it was fairly quick read because the writing style was so simple, but the story was a little hard to follow.

I LOVED the writing style because of the simplicity. It was beautiful and easy to read, but there was something that made it difficult to understand. I’m not sure if it was because the names were hard to pronounce and distinguish or if I just didn’t know enough about the Ibo culture to fully appreciate it, but there were some parts that definitely went over my head.

The beginning was about the Ibo culture, but then part three was all about the Europeans coming in and trying to convert everyone to Christianity and that just made me angry. I’m a huge advocate for the fact that all cultures matter and that cultures aren’t wrong, just different to your own. It makes me sick that this happened and is still happening today because, yes I understand that you want people to believe what you believe, but other people’s cultures and religions are valid.

I’m looking forward to the discussion about this book for class because I want to understand more about the story. I think this was an interesting read and would recommend it if you’re looking to dive into another culture.

Currently Reading (2)


I’m back in the reading mood, but have to write so many papers for school. It’s lit now.

The semester is coming to a close! This week I have a 6 page paper due (which I haven’t started oops), a dance dress rehearsal, two shows, and my mom and brother are coming to visit/bring some of my stuff home. YAY.


Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Ha yeah still “reading” this. I started it for my Foundations class and then just wanted to keep reading it, but literally haven’t read anything for a month. I know that I’m going to like reading this, but I think it’s going to be one of those books that I have to read a lot in one day or little pieces here and there. I have no idea how I want to tackle it yet, but I’ll hopefully figure it out.

 

Things Fall Apart – China Achebe

Things Fall Apart

I’m also reading this for my Foundations class and it’s actually MUCH better than I originally expected. The writing style is so easy to read and understand. It flows so nicely and it almost doesn’t even feel like you’re reading which is really refreshing for a required reading book. I’m currently 62% of the way through and I’m here for it. I literally sat down and read 50 pages and it just flew by. Highly recommend thus far.

 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Guys. This book is rocking my world. I checked this out from my library because I saw it on the new releases shelf and COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. I really enjoyed the first two books and gave them 5 and 4 stars, but this one is so good. It’s tying everything together so nicely. All the old characters are there, but there are also new characters being seamlessly introduced and it’s just so cool. I love that it’s written in case files and emails. It’s so fun to read and I’m also flying through this one!!


All in all I’m not dying completely from school, but I also and super hyped for summer.

I worked out yesterday on top of all my dancing and MY LEGS ARE SO SORE. Too many jump squats. Not here for those.

I lost one of my favorite rings. Tragic. I hope I lost it while I was sleeping because I’m gonna be really sad if it’s gone forever.

I got to sit outside and read today because it was 50 degrees.

I wore my Chacos out in the sun with hope of starting my legendary Chaco tans.

Happy happy day!

What are you currently reading?

Push Through or DNF?


My name is Aubrey and I am a huge advocate for pushing through to the end of a book.

BUT

I’m so ready to be done with the book I’m reading right now and I want to DNF it.

 

What to do what to do.

Have you ever felt pressure to finish a book even though you weren’t enjoying it? I feel like not finishing (DNF *did not finish*) a book isn’t anything against the author *in most cases*, but sometimes it’s okay to not finish a book if you’re just really not enjoying it. I’m REALLY not enjoying the book I’m reading right now but know that I’ll feel guilty if I don’t finish it.

I know this isn’t the right mindset, but I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking. An author put a lot of time and effort into writing a book in the first place and it almost seems like giving up on the author if you don’t finish their book! I really don’t want to read this book but know that I’ll be so relieved when I’m done and have reviewed it.

Plus, this is a review book sent to me by the author, so it feels like it’s my obligation to get a review to them… even if it will be a negative one. I don’t know. This was a super rambly kind of pointless post but that’s just how I’m feeling today.

I’m not with it. I can’t wait for classes to be done. 4 WEEKS LEFT! So close to being done and the start of summer YAY!!

How do you feel about DNFing books?

Funny Story…


Lol so I accidentally just re-read a book because I was sent the wrong book by the author!

I thought I was reading the book Ivy Introspective and it felt SO FAMILIAR to me. If you follow me on Goodreads you would have seen one of my updates talking about how it felt like I had already read it. Little did I know I have, in fact, read this book already.

I was actually reading the first book in the series which I previously read last October. Again, I was so confused because I felt like I was reading the same thing! I don’t know if I will get to the book Ivy Introspective as I’ve just emailed the author about the conundrum.

This is just a funny situation to me. Like lol this would happen to me. No shade being thrown to Kellyn Roth at all because I’m sure it’s super hard to self publish!

Just a funny little story for your lovely Monday afternoon :P

Reading During College (as an English Major)


If you’ve been around awhile, I wrote a post about reading during school back in 2015 *oh little sophomore in high school me* but my views have changed from what they once were.

Being in college means constantly having things on your to-do list, having classes at random times of the day, late nights and LOTS of homework and reading. As an English Publishing major I’m starting to take classes that are completely reading based, and sometimes have to read an entire book in two days! Yes this is reading, but it isn’t considered ‘fun reading.’

It’s hard for me because I have been trying to only read one book at a time, but that’s actually impossible because I need to have a fun book on my currently reading list at all times. I need something to be able to escape to. Having to read so much for my major is hard because it means that I don’t have time to do my pleasure reading. Tragic.

Another thing that makes me horribly sad is that I don’t always feel in the mood to read my fun book after I’ve done all my homework and am laying in bed!! I ALWAYS wanted to read through high school, and I still do. I have a book blog and do more reading than the average person, but it’s so weird for me to NOT WANT TO READ. It’s also frustrating because I love watching YouTube and catching up with my subscription box, but I find that I want to do that instead of reading, but I always feel like I’m wasting time when I’m watching a video or show because I should be doing something else ughhhh.

It’s a hard life sometimes. But it’s okay, summer will be here soon enough and I will read every single day. I think I need to try and implement a 30 minute fun reading break every single day because my brain would love the break to have some fun :) and I wouldn’t feel as guilty about watching so much YouTube…. oops.

This was a rambly post, but I have been trying to post every other day because I have been neglecting blogging since coming to school! It also makes me sad. I think I just need to keep myself on track and make myself a habit tracker page in my bullet journal.

If anyone has any tips on how to read more, let me know!! I’m 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal and I’m not okay with that…

Thanks for reading!!!

Library Book Haul (1)


Did I need to go to the public library to check out more books? No.

Do I have plenty of books in my dorm? Yep.


A Painted House – John Grisham

A Painted House

This is the first book I picked up because my boyfriend recommended it to me. He is not a reader at all, so whenever he gives me a recommendation I pick it up wherever I can. I don’t know much about this book because I’ve never read a book by John Grisham. This is a murder mystery set in the 50s in Arkansas.

I don’t know if I’m going to like this book but I’m going to give it a chance.

 

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Yay continuing my reread of this series! I’m way further behind than I wanted to be with my reread, but I’ll catch up these this summer. I love this series and if you’ve been around for awhile, then you also know this. I love rereading this series. Enough said.

 

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Again, I’ve reread this but it was SUCH a long time ago. I saw this at the library and really wanted to read it again! I remember loving this book and decided to pick it up.


yay books from the library

Currently Reading (1)


College is really hindering my reading progress…

I’m currently 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal.

I haven’t read that much for fun because I have to read SO MUCH FOR SCHOOL. That English Publishing major life.

I sometimes don’t feel like reading for fun *tragic* because of all the reading for class. Vicious cycle.


Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein

I’m currently reading Frankenstein for my Foundations of the English Major class. We’ve been having to speed through it because my professor spent too long on Middle English texts. Love the organization skills in college.

I’m actually enjoying this book! I’m currently 65% of the way through this, but have to be done by Wednesday and write a 4 page paper about it by Friday. A lot of work to do still but it’s an interesting story. I’m kind of confused because the creature that Frankenstein creates can speak well. He was never taught but can hold conversations and can read. That seems a little far fetched to me. I mean any more far fetched than creating life? Maybe not, but I think he should be explained a little bit more.

 

Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Ivy Introspective  (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)

I got sent this book by the author and it is the second book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. I think I gave the first book three stars, review here. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book but decided to give the second book a try.

I feel like I’ve read this already! It’s so weird. I don’t know if I started this and just forgot I did, but I feel like I’ve read some of the sentences before. Not just, ‘wow this seems familiar’ but more like ‘I’ve literally read this before did I finish it or did I just stop I’m so confused why do I know what’s happening?’ I’m 20% of the way through this book but it’s gone quickly so far. I just haven’t had any time to read it…. oops.

 

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

I read some of the sonnets from this book a few weeks ago for my Foundations of the English Major class and really liked sorting through the wording and annotating. Obviously am in the right major lol. I started reading the super boring introduction and they’re not real page numbers so I can’t technically track it, but I’ve probably read 20 pages of this. I really like the few sonnets I read, so am excited to continue on with this. I have NO idea when I’ll actually pick it up, but it’s on my currently reading shelf sooo.


Side note:

I’m so excited for summer. I love school and being at school, but I can’t wait until I’m done with these classes for the semester. I’m in some pretty rough classes and taking dance on top of all my classes is very taxing.

*English Publishing and Dance double major*

I am so excited to wear swimsuits everyday. I am pumped for my Chaco tan lines. Gonna be a receptionist at a local hair salon. Going to eat snow cones as often as possible. Taking two online classes over the summer, but we’re just going to pretend it’s not really a thing. It’s fine.

Hope everyone is doing well and thank you so much for reading my posts :) I hope you’re not as far behind on your Goodreads goal as I am lol.