Minaret

Initially I had mixed feelings about Minaret by Leila Aboulela but on the whole I did like it.  It's a fascinating glimpse of Sudanese culture, politics and Islam. These elements of the novel I thought were well written in way that wasn't attempting to 'teach' the reader or explain or justify. Therefore, any aspects I didn't … Continue reading Minaret

The House of the Spirits

I've had Isabel Allende's debut novel sitting on my shelf for about five years or so. I'd started to read it and then stopped a few pages in for reasons I can't remember. When I started reading it again, I half suspected I was going to give up on it again, but I persevered and soon … Continue reading The House of the Spirits

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

I first came across the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl about four years ago on YouTube and was immediately hooked. Not only was it hilariously funny, but in J,the awkward black girl of the series (played by Issa Rae), I had found my awkward hero, someone I definitely related to and at … Continue reading The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl