September 2019 Wrap-Up!

Dear Seekabookers!

I hope everyone had a great month!

Can you believe that it is already October? Can you believe that there is only two months left of the year! I know too early to think about, but still, this year has flown by fast. Also, I am ready for sweater weather! I miss layering up and fall clothing, but I am not excited for the winter. I am not a huge fan of the cold, especially in New York City.

As I am writing this, I am flying over a state (not sure which one) on my way to Toronto, Canada. My husband and I are taking a long weekend, to de-stress from our everyday life and also a mini celebration of our upcoming one-year wedding anniversary, which is next week. I can’t believe that a year ago I married such a wonderful man.

Alrighty, now time for some book talk! This month I was able to read four books and listen to an audiobook, which brings it to a total of five books for the month. FIVE! It’s been a while since I have been able to read this much in one month. Usually, I read about three the most, but this month, I was happy with my selection of books.

Since it is Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month (September 16 – October 16), I am trying to read more books written by Latinx authors. I was able to read two books by Latinx authors, but October will be more filled.

To start off the list:

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  • Dominicana by Angie Cruz: Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion lives in the countryside of Dominican Republic and has never dreamed about coming to America until a man twice her age proposed to her, Juan Ruiz. He promised that he will bring her to America and her family saw this as the perfect opportunity for them to immigrate to America later on. Set in the 1960’s, Ana arrives to Washington Heights and is confined in a six-floor walk-up. She starts to feel lonely, miserable and homesick. She comes up with a plan to escape and return back home, but Juan’s younger brother, Cesar, convinces her to stay. As Dominican Republic is in a political turmoil, Juan returns back and leaves Cesar to take care of Ana. Finally, she is free and able to run around New York and discover the wonderful places. Juan then returns and Ana has to decide if she wants to stay with him and follow her family’s duties or break free and follow her heart. (📚📚📚📚📚/5)

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  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: Pecola Breedlove Is a young black girl that wishes for beauty every day. She is made fun by other children because of her dark sin, curly hair and brown eye. She yearns for blonde hair and blue eyes so she can fit in. As time goes, her life takes many turns and challenges. Morrison’s first novel touches upon race, class and gender. (📚📚📚📚/5)

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  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict: Hedy Kiesler is the star in an Austrian theatre and in a controversial film in Austria, but that doesn’t stop the most powerful Austrian arm dealer from falling in love with her. It is 1937, at a lavish party when she overhears the Third Reich’s plans. She is desperate to escape from her controlling husband and the misfortunate turn that Austria will endure. Hedy disguises herself and lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, a movie screen star. Apart from keeping her Jewish heritage a secret, she also keeps to herself that she is more than a movie star, but a scientist. She creates a device that will help her country and ease her guilt from escaping without telling anyone what was coming. This is based on a true story about an incredible scientist with a groundbreaking invention. (📚📚📚📚/5)

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  • Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson: This is a memoir by Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, she reads a truly funny and inspiring book about her family, friends and her hustle and hard road to she endured from getting out of DC to the world of Hollywood. She shares stories about the violence her mom endured and survived to her father being a Vietnam veteran who had challenges, but never broke. She writes about her struggles of going to Howard University and being a black actress. No matter what, she follows her dreams and succeeds in achieving it. (📚📚📚📚/5)

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  • Fruit from the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras: Chula Santiago is a seven-year-old girl, living in Colombia during the political violence of the 1990’s. During this time, Chula and her thirteen-year-old maid strike an unlikely friendship that turns into them both being threaten. The Santiagos live in a gated community in Bogota where they are safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country – car bombs, assassinations, kidnappings and Pablo Escobar. Petrona joins the family as a maid and Chula starts wondering why she acts mysterious in many ways. She is a young woman with a huge pressure from her family whom are below the poverty line. The story switches between Chula and Petrona’s perspective throughout the book. This was inspired by the author’s life; she shows what woman had to endure in the face of violence. (📚📚📚📚/5)

P.S. Since starting this post, I have been in Toronto for a little over a day now.

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