Currently Reading: The Return

I’m 21% through and I’m already recommending it. Hisham Matar has written two fiction works prior to this memoir.

I decided to read this first, before diving into Lindsey Hilsum’s Sandstorm (also on Libya).

Waiting for my boba again. I know. I shouldn’t be drinking too much boba… But… I’m Asian. Excuses, excuses…

Reading Slump: Chocolates

Trying to read again, after a couple of days on hiatus. My worst, unhealthiest craving has got to be chocolates in bed, before bed, just so that I can get my reading mojo back 😅 It’s either chocolates or nachos, but I ran out of nachos…


Haven’t read much lately. Wonder if it has anything to do with my last read (I, Who Did Not Die), which was rather heavy on the heart?

Don’t know.

I was so ‘tired’ yesterday that I listened to Columbine (Dave Cullen) on Audible (I am still not that into audiobooks), and in less than 5 minutes, Zzzzzz was creeping in so I quickly switched off my Fire and fell asleep almost immediately. Audiobooks, no matter how revolutionizing and important (specifically toward the visually impaired), isn’t my cuppa tea… Not quite yet. Great lullabies, though…

This is all. Came in here to rant about a reading slump and chocolates. Brilliant. Now back to bed. Back to reading. Back to chocolates…

Read: I, Who Did Not Die

I, Who Did Not Die by Zahed Haftlang and Najah Aboud with Meredith May

First book completed this year. I started in December 2018.

This book, is heavy. I came crashing into this book after decades of media absence from the Iran-Iraq war.

By ‘media absence’, I mean I haven’t read anything in-depth on the said war since the late 90s. As a teen, I read a lot of newspapers and news magazines, and I’ve read about the tortures and all the inhumane stories from this very war. But to relive it, with even gorier details (how they hang you), once again drags you back to hopelessness. The world, as we all should realize, by now, a year shy from turning 2020, is hopeless. There’s little hope left in humanity. Torture is still going on. So are wars. What’s new?

For Zahed and Najah to have survived the war and torture let alone found each other – proof that there’s still hope.

Thank you, Meredith May – for bringing this story to life, for writing this legacy. How is this not a bestseller, I have no idea. Probably the cover. This has got to do better than Educated by Tara Westover or that Crawdad book.

Currently Reading: Small Fry

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Having read about nomads*, I feel offended on their behalf. Why would people even bother to highlight this?

Is it so profound that I don’t get it, or what?

Please, somebody, anybody, enlighten me. I’d love a good joke, or a strict, no-b*llsh*t criticism for my ignorance.

*A quick example would be how certain tribes/nomads in Sudan would have to move around according to the season/weather to survive – humans and livestock. Not to mention civil unrest for generations – prompting some of them to live a nomadic life.

TBR: Mothers of Massive Resistance

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Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

First book on my TBR pile for the year. I think I will get to it before I get to the 100+ unread books which are already sitting in my Kindle… Such is greed reading life.

Reading: I, Who Did Not Die

Source: https://meredithamay.net/book/

If I finish this book by 31st December 2018 (I’ll try not to, since I’ve already completed my reading challenge for 2018), I think it’ll be a tie with my favorite book of the year. It will sound like an understatement super cliché if I used the following words to describe this book: ‘necessary’, ‘beyond powerful’, ‘remarkable’. So I will try to omit those words in my post once I’m done.

Thanks to this book, I have decided to separate my ‘Best Book’ categories into the following:

  • Current Affairs, War & History
  • Business
  • Memoir/Autobiography
  • True Crime
  • Biography
  • etc.

I have yet to write a post on In Extremis, which I’ve finished a week ago, and the remaining 20+ books. I guess I just don’t know how to make them sound smart. Because they are all better and smarter than me, than the world-at-large, than you.

Yemen is still in peril, so is Syria. So many ‘disappeared’ Chinese dissidents who are under house arrest that no one cares about in power cares or dares to interfere. Some dead, unreported. Law abiding Muslims oppressed in Xinjiang. Captured and assassinated journalists who are treated as ‘political prisoners’ around the world. This planet we are living in, fml – and yet we continue to bear children.

Here’s to 2019 – for better or for worse.