Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I Want to Read It (88): Target Africa



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Target Africa by Obianuju Ekeocha, February 2018. 225 pages. Published by Ignatius Press.\
Since the end of colonization Africa has struggled with socio-economic and political problems. These challenges have attracted wealthy donors from Western nations and organizations that have assumed the roles of helper and deliverer. While some donors have good intentions, others seek to impose their ideology of sexual liberation. These are the ideological neocolonial masters of the twenty-first century who aggressively push their agenda of radical feminism, population control, sexualization of children, and homosexuality.

The author, a native of Nigeria, shows how these donors are masterful at exploiting some of the heaviest burdens and afflictions of Africa such as maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies, HIV/AIDS pandemic, child marriage, and persistent poverty. This exploitation has put many African nations in the vulnerable position of receiving funding tied firmly to ideological solutions that are opposed to the cultural views and values of their people. Thus many African nations are put back into the protectorate positions of dependency as new cultural standards conceived in the West are made into core policies in African capitals.
Why

This sounds like a very fascinating read! One that I really want to delve into because it is written by a native of Nigeria, so, in my opinion, that makes it all the more interesting because it's more of a first-hand account then you would get if, say, someone from America wrote it. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: When Dimple Met Rishi


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, February 19, 2018

YA Review: When Dimple Met Rishi



When Simple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, May 30, 2017. 380 pages. Published by Simon Pulse. Source: Borrowed from Library.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
First Sentence
Dimple couldn't stop smiling.


I am disappointed to say that I didn't like When Dimple Met Rishi as much as I was hoping. I knew going in that it would be dicey, as you probably well know that I don't generally read contemporary books, but I decided to give it a chance anyway because it sounded like a cute read.

  • From everything I had heard about this one, it sounded like it was going to be a cute and fun read. You know, a quick read. While it was a quick read and had moments that I enjoyed, it was not nearly what I was expecting in the long run. So, let's talk about the 'good' and 'bad' points now, okay.
  • What I did like: Well, I really enjoyed the family dynamics, though I would have loved for their to be more moments with Dimple and Rishi's families, and how different they viewed their families concern for their happiness. Though, in that regard, Rishi became my favorite because it was interesting to see him learn to balance his 'wants' with that of his parents. Dimple...well, while I liked her passion for app building, but her attitude, well, I'll just say this, it did nothing to endear her to my reader heart.
  • Even though I enjoyed Sandhya Menon's writing and the easy way Dimple and Rishi got along, my biggest problem with this book was Dimple herself. I wanted to like her, because who doesn't like someone who steadfastly pursues their dream, but her whole persona made me sad for her. Why? It was predominately how it felt that she had to deny, was embarrassed, her culture in order to chase her dreams; that made me sad. Though I can see how Dimple had a lot to work through in regards to reconciling both her dreams and the expectations of her family.
  • While I may not have enjoyed the story as much as I was hoping, Sandhya Menon's writing was really good. I just couldn't connect with the excessive romance angle (not my jam, you know), but I really enjoyed the bantering between Dimple and Rishi and their families. I am definitely looking forward to more of Sandhya's writing in the future as she has a really great ability to tell a story (even one you find yourself not completely sold on).
Final Verdict: When Dimple Met Rishi- It had both good and bad points...but I would not rule out reading something else by Sandhya Menon in the future. 


A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spinning Pages (42): The Crowns of Croswald


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 





This week on Spinning Pages take us to the world of Croswald and its hidden world of magic and mystery. Keep reading to see this week's song and lyric selection!!


Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks-

Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home, who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone

Many precede and many will follow
A young girl's dreams no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out west
But what it holds for her, she hasn't yet guessed







I have been contemplating which song would be best fit The Crowns of Croswald, and the song that came to mind, before any other, was the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces as it made me think of Ivy and how her world suddenly exploded with new potential as she was forced to live the only place she knew. 
To me, these lyrics perfectly capture that feeling. I also really like this song, too. 

You can see my full thoughts on The Crowns of Croswald by checking out my review.

Don't forget to give the song a listen!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Crowns of Croswald


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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