The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Sometimes, you recognize truth because it destroys you for a bit.

– Akwaeke Emezi

I stumbled upon this book while I was scrolling through NetGalley, I liked the cover, title and description and fortunately, the book was available to read. Then after days, I saw it on Mridula’s feed @ecstatic_yet_chaotic and her praise for the book made me pick up right away.
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Hope and Beyond: A Journey Through Mental Health

What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.

– Glenn Close

Hope and Beyond: A Journey Through Mental Health is a collection of short stories reflecting mental health and Hope in the times of crisis, co-authored by 12 authors. Every story was different in some way, some with characters dealing with outside monsters and some with their own inner demons.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a coming-of-age, light high school romance read with our main character Simon who is gay but he hasn’t come out yet because he doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it. However, there is one unknown person, Blue, with whom he can be himself over emails.

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Conception by Özgür Uyanık

Nevertheless, I strongly suspect that I might have been happier lolling through existence like an overfed cat slinking from one life event to the next if I had been without her guidance and constant affirmations during my formative years.

Conception by Özgür Uyanık is a story about an average but ambitious artist who is trying to make a name for himself in the world of art but his passion for art is affecting his career financially. Continue reading “Conception by Özgür Uyanık”

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.

“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” – Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

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