After a not-so-great reading Thursday, I pushed myself on Friday to read and read!
And as a result, I managed to finish reading…. Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers! Hooray! I started it before Bout of Books began though I was only at at 30-odd% mark, so said the Overdrive app. Goodreads tells me the book is 262 pages long and while that doesn’t sound like much, it kind of is, because this is a tough read. And I mean that in a gutwrenching, heartbreaking kind of read. To know that these are the actual lives of people, of children, living or rather trying desperately to survive in the slums. The corruption, the poverty, the deaths, they are all not something that were made up. Sure, we see those statistics in the newspapers every day. We know that there are very many men, women and children who live in poverty, who can barely make ends meet. But to read of their stories, to know that Katherine Boo spent years with them, talking to them, interviewing them, observing them, and writing this important book to let the rest of us know what it is really, truly, like out there. This is a book about hope and desperation. It is neverending sadness, a daily struggle to put food on the table, to ensure that their most basic of necessities can be afforded, whether it be via corruption or stealing or trading garbage. It is hard to stomach.
Here’s my total so far:
Books read: Fangirl (the second half)
The Silence of our Friends (graphic novel)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers (non-fiction)
Bitter in the Mouth
The Care and Management of Lies
Everyone got dragged out to the library today. My mother-in-law was even inspired to start reading again, so I lent her one of my books (Mrs Queen Takes the Train – a very cute book that would charm most readers). And while the grandparents entertained the kids (Wee Reader is very into checking out the computers in the kids section these days – he always says that he wants to “do work”), I popped upstairs to the non-fiction section and grabbed some graphic novels! Hooray!
Sailor Twain; or the mermaid in the Hudson – Mark Siegel
Are you my mother? a comic drama – Alison Bechdel
Level up – Gene Luen Yang; Thien Pham
Morning glories Vol 5: Tests – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
Morning glories Vol 6: Demerits – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
What did you get from your library this week?