Book Review: The Good Immigrant

Rating: ★★★★★

Honestly, there’s little to say about The Good Immigrant that hasn’t already been said. I’m not a huge non-fiction reader, but I can say this book was so worth reading.

It’s an interesting and fascinating collection of essays, from authors who are BAME individuals and sharing their stories of their lives and what makes someone a ‘good immigrant’, each one bringing a different aspect of their own lives. They all touch on different topics: why they/or their families move to the UK, their own culture, and the situations they had to deal with. That’s what I loved about this collection, how everyone had a completely different story to tell, each compelling and interesting as the one before it. Its contributors range from people whose families immigrated here, those who were born here, and to ones who had decided to leave.

I think the only flaw I could really point out is that most of the contributors are mainly in media/entertainment which means it excludes people from other fields of work where immigrants have greatly contributed. But, overall, this is a great collection of essays which were all thought-provoking and most importantly, honest. Highly recommended.


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Book Review: Muslim Girl

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Rating: ★★★★

* I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

“I hope she knows my pain is genuine, I thought. I hope she doesn’t doubt that a Muslim American can be impacted by 9/11, too. The truth is that 9/11 never ended for us.”

Muslim Girl is Amani’s memoir about growing up in a post-9/11 world and how her experiences in life, including moving back to her father’s homeland of Jordan, helped shape her voice as a Muslim woman which later aided her in the creation of MuslimGirl.com. Muslim Girl is a personal account of one of many voices. Amani’s voice is so necessary, so honest and so damn important

Simply put, I loved this. Amani’s journey and story is an important one, one that many Muslims in Western countries could relate to. I know I did. One moment I really enjoyed was how she was introduced to self-realised interpretations of Islam. While I’m across the ocean, my experience mirrored hers so perfectly, just a couple of years down the line and on a new form of social media. I loved that Muslim Girl is about no longer depending on the attention of mainstream media. A Coming of Age shows Amani turning inwards and throwing herself into the centre. She created an indentity by seeing the blindspot in our mainstream news which rarely focuses on us positively. We follow her story of how she creates her own platform so Muslim women can talk back.

MuslimGirl.com is changing the way Islam is portrayed all over the world. Amani and this book is part of a new generation of Muslim women who are committed to combating stereotypical views. This book is merely a dip into the power and strength Amani has as she and the others alongside her are creating their own path as Muslim women living in today’s modern society. It’s been a year since I found MG.com and I love everything that Amani and the others alongside her have done to achieve to get where they all are now. Watch out for this October 18th

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Book Review: Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

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Rating:  ★★★★★

In WONDER WOMEN, Sam Maggs introduces us to an array of female scientists, engineers, adventurers, and inventors—with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino— and interviews with present-day woman working in STEM fields.

The worst thing about this entire thing was that I only knew five of these women. I felt so guilty with every page turn, and not knowing who any of these women were. And that’s why I enjoyed this. I love what Maggs did with this book. So many amazing women overcame such huge boundaries and obstacles to accomplish great things but yet remain virtually unknown to the general population. And most of what these women achieved, I knew the names of the men that took credit for their work.

But now I’ve learnt of so many amazing women from this great book. WONDER WOMEN has some great tales about some great women through history. I liked how Maggs managed to research all of these women. Written in a conversational style, with modern slang, (think Tumblr) I enjoyed how easy it was to read this. This is aimed mainly towards a younger audience but can still be read by all ages.

This is an important book that highlight women’s achievement throughout history. Like most, compulsory education tends to leave out knowledge of female scientists, poets, and politicians. So it was great to find material that not only doesn’t push them aside but highlight their greatness and place in history.

Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books
ASIN: B01AEPR4WW

Book Review: All I Know Now

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my review:
Rating: ★★★☆☆

In her debut novel, Youtube star Carrie Hope Fletcher take her ‘honorary big sister’ status from vlogs to her very own self-help book. ALL I KNOW NOW includes Carrie’s own thoughts on topics like bullying, body image and relationships.

I just want to put this out: I really like Carrie’s videos. Though I don’t devote much of my time to Youtubers anymore, Carrie’s one I keep up with simply because she’s one of the first.

And while this was a cute book, the formatting was smart, her drawings were nice but, personally, I didn’t come out feeling that all affected by this. I know I’m just outside the age they were going for (18) but I didn’t find much of the information I read very helpful because a majority of her stories take place in her teens, a time I’ve already experienced. Her anecdotes and stories were enjoyable but already know it because she mentioned it her vlogs.

The advice Carrie gives out is pretty generic and borderline repetitive, providing me advice that school gives on a daily basis though their cheesy and embarrassing powerpoints. I guess I was expecting something original to come out of this but I did appreciate the “Props” section where Carrie directs us to helplines and websites regarding topics she has spoken about.

While I had no issue with Carrie’s writing style, and I have higher hopes for her new fiction book, I did find myself sitting there and think, “I don’t really agree with that,” or “This isn’t beneficial to me at all,” And Carrie tends to have a “forgive and forget” way of thinking and some of her advice ends with her saying you should just forgive those who did wrong to you because life is no good being lived negatively. While this is good advice, she doesn’t take into account that you’re also under no obligation to forgive anyone if you’re not comfortable with doing so. You’re allowed to cut people out your life. A large flaw in this book is that it comes across very generic because it needs to be, due to the diversity of life and in this day and age, being generic doesn’t work as well.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published May 14th 2015 by Sphere
ISBN: 075155751X

Book Review: A Murder Over a Girl by Ken Corbett

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my review:
Rating: ★★★★☆

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

Ken Corbett recounts the 2008/2011 trial of Brandon McInerney for shooting his 15-year-old classmate Larry King during their middle-school English class in 2008. He analyses the shooter, Brandon, chronicling the events of the courtroom as they reveal information that Brandon was exhibiting white supremacist ideals that led him to shoot Larry King

As a person who barely knew anything about the murder of Larry King- the first I had heard of it was when Ellen had talked about them on her show and I wasn’t even aware of its outcome in 2011. I’ve never read a book like this, as you can tell by my reviews, non-fiction isn’t my forte. But this was a fascinating, page-turning read as we follow Corbett’s account of the murder trial as he looks at both the prosecution and defence argument and attempts to help us see what really happened and why. I don’t know what else to say but how engaging this was to read.

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
ASIN: B015WAWLA4

 

Book Review: Anyone Can Get An A+ by Geetanjali Mukherjee

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my review:
Rating: ★★★★☆

Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades is a self-help book aimed at college students. Mukherjee uses her own experience alongside research to create a series of tips which one can use to improve their grades and study skills.

As someone who’s currently in the middle of her A-levels, this was extremely helpful in reminding me to rethink my revision strategy. In this book, there’s various ways in which anyone can improve their study skills such as planning your study breaks, creating weekly plans and how to get something out of procrastination. This book really condenses everything teachers tell us but in a more practical and easy way to read and without going into so much detail  and leaving you’re overwhelmed.

I should note that this book is very US-centric which is probably why I didn’t connect to it as much but the tips and information given still stands and Geetanjali definitely knows her stuff. It’s a helpful read that can help you reconsider revision habits, and turn them into more positive strategies.

Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published September 2nd 2015 (first published August 2nd 2015)
ASIN: B0144W7X4A