BookXcess Haul Part 2: I Bought More Books! HELP!

At this point, I just have book buying problem guys. I have no excuse, I’m a bookaholic. Good news is this time around, I bought 7 books that are by POC (person of colour) authors I’m genuinely excited for each one of them. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

I think Rainbirds is the only book that is not written by own voices author. Clarissa Goenawan is a Indonesian author and yet she decided to write stories about Japanese and the stories she has written so far are both set in Japan. I have her more recent work, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida as well and maybe I’ll binge read both of her books together and give my thoughts on them. But it seems like she loves Japanese culture a lot and really immerse herself in the culture, I have high hopes for this one.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book  Club Summer 2018 Selection): Hinton, Anthony Ray, Hardin, Lara Love,  Stevenson, Bryan: 9781250124715: Books

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit (from Goodreads). How could I miss this book? I’m intrigued to read this book because of the synopsis and it is also chosen as Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection. I believe The Sun Does Shine will shed light on how the system works for Black people. It’d be an honour to read this book.

The Color Purple: Alice Walker: 9781474607254: Books

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I believe this is a piece of literary work everyone must read at least once in their life right? I heard only praises about The Color Purple and I was so upset that this book ran out of stock in BookXcess last time. Fortunately, they restocked during my second purchase and couldn’t be happier! People say I would cry a river for this one. I shall read this book in solitude.

Ticket to Childhood: A Novel by Nguyễn Nhật Ánh

Ticket to Childhood by Nguyen Nhat Anh

I’m always trying to read more diversely when it comes to books that represent Asians, not only books set in China or Malaysia, but also other countries. Hence, I decided to pick up Ticket to Childhood as it is written by a Vietnamese author. Plus, the title makes me feel like I could relate to this book a lot.

The White Book by Han Kang

Han Kang is popular with his book The Vegetarian and despite not having the chance to read his most popular title, I decided to grab The White Book to experience his writing style. Surprisingly, this book is written is short passages and paragraphs, which is a good sign for a slow reader like me. I also got a feeling that the vibe is going to be melancholy and it is stated that this book will be about personal grief. I’m looking forward to read The White Book.

When I Hit You: 9781786491282: Books

When I Hit You by Mena Kandasamy

Another book that I picked up because I’ve come across great reviews on this book. I heard that it would be a disturbing read but I think I’m ready for it. Here’s a synopsis of the book from Goodreads, “Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of a kept woman, bullying her out of her life as an academic and writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.” This will surely be one of the most important read of the year (any year that I decided to pick this book up).

Iban Journey by Golda Mowe

Iban Journey by Golda Mowe

I always wanted to read stories of indigenous people and now I finally could do so. Iban Journey is about an  Iban traveller’s journey as he experiences the hidden world of Iban spirits and gods in his quest to find a way to defeat an army of Antu Gerasi hell-bent on revenge. It sounds a lot like fantasy which is not my most favourite genre to read BUT I believe this book is more about the Iban’s beliefs and faiths. I’m curious on how the author craft this story with her words and writing style.

That’s it for this post, 7 books in total. I think I’ve made some great purchases and I’m glad that I manage to get the books that I wish to read. Here’s to some book buying ban, at least for a month or two (Hopefully longer *cries*).

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