Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) by Chinua Achebe

Price: $9.50 (used from Amazon)

Page Count: 216 

Category: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

Format: Paperback

Released: 1994

Publisher: Chinua Achebe

Reviewer: Bibliofiles13

 

It Just Happens-

 

 

I read this as in high school as it was part of an english assignment we had to do my sophomore year. So I am forever grateful that it was a part of the curriculum. I am not sure that I would have found it otherwise and that saddens me because it is one of my favorite books of all time.  The book is about two stories that are connected. One part is of a man in a tribe in the center of Nigeria and another is where European missionaries come along to his tribe and deconstruct his world.

Throughout the book it talks about how society is and how man is and how tradition is and how different their cultures are. Things Fall Apart also talks about when some groups or cultures are stronger than others, they just  take over and things get changed and life moves on. Or as others say “things fall apart” if you don’t quite want to go with how things are changing.

The book makes you think, makes you angry, it just makes you want to do things because it doesn’t end the way you want it to. This is a controversial book that is heartbreakingly tragic but is beautiful anyway because it just seems more realistic that way.  I am surprised every time I read the book on how powerful the words feel. It almost feels like that world I am reading of is real and I am there, watching.

 

I gave this 5 stars, of course.

Three Books That Will Break Your Heart, But Help You Grieve

 

So I know I just did a whammy of a title but that is what these three books did to me so I decided that why not have a title like that? I mean let’s be truthful here. Everyone has lost someone in some form or another and these helped me through it and I fucking love these books. I may only own one of them but damn, I’ve read all three and no regrets.

Since I just lost my cat 2 months ago I am feeling the grief and thought what better time to do a post like this than now? Someone else out there might need to read this, like I need to write it, so here I am folks.  Oh and I guess I forgot to put these three on as favorite books on the last book tag… oh well. Forgive me, for I am human. 🙂

So I’ll do a review for each and state why it will break your heart but help you grieve. I’ll start with my most favorite out of them which also happens to be the one that I own.

 

Thirteen Reasons Why

I bought this 3 years and 21 days to the day after someone dear to me committed suicide. I thought it would help me understand what the fuck she was thinking when she did that. Because when anyone close to you does this all you want to know is why? why why??? Well, in this book it shows how even the little things that happen around someone can be a cause for making another add to why they can’t stand being around.  You see when people do wrong, and don’t bother to fix it, it all starts to add up. Well that bothered the character Hannah,  a lot.  This book shows Hannah’s story through her cassette tapes with her 13 reasons why she thought she had to commit suicide and why she did. It was completely heart aching to read because it is being inside the mind of the depressed suicidal person who is just stating why they have stopped caring because the world is fucked up and that their soul is too damn sensitive for it. So she was saying goodbye to Clay with those cassette tapes because she was going home and that was her closure and whether or not he got his closure was up to him.

So it breaks your heart because you get to see what that person was going through but helps you grieve and understand since you get to see a different perspective besides your own. Albeit it is a messed up one, it still helps.  It helped me process everything a bit better, and I also cried through the whole book which really helped too. Thirteen Reasons Why started a good healing process for me.  I feel like every time that I will pick it up I will understand it a bit more. So I couldn’t help but give it 5 stars.

I haven’t watched the Netflix original series yet but I plan to, after I reread the book, of course.

 

If I Stay (If I Stay, Book 1) by [Forman, Gayle]

I borrowed this one from the local library so I could read this one a few years ago when a different relative passed away. I was grieving and I wanted to see if there was a choice for the relative to stay or leave would they? I mean Mia, the character had the choice even though the rest of her family died tragically in the car accident and couldn’t ever come back, she could possibly. I was fresh from grieving and in my first year of college and I started reading this, hoping beyond hope that she would stay because if my relative could have picked, I am pretty sure they would have. You see I was heartbroken about my family and hers because neither hers nor mine was coming back so at least I could root for Mia.

I just loved how Adam would always go up to see Mia too, whenever he could. I am close to my family as well so I admire that.  I just loved this book in general and how Mia struggles with the decision on whether to stay on earth with Adam and finish out her life and dreams and goals or go and pass on to be with her family. It is about how she is grieving herself for the life that she lost with her family. It is about everything. It is such a beautiful book that is so emotional and heartbreaking because you don’t know what choice she should make but it helps you grieve because life is full of choices that are sometimes out of your hands. Like this one, because you can’t make choices for other people. I gave this book 5 stars.

 

Where She Went (If I Stay, Book 2) by [Forman, Gayle]

I also borrowed this book from my local library.  The lovely follow up to If I Stay.  In the follow up it shows that she stayed just not with Adam, sadly.  I know, right?! Who else loved them together? They both made large careers separately then they meet up one night and the results are interesting. This book is heartbreaking as well because Mia and Adam are still dealing with the aftermath of the accident even years later and are trying to live normal lives separately until they run into each other. Then things take a turn afterwards, this last book will help you grieve because it is always better to face your past than to run from it or trying to bury your grief because then it just becomes too much to carry or hold. Don’t be so foolish and don’t be with the wrong person just because you don’t want to be alone either ( cough Adam).  I gave this book 5 stars.

 

Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoy these books and possibly help you with your grieving process if you are grieving.

I wish you all well.

 

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What Cats Do Tag

 Here are some pictures of Buka, he passed away  2 months ago and he was almost 17 years old. He was the cutest damn thing ever with the spunkiest attitude.  He was so funny and quirky and fit right into our family and is missed every day. He loved moving around so much that it was hard to capture his picture sometimes even though he really did love his photo taken.

 

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RULES:

 

Purr

As cats do when they’re happy or relaxed. What is the book that makes you the happiest or relaxed?

 

It would have to be hands down HP as the series that makes me the happiest and relaxed and was the only one I could think of at the moment.  If I had to pick a certain one out of all of them it would be a tie between book 3, 5 and 7.

Sleep

What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by [Bradbury, Ray]

I did read this all the way and I liked it, but if I was tired I couldn’t read it because I would fall asleep and the book would hit me in the face. 451 degree fans will probably say I deserved that but once again, I did say I liked it, just didn’t love it.

Twitch While Dreaming

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

Not that I can remember, no.

Seems to play nice … until the claws are out

Which book had the biggest plot twist?

Jake: Forbidden: M/M LBGT Erotica Paranormal Romance by [Barton, Kathi S]

Everything seemed like it would be a little messy, right? With a divorce but then shit hits the fan and I don’t know what’s up or down and I feel bad for the characters. Cheese and rice. I mean give him a fucking cheesecake already for dealing with this storm of a disaster. I pity a person who ends up with anyone like some of these SOB’s in here in life. Jake is a trooper, but seriously, where is his cheesecake?

Cuddles

Which book character would you give a hug to?

I would love to give Charlie a hug from this book. He has been through a lot and I think that every teenager needs a hug from someone safe who cares and would never hurt them in anyway possible, whether they will admit it or not. It just makes me sad that he doesn’t seem to get cared for really. Like, why?

Catnip

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

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This book is so cute, all the books in the series are but there is just something about this one that gives you the warm and fuzzy feels. Once you read it you’ll know what I mean. Just do it!

Cat Breeds

What are your favorite books?

These are the only ones I could think of at the moment but I have so many favorite books it is not even funny.  These are just some of the classics to me that I love and tried to get some out of every genre that I could think of.

The Vet’s Office

Your least favorite book.

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I had to read this in high school but I still would have disliked it had I read it on my own. I just couldn’t stand most the characters or what happened, it just made me angry to be honest. Then I had to write multiple papers on it and we spent half the year over it and that really pissed me off. So I fucking hate this book, really.

Being in Places They Shouldn’t

Least favorite cliche.

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A virgin and a billionaire with a large damn age gap. Let’s come up with some different ideas , I’m not saying all the stories like these are bad but, really? There’s enough out there. Come on, be original.

Please?

The Good Old Cardboard Box

Most underrated book series.

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Now the reason I am saying this is because this series hasn’t been rated by enough people yet. Not a lot of people know about this awesome series, so it is underrated. I am currently reading the 3rd book so far and it is really cool.

Here are some #fun facts: I know the author because I started talking to him about his book series on Twitter. I also helped design the cool green color effect on the 3rd cover since our friendship started out from Twitter.  He’s a really cool guy and has a very vivid imagination.  Start Reading Now!

 

Thanks for reading this What Cats Do Tag and I invite and tag anyone who loves cats and would love to do this tag! Thanks again! Don’t forget to add photos of your own kitties if you’d like. Here’s a cute gif, just because…

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