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What I’m Reading – A Thousand Splendid Suns and Beloved

I’ve been reading less and less over the years due to just not making time. I used to read across genres but eventually dwindled down to self-help books and biographies then I just focused on biographies – the self-help stuff I could always find online as and when needed.

The blessing of the curse of using public transport means that I now have at least 2 hours a day where I am not able to do anything work or school related. I saw someone reading a novel in the bus one morning and decided to start doing the same.

The first two books that I got are Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns (upon my friend Siya’s recommendation) and Toni Morrisons’s Beloved (upon Janine Jellars’ recommendation) – both really sad stories.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is about Mariam – a bastard child whose mother commits suicide after finding out that Mariam has gone to her father’s house in hopes of becoming part of his family. Mariam’s life turns for the worst when she realises that her father cannot have the relationship that she desires to have with him. I don’t want to give it away, but it is a really good book – it had me in tears at least 3 times though the ending is somewhat happier.

I have now gotten into Beloved and I’m back to square one with the tears. It is set in the US in the 1850s and is about a young black mother who tries to escape slavery then decides to kill her children and herself when her slave masters try to recapture them. It took me some time to get into this tory as the style of writing is not as easy to gauge as A Thousand Splendid Suns.

I enjoyed doing the Oscar – An Accident Waiting to Happen giveaway and want to look into hosting more such giveaways or even if it is just Exclusive Books voucher giveaways.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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