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Santie

Santie

Joined September 2019

Lazy perfectionist with anxiety
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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Reading this book was a sad experience for me because it validates what has been said before: ‘The most disrespected,unprotected human is the black woman‘.Black women will forever remain at the bottom because we aren‘t considered human. As teens we are sexualised and not protected, as grown women we are regarded as ‘strong‘ and left to do everything and more. We are socialised to ‘not bring a brotha down‘ even at our expense.

Santie The author did an amazing job at dissecting the issues she discusses. 3.7/5 ⭐️ 19h
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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E Frankl
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I had questions going in, questions I hoped this book would answer. After reading it, I have more questions than answers. Which is good because it means the book is thought-provoking. It is softly brutal and brilliantly constructed. But it has a sense of ‘the answer lies within‘.

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Panpan

This book is about the British colonialist structure and what it is like living in it as a modern black woman. The daily injustices, minor and major. While this is an important book, I wish the author would have given it a more personal and surgical cut. It left me wanting. 2/5 ⭐️

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Precious cargo

Santie @NeilHW Welcome to Litsy!!!!! I hope you enjoy your stay. Everyone is nice here and nobody will judge you for your drink of choice. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, butterbeer… it‘s all cool 🤗 3mo
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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Oh what book to read first 🧐🤔

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My bff just sent me this, I‘m done 😂😂😂😂😂

Afua 💀😂 8mo
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Mehso-so

Gifty was raised to be a good Christian girl. To believe that God will always protect her. However, when her brother dies and mother succumbs to depression, she finds that religious piety isn‘t enough to console her. Thus she turns to science in search of the answers and meaning. She interweaves both to create an extensive acceptance of the world. Beautifully told and simply written, this is a novel about unlearning the shame of your existence

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💔

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Pickpick

This is an important book for anyone trying to find themselves and get out of toxic cycles. I‘m just disappointed that I wasn‘t able to find a copy in my country and had to read an ebook which is just hard for me. But I persisted in finished it. Feels like a hug. Highly reassuring. It not only highlights issues but gives reasonable ways to overcome them. Practical.

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What I Know For Sure | Oprah Winfrey
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Highly recommend 😬

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I really enjoyed reading this book because the things tackled are the answers I‘ve been looking for. I also wanted to read it at the start of the year so that I can do better in my academic career this year. It hasn‘t been easy balancing school and work (and life). Helpful lessons that are practical. A must read for anyone who wants to make some improvements in their lifestyle. 4/5

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Untitled | Unknown
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Checks out cart

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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‘The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.‘ - James Baldwin

Santie Although I found myself thinking of this quote by James Baldwin, it would be utterly unfair to say that it truly represents the essence of this book. Tara was raised by parents whose piety verged on perverseness. She suffered mentally and physically at the hands of her family. She knew no other lens of seeing the world besides her father‘s, which came in shard‘s because he has an undiagnosed mental illness. But Tara could not know that - 11mo
Santie Because her father did not believe in science. Believing God to be the only healer, her father did not believe in the ‘medical establishment‘. Neither did he believe in formal education. He thought them means for the government to rule over people and turn them against God. (edited) 11mo
Santie My biggest take-home from this book is how much the people who raise us affect us, how automatic that process is, that there are a hundred things we learned passively and aren‘t even aware of, and that once we are aware of it, it would be very hard to change. 11mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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💔

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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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Bailedbailed

This is the third book by Toni Morrison that I‘ve read. Her writing is good, granted, but I find her stories over-layered, inaccessible, and all over the place. This particular book is very segmented and that made it hard for me to focus. The topic of this book is interesting so I had very high expectations on how she would navigate it and what answers she had to offer but unfortunately she didn‘t do that for me.

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Stayed up late to finish this despite the fact that I have work tomorrow (and a presentation). It reads like a hip-hop song. Beautiful and shameless, definitely worth losing sleep over.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Friends who buy you books are for keeps! 🧡

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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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September isn‘t a great month for me. Both my cousin and best friend were born in and died in September (2017, 2020), a few days after their birthdays.

Nute Thinking of you. May peace bloom all around you this month! 12mo
Santie @Nute Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. And thank you for the well wishes! Currently on exam period and everything feels to be on fast forward. I hope you‘re keeping well. 12mo
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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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R100! What a steal! Is this book good?

BookwormM I really enjoyed this book but know others who hated it 13mo
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I get so excited when the book I‘m reading mentions another book I‘ve read!! 🤩🤩

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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It reads easy, felt like a conversation that answers specific questions that I had. There were many laughs and ‘aha‘ moments. The personal stories from ‘grit paragons‘ made it more practical and enjoyable. I get why most people say it‘s not for everyone though - it would be best for people in their formative years or 20s or people pursuing a goal. Many great lessons learned. 3.5/5

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Mehso-so

Properly sub titled ‘essential wisdom for getting through the storm‘, this book provides insight on how to calm the chaos within you. I didn‘t like the writing style but I still got a meaningful message: it all starts within, always go back to your centre. It will be a challenge doing that but I am determined to practice. I think I have found my new Paulo Coelho. 3/5

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Grit | Angela Duckworth
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I‘m very pleased with the author for mentioning that not everyone has the luxury to quit their current job in pursuit of their passion. A lot of motivational speakers neglect this important point and call people lazy or complacent, without realising how much those people have to lose.

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Grit | Angela Duckworth
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Does anybody else buy books when they‘re sad or am I a psychopath?

CaliforniaCay Books = medicine, I do the same, you're not crazy! Hope you feel better soon 🤗 1y
Santie @CaliforniaCay That is very true. I feel so much better already. Thank you 🌸 1y
Nute I often make a trip to the bookstore at the end of an ‘awful‘ day to seek the comfort of books. A book purchase is a healing balm.🙂 14mo
Santie @Nute That does sound healing, yes 🙌 14mo
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Should I study or should I read? A novel by me 🤦‍♀️😅

BookishMarginalia A little of both? Balance is key! 1y
Santie @BookishMarginalia I was going to read and not study but your advice makes more sense lol 😂 1y
aa_guer2021 What a lovely edition of a favorite! And both, of course. ☺️💙💙 (edited) 1y
Santie @BookishMarginalia @aa_guer2021 I ended up studying and not reading 🥲. I really love this cover but the current one I‘ve seen is even more beautiful 😻 I may buy that one 🤦‍♀️ 1y
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The Obstacle is the Way. Valuable lesson I really needed today since is everything is so hard and I don‘t feel like being an adult human.

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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Have you ever realised that you have only one chance to read a book for the first time so you want to do it right? In bed, warm, mind cleared, phone off, so that you can fully absorb the words. Scour the pages and be one with the text. This book is beautifully painful (and I think I have been overusing this description of late). It is my equivalent of Hazel‘s ‘An Imperial Affliction‘ in The Fault In Our Stars.

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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Today I woke up to good news, that my book will arrive! So getting out of bed in this cold winter was a bit more bearable. I cannot wait to get back home and read this. P.S, the delivery guy was rude 😒

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a fire like you | Upile Chisala
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The third book by Upile Chisala. This one is all about self love. She has come full circle. She has accepted the pain and worked through it. Chose to not remain in hell. There are still some dark days, as is the manner of life, but she always chooses to walk towards the light. It‘s important for people to not romanticise pain. 3.5/5

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I am going against every last thread of my being to not buy this book because I want to save money but .......😩😩😩😩😩

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After months of not being able to finish anything, I stumbled upon this little miracle. Great book with many valuable lessons.

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Life‘s too short - buy the book! 👀

rather_be_reading LOVE that motto! 2y
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I went on YouTube to distract myself from my feelings and then I saw a trailer for Americanah the movie. I love this book so much and to think that it‘s going to get ruined breaks my heart. The casting isn‘t right, seems they will adapt it as more lovey dovey than the book intended. I‘m sad, goodnight. https://youtu.be/P2aDFZRATqM

Nute I‘ll check this out. Thanks for the link. How have you been? 2y
Santie Please do and let me know what you think. I‘ve been coping, thank you so much for asking. How are you holding up? @Nute 2y
Nute Things are moving along. Last year was tough for all of us earth-dwellers. I would like to send a card to you. If you‘re okay with that, then please provide your email address so that I can contact you. It‘s quite alright if you prefer not to. I will understand.🙂 2y
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Santie That‘s the sweetest thing! 🥺🥺 email address: santie_wantie@icloud.com. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! 2y
Nute Look what a nice surprise I came across today. I didn‘t know that you had responded. I was just thinking of you and was checking for your latest post and discovered this instead. Note that because the initial post was created by you, when you respond to a reply you have to tag this person or else they will not receive a notification. I‘m so excited. I will email right now. Yay! 2y
Santie @Nute NOTED! Thanks for the tip. I received your email but not sure if you received my response!? 2y
Nute Yes, I did. My heart is leaping with joy!😊 2y
Santie @Nute 💃💃💃💃💃 2y
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No electricity right now... thank goodness books don‘t need to be charged.

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Home Body | Rupi Kaur
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Childhood trauma, heartbreak, the trap of self help and capitalism, feminism, are some of the themes she focused on in this book. I found this one to be lacking in terms of the writing, it is more prose than verse and has a dissatisfying diction. However, she still managed to evoke deep emotion. I‘m sorry to all the women who have suffered like she has, you are not alone 💜💜. Living is hard enough as it is, we should all spread some love ❤️

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Nectar | Upile Chisala
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She writes so beautifully .... 🌻

Sonia_C Have the audio book & I‘m obsessed her voice just beautiful 🙌🏻❤️I‘m going to buy the hard copy! (edited) 2y
Santie @Sonia_C You know I‘ve never tried audiobooks before, but I am excited at the thought of hearing her read her beautiful poems. I think I‘ll give it a try 😍 2y
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Soft Magic. | Upile Chisala
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125 pages of short poetry and prose about self love, motherly love, romantic love, black lives, sadness and depression. Every poem a mantra, Chisala‘s collection feels like a snug hug or the sun shining on my face. It is deeply nourishing for the wounded soul and a gentle reminder that we are magic. The writing is short but the feeling it evokes will last long after you‘ve closed the book.

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‘Have you ever had a feeling there‘s more to you than the person everybody else sees, a person hidden deep within the very fabric of your soul- you must pull that thread, unravel the truth of you and wake without yourself that great giant you already know you can be.‘ Atticus always makes me fall in love with the simple things in life. Something about the way he writes makes even the melancholy seem not so bad. 💜

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Mehso-so

This book was easy to read so I flew through it, there were two hints and I knew what the big reveal would be so it became predictable. The issues tackled are nonetheless very important, but most views are well known stereotypes. No new view is presented. I guess I expected the author to pour out more of himself into it and shed some light. 2/5 ⭐️ First book of the year completed 😉

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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The real couple goals ✨

sprainedbrain 🥰🥰🥰 2y
Chelleo 🙌🏾👏🏾 2y
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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FINALLY!!!!

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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I didn‘t get it today 😞. I should have left work and driven 195 km to the nearest bookstore like I had planned.

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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I hope it gets here today 😫

melissajayne I have to wait at until Monday at the earliest... 2y
Santie Noooooooooo!!!! 😭 2y
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The good thing about re-reading a book is the GUARANTEE that you will enjoy it. #treats #classic #selfcare

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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Bailedbailed

Disappointed.

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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SIX DAYS TO GO!!!!!! 😌

Chelsea.Poole Eekkk 2y
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Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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‘But we can‘t make policies based on religion when religion means different things to different people......You can decide the ethical value that has for you, based on your own relationship with God but the POLICIES around basic human rights with regard to reproduction shouldn‘t be up for interpretation‘

Santie The subject of the book was thought-provoking, as all moral dilemmas are. The representation of pro-choice vs pro-life was well balanced and both sides are presented adequately. The book however, was told backwards and in flashback fashion and that made the reading laborious and the plot hard to follow. There are a significant number of characters and that made it hard to keep up with the story. (edited) 2y
Santie The pro-choice argument was mostly based on traumatic incidents that the women went through. To highlight the complexity of coming to this decision. Which I didn‘t like completely because it sorts of suggests that trauma or hardship is a prerequisite to being pro choice. That to me sort of dilutes the pro-choice stance. Will people still be understanding if a woman decides to get an abortion but is happy, married, and financially secure? 2y
Santie If we are to truly be pro-choice, then there should be lack of judgment when a women makes that decision, no matter the circumstances. 2y
Santie The pro-lifers argue that life begins at conception and that a foetus is a person who should have full rights. The problem with this is that in most cases, giving the foetus rights takes them away from the mother. Is the mother not human, then? They believe that the unborn deserve a voice and that‘s their mission: to give a voice to the voiceless. But can they truly know what that voice would say? (edited) 2y
Santie Also, most pro life activist said things like ‘what if the baby you are aborting could have been the next Obama?‘ BUT what if it could have been the next Hitler? 2y
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The first time I read this I registered nothing but shock. Shock at the regular brutality and lack of accountability. There was a slight distance since I am not American nor male, so that experience isn‘t one I personally know. The second time I read this book I cried. Cried because of the way black people are treated in this world. Cried at how the world regards me. Cried as I thought of what my legacy is. “Please explain why they can‘t stand us”

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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After reading this book there was nothing else to do but turn the cover and start again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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“The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was no destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance- no matter how improved- as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never compensate for this.”