Posted in #life, African literature, book review, inspiration, my library, Pages, personalgrowth, planning, reading

Reading Challenge

This year i decided to read one book each month amounting to 12 books. The stakes could have gone higher but with a project, report and work at hand that balance could not go beyond that. I started, i laughed, i felt teary, i dozed off, i felt that some authors needed to redo their books; to some the suspense they left me with needed a book 2 to it and to another i gave up! At times a month would wind up without finishing a book and i had to squeeze it as another was awaiting.

Am glad that this year has been my year so far since i have been able to achieve most of my resolutions and hope the trend continues. As for 2017 i double the books, 2 books a month to make it to 24. Yey and then i shall be the nerd that reads a book each week. Gods speed.

Back to the books I’ve read this year i can summarize them as follows:

Most comic book: Blackass by Igoni Barrett

Most emotional book: Finding me. A decade of darkness, a life reclaimed. A memoir of Cleveland kidnappings by Michelle Knight

Most boring book: The Prague Cemetery by Eco Umberto

Re-do your books: And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini and The Prague Cemetery by Eco

Book 2 please: Blackass by Igoni Barrett

Supernatural book that made me feel in a movie: Zoe (Earthen Witch World Shorts #2) by Sarah Doughty

Inspirational books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma

Relationship book: Men are from mars, women are from venus by John Gray

Best memoirs: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Best African, feminism, racism books: The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi

What is your reading challenge goal?

Here’s the link to my good-reads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/47539056-eva

 

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Posted in blogging, writing

Ghost Followers

Do you know all your followers or at least 50% of them? We get the likes, the comments, the following mob but have you ever decided one day to look at their blogs interact with their posts and see the likes to honor back the comments, liking and following? However, there are this ghost peeps who are freaky and by freaky not that they some horror-devilish monster; but their websites do not exist. “The author has permanently deleted this blog” is the kind of response we get upon clicking that link. And my eyes are left to do the rolling.

Neither are this folks months old to say that blogging wasn’t their thing and they created that account accidentally nor are they the type that want to see how the blogosphere is then disappear. Nada. I believe they had a purpose, gratifying pleasure they envisioned beyond the horizons but somewhere in between navigating menus, widgets, themes or site title they gave up. “This is for the geeks, the ones with Wi-Fi 24/7, the ones who got it figured it out, the blah blah blah…” they must have had that gibberish talk between the mind and heart.

Please don’t go, please don’t go, don’t go….is the classic song I leave to you my dear untraceable bloggers. Why leave so soon when you haven’t tested the waters? Bring me up to speed on those reasons.

As for you my real follower and followed, how many ghost followers are in your premises? Are you also startled as I am?

Posted in communication

Title-ship Battle

What is there in a title? A humongous salary, being a bossy boss or screaming to the whole world you the top and not bottom? Mind you this are the calibers that came through the back door, they never hustled for that opportunity and someone somewhere always has their back no matter how many wrong doings they commit.

So there is this one slacker where i work whom i bet doesn’t even know the kind of work we have been doing lately neither can it (for not contradicting myself if they ever find this post and they’ll be guessing is it he/she) do a full update on anything. This fellow can delay your working progress all in the name of I’ll ask so and so (the peeps who implemented its title ship) to see in deed it is working (hey that was my idea douche bag). At times in my head i go like “are you a kid? Do you need permission to do everything that is as simple as ABC?” It is like asking if you can shit or else shit on your pants!

This are the kind that manipulate their juniors and any words uttered that hits them up in style creates months of grumpiness. I even like it more when we silent and any communication that is there goes like “is the wi-fi working?’ The only work done is been in front of a computer from 8am-5pm in the name of voucher entry and as far as am concerned everyone does their vouchers in the morning and voila they done by 10! What kinda vouchers have you been keying in 5days a week that converts to months that we were not informed of?

Another thing i noted they create room for you to make an error then boom you get into some really hot soup. Moreover, whenever they make an error and corrected they always looking for someone to carry the blame for them as if their shoulders were dislocated during some war zone. Am not done yet….you want to be in trouble with all the workers? Pleasure is all theirs as they even make adjustments to departments that are not their business.

Recently a huge debate engulfed since it was on the wrong and this could have costed someone their job in the auditing sector. This other person Y who challenged it luckily has had experience in its field where it has zero experience. Y knows how things should be done thanks to skills but this has made X more jealous that it thinks its position might be overtaken one of this days. (The better for the rest of us we need some fresh brain).

You have encountered individuals who rise not because of their hard work but out of  manipulation. Never allow them to demean your God-given ability. Do you and work smarter and harder as if that is the last job you laying your hands on. As for me, no one crosses my path and if you do you mess with the wrong bitch. Am waiting for the day when fingers shall be pointed unto me and that is the day I’ll go berserk and probably have their asses kicked out!

 

 

 

Posted in book review, history, my library, politics, reading, recipes, religion

The Prague Cemetery

How did we arrive at choosing this book as our book of the month in our good read book club? I never have felt so much rambling and boredom at once. At first the first chapter is all about loath towards the Jews, Germans, Frenchman, Italians, Priests, Jesuits and women. What did this Simmonini of a fella love? However, what made me survive a few chapters was how he described his hate towards the above individuals that made me go like ooohhh no, ouch, you for real…. not knowing what was awaiting in the next pages. Take for instances:

Priests…they become priests only to live a life of idleness and idleness is guaranteed by their number…and from the most unworthy priests the government chooses the stupidest and appoints them bishops. You have them around you…when you were born, when they baptize you, at school, then first communion, catechism, confirmation; there’s a priest on your wedding day to tell you what to do in bed, and the day after confession to ask you how many times you did it  so he can arouse himself behind the grille. They talk with horror about sex but every day you see them getting out of an incestuous bed without so much as washing their hands, and they eat and drink, then shit and piss him out…. (ooohhh yes preach brother I had waited for someone to say this especially in this era of fake priests or so called anointed ones who only utter pure nonsense and in the course of the 6days before and after Sabbath their actions prove otherwise.)

The Frenchman doesn’t really know what he wants, but knows perfectly well that he doesn’t want what he has. And the only way he knows of saying it is by singing songs.

The Italian is an untrustworthy, lying, contemptible traitor, finds himself more at ease with a dagger than a sword, better with poison than medicine, a slippery bargainer, consistent only in changing sides with the wind…

The German lives in a state of perpetual intestinal embarrassment due to an excess of beer and pork sausages on which he gorges himself. Typical German suffers from bromhidrosis (foul smelling sweat) and it’s shown that the urine of a German contains 20% nitrogen…

Jews are the most godless people. They start off from the idea that good must happen here, not beyond the grave. Therefore they only work for the conquest of this world.

Do not even ask how he described women!

Simone Simonini, 65 years old woke up on one fateful Tuesday as someone else, Abbe Dalla whose house was linked to his by a secret corridor. How did this happen? Dalla lost his memory , regained it, went to sleep and passed his memory loss to Simone. Weird right? But this here feels like a 12monkey series or which is that series that had so many flashbacks and flash forwards and you had to rewind to internalize the whole story? Back to Simone…Umberto takes a reader through the life of a forger who enriched himself through shady businesses. This faker hated everything around him, loved history and politics and his arguments with acquaintances are breath-taking. Umberto also explores the Napoleon, Karl Max eras when capitalism

What lacked oomph in this book is that Umberto spent so much writing long sentences that made no sense, went around in circles and never revealed what exactly happened when Simone lost his memory which in the first place made me eager to read it .The more I turned into those pages the more I dozed off after five or so pages that I had to inquire from the other book club members if they felt it too. Luckily, no one loved it, only 2 lovers of history finished the book and the rest swore to never read Umberto’s works again! What I gathered form the discussions though was that he awoke each time as a different person, Umberto vomited  difficult words and put them on paper and we had to fathom he was an academic which influenced his style of writing. Others argued Simone suffered from multiple personality disorder and so on and so forth.

So what did I learn from the pages I read?

  1. First a recipe….let’s cook Cotes de veau in simpler terms Foyot;

Ingredients:

  • Meat at least 4cm thick
  • 2 medium size onions
  • 50gms of bread without the crust
  • 75 of grated gruyѐre
  • 50gms of butter

Method:

  • Grate the bread into breadcrumbs and mix with the gruyѐre
  • Peel and chop the onions and melt 40gms of butter in a small pan
  • In another pan gently sautѐ the onions in the remaining butter
  • Cover the bottom of the dish with half the onions, season the meat with salt and pepper, arrange it on the dish and add the rest of the onions
  • Cover with a first layer of breadcrumbs and cheese, making sure the meat sits well on the bottom of the dish, allowing the melted butter to drain to the bottom and gently pressing by hand
  • Add another layer of breadcrumbs to form a sort of dome, and the last of the melted butter
  • Add enough white wine and stock until the liquid is no more than half the height of the meat
  • Put the dish in the oven for around half an hour, basting now and then with the wine and stock

Serve with sautѐed cauliflower.

2. The revolution has made us the slaves of a godless state, more unequal than before and fraternal enemies, each a Cain to the other. It’s no good being too free, nor is it good to have all we need. Our fathers were poorer and happier because they remained in touch with nature. The modern world has given us steam which poisons the countryside and mechanical looms which have taken work from so many wretched souls and don’t produce fabrics as they once did. Man, left to himself is too wicked to be free. What little freedom we need must be guaranteed by a sovereign.

3. Religion is the opium of the people but is also the cocaine of the people because religion has led to wars and massacres of infidels and this is true of Christians, Muslims and other idolaters. And while the Negroes of Africa confined themselves to massacring each other, the missionaries converted them and made them into colonial troops, ideally suited to dying on the front line and raping white women when they reached a city. People are never as completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.

If you think at some point you can handle history even that of the Catholic church about Masons, Templar’s go ahead and enjoy this book while for some of us we closed that chapter even before we were quarter way. Here is the good read review;

19th-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document?

Eco takes his readers here on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. This is Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as his masterpiece.

PS: Our book of the month is Life and  a Half by Sony Labou Tansi. We kicking African this time and the one thing i have with African authors is as much as books are rated as the best winning book, where the hell is their e-pubs? You spend a whole day searching for this books but they are nowhere to be seen apart of course from Amazon. Am kindly requesting right here on my blog, if you have Life and a Half kindly hit me up.