I Am Malala is the true story of a teenage advocate for education. She was shot by the Taliban because she believed everyone should have the right to education, and not just men. Now she and her family live in Birmingham, England where they continue to fight for education and wait until they can go back to their home in Pakistan.
This is an outstanding book. There is no other way to say it. Malala is a fantastic writer with a powerful message and story. As I was reading, I realized I’m pretty ignorant myself. I was surprised by how normal she and her friends are, despite the violence in their neighborhood. She likes the TV show Ugly Betty and has read Twilight. Also, Malala shows that Islam is a peaceful religion although many have twisted the philosophies. I loved the book, and it might be the best book I’ve read all year. I think this is a book that everyone should read.
Here’s a link to the book as well as to the Malala Fund, a fund set up to raise money for girls’ and womens’ education.
Moving to a new country is very hard, but for Vicki Lesage, it’s (almost) a breeze. Aside from getting used to the stairs, the occasional perv on the subway, and all the French guys willing to give her a good time, she loves her new place in Paris. So much that she decided to make it her home. Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, is her memoir about how she survives (and loves) Paris.
I loved this book. It was so funny and held my attention, which is hard for some memoirs. There were several points when I laughed out loud, and other things I found insane and kind of cool (the French really only work for a small portion of the workday and socialize for the remainder?) This was a really good read, that was fairly quick, and funny. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to go to Paris, learn about Paris, or have a few laughs. It’s a really great book, and I can’t do it justice right now due to an incredibly bad head cold. But if you can, I’d suggest you read it.