October 2019 Book Review

During the month of October, I managed to read four different books that all had completely different topics!

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

This particular book has been on my to-read list for years! My university has a club on campus, Scholars for Syria, that works to inform the public about the Syrian crisis by having Syrian students speak at local schools and bringing in speakers for an annual spring panel.

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled covers the Syrian uprising in sections: before, during, and the now. Through interviews with Syrians, Pearlman pieces together experiences of citizens and their perspectives. Some are young activists who participated in marches, others are mothers and fathers who talk about what the Assad regime was like in the early years. All in all, I found the book to be informative about the Syrian crisis.

My heart absolute breaks for those who have perished or have had to uproot their lives and flee. If you are interested in learning more about why the Syria uprising occurred and how it has impacted citizens’ lives, I encourage you to pick up We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled.

The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham

Book number 2 for October was The German Midwife. This book follows the story of a German midwife and how she must provide care to Hitler’s lover and the future child. Hitler did not have any children, but this historical fiction novel brings in elements of the World War II time period. I enjoyed Robotham’s book overall; a solid three stars in my opinion.

Brave, Not Perfect by Reshama Saujani

After a historical fiction read, I turned to the nonfiction book Brave, Not Perfect by the Girls Who Code founder Reshama Saujani. Saujani writes about how society can better support and help girls be brave and not perfect. She points out bias and hurdles girls and women face because of their gender and how the hurdles can be surpassed.

Over the Top by Johnathan Van Ness

My final book of the month happened to be Queer Eye’s Johnathan Van Ness’ memoir Over the Top. Van Ness is a fan-favorite in Netflix’s Queer Eye with his flamboyant and confident personality. He delves into how he suffered from body issues, drug addiction, and bullying as an out and proud gay man. Most importantly, Van Ness covers his diagnosis with AIDS and debunks myths that the general public believes about the disease. Johnathan’s voice really shown through the book, which made it a quick read for me.

That’s all of my books for the month of October! Should I add anything to my to-read list?

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Leave a positive impression,

Sydney xo

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