Hi everyone! Now that I am officially a college graduate, I finally have the time to read (what I want)! So, I have set a goal to complete at least 15 books by summer’s end. To prepare, I went to the AAUW used book sale today and bought entirely way too many books. With these books, and other suggestions, I would like to introduce and review each book I read on this webpage! Although I have a ton of books lined up, I would love to hear people’s recommendations and/or thoughts of the books I’ve read. I think this page will make me more accountable to read each week and really understand each story to the fullest!
I thought I would start off with something light, so I chose, “We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families’ by Philip Gourevitch. Ok, so maybe this won’t be happy happy joy joy, but I was so excited to randomly find this book today, after what had been a long search. What’s more is that I only paid 50 cents for it.
To give you some insight, this book is an account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide — the killing of the Tutsi people by the Hutu majority. With approximately 800,000 deaths in only 100 days, this story illustrates the impact of societal instability, intolerance, propaganda, dehumanization and the turning of a blind eye by the international community.
With a passion for human rights, I look forward to finally reading this book and filling you in. Hopefully, I will be able to share with you the story of the Tutsi and Hutu people within a week!
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
- Frederick Douglass