Happy Wednesday, book-loving friends! This month has been absolutely nuts. Between vacation, editing weddings from this summer, second shooting for a wedding, and our annual campout I feel like I’ve been goinggoinggoing for the last several weeks! I’ve gotten a lot of reading done, though (thanks a lot, vacation!), and I’m ready to share some of my faves.
This month for the #collaboreads linkup, our prompt was to read a commonly banned book in honor of banned books week. I love this idea! I had read many of them, but chose to review I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou since it’s been on my to-read list forever. I picked it up from my library and read it on the plane ride to Texas at the beginning of the month. Here is a synopsis of the book (from Amazon) followed by my R.E.A.D.S review:
“Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local ‘powhitetrash.’ At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (‘I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare’) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.”
I’ve read other books by Maya Angelou and loved her writing style. This was definitely the case with Caged Bird as well. She has a way of writing that makes it feel like she’s sharing her story with a friend, but at the same time is so put together and focused. The perfect combination, honestly. I also loved that it felt more like a collection of connected essays. That helped to break up the story and made it easier to read for me. I did, however, find myself skipping around toward the end because it felt repetitive.
Since I’ve read other books by Maya Angelou, I knew a lot about her story already. I read one of her memoirs (Me and Mom and Me) where she recounted much of her childhood, so it was like re-reading that part. As a child, she and her brother go through so much and I couldn’t help but want to care for them.
Based on the other books I’ve read by Angelou, this book is along the same vein as her others, since she writes autobiographically often.
The cover of the edition that I got from the library wasn’t especially exciting to me, but it wasn’t ugly. As far as how the inside is designed, it’s simple and easy to read.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, which based on the Goodreads review systems means I liked it. It was the best book I’ve read and I didn’t think it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I liked other books by her better. Had I read this book first, it would have gotten an extra star from me.