WOMEN AUTHORS SPOLIGHT: Jane Austen

It’s the last day of March and the ending to the Women Authors Spotlight series for now. My full line up was  Chimamanda Adichie, Toni Morrison, Monica Ali and I’m ending with,  what I liked to call, a throwback author. I had to include her because if you haven’t read Jane Austen, you’ve been living under a rock. Her most notably novels: Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park, just to name a few. I thought it interesting her name wasn’t well-known until after death since most of her novels were published anonymously. In addition, her novels didn’t conform to what was considered popular in her era, which I appreciate. I love when writers create their own rules and it works.

I appreciate her style of writing known for her satirical commentary. Many literary quotes derived from her works. Though, I haven’t read all of her novels my two favorites thus far are Pride and Prejudice and Emma. What are some of your favorites from Jane Austen? Who are some of your favorite women authors? Did you enjoy the series?

 

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Ebby ♥

Previous Women Author Spotlights

Monica Ali

Toni Morrison

Chimamanda Adichie


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April: Writer’s month.

WOMEN AUTHORS SPOTLIGHT: Toni Morrison

 

 

I’m shocked and disappointed that I did not discover Toni Morrison, an American novelist until my sophomore year of college. How is that possible, especially with  the novel and movie, Beloved, one of her most notable works. The first book I read from her was, The Bluest Eye. Immediately, I was in awe with how real, and how genuine she was. She discussed and wrote things that people don’t normally say aloud. I was intrigued by her bravery to be unapologetically raw. It is because of her that I attempt to stay true to my thoughts and dare to write the words I’d otherwise be timid to speak in person. Recently, I read her latest novel, God Help the Child. It isn’t one my favorites from her, but I still appreciate her style of writing. Not only is this woman an incredible writer, but an exceptional motivational speaker too. Her books, her ideologies have been quite controversial lately, but I love and admire how she remains true to herself, regardless of opinions. She knows what she wants, and who she is, not only as a person, but as a writer and she does not bend for anyone. I want to be more like her when I grow up. ; ) What are  your favorite pieces from Toni Morrison?

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Ebby ♥

Check out last week’s spotlight Chimamanda Adichie

 


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Women Authors Spotlight: Chimamanda Adichie

Americanah

 

If you haven’t noticed by now, March is Women’s Month. Yay! #Girlpower I’m highlighting a few of my favorite female authors over the remaining weeks. This week, I will begin with Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie.

I first stumbled upon this incredible author (I may lose some writer credibility admitting this) in Beyonce’s song, “Flawless.” In the song, there is  an excerpt of Adichie’s speech, “Why Everyone Should be a Feminist.” The words moved me, so much so, that I looked her up. The first book I read was, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” a love story surrounding the short lived nation of Biafran. I watched the movie too. The next book, my current read, is “Americanah.” This woman has a way with words, and a unique way of storytelling that I absolutely love. Plus, I appreciate an author, who knows how to create realistically flawed characters. I heard there is a movie in the works for this one too, and I can’t wait! If you haven’t checked her out yet, I suggest beginning with “Americanah.”

Are you familiar with this amazing woman’s work? Any suggestions on my next read from her?

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Ebby ♥


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International Women’s Day

 

Recently, last year to be exact, I heard about this holiday, which is surprising because it began in 1909. Incredibly, it is celebrated all over the world!

This past Saturday, I was blessed to see a vision that I’ve had for years come to fruition. The vision was to see  women of diverse nationalities at a tea party, enjoying one another’s company. I am so thankful to be a part of a multicultural church, who believed in that vision too.

Our speaker on Saturday, Karen Harmon, www.karenharmon360.com, shared with us some poignant aspect of being a woman, especially a Christian woman. One of the pieces I’d like to highlight is a prayer that women will begin to see each other as sisters and not as threats, that we won’t be so quick to judge another woman who is not like us, and that we will celebrate one another in all of differences and uniqueness.

I’m thankful for all the diverse women God has allowed me to meet at my church, in the community, and on the blogosphere.

Happy International Women’s day to all the beautiful women, who are unafraid to chase their dreams, no matter how big they are, and in spite of the many times she was told, it can’t be done!

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REBLOG: 4 Things You Need to Eliminate From Your Life That Will Make You More Fulfilled

This was such a great post. I don’t have an excerpt, just that you should definitely read it.

Dream Big, Dream Often

Too often we conduct our lives in such a way that life actually runs us instead of vice versa.  I have used the term “live an intentional life” in the past when discussing this, but what does it actually mean?  To me, living a life of intention means determining what you want, determining the plan to get what you want and then executing that plan.  In this way you control the parts of life that you can control, leaving fewer things to chance.   And part of the planning process is determining what you need to eliminate or sacrifice to get what or where you want.

I talked to thousands of people last year via email, speaking engagements and blog comments all expressing their wish to get ahead or experience more personal and professional success.  Yet, when I watch the vast majority of people, they simply struggle with taking control…

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