“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”

This post is way overdue. I have so many books on my list of books to read, well not a physical list but *shrugs* still a list. Some are already in my home longing for my affection while a ton of others sit in my amazon cart yelling at me to get my finances in order so that they can be purchased.

Since my last book share, I have read two books: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz and “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. Today I am sharing my thoughts on the latter. 

I am aware that there are a few different editions to this book but what I am not aware of is how much they differ, if at all. At the time of me purchasing this book I wanted the original but was unable to find one for sell, so I settled for this edition:

Personal Thoughts 

Growing up I heard a lot of talk about Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, it was widely read throughout many primary education institutions. However for some reason, I was never given the assignment of reading this book. Mind you, I hated reading all throughout primary education so there was no way I was going to read it on my own. As I entered college and was still hearing references to the book, I made a mental note to one day read it. Last month I finally did. 

The first chapter was extremely confusing to me. After chapter two I was ready to stop reading it altogether but convinced myself to take a break and make a strategic plan to finish it by the end of the month so that I could move on to another book. There was so much hype about the book that I may have unintentionally set unfair expectations; which I feel is worth mentioning. Around chapter four the book began to pick up for me. I was finally able to see the book play out in my head as I read it. I was able to gain an understanding of each person she wrote about. Sometimes it even felt as if I were there. Although this book was a good read, I personally would not put it on my Top 20 Books of All Time list. (Not yet created.)

Review

In this book she invites us into her childhood and shares with us the people and experiences that made her into the woman we all knew her as. The young Maya Angelou and her brother Bailey are sent away by their mother on a train to live with their Grandmother in a small southern town. She writes about dealing with abandonment, sexual abuse, racism, family, homelessness and more. Dr. Angelou fills the book with imagery causing a “movie” like picture to play in your head as you read along. This book is a small emotional roller coaster. Though definitely a good read.


Two questions for you:

  1. What is the last book you read? 2. What are you currently reading?

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