I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai has been on my to-read list for a long time. But Game of Thrones took over my reading life for a little more than a year, so it kept falling on the back burner.
But I was finally able to read it in July. And man am I glad I did.
Malala and her father, natives of Pakistan, are not ones to get pushed around. They stand up for what they believe in and speak their minds. This proved problematic, though, when she was targeted by the Taliban and ended up being shot.
While a bit of it read like a history textbook, it was still very interesting to learn about the history of Pakistan, including why and how the Taliban took such a stronghold in the area.
It was also interesting to hear her perspective on the death of Osama bin Laden. He had been hiding out not far from where she had been living. At the time, people said it was suspicious that the Pakistani government didn’t know he was there, but Malala made a reasonable argument about why that particular compound was not out of the ordinary.
The part that I enjoyed the most, however, was the connection Malala has with her father. Before reading the book, I knew he was important in her life, but I didn’t understand to what extent.
Ziauddin Yousafzai is one of the best examples of a male feminist I can come up with. He’s such a rockstar when it comes to providing education, especially to girls. He realized his dream of opening a school, and (due in part to Malala’s insistence) offered many students free tuition. The money for much of the overhead had to come out of his own pocket, but he was willing to make it work.
He also used to have a stutter, which made speaking difficult for him. But he overcame it, becoming an important voice in the fight for education. Shoot, he even did a TEDTalk.
And let’s be honest, no one can grow a mustache quite like Ziauddin Yousafzai.
But the best part: Malala used to be known as Ziauddin’s daughter. Now Ziauddin is known as Malala’s father.
I can tell that I Am Malala is one of those books that I’ll never get rid of. I’ll keep it on hand so I can always reference it whenever I’m in a slump and need some inspiration.
Because honestly, you can’t find a story much more inspiring than the Yousafzai’s.
P.S. It’s there’s going to be a movie about them in October called He Named Me Malala and I can’t wait to see it.
Have you read I Am Malala? What did you think of it?
Trish Nicholas says
Stop giving me more books to add to my list! You’re killing me! lol.
Hahaha! I’ve been reading up a storm lately, so I won’t be stopping any time soon. 😉
I was just saying yesterday that I need to find a new summer read! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂
You’re welcome! Let me know if you end up reading it!
Ugh I wish I had more time to read! All my reading from school is enough for this girl!
Oof, I remember those days. No fun!
Heather Serra says
It got 5 dinosaurs?! Ok, this is a must read! Plus, I respect a man who can grow a stache. Hopefully I can read it before the movie comes out. Books are always better in my opinion but movies are oh, so tempting!
So true that books are always better! But it’s a documentary, so if that still applies. Either way, I’m geeked to see it! 🙂
Shann Eva says
Great review. Now, I’m going to have to add this to my book list too 🙂
Yay! Let me know if you read it 🙂
Donnica Smalls says
5 dinosaurs – I’ll definitely have to add this to my list. I’m interested to see the documentary as well.
I think it’s going to be awesome! They started filming it before she was shot so it should be really interesting.
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
Oh I can’t believe you’re making me add another book to my list! Looking forward to reading it!
Haha! Let me know what you think of it. 🙂
Sounds like such interesting information in the book. I didn’t know about the book so it is great that you told me about it.
It’s definitely interesting! Glad I was able to share. 🙂
Brittney Embree says
This seems so incredibly interesting! I hadn’t heard of this book, but it sounds like something I would love! Maybe I will try to squeeze it in before my fall semester begins!
Please do! I’d love to hear what you think about it!
Ohh! I’ve been wanting to read this book! With such a great review I’m inspired to run out and buy it now!! Thanks!!
Yay! Let me know when you read it!