Between Two Kingdoms - A Book Recommendation
Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad.
I want to write this while it is fresh in my mind.
I have just read the final page of Suleika's memoir. I am still working at swallowing down the lump in my throat. This book is not just for those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. This book is for everyone. Everyone that has been touched by death, anyone that has stared down their own mortality, suffered depression, anyone that feels life is unfair for whatever the reasons you have to feel that way, those that don't know who they are, and the list goes on and on. In summary, it is for everyone.
Between Two Kingdoms is a story of suffering, survival, self-discovery, friendships, and love, and it was beautiful in every way. I was hooked from paragraph one. Suleika's memoir is heart-wrenching and inspirational. It made me cry. It gave me goosebumps, it made me want to go on a road trip.
I have had my health scares, though nothing like Suleika to be clear. I have had my fears, times when I felt lost and alone. I have had my share of devastating moments that I was sure I would never recover from, and there were times when I needed to find myself, all of it making this book that much more relatable. No, I couldn't relate 100%, for Suleika's experiences were hers. We can never really walk in another's shoes, but I understood, and it was nice to not feel alone or unique in the ways I had felt, my thoughts, or my actions in those moments or months.
Between Two Kingdoms was as I said 'inspiring'. It will make some of what we worry about seem trivial and small. It will make you want to take action and start making things happen for yourself. It will make you wonder if you really are living or just going through the motions.
I want to dive deep into the many things I loved about this book, but I don't want to spoil it for you. I want to share all the parts that made me tear up and why. I want to tell you about the people she wrote about and fill you in on some of their stories, and why I bonded to them. I want to talk about Suleika's trip to Delhi and how reading it made me feel. I want to share with you Suleika's thoughts and what I took from them. I want to dive into her and Will's relationship, but I can't without giving you Suleika's story, and it isn't mine to give.
It was honest. Suleika was an open book. She didn't just tell us about her illness and her will to live. She did not portray herself to be a hero of strength - one that can and would conquer all. Though, after reading this I feel like she can and will conquer all. She opened up and shared her weaknesses. She shared her mistakes and regrets. She opened her heart and showed how she loved and lost and the fears that came from it all. She showed her scars, her dreams, and yes, most definitely her strength. To put it simply, she bared her soul.
After reading this beautifully written book I feel like I know Suleika, and I wish I knew how she was faring now - this minute. I would wish her all the happiness and good fortune the world could possibly offer.
Do I recommend this book?
Hell yes! A must-read!
I rate this 10/5
Yes, a 10 out of 5! A 5/5 just won't do. I would give her a thousand stars if there was a rating like that. Once you read it you'll see why.
In closing this post, the opinions expressed above are just that - my opinion