November was a great month; even though I didn’t post as much as I should have, but it’s not all about quantity, is it? I didn’t get to go to Ake Festival 2016, which was disappointing but ended up being okay. Everything does happen for a reason. One thing I still haven’t brought myself to do yet is go for literary events, God help me!! I really want to (honestly…), it’s just I live way out in the boondocks and when I think about heading into Lagos traffic… I literally lose all motivation.
This blog is roughly 8 months old now. Can you believe it? This time last year I didn’t even know what WordPress was. Now, I wouldn’t give this blog up for anything and it’s all because of you; my faithful readers and commenters. You are amazing!! Thank you for sticking with me. We still have a way to go too, and I’m so excited about the future of this platform.
I reviewed only 4 books this month, basically one for each week.
- The Chibok girls by Helon Habila, which will be officially released by Columbia Global Reports on the 5th of December. So keep an eye out for that.
- Swing Time by Zadie Smith, which was a bit of a let-down after all the great things I have heard about Zadie Smith’s books. I haven’t given up on her though. Which of her books would you say is THE masterpiece?
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, which was easily the best book I read in November.
- A Conspiracy of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs, which I did not finish for various reasons stated in my review.
There was no book haul per se this month, since I was intent on working my way through my unread books. However, I got a couple of review copies I had requested for months ago.
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko
- The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang
I also got a copy of the juiciest book in Nigeria right now: On Becoming by Toke Makinwa, this was a thoughtful gift from my favourite blogger. It was a short read and my review will be up today.
So, that’s it, in a nutshell. November 2016 on Naijabookworm; I had a great time and I wish you all a beautiful December. If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram at @naijabookworm_ . That is my primary base after this blog and I truly enjoy engaging with like-minded people.
Happy New Month!!