I didn’t write a lot this month, mainly because of laziness and partly because I was adjusting to taking more responsibility this month. Okay, it was laziness.
I wrote a review on Toke Makinwa’s Internet breaking tabloid novella. In spite of the number of inspirational/motivational posts this book has prompted, I remain unimpressed. In my opinion, she squandered a real opportunity to inspire; but like someone pointed out, she’s still young and hopefully there’s still plenty of time to do that. You can read my review here.
My second review this month was on the retelling of the Shakespeare Classic “The Tempest” by Margaret Atwood: Hag Seed, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend this book for Literature students who have to read the original story and don’t particularly want to. Lord knows how long I have had that book in my possession. Anyways, you can read my review of this book here.
December was the month of giveaways, and I won my fair share :); Hopefully, I’ll be hosting a few of my own next year. These contributed significantly to my book haul this month, since i put myself on a book buying/requesting freeze in November.
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Foreign Gods Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Wormwood by G.P.Taylor
Hopes and Impediments by Chinua Achebe
This was the prize of African Book Addict’s Nonfiction November Giveaway. It got lost in Fedex Nigeria’s logistic hell but it found its way to me in the end. I am currently loving this collection of essays and Chinua Achebe is (or was) my kind of guy, I love his sass and dry humour. No time!!. I keep saying “is” because i believe he’s still with us.
Long Throat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala
This book, which I am itching to interact with, was sponsored by the lovely Ayobami Adebayo during her Christmas Giveaway on Twitter. Her debut novel “Stay With Me” will be released in 2017 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
The Slave Girl by Buchi Emecheta
Efuru by Flora Nwapa
I decided to add these two to my collection of classic Nigerian Literature because I have heard good things about Efuru and I still haven’t gotten over The Joys of Motherhood.
Have you read any of these books? Please share your experience in the comments
Books of 2016
These are the books that I enjoyed reading the most this year, apart from all things Harry Potter of course. This list includes books that were published before 2016, but for some reason I just got around to reading this year.
In no particular order, my best reads in 2016:
The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
29, Single & Nigerian by NaijaSingleGirl
Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
What was the best book you read in 2016?
I am really excited at the direction this blog has taken and I have so much more planned for the new year, including a proper site and rebranding.
Thank you so much for your support, your comments and emails mean so much to me and it’s what literally keeps me going on some days. I wish you all a prosperous new year ahead.