December Wrap Up + Best of 2016

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.

Book Haul

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


These were won in The Lityard’s December Instagram giveaway contest.

  • 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:

What was the best book you read in 2016?

Looking Forward…

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.


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  1. The joys of motherhood was the only Nigerian literature I ended up reading. I should correct that this year.

    My book of the year was Out of control and loving it by Lisa Bevere.
    Another notable read was Smart money woman by Arese.

    Happy New Year dear.

  2. I still haven’t made time to read toke’s book. I suspect that I’d just read it the way I view her tho. Lord help me…

    1. Lol. Meaning it could go one way or the other, depending on how you view her☺

        1. Hmmn… sometimes trying to be unbiased can make you biased or overly understanding. I just compared it to the last memoir I read… it didn’t look good.

  3. I read so many books that I have a difficult time picking the best. But, I think ‘race to the altar’ and ‘woman of substance’ thumps it

  4. It’s hard picking favourite books. But I liked Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge and The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden. I would say they were my favourites.