January 2019 WrapUp – Rising From The Ashes

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This has to be the latest blog wrapup in the history of monthly wrap-ups. Guess this is how you know I’m Nigerian, right? (Too soon?). However, in the spirit of sticking to my commitments, I am now doing this in mid-February. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful and it would have been worth it. Lol.

First, some (big) news… I started a book club.

 

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So, I had this idea 2 years ago but I never got around to it for a number of very valid reasons. Thankfully, I’m finally in a more stable state where I hope to be able to keep all my balls in the air.  We’re reading Nicole Dennis Bern’s Here Comes The Sun for February and I can’t wait to talk through it with the gang.

You can sign up for the book club here.

My January Reads

 

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My first read of the year was the book club pick. It was a well-received choice which I enjoyed in my first reading but ended up writing a mixed feelings review for after I had time to reflect on Chidera Eggerue’s brand and mission statement.

Read review here

 

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Loved this one. I would recommend this book as a palette cleanser between emotionally draining reads. For instance, I could have used a book like this while binge reading the Game Of Thrones series. Seriously, My Sister, The Serial Killer would have been a nice break from GRRM.

Full review here

 

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The Pressure Cooker was a re-read I picked up this month in preparation for Conversations With Nkiru Olumide-Ojo. Again, this book reinforced its value and is an easy recommendation for young professional women.

Read my original review here

 

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January was the month I finished reading Michelle Obama’s memoir. It took a long time but it was absolutely worth it. I shared my thoughts about the audiobook on the blog.

Click to read Becoming by Michelle Obama review.

 

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While I loved the concept of this book. I feel there’s still a lot of editing work to be done before this could be considered an entertaining book. I didn’t write a review here but you can read my thoughts in the Instagram post above.

Other January Book Reviews

Like the title says, January was the month of resurrection and it’s only natural that I finally complete the reviews I procrastinated into 2019.

 

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First up, the perspective changing She Called Me Woman edited by Azeenarh Mohammed and co. This was an Ake festival pick and I don’t think I’ll ever view Nigerians the same anymore.

Read my full review here.

 

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Another book I picked up during the Ake festival: What Sunny saw in the flames by Nnedi Okorafor. I am yet to buy into Nnedi Okorafor’s street cred as a Fantasy author. I believe she’s doing a lot of amazing things in the space she’s in but I’ve only really gotten into one of her books: Who Fears Death. Which I now realise I never got around to reviewing last year.

Hopefully, I’ll get around to reading Who Fears Death again this year. For now, click the link below to read my review of What Sunny Saw In The Flames.

Book Review – What Sunny Saw In The Flames.

Whew! That’s it for now. I did get up to a lot in January. A lot more than I can recap in one sitting. This is why I would recommend you follow my Instagram page @naijabookworm_ so you don’t miss anything.

I have also been thinking about bringing back monthly giveaways. This was another idea I started in early 2017 that died a silent death thanks to adulting.

What do you say? Yay or Nay

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