February 2019 WrapUp – Books, Books and More Books

Books

2019 is the year February went on for so long, it felt like there were more than 28 days This phenomenon also reflected in the number of books I read this month. Where I only read 5 books in January, I saw myself finishing 11 books in February.

I reviewed some of these books here already. Many have/will not get full reviews but I’ll share some of my thoughts as we go along.

February Reads

Books I Reviewed

 

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Slay In Your Lane

This one took a long time to finish and I wanted to let it go many times as I went through it. I read it via audiobook and you can check out my full review below.

Slay In Your Lane Review

 

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The Villager by Feyi Olubodun

After reading this book, I think I’ll be reading more business related books this year. Just enough to train my career focused muscles. If I could edit this one though, I would insist on adding a missing chapter. You can read my review below.

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The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

One of my anticipated reads for February, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I explained why in detail in my full review below.

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Books With Upcoming Reviews

Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

– Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John

These Books Get Quick Reviews

These round of books are not so typical books I read for my pleasure. I.e. I have no plans to review these books. However, I’ll summarise my experience with each in 50 words or less.

We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Read this as an audiobook narrated by the author. I loooove memoirs. And while I may not be a follower or fan of Gabrielle Union, I can appreciate her candour as she talks through her life experience.

She takes on subjects like Racism, Police violence, colourism, Hollywood, more on racism, stepmotherhood, infidelity, toxic relationships. bad decisions, racism again and more.

Verdict:

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson

Another audio read. I actually own a paperback of this book that I never got around to for over 2 years.

The story here is much more dramatic than the first instalment. Way too many characters, I stopped trying to keep track. Action packed, and we got to learn a lot about Lisbeth Salander.

Maybe too much. It started to feel ridiculous after a while. However, the guys have gotten away with it for ages so I’ll take this one with my full chest.

Verdict:

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

One of my favourite reads in 2016. I decide to go for the audiobook experience this year. Still as phenomenal as ever. I now believe I’m fully prepared for the movie.

Read my full 2016 review below

Dark Matter Book Review

Shuri #2, Black Panther #6, Black Panther: Long Live the King

Decided to give these a try since Nnedi Okorafor now writes the comics.

  • Shuri #2 has no review because, well, it’s incomplete. Looking forward to getting the full novel/series sometime in the future. Here, I basically caught Shuri starting out on a quest to find her brother who has gone missing in space.
  • Black Panther #6Β written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’ll admit this one had more depth and although it’s set in a parallel universe where Wakanda has an offshoot colony in space, I fully enjoyed the power play in this instalment.
  • Black Panther: Long Live The KingΒ is a collection of 5 stories set in the Black Panther universe. In this book, you could clearly feel the difference between Nnedi’s approach to writing Black Panther and the classic superhero comic approach. I can’t say I prefer one or the other but I know I enjoyed settling into the non-Nigerianised stories in this book.

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