This year has been an African literary feast so far. Seriously, it’s been back to back goodness so far and I am yet to read a book that makes me want to slam my head into a wall yet. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme but you know what I mean. We are officially halfway through 2019, and these are the newborns coming our way this month: The Travelers by Regina Porter Release Date: June 18, 2019 Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background. But hews to his father’s meandering ways. James […]
May is set to be a month literally filled with goodness. From short story collections to poetry, young adult fiction to sci-fi, African authors are not playing this month. Also, is it just me or are there more women of African descent getting published this year? Whatever the case, these are the books I’m looking forward to this month: Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makunmbi Release Date: May 2nd, 2019 Set in Manchester and Kampala, the stories of Manchester Happened form a moving and powerful work about the experience of immigration, and about how we treat each other as human […]
Can you believe how fast 2019 is going? And with so many beautiful books already. The last 3 months have been a lot of fun for me. And it blows my mind when i think about all the literary goodness still coming our way this year. In April, Narrative Landscape brings the mind bending work of fiction that is Black Leopard Red Wolf to Nigeria. This review is coming up as soon as I reboot my mind to “factory setting”. [bctt tweet=”Discover upcoming releases by African authors in April 2019″ username=”naijabookworm_”] One book I’m looking forward to getting my hands […]
Welcome to the month of March, folks! I’m really loving the way things seem to be steadily progressing this year, in regards to this blog and reading specifically. Outside of this space… Let’s just say I’m grateful for this lovely bubble. The books on my radar this month are absolutely unconventional. I have loved but not followed Helen Oyeyemi over the years and I’m excited to resume my affair with her this year. By the way, I have no idea why I’m making this sound obscene but let’s roll with it, shall we? Meet the new releases coming in March […]
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 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Temilade (@naijabookworm_) on Feb 13, 2019 at 9:00am PST Slay In […]
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. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Temilade (@naijabookworm_) on Dec 23, 2018 at 6:09am PST So, I had this idea 2 years ago but I never got around to it for a […]
Say hello to the brand new babies coming into the “African” literary scene this month.
When I was 7, my older sister transferred to a model college in Lagos. This school had strict rules about grooming. Everyone had to resume school with nothing more than an inch of hair on their head. I remember tagging along as my Dad escorted my sister to the barbers. Watching her cry as her glorious hair piled up on the floor. Up until that moment, I had no idea shaving my head was an option. I hated the old lady my mum took me to braid my hair every Saturday. Those sessions were nothing less than torture. Having my little head squeezed between her thighs for an hour. My hair being pulled and […]