Summer is basically over (this year, the first day of Fall is Wednesday – September 23rd) and real life is back in full effect :(. In my last challenge update I stated that I planned on reading at least 15 books this year. As the summer rolled along I realized that I would surpass this goal, so I challenged myself to read 20 books this year…. and I ended up surpassing that as well! During the summer I read 9 books; some were light reads, others were more on the heavy side. I enjoyed most of my summer reads to the point where my reading-tank is quite full… and I may be experiencing a reading slump!
Books I read during the summer:
May 23rd 2015: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
June 4th 2015: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
June 10th 2015: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
June 28th 2015: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
July 8th 2015: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
July 12th 2015: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (re-read)
July 22nd 2015: Pig Tails ‘n Breadfruit by Austin Clarke
August 5th 2015: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Aug 11th 2015: Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Reviews for the rest of the books will be posted as the months go by!
I’m slowly reading my 22nd book of the year – Interpreter of Maladies by Indian-American author, Jhumpa Lahiri. I’m a mood-reader so I’m currently in the mood to enjoy a non-African literature novel this month, and so far, I like Lahiri’s work! I’m quite behind on the Lahiri bandwagon, but oh well! I recently found her books (Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake) at a used bookshop in Accra called Ghana Book Trust. There were so many gems in that bookshop and I ended up buying 15 books! Majority of the books I purchased are from my favorite genres (African Lit, African-American/ Black Lit, Caribbean Lit) and are classics. They were cheap too – 3 Ghana cedis (GHC) per book! Check them out below:
[Books not shown in the picture above that I also bought are: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, To Be Young, Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry and When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago]
Lots of good books added to my bookshelf :). Have you read any of them?