2017 Recap & My Top 5!

Hey everyone!

I hope the holiday season has been relaxing for you all. 2017 is almost over and it’s time for a recap of the year! I ended up reading 28 books this year. The break down of my 2017 reading experience is as follows:

Average books read per month: 2 books 

Anthologies read: 3 books

Audiobooks ‘read’: 3 books

African literature: 10 books

Caribbean literature: 4 books

African-American literature: 13 books

Others: 1 book (this is a non-African/non-Diaspora book. Written by Cheryl Strayed).

20 women writers 5 men writers

Top 5 favorite books of 2017

  1. Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  2. Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
  3. Born On A Tuesday by Elnathan John
  4. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
  5. Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier

These were the most insightful, affirming and enjoyable books for me this year! School/life has been quite hectic this year, so I’m behind on book reviews. Expect the remaining book reviews in 2018, but in the meantime, I HIGHLY recommend these 5 books!

Reviews for books read this year are in the Book Reviews section of the book blog.

What were your top 5 favorite books of 2017?

Favorite bookish events / images of the year:

African Book Addict! FEATURES:

It’s been both overwhelming and exciting being recognized for all the hard work that goes into creating content for this book blog. Book blogging here at African Book Addict! is purely a hobby (as I’m currently a 4th year Dental Student – its a 6 year program), so receiving recognition and praise is always affirming and such a blessing.

Below is a list of the features and recognitions African Book Addict! has gained this year:

Also, special thanks to the authors who’ve contacted me to show their appreciation for reviews of their books that have been posted on this platform and/or AFREADA.

Image via novelscript Instagram stories

2017 Reading Intentions round up:

At the beginning of the year, I set 3 reading intentions. But I don’t think I’ve successfully achieved them all…

  • My first reading intention was to READ MY OWN DAMN BOOKS. Only 9 of the books I read this year had been on my bookshelf for a while. The rest of the books I’ve enjoyed were acquired THIS year! Is it possible for a moody book lover to restrict him/herself to just the books sitting on one’s bookshelf? It’s tough y’all!


  • The second reading intention was to PURCHASE LESS books this year. Well… I ended up purchasing about 30 books (discounted/ used books – chill out!) over the summer and many, many more for friends & family as gifts. I might have jinxed myself by setting this goal/intention for myself!  *shrug*


  • Lastly, I set out to buddy-read some novels with other book bloggers/ book lovers. I successfully read Behold The Dreamers with Ifeyinwa Arinze and we had a great conversation on the book as well! I had planned to read books with other bloggers – Osondu (of Incessant Scribble), Didi (of Brown Girl Reading) and Afoma (of Afoma Umesi). Osondu and I weren’t excited about the book we set out to read, so our buddy-read was unsuccessful; Didi and I were to read a debut that a writer had sent us – but we couldn’t get passed the first 50 pages, so we quit; Afoma and I also tried to read an ARC together this month, but the book is super slow… maybe we’ll continue to read it together in the new year. Buddy-reading has been challenging! I think I’ll talk more about this in the new year.

Were you able to achieve some of your 2017 Reading Intentions? 

[Don’t beat yourself up if you weren’t able to – its definitely not that serious and you can still achieve them in 2018!]

Total books read in 2017

I’m TRULY grateful to everyone who frequents this book blog and for the great discussions (agreements, disagreements and recommendations) we have in the comments section. I always appreciate the support and love shown here, from you all. This year, I’ve enjoyed discovering new book blogs, book lovers & Bookstagram accounts (Book Instagram) and I hope to connect with more in the future! Here’s to more great years of reading ahead, for all of us. 🙂  


31 thoughts on “2017 Recap & My Top 5!

  1. What a year you’ve had! It’s been a pleasure to connect with you this year and yes, let’s keep reading our book haha! You put in so much work and I’m glad people have been recognizing that. I hope you have an even better year next year 🙂

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  2. I enjoy reading your reviews! I look forward to reading more from you!

    Hmm. My top 5 books this year (in no particular order) are
    1. Sometimes I lie – Alice Feeney
    2. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
    3. Dark Matter- Blake Crouch
    4. Stay with me – Ayobami Adebayo
    5. The fishermen- Chigozie Obioma

    I was able to read a whole lot because I had a lot of free time. Definitely exceeded my reading goals.

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    1. Thank you! I’m loving your top 5 faves. I’m yet to read Stay With Me. I’m glad it was part of your top 5, because I know some readers who didn’t enjoy it :/. I may read it in 2018! Yaa Gyasi and Obioma’s books are gold! We have similar reading tastes I see :). Exceeding reading goals always feel good. Thanks for passing by, Titi & Tosin (not sure which one of y’all passed by haha)

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  3. Well done on reaching that Goodreads goal. I’m afraid I will miss mine this year. Not to worry, I read some good books anyway. I just had a book purchasing mad moment in December, 2 of my purchases were by African authors having had a recommendation from the bookshop owner in South Africa on my holiday.

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    1. Hey BookerTalk! Thank you! Which 2 books by African authors did you purchase this month? I’m always eager for new recommendations! I’m glad you read great books this year and aren’t bummed out about reaching the GR goal. Next year is always there! Thank you for stopping by 🙂


      1. Ohh I see. I haven’t read any Zakes Mda yet, but I love the book cover art on all his books! Never heard of Elsa Joubert. I look forward to your reviews 🙂


      1. Thank you! This is my second year taking part in the challenge but compared to last year (where I read 70 books) I only managed to pledge 20, as I had final exams for a large part of the year. My reading definitely suffers when faced with lots of stress! Congrats on reaching your goal 🙂

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      2. Same here! School and life happenings definitely slow down my reading. Especially exams, similar to this year for you. Its all good though – its not a race! Congrats on reaching your goal too! Thanks for passing by 🙂

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  4. What a fantastic reading year you have had! My faves were:
    The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
    Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
    An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
    Emily Knight I Am…Awakened – A. Bello
    Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

    Here’s to another good year to come. Happy 2018!!

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    1. Thanks! I love your faves. Gyasi was on my top 5 last year. I neeeed to read T.H.U.G soon. Nice to see Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book in the top 5. I think I’d get the audiobook of that… Thanks for stopping by and sharing your top 5!


  5. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it! I wish I had more time to read all the books you recommend, but I like reading about them, and I’ve just added two more to my list – “Now We Will Be Happy” and “Born on a Tuesday”. (I don’t know why, but I have a thing about books with “happy” in the title.)
    Happy reading in 2018!


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