The End of a Decade – Recap

2019 has come to an end! The end of another decade is nigh.

This year hasn’t been my best reading year, at all. I only read 9 books this year, but to be honest, I’m quite proud of myself. I’ve been extremely busy this year, so the blog posts and my reading have decreased exponentially. For those who have been visiting this book blog since 2014, you already know that I’m pursuing my 2nd degree in a 6-year dental program. God willing, I will graduate from dental school in 2020, but until then, my life is all about the clinic, operating theaters, my research project (on dental anxiety), a billion requirements and constant studying – fun! (joking).

– The 9 books I managed to read this year –

Besides being super busy this year, I must say, book blogging has been such a fun outlet for me for the past 5 years! I started this book blog before I got admitted into dental school, and it’s been such a great, fulfilling hobby. I hope to continue reading and sharing my passionate thoughts on books I read.

Over the past 5 years I’ve reviewed a total of about 87 books and have hosted a couple of book chats with awesome participants, here on the book blog. At the end of every year, from 2014 to 2017, I’ve highlighted some of my top 5 books of the year and featured a bunch of my favorite photos of the years’ literary events in those recaps.

Check them out below:

2014     2015    2016     2017

African Book Addict! has also received lots of recognition throughout the years! Being featured on WordPress Discover, Malala Fund’s Assembly, The Africa Center, various podcasts and other blogs/organizations have been so unexpected and affirming. While I never intended for African Book Addict! to gain such recognition, it feels good to know that my book reviews have helped, encouraged and uplifted students, publishers, fellow book lovers and authors. I’ve also made some great friends, thanks to the awesome readers who have been commenting on blog posts and help me comb through different issues raised in the books I’ve read.

My passion for highlighting writers from my homeland commenced in 2017, via the #ReadGhanaian🇬🇭 book challenge. The hashtag has gained some traction on social media (especially Instagram/Bookstagram) and many folks have participated in reading at least one book by a Ghanaian author this year, which is super cool. The book challenge is still open to anyone, to participate in any year! The template for the challenge is available on my last blog post.

Anyway, this recap is very text heavy! I usually prefer to combine photos of books or book covers with text – but stay tuned for an awesome book collage which will be published at the beginning of next year, of my annual picks of books to anticipate in 2020.

I always appreciate the support and love shown here from you all. Happy Holidays, everyone!

4 thoughts on “The End of a Decade – Recap

  1. Darkowaa! I can imagine the stress you’re under, thank God you’re almost there. You’re doing an amazing job with this blog! More power to your elbows! 🙂 Can’t wait for your selection of books to look out for in 2020.

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    1. Osondu! Thanks so much for your support and our continued correspondence! I hope you are well. Chale, I’m ready to be done with school so I can relax.

      What are you reading right now? Also, did you end up liking Folarin’s debut? I remember you said you would be reading it soon. I’m currently really loving Evaristo’s book ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. I haven’t been this excited about a book in a WHILE lol

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  2. I can imagine the amount of stuff you have to do for dental school, so am amazed you got through 9 books as well. Seems that read some really good ones though. Hope the next year goes well for you! 🙂

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