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2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge books

Dates Read

January 28th 2014: Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

February 10th 2014: Harmattan Rain by Ayesha H. Attah

March 7th 2014: Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing by Yvonne Vera (editor)

March 21st 2014: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta  

April 2nd 2014: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda N. Adichie

April 16th 2014: One Day I Will Write About This Place: A memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina 

April 30th 2014: Voice of America: Stories by E.C Osondu

May 22nd 2014: Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

June 10th 2014: Women are Different by Flora Nwapa

June 26th 2014: Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole

July 1st 2014: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou 

July 21st 2014: Minaret by Leila Aboulela 

August 5th 2014: Girls at War and Other Stories by Chinua Achebe

September 4th 2014: The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo

November 22nd 2014: Can We Talk and Other Stories by Shimmer Chinodya

2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge books

Dates Read

January 12th 2015: We Should All Be Feminists (eBook) by Chimamanda N. Adichie

January 18th 2015: You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down by Alice Walker

January 28th 2015: A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story by Sister Souljah 

February 3rd 2015: The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola 

February 16th 2015: Sula by Toni Morrison

February 27th 2015: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham  (on Goodreads)*

March 22nd 2015: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngūgi wa Thiong’o

March 31st 2015: Beyond the Horizon by Amma Darko

April 5th 2015: The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe

April 29th 2015: All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou

May 7th 2015: The Housemaid by Amma Darko 

May 25th 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

August 11th 2015: Matigari by Ngūgī wa Thiong’o

October 2nd 2015: salt. (ebook) by Nayyirah Waheed

October 4th 2015: The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (on Goodreads)*

October 17th 2015: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (on Goodreads)*

October 21st 2015: nejma (ebook) by Nayyirah Waheed

November 27th 2015: Letter to My Daughter (ebook) by Maya Angelou

December 26th 2015: Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories by J. California Cooper

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge books

Dates Read

January 4th 2016: Summer in Igboland (ebook) by Ifeanyi Awachie 

January 7th 2016: Fairytales For Lost Children by Diriye Osman

January 14th 2016: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

January 23rd 2016: African Love Stories: An Anthology by Ama Ata Aidoo (editor)

February 8th 2016: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

February 12th 2016: Spirit-Controlled Temprament by Tim LaHaye (on Goodreads)*

February 15th 2016: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

February 27th 2016: Saturday’s Shadows by Ayesha H. Attah

March 1st 2016: The Seeing Place by Aziza Eden Walker (Ankara Press)

March 6th 2016: Love Next Door by Amina Thula (Ankara Press)

March 16th 2016: Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire

April 12th 2016: bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

April 30th 2016: Tendai by Boakyewaa Glover 

May 24th 2016: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

June 3rd 2016: Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi

June 14th 2016: The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

June 30th 2016:So The Path Does Not Die by Pede Hollist

July 5th 2016: We Are All Blue by Donald Molosi

July 16th 2016: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

September 16th 2016: Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

September 20th 2016: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (on Goodreads)*

October 27th 2016: As the Crow Flies by Véronique Tadjo

December 14th 2016: The January Children by Safia Elhillo 

December 27th 2016: Lizard and other stories by Marcelle Mateki Akita

 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge books

Dates Read

January 7th 2017: soft magic. by Upile Chisala 

January 27th 2017: Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo

February 15th 2017: A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar

February 22nd 2017: There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

February 23rd 2017: We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks

March 12th 2017: The Unhappy Wife by Dr. K. E Garland

March 18th 2017: What We Lose: A Novel by Zinzi Clemmons

April 17th 2017: The Huza Press Anthology 2015: Versus and Other Stories

April 22nd 2017: Afridiaspora‘s Ghana at 60 Anthology 2017: Obibinii Te Ase

May 13th 2017: Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose by Alexandra Elle

May 16th 2017: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

May 19th 2017: A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

May 25th 2017: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

June 21st 2017: Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 

July 6th 2017: Born On A Tuesday by Elnathan John

July 28th 2017: Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

July 31st 2017: What I Know For Sure by Oprah

August 6th 2017: Counting Descent by Clint Smith

August 28th 2017: Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier

September 11th 2017: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (On Goodreads)*

September 20th 2017: The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours by Jill Scott

September 22nd 2017: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

September 29th 2017: Our Pharmacy by Nafkote Tamirat

September 29th 2017: What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley N. Arimah

October 3rd 2017: Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo

November 10th 2017: Pepperpot: Best New Stories From The Caribbean ed. by Olive Senior

December 10th 2017: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

December 23rd 2017: Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge books

Dates Read

January 17th 2018: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

January 20th 2018: Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa

January 31st 2018: Rivers Are Coming: Essays and Poems on Healing by Minaa B.

February 8th 2018: Equilibrium by Tiana Clark

March 7th 2018: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (On Goodreads)*

March 22nd 2018: Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness edited by Rebecca Walker 

April 28th 2018: Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

May 22nd 2018: Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

June 2nd 2018: The Pot and Other Stories (Stories of the 6th FEMRITE Residency for African Women Writers) edited by Ellen Banda-Aaku 

June 7th 2018: Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

June 23rd 2018: The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah 

June 23rd 2018: What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

July 6th 2018: The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat

August 11th 2018: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

August 21st 2018: What a Time to be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

September 10th 2018: She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

October 29th 2018: The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

December 15th 2018: [re-read] Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed*

December 23rd 2018: Marrow: A Loose Poetry by Sutra

* These books are reviewed on Goodreads, as they do not cohere with the genres of this blog.