2014 Recap & My Top 5!

If you’ve been following my book blog for some time, you would know that I participated in the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge and I pledged to read 12 books this year. Since I have a strong passion for African literature, as well as African-American and Caribbean literature, I challenged myself to indulge in books of those genres this year. I successfully surpassed my goal and ended up reading 15 books in 2014.

I started this blog because I needed to express my views on the books I read, especially with people around the world who have read some of these books. Over the years I’ve realized that simply discussing the issues of the books I read with friends doesn’t suffice for me, for many reasons. Writing reviews on this blog and expressing my opinions on the books I’ve read has beIMG_8741en fulfilling! It would be nice to actually discuss in detail the things I liked and disliked about the books, but I can’t include spoilers in my reviews – its always so tempting!

Check out all the books I read and reviewed this year in the Book Reviews section of the blog!

(note: I wasn’t able to finish reading Sozaboy: A novel in Rotten English by Ken Saro-Wiwa and The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola. I just wasn’t feeling them at the time… And I think my ‘Currently Reading’ posts were jinxing my reading progress 😦 )

 Top 5 faves of my 2014 Reading Challenge

1. One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina

2. Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

3. The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo

4. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

5. Harmattan Rain by Ayesha Harruna Attah

I plan on participating in the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge as well. I’d like to read more Caribbean novels next year, so we’ll see how that goes!

What were your favorite books of 2014?

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Thanks for all the support! See you in 2015 🙂

Currently Reading

I recently finished reading ‘The Spider King’s Daughter’ by Chibundu Onuzo and I loved it! A review will be posted soon!

*sigh* But (dental) school is in session and I know my reading will slow down. I’ve already surpassed by reading goal for this year- which was 12 books. Right now I’m on book 15, so at least I was able to complete my reading challenge!

I’m currently reading: The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

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This is a small book (about 125 pages). So hopefully it won’t take me ages to finish reading and will also be a fun distraction from my school workload 🙂

Currently Reading

I just finished Leila Aboulela’s book “Minaret”. I wasn’t really impressed with how the story concluded, but a review on that book will be coming soon.

I’m currently reading: Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English

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The book is written in pidgin english, so it flows differently. But I’m enjoying it so far 🙂

Currently Reading

I just finished Maya Angelou’s book “Mom & Me & Mom”. Maya Angelou never disappoints! A review on that book will be coming soon.

I’m about to start:

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This is book 12 for my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge 🙂

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge!

Hellooo!

At the beginning of the year, I set out to read 12 books – one book a month. I’m currently on my 10th book, and its only June 21st! Hopefully, I’ll end up reading more than 12 books by the end of the year.

For this reading challenge, I plan on reading and reviewing novels from genres that excite me: African, African-American and Caribbean books. If I get my hands on any other genre, I would gladly add it to my challenge.

Thus far I’ve read (in chronological order) :

Currently Reading

Every Day Is For The Thief

I’m also keeping track of the books I read on Goodreads

I will have reviews for each book soon!