October Wrap Up

October saw me completing my Goodreads 2016 reading challenge (50 books). Which, when you consider I only started in May, I think is pretty amazing. I’m a little tempted to extend it by 30 books, but I don’t want to press my luck.

This month was filled with several book goodies; Top of which was the book gods answering my prayer and providing me with a copy of ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi (read my review here). Granted it was an eBook & a galley, so it’s not really mine yet. I was very happy to read it and more than grateful that it did not disappoint me.

Speaking of book disappointments,

The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician’ by Tendai Huchu left me feeling cold this month. I picked this book because I wanted to read more African literature not written by Nigerians but this book/the Author didn’t want anything to do with me. Read my review here. I also published my thoughts on my September book dissapointment, ‘Bomboy’ by Yewande Omotoso. I don’t even want to think about it again. Read review here.

Another September book that made its way into October was ‘Say you are one of them’, a short story collection by Uwem Akpan  which I enjoyed but couldn’t bring myself to finish due to a combination of its incredibly slow pacing and new exciting books popping up in my library.

Highlights

I changed the look of the blog this month, I would appreciate your thoughts on that BTW, and my tagline in order to accommodate books other than African literature. While this will remain my main focus, I have to admit that getting books written by foreign authors is easier. This change allowed me to publish my review of ‘Leave Me’ by Gayle Forman and ‘Murder in Missoula’  which had been previously published on Instagram and Good reads, on the blog.

I read a comic book this month, in my quest to add a little flavour to my reading. It turned out to be a great idea, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and this will be the first of many comic book review on this blog (fingers crossed). You can read my review of the ‘Hidden Universe Travel Guide to The Marvel Cosmos’ by Marc Sumerak here.

I also discovered Ajapa World, which has an incredible range of Nigerian folktales packaged for kids.


Bought a combopack for my nephew off Konga for 2000 naira and the quality was amazing. Check my instagram feed to see the range of products included.

Goals…

Unfortunately, I have been lagging behind on my reviews. The following are books read in October that I will be writing reviews for as soon as possible. (Though I rated them according to a 5star system on Goodreads already.

  • The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M.Coetzee.  3 stars
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith. 3 stars
  • The Chibok Girls by Heleon Habila. 4 stars
  • The Palmwine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola. 5 stars

I read a couple of books which I won’t be writing reviews for as well.

  • Living dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker, which I am currently reading.

I learnt I would not be attending the Ake festival this year. Which is unfortunate because I really wanted to go, but as a volunteer. The fact is the logistics/cost of sponsoring myself on a 3-5 day trip is just too much for my pocket to handle in this current climate.

So that’s it, October in a slightly long nutshell. It’s really nice taking stock of my reading/blogging activity in this manner and I have no idea why I never did this before.

How was your October?

Obsessed with books.

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10 Comments

  1. 50 books within 7 months?

    Goals! 🙌🏾🙌🏾

    My October? I’m still wrestling with the 600 page biography I started earlier this year.

        1. Hi Tony, She’s right about that. I am reading a book – how to read more by martin Udogie, i will definitely help you understand your reading style, posture environment and even genre so you move on to naijabookworm’s level. All the best.

  2. The blog display looks good to me.I especially love the simple,dichromatic outlook.

    Your M.O reminds me of Bulgarian writer,Maria Popoova of brainpickings.org.Her site,like yours is also a beautiful canon of work.

    So how many books did I read in October? Uhmm,don’t really know.I guess 5 or more? I do more of article reading and scatterbrained information gathering but I sure did enjoy Micheal Pace’s Dark Psychology, a very sensitive book,borderline dangerous but very good,and thorough. I find prose very prosaic and bothersome so I still have Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky,a classic by the way and Malcolm X’s autobiography half-read.

    Sorry but lol,I am not a ‘bookefficient’ writer like you.