It is August! I think January crawled but February and the rest of the year just skipped. How are we in August already?? Happy New Month beautiful people! I started being intentional about my reading this year. It has been great so far. It is no pressure honestly but just great.
I did not meet all my July bookish goals because I got distracted/busy at the end of the month but it’s all good.
Let’s go over my July reads.
A book by a Kenyan author: Confessions of a Kenyan Uber Taxi Driver by Charles Chanchori. This book is free on Okadabooks, I published the review on my Instagram page. I was not so intentional about this choice, I just went for what I easily got.
A book with a bland cover: When Lemon grows on orange trees by Diekera Oloruntoba-Oju. This officially goes for the saddest book I read this year. It was so overwhelming. There is a review on my Instagram page, which you should totally follow.
A genre you do not like: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. Self-help books are not my go-to but this was an exception because, who does not like Shonda?
A book with a title that starts with A: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Yes, this is the book that did not make me meet my bookish goal. I am yet to finish it which still makes it on my list of books to read.
A book owned but never read: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Divergent is my kind of thing, I knew I was going to feel this book, I know I am reading it years later but it is what it is. I should complete the series later this year (hopefully).
OTHER BOOKS I READ
We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated , and True by Gabrielle Union. (Audiobook) Raise your hand if you like Gabrielle Union’s voice? Imagine listening to her tell her life story…I know right. I wrote about the book on my Instagram
Son of Man by Amara Nicole Okolo: I liked this collection of short stories and published the review here.
Sex, Jesus And The Conversations The Church Forgot by Mo Isom. This is my best book of 2018 or my best non-fiction. I have been gathering momentum to talk about this book and I will get to it soon.
Drum roll for August books please
A book that you like the review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was not my favourite bookstagrammer or blog that reviewed this book, it was one of the book vendors I get book from. This choice is more of a confirmation whether I was tricked or not.
A book by a Northern-African author:Maryam’s Maze by Mansoura Ez Eldin. This prompt made me aware of North-African countries. I picked a book by an Egyptian author; Mansoura Ez Eldin. I totally enjoy learning as well as reading.
A gifted book: The yearning by Mohale Mashingo. I got this book at Ake Festival from 9mobile officials. If I complete the series of my Ake festival journey, I will tell the story of how I got free books.
A book on immigration: Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis. In my search of a book for this prompt I stumbled on this book which I am happy I did because I probably wouldn’t have seen it if I stayed in my comfort zone.
My exams should start next month which will not afford me the time to read as I hope to. I plan to read some of the books for next month so I won’t have to struggle to balance everything before the year runs out.
I missed a prompt in February which will be included.
February Reading Prompt: A book by a male author: Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye. I got this book from Parresia Publishers and I have been meaning to read it. It fits into the prompt which is perfect.
September Reading Prompt:
Non-fiction: Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson.
A book by a South African author: The Story of Anna P as told by Herself by Penny Busetto.
A book on politics: The President Who Never Ruled: The True Life Story of an African Self-Made Billionaire by Jamiu Abiola.
BellaNaija: I published an article you would totally love on BellaNaija. Do check it out hereWhat are you reading in August?