In a post on how to be better at reading, I mentioned that I do this monthly for accountability sake. It helps greatly. I have unofficially reached my reading goal for this year. Why unofficially? Yes, I have read 52 books but I still have books from my reading challenge to read. What helped me finish this early were review copies I got and binging on Scribd when I first discovered it.
I did not meet my reading goal last month. I read 6 books out the original 9, I also read a book I had to review. I was doing really well at the beginning of the month but I fell in a reading slump the week before Ake Festival.
I am still optimistic as ever, I was taking stock and realized that I have 20 books to finish this year. Like what? 20!! I know but I’m not under any pressure. The goal of reading is to learn and enjoy it. There’s no compromising.
Let us go over September and October Reads
Non- Fiction: Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson with Denene Millner. I reviewed it on my Instagram.
A Book Everyone Thinks is Bad: I switched things up by reading a book everyone loves. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle. This is a must-read.
A book by a South African Author: The Story of Anna P as told by Herself by Penny Busetto. I did enjoy reading this book.
A memoir on racism: Dear White People by Justin Simien. This is not a memoir but I believe it is just the best option for this prompt. I reviewed it here.
A book about mental health: React by Tobi Nifesi. I enjoyed this book. The review is up here.
A book by a local publishing firm: A Gamble With Death by Abraham Kelechi Onouha. This book is published by Naira books. I reviewed the book on the blog, it is a story!
These prompts are largely influenced by last year’s Ake Festival.
Ama Ata Aidoo’s book: I have searched for her book extensively and have failed to get it. If you do know any seller or have a copy, please let me know. This might be on hold this month.
Chinua Achebe’s book: He is a legend of African Literature. I will be reading Things Fall Apart which I have read before but lazily.
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s book: In The Name Of The Mother: Reflections on Writers and Empire. This is not one of his popular titles but this is what I found on Scribd.
Buchi Emecheta’s book: In my second year, my roommate gave me a copy of The Joys of Motherhood which I have never finished. I plan to change that status soon.
Other books I might read:
A book on politics: The President That Never Ruled by Jamiu Abiola. I was supposed to finish this book last month but here we are again.
A book published in 1960: This prompt is in honour of Nigeria’s Independence but I have the problem with getting a Nigerian book published that year and its availability to me. I will be reading Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds, though not published in that year but still celebrates an aspect of the Nigerian culture. I read great reviews about this book but it has been a struggle to finish it.
A book I started but did not finish: A Gecko’s Fairwell by Maik Nwosu
My mind is no longer here by Ifedigbo Nze Sylvia.
Bahati books: I got two review copies from this publisher which I hope to finish this month.
Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton. This is also a review copy for a blog tour coming soon.
I already started some of the books from last month but lost interest in between. I need to do better.
You won’t believe I read four books this month already, totally unrelated to my plan. That’s why I have to do these things early. This is how I function.
It is a lot but we will see! What are you reading in November?