Popular Books I am Yet to Read

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The thing about book blogging/bookstagram is that people expect you to have read a wide range of books. The other thing about people that seldomly read is that they stick to popular books or books in the mainstream. For instance, EVERYONE wants to read Michelle Obama’s book, she was the First Lady of America, greatly loved and now that she has a book out, everyone really wants to read it.

These mainstream books are popular and ubiquitous, when people have conversations with you with the knowledge that you are a bookstagramer or book blogger these are the books they will want to start a conversation with. I get the confusing look when I tell them I have not read this or that, they ask me again to confirm. Yes, I have not read some of these books.

I am very open to reading different genres and sometimes do not really care if the author is well known or not, I’m all for supporting authors I connect with their book. The truth is, there are just so many books and so little time.

Honestly, I know some books can be hyped sometimes but I also feel there will be a reason these books or authors are popular.

These are some of the popular books I am yet to read. Please note that, ‘popular’ is subjective in this instance, and might not necessarily be generalizable.

PS: Don’t roll your eyes or judge me.

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta: This book is highly recommended by different people and a roommate gave me a copy in 2017 but I am yet to read it. When people talk about Buchi Emecheta, I feel this solidarity even though I have not even read her book. That status should change soon.
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: I have seen quotes, watched interviews, seen pictures of Maya Angelou but I am yet to read any of her books. I hope I am able to read it before the year runs out.
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Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka: I doubt I have read any book by Nobel Prize in Literature winner, I have read great reviews about this book. I do have one of his books and used to see his book in the house growing up. One day.
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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: It was Toni Morrison’s birthday recently and it reminded me again that I was yet to read any of her books. There are so many great titles but I think Beloved and Song of Solomon will be the ones I will start with.
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Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo: I desperately tried to get this book last year but couldn’t, it is a book I really want to read especially after learning about her at Ake Festival in 2017.
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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James: I am yet to read any book by Marlon James, especially with the release of his new book. I am definitely interested in his books.
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Sellout by Paul Beatty: I am sometimes wary of prize winners but I have seen so many bookstagrammers rave about this book which I am actually reading this month.
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Becoming by Michelle Obama: I would have read this if it was available on my Scribd subscription but since it isn’t yet, I will wait or I am hoping for a surprise. (Surprise me!)
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Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
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Verity by Colleen Hoover
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Sing, Unburied, Sing  by Jesmyn Ward
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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin: I get to see a lot of James Baldwin pictures and quotes and recently discovered this particular book was made into a movie (I know, I know), in this case, I might see the movie first but will definitely read this.
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Educated by Tara Westover: I know this is a relatively new book but it has been highly recommended but according to my Scribd subscription, “it is unavailable in my country”, Scribd saves me a lot of money and I might probably wait till it is “available”.
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Are there books you are yet to read on this list? Are there books you have read on this list?

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  1. Desire Uba says:

    I was reading this post and hoping to have read some of the books but… Guess who hasn’t read one ? 😂😂
    I love Emecheta but somehow i haven’t read JOM. Still haven’t read anything by Rowling, Soyinka, Beatty, Angelou, Marlon James an I just realized how long my TBR in this life is. Whew!! Hoping to read all these amazing books someday.
    So, Funmi, you have a partner.
    Ps. I really like the black and white featured image theme you have going on.


  2. Kayode says:

    Not read any on this list, currently on my reading list is Educated as well as the chimamanda adichie collection.

  3. I have read 3. Marlon James, Maya and Buchi.
    I can’t even be bothered about reading popular books, there are so many books.
    I was itching to read Becoming too but when I didn’t find it on Scribd, tor, I cannor comman kill myself.

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