Lately, I have dived into the world of African literature believe me I didn’t plan for this to happen just like you don’t plan to fall in love, I was bored the other day and I decided to download the book “Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe” and my relationship with African literature began.
The more I read the more I fell in love so, I would be giving my two cents and of course my reaction to some of my current reads. I don’t know which I enjoyed best at the moment but I guess writing would help me decide so here goes;
THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Is a collection of short stories there are about 12 short stories in this book if you are a lover of short stories this book is for you but if you’re a sucker for happy and perfect endings like me, endings that don’t give you sleepless nights or crazy dreams then….
But it’s still a good read some stories I really liked others I didn’t care for, some stories left me high and dry seeking for closure trust me I have had to use my imagination to give some of these stories a perfect finish but I guess that’s the point abi?
I think the best way to enjoy this book is to have someone who has read or is reading the book and you guys can discuss and draw conclusions based on the premises of the book.
So if you want to argue over books am here for you *hugs*some of my favorites were ‘On Monday of last week‘, ‘Jumping monkey hill‘at the end of this story I was like “yeees girl!!!! Bravo ??”, ‘the American embassy ‘, ‘the arrangers of marriage‘ I felt sad for the lady in this story, story .and ‘the headstrong historian‘ this was definitely my best of the best I loved reading story.
So when next you go book shopping look out for this book?
AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
When I started reading this book I wasn’t really feeling it but as I progressed.
Hmm, of the making this book has the ability to make you question some of the life choices that have led you to this moment, how you are going through life missing something or someone that you know would make your life complete, some real life struggles and love.
I think it was destiny that I read this book at this time because, trust me while reading this book I found some parts of myself I knew existed but was afraid to acknowledge, not only did I feel raw emotions that gently seeped out of this book and tugged at my heart, I came to appreciate where I come from both literally and figuratively.Honestly, I am afraid to read this book a second time afraid of the things I might find again because just looking at this book makes me uneasy. so go ahead buy
Honestly, I am afraid to read this book a second time afraid of the things I might find again because just looking at this book makes me uneasy. so go ahead buy this book.
Thank me later.
NO LONGER AT EASE by Chinua Achebe
I found this book a bit funny, but the message was loud and crystal.
The book validates the saying ‘everyday for the thief, one day for the owner of the house’ although, the said thief didn’t really set out to be a thief in the first place.
We all start life seeking to do right, but life comes at you in ways you cannot understand nor control and the stark line between right and wrong becomes blurred and we find ourselves cutting corners and saying it is a means to an end.
I will be willing to borrow you mine but it’s best you buy yours because you might love this book as much as I did and forget to return it?.
PURPLE HIBISCUS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I wept, I cried silently that’s the worst way to cry, believe me, I found tears streaming down my face and I couldn’t stop I know it’s just a book, a remarkable book but, I know people have and are still living like the family in this book.
A very sensitive and touching story.
I love this book and am definitely going to read it again. So, do me a favor by buying this book, read it and tell me if am just a cry baby or this story was worth crying over.
EFURU by Flora Nwapa
Again I cried but not so much, just a few drops of salty tears, I laughed too and most of the time I smiled.
Efuru, she reminds me so much of myself, of course, I would not love to share in her misfortunes, but I love Efuru and you would love her too, by force.?
Oh! how this book left me wanting to be Igbo so bad.
All these books have certain thing in common, self-realization and self-love, realizing who you are, what you are made of, why you are the way you are and loving yourself regardless and making sure you are happy, no matter what, not compromising just so you could fit in but, accepting yourself so much that people won’t have a choice but to accept you just the way you are.
Oh, and my beads are making an appearance again I literally have been wearing these beads every day because whenever I look at them am reminded of who I am and why I don’t need to change for anybody because I am proud to be this person.
I would be going book shopping again soon, would love recommendations on what books you guys think I should get and more reviews will definitely be coming so buy all or “alllll” ?of these books and let me know what you think and if you have read these books lets gist? in the comment section??
Written by: Edobor Naomi