It’s no news that a blissful day for me consists of being curled up in bed with a good novel. If you had no idea, you can read about me here. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother will tell tales of how I’d leave my math lesson teacher and hide under my bed so I could read my new book of the time.
Adulthood took over and I realised that reading took a back burner. I changed that narrative last year and stuck my nose in more novels. I focussed on African literature and I really haven’t looked elsewhere since.
I don’t read as much as I did in my teen years but at least I read a new book every month, sometimes two depending on the workload I have for the month. In March, accounts like Cassava Republic and Brittle Paper have wet my appetite and flooded my timeline with some of the novels that have made it to my literary lust list.
She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak
When I saw a tweet by Brittle Paper about this collection of first-hand accounts of the Nigerian queer woman, my heart stopped. Then it started to race like it was in a sprint. We often hear of the occasional tomboy and the lesbian stories in secondary school and university. It’s often portrayed as a phase, being queer. Yet, I know this novel speaks of more than a phase or a fling. It is the reality for some Nigerian women and I can’t wait to read all about it.
Children Of Blood And Bone
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Somehow, you think I won’t read this book? After reading an excerpt like that? You lie! This African-inspired fantasy by Tomi Adeyemi has opened up a new meaning of history and depth to everyone that reads this book. Orïsha caught my eye in all my research of the novel. Writing about Nigerian gods and magic only means one thing to me – preservation of history and culture.
What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky
In literature, sometimes all you need is a good title and Lesley Nneka Arimah has just the perfect title to interest you. This collection of stories takes you through the turbulent lives of women and girls, especially in the US and Nigeria. It’s also one of the books qualified for the 9mobile Prize for Literature (formally Etisalat Prize for Literature).
Ogbanje! This will be my first time reading about one. I’d get to see her through my mind’s eye and going on a journey with her. It will be so vivid that I begin to understand what life might be like for an Ogbanje and the people who love her. For Akwaeke Emezi the writer, this is personal and that’s the sole reason why I must read this. For writers do what they do because they can’t shut the voices in their heads.
Chimanada Adichie’s new Vlisco collection for her novels as well as Ayobami Adebayo’s new book cover for Stay With Me. Although I have all the books mentioned, it won’t hurt to have them with their new covers, will it?