My Thoughts: The Water Dancer

I’ve had an overdose of slavery writing lately, by virtue of having been enrolled last semester in an English class literally called “The Slave Narrative and the Novel.” So, goodness knows why, at the dawn of the decade, I thought it would be a good idea to go read yet another slavery novel. For quite… Continue reading My Thoughts: The Water Dancer

My Thoughts: The Nickel Boys

I owned The Nickel Boys for months before I dared read it, because I was afraid that it would be too heavy to engage with in the middle of an already challenging semester. I thought it would rip me apart and break my heart with all its potential horror. After reading it finally over break,… Continue reading My Thoughts: The Nickel Boys

My Thoughts: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu is melancholic, slow, ordinary, and thus, beautiful. It was the most perfect book I could have read while trying to come off my excitement high from a fantasy narrative. When I say it is ordinary, I do not mean at all that it is boring. It captured… Continue reading My Thoughts: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Okay, so Ghana, Imma need a “The Justice” series, like, ASAP

What the title said. The Justice is a novel by Ghanaian author, Boakyewaa Glover. It’s marketed as a “political thriller” as indicated on the cover, but I’d probably call it a political romantic suspense-drama. But that’s a lot, so let’s just go with what the cover says, LOL. For me, it was one of those… Continue reading Okay, so Ghana, Imma need a “The Justice” series, like, ASAP

My Thoughts: Tail of the Blue Bird

Author: Nii Ayikwei Parkes. Overview of my thoughts: I think this book was downright brilliant. Synopsis: Some minister’s girlfriend comes to a village called Sonokrom, where she’s freaked out by some inexplicable remains of what appears to have once been a living creature. (There’s a blue bird feather in the same room.) An egotistical maniac… Continue reading My Thoughts: Tail of the Blue Bird

My Thoughts: Behold the Dreamers

I didn’t particularly want to read this book. I wouldn’t have gone looking for it myself, but my auntie gave it to me for free, and rarely will I refuse a free book. Before she’d given it to me, though, she’d warned me that it wasn’t as good as Americanah. I became apprehensive at that… Continue reading My Thoughts: Behold the Dreamers

My Thoughts: Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Sometimes, I get very inconsequential thoughts like, “Ah, I’m too old to be reading this stuff.” I know how to rationalize it, of course: I read children’s fantasy because I hope to one day become an author of children’s fantasy. This, while true, is only a corollary of the truer reason I… Continue reading My Thoughts: Reckless

My Thoughts: Nervous Conditions

Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga I can describe this book in one word: legendary. This is probably just my youth and lack of exposure talking, but I can hardly believe this book was published in the 1980s. It feels way ahead of its time – not in the subject matter itself, because feminism in general is probably… Continue reading My Thoughts: Nervous Conditions

My Thoughts: Under the Udala Trees

Author: Chinelo Okparanta I first came across this book when looking for another one in the library, and behold: they were right next to each other! (The book I had been looking for was Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death which was brilliant, by the way). And as you may or may not know, purple is… Continue reading My Thoughts: Under the Udala Trees

Onyesonwu made me very happy!

Even though it doesn’t feel like it for me, I can see quantitatively that I’ve read a lot in 2016. There have been years of more intense reading, I’ve felt. But despite all the books I’ve read, there have only been a few that really energized me, made me think “Yes, this is what I’ve… Continue reading Onyesonwu made me very happy!