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. 4.09.2019 .
Hey everyone, happy new month!
It's April already, cannot believe that the first three months of the year went by so quickly. It's a bit scary you know? We'll blink and before you know it, it'll be December again and we'll be ringing in 2020 haha.

One of my goals for 2019 is to complete my Good Reads Reading Challenge and I set mine to 50 books. I've never actually completed the challenge but I'm hoping things will be different this year. I'm slightly behind on my reading schedule sha but I think I can still catch up. Here are some of the books that I've read recently.

Arrows of Rain x Okey Ndibe 
Rating: 4.5/5
I had heard about this book a bit in the past. Wasn't exactly sure if people liked it or not, I just knew about it. It was on my to-read list as I tend to add Nigerian (or African in general to be honest) books to my list a lot. Anyways, one random Saturday morning, I decided to finally give it a read and I was enthralled by the story after like the first chapter.

It is set in a country called Madia but it's very glaring once you start reading the book that it's about Nigeria. The characters bear Nigerian names and the historical and political landscape of the book is Nigerian. The story is about a homeless man,Buruku who is charged with the murder of a prostitute on the beach where he sleeps. A young reporter happens to be at the scene at the time and follows up the story, coming in contact with Buruku. Buruku decides to tell this young man his story and that's when the whole thing becomes so interesting. It's a story that highlights, the horrors of military rule in Nigeria, the aftermaths of colonialism, corruption, the consequences of silence and so on. I really enjoyed this story and the slight plot twist at the end was good too. I didn't care too much for the ending though, all in all, it was a good book and I was pleasantly surprised.


Everything Good Will Come x Sefi Atta
Rating: 4/5 
I'm  in an online book club, The Book Club Africa and this was the book of the month for March. Reading it for the club meant that it was my third time reading it. I was 12 the very first time I read this and I remember really loving it. The second time, I was 16 and I didn't enjoy it as much. But this third time, I nodded my head a lot and I feel like I understood it better. This, to me is the beauty of reading a book more than once. You discover so many things you might have missed the first time.

The story follows Enitan, only child of her parents after the death of her little brother. Her father, Sunny is a lawyer and the one she adores. Her mother, Arin, once a happy and carefree woman, has been eaten up by grief and religiosity and isn't always the best mum. There's also Sheri, Enitan's larger than life next door neighbour who becomes her best friend. As Enitan grows up and becomes an adult, different events shape her life and who she becomes.

I definitely enjoyed reading this again, a lot of things made so much sense. It was very interesting and it's so hard talking about this book in such a short summary as it had so many things and themes. When we were discussing the book in the club, I jokingly mentioned that it was a lot to cover. As it starts from her childhood and ends when she herself becomes a mother, it can get a bit tiring and I know that some people didn't really enjoy it. But I did and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The House Of New Beginnings x Lucy Diamond
Rating: 4/5
This was such a cute book. I saw it on the shelf at my local library and decided to borrow it as I was in the mood for a light read. The book is about three different women ; Georgie, Rosa and Charlotte who all live in the same apartment building. They're all going through difficult times but fate brings them together eventually (they live in the same building, duh) and things start to look up for them three. The story highlights how strongly grief & heartbreak can affect a person, the importance of friendship, the importance of looking out for others and being a kind person. It was a nice, warm story in the way that chick-lit books usually are and it was perfect. There's also a little romance thrown in the mix so you know I was sold on it haha.

The Viscount's Tempting Minx x Erica Ridley
Rating: 3.9/5
If there's anything I love more than chick-lit, it's historical romance. Specifically the ones that are set in England. Erica Ridley writes some nice ones if you're into them and she gives out free e-books all the time (which is how I get mine) so definitely check her out if you're interested.

This was really short and I finished it in like an hour. Lady Amelia Pembroke decides that she has to get married because she knows that her younger brother will not get married if she doesn't as he doesn't want her to be all by herself with nothing to do. She's the one who runs their household and if he gets married, his wife would have to take over all of that. So, Amelia decides that she will pick a suitor from the upcoming Christmas ball at the Viscount of Sheffield's ball room. To her dismay, the ball is cancelled as the ball room has been gutted by fire so she takes it upon herself to find the viscount and convince him to let her plan the event.

This was slightly hilarious and aspirational for me. Amelia's planning and organisational skills were so impressive, even Mari Kondo had nothing on her haha. She was intelligent and witty, so was the Viscount. Their 'falling in love' was pretty abrupt but isn't that usually the case anyways? If you want something very short, romantic and funny then this is the book for you.

So guys, these are the books I've read recently. What have you been reading?
Hey everyone, happy new month!
It's April already, cannot believe that the first three months of the year went by so quickly. It's a bit scary you know? We'll blink and before you know it, it'll be December again and we'll be ringing in 2020 haha.

One of my goals for 2019 is to complete my Good Reads Reading Challenge and I set mine to 50 books. I've never actually completed the challenge but I'm hoping things will be different this year. I'm slightly behind on my reading schedule sha but I think I can still catch up. Here are some of the books that I've read recently.

Arrows of Rain x Okey Ndibe 
Rating: 4.5/5
I had heard about this book a bit in the past. Wasn't exactly sure if people liked it or not, I just knew about it. It was on my to-read list as I tend to add Nigerian (or African in general to be honest) books to my list a lot. Anyways, one random Saturday morning, I decided to finally give it a read and I was enthralled by the story after like the first chapter.

It is set in a country called Madia but it's very glaring once you start reading the book that it's about Nigeria. The characters bear Nigerian names and the historical and political landscape of the book is Nigerian. The story is about a homeless man,Buruku who is charged with the murder of a prostitute on the beach where he sleeps. A young reporter happens to be at the scene at the time and follows up the story, coming in contact with Buruku. Buruku decides to tell this young man his story and that's when the whole thing becomes so interesting. It's a story that highlights, the horrors of military rule in Nigeria, the aftermaths of colonialism, corruption, the consequences of silence and so on. I really enjoyed this story and the slight plot twist at the end was good too. I didn't care too much for the ending though, all in all, it was a good book and I was pleasantly surprised.


Everything Good Will Come x Sefi Atta
Rating: 4/5 
I'm  in an online book club, The Book Club Africa and this was the book of the month for March. Reading it for the club meant that it was my third time reading it. I was 12 the very first time I read this and I remember really loving it. The second time, I was 16 and I didn't enjoy it as much. But this third time, I nodded my head a lot and I feel like I understood it better. This, to me is the beauty of reading a book more than once. You discover so many things you might have missed the first time.

The story follows Enitan, only child of her parents after the death of her little brother. Her father, Sunny is a lawyer and the one she adores. Her mother, Arin, once a happy and carefree woman, has been eaten up by grief and religiosity and isn't always the best mum. There's also Sheri, Enitan's larger than life next door neighbour who becomes her best friend. As Enitan grows up and becomes an adult, different events shape her life and who she becomes.

I definitely enjoyed reading this again, a lot of things made so much sense. It was very interesting and it's so hard talking about this book in such a short summary as it had so many things and themes. When we were discussing the book in the club, I jokingly mentioned that it was a lot to cover. As it starts from her childhood and ends when she herself becomes a mother, it can get a bit tiring and I know that some people didn't really enjoy it. But I did and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The House Of New Beginnings x Lucy Diamond
Rating: 4/5
This was such a cute book. I saw it on the shelf at my local library and decided to borrow it as I was in the mood for a light read. The book is about three different women ; Georgie, Rosa and Charlotte who all live in the same apartment building. They're all going through difficult times but fate brings them together eventually (they live in the same building, duh) and things start to look up for them three. The story highlights how strongly grief & heartbreak can affect a person, the importance of friendship, the importance of looking out for others and being a kind person. It was a nice, warm story in the way that chick-lit books usually are and it was perfect. There's also a little romance thrown in the mix so you know I was sold on it haha.

The Viscount's Tempting Minx x Erica Ridley
Rating: 3.9/5
If there's anything I love more than chick-lit, it's historical romance. Specifically the ones that are set in England. Erica Ridley writes some nice ones if you're into them and she gives out free e-books all the time (which is how I get mine) so definitely check her out if you're interested.

This was really short and I finished it in like an hour. Lady Amelia Pembroke decides that she has to get married because she knows that her younger brother will not get married if she doesn't as he doesn't want her to be all by herself with nothing to do. She's the one who runs their household and if he gets married, his wife would have to take over all of that. So, Amelia decides that she will pick a suitor from the upcoming Christmas ball at the Viscount of Sheffield's ball room. To her dismay, the ball is cancelled as the ball room has been gutted by fire so she takes it upon herself to find the viscount and convince him to let her plan the event.

This was slightly hilarious and aspirational for me. Amelia's planning and organisational skills were so impressive, even Mari Kondo had nothing on her haha. She was intelligent and witty, so was the Viscount. Their 'falling in love' was pretty abrupt but isn't that usually the case anyways? If you want something very short, romantic and funny then this is the book for you.

So guys, these are the books I've read recently. What have you been reading?

6 comments

  1. *;e sigh*

    I need to get back on my reading grind. I'm supposed to finish at least 2 or 3 books this month. I'm a quarter way through one of them.

    I miss reading Historical Romance novels - I just started shying away because of the eroticism and stuff. Other than that, LOVE EM!

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Oh we stan historical romance in this house, always have and always will LMAO. Good luck with your reading goal :)

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  2. While it's nice to set reading goals and it can be motivating, I'm the same in that it doesn't matter if I hit the target or not, because it's really all about enjoying the books I'm reading. The Arrows of Rain book you mentioned sounds really interesting! I'm going to add it to my (huge and ever-growing) list of books to check out. :)

    littlehenrylee.net

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  3. Oh my god! You're post is reminding me to get back to reading again. I've been stuck on a reading slump for almost 2 months now and so far I have only read 2 books this year :( Maybe I should lower my reading challenge to 20 this year.

    Only Yesterday

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I read and appreciate every single comment. I'll definitely check out your blog. ❤

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