Books to Read | May 2019

May tbr 2.0

Happy New Month everyone! I feel like it’s a very Nigerian thing to wish people a happy new month. Is it common in other cultures?

I’m finally done with exams so I have more spare time to read, yay! Though I won’t be surprised if I fill up my spare time with other things, and don’t find enough time to read. I do that sometimes 🙄. Let’s see how it goes.

I read 3 books last month (maybe 3.5). Check out my updated Books to Read | April 2019 post for more information about last month’s reading. I’m excited about this month’s plans because it features authors that I’m not really familiar with, and because I have a cookbook in the mix—I can’t wait to try the yummy recipes.

The 6 books I plan to read in May are:

  1. La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

I read The Booktrekker’s post about this novel, and immediately requested it from my library. It is set in Equatorial Guinea, which I know next to nothing about, and features LGBTQ characters. La Bastarda was originally published in Spanish, and is the first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English. I’m excited to read this because of its unique narrative, and it’ll be my first translated read.

  1.  The Hidden Star by K Sello Duiker

I planned to read this last month, but I got distracted by other ‘shinier’ books I received from my library. If I own a copy of a book, I always delay reading it, for library books that I know I need to return (since there’s more urgency with those). I hope I get to read it this month. I can’t wait to re-visit the magic in this novel.

  1. Misquoted by Dan Suelzle

This isn’t African literature but I still find the subject intriguing. The book explores commonly misused Bible verses, how and why people misinterpret the Bible, and the context in which the misused verses were actually written. I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from Netgalley.

  1. Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Hibiscus is a cookbook filled with Nigerian-inspired recipes. There are a number of recipes that utilise the Hibiscus flower (used to make the zobo or sorrel drink). I’ve had it on my wish-list for a while, so I bought a copy to celebrate the end of my exams. Some recipes I’m excited to try include the Peanut and Garri Calamari Rings, Lemon Chin Chin, and the Hibiscus and Coconut Cake.

  1. The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

This book is set in 1996 South Africa, in the transition away from apartheid. It tells the story of a woman’s struggle after her fiancé is killed. The author is Italian and Canadian, I’m interested in seeing whether she can tell this African story authentically. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (Guernica Editions).

  1. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Wife of the Gods is a crime/mystery novel set in Ghana. It’s surprisingly set away from the capital city, in the small town of Ketanu. A lot of the African crime novels I’ve heard of, are set in bustling cities like Lagos and Nairobi, so this is a welcome distinction. I don’t really read crime novels, but I watch a lot of crime shows, so I hope I’m pleasantly surprised by this novel.

If I manage to finish the books above before the end of May, on the horizon are:

  1. Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa
  2. Opening Spaces by Yvonne Vera

Have you heard of any of these books? What are your reading plans this month?

7 thoughts on “Books to Read | May 2019

    1. Hello, what do you mean by google links? I have links to the goodreads page of each book, and from there you can find different places to buy the books. Let me know if you need more info. I hope this helps.

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  1. Looking for Transwonderland has been on my TBR for over a year now. Haven’t heard of any of the other books though that may be because I’m usually on the hunt for books by Nigerian authors and publishers. I have read 2.5 books this month; 1.5 by Nigerian authors and 1 by an American authhor. Half way through the 1.5 which may end up as a DNF.

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    1. Yes! I’ve been searching for ‘Looking for Transwonderland’ for a long time now. I just found out that my local library has a copy, so I’ll borrow it when I have free time. I’m excited, I don’t think I’ve read anything like it.

      I’m trying to read more books across Africa, which is why there’s more diversity.

      2.5 books is great! The month just started. I’ve only read one book, and it’s a cookbook, so I wasn’t really ‘reading’ just admiring pictures.

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      1. Reading across Africa is good. It gives even more variety and choices. If I had more time, I’d read more books by non Nigerian authors but with the blog being so focused, we end up reading more books by Nigerian authors and pushing our TBRs by non Nigerian authors further and further down the line.

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