Books to Read | July 2019

4 book covers placed side-by-side, with "The Lit African's July 2019 to read list" written beneath them.

Hello summer! Hello lovelies! How is everyone doing? This post is a little late. There are so many exciting things happening in July for me. Well, not really, just my birthday. But I’m studying for an exam, and trying to organise my life for the second half of the year. So I’m lowering my reading expectations this month.

The 4 books I plan to read in July are:

  1. Made in Ghana by Rodney Assan & Fui Can-Tamakloe

My friend lent me her copy of this book. It’s a collection of flash fiction stories about everyday Ghanaians. Made in Ghana is a relatively quick read, I’ve started reading it already, and I giggled  a couple times. I can’t wait to finish reading this.

  1. So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

This book is an African classic, originally published in French. The book is written like a letter: a letter from a Muslim widow in Senegal to her friend, detailing the story of her life. Many have described So Long a Letter as moving and pivotal to the discussion about the role of women in African societies. I’ve had the book on my to-read list for a while now, and I’m glad that my friend generously lent me her copy when I told her about it.

  1. I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

If you haven’t heard Bassey Ikpi performing spoken word poetry, stop what you’re doing and search for a video online. I remember the first time I watched one of her videos, and I was so excited to hear a Nigerian name, it was amazing. This book is a collection of essays about Ms. Ikpi’s experiences with Bipolar II and anxiety. The conversation about mental health is very important, especially in African communities where the topic is sometimes stigmatized. I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying is out on August 6th 2019. I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, and I’m looking forward to diving into this book.

4.  Queer Africa by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba

This is a collection of stories about the LGBT experience, by writers across Africa. It won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology in 2014. I’ve started reading the anthology already, and I have a few favourites.

If I finish reading these books before the end of July, on the horizon are:

  1. An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
  2. Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl by Pierre Thiam and Jennifer Sit

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