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Books I Read In the First Quarter of 2019

At the beginning of the year, I set a reading goal: To read two fictions and one nonfiction every month.

The journey to meeting my reading goal has been interesting, even though not completely successful.

It is in the bid to meet my monthly reading target that I have met both awesome authors and the beautiful characters they created.

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In January, I read I Do Not Come To You By Chance, a book I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend if you are looking for a good read.

It is a book that tells the story of a young man forced to make a choice between the idealistic values he was brought up with and engaging in dishonest means of survival – duping people, what is known colloquially as 419 or more recently ‘yahoo yahoo’ – not for himself, but for his family whom penury is about to wipe out.

The protagonist in the story watched his British-educated dad die at the wretched hands of poverty and neither his education nor his morality could save him. Although his late dad would rather die honourably than be a party to dishonesty, his young son is left to navigate his own journey and find his own truth.

Love a dash of humour too? The author throws that into the mix pretty well.

⭐ – 4/5.

Photo credit: Shurlar unscripted

February went down in history with me completing Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come.

The title of this book is one that has stayed on the lips of many and became popular; a phrase that people employ when encouraging another or themselves.

I did not like that I had to wait until the last page to appreciate the title of the book.

For a while, it felt like I was merely reading on so as to complete the book rather than thoroughly enjoying it, but I did not get too bored as to stop reading.

On the overall, I enjoyed reading it and the favourite part of my reading experience was the new words I learnt from the author.

I also appreciated the writer’s balanced view on certain topics: marriage, politics and feminism – not the toxic type.

It is a book I am willing to re-read to appreciate it better.

⭐ – 3/5.

Photo credit: We For The Culture

Allow me to introduce the book I completed in March with a drum roll. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives it was.

I was strolling through my Instagram feed, my mind in search of a book to occupy it, when I came across praise for the book on Diary of A Naija Girl’s page.

I instinctively knew it was the book to read and was not disappointed.

I appreciated the author’s wit like those who read before I did.

Midway, I found the book spellbinding. The type that causes you to procrastinate all other activities simply because you want to know what happens in the next line, the next paragraph and the next chapter.

I found the character, Bolanle captivating. From her story, I learnt to respect people’s decision however flawed it may seem; everyone is on their unique part to discovery and healing, let them tow it.

⭐ – 4.5/5.

And that’s was all for the first quarter.

I read another beautiful book early in April and reviewed it on my Instagram.

Did you notice all the books I reviewed were fiction and the only non-fiction, Yomi Jomibewon’s Risk and Return I started reading in January I am yet to complete?

I have not read a book in weeks. Please, recommend your favourites to me. Fiction and nonfiction. I am currently looking to grow my side hustle. Know any great read on the subject? I would appreciate the recommendation.

What books did you read or are you currently reading? Do you have a reading target and are you meeting it? Have you read any of these books? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments.



By annieejiofor

Hello. I'm Annie, a Nigerian, medical doctor, IELTS coach, freelance editor and the voice behind the writing.

I blog about life within and without medicine and other lifestyle topics like books, travel and helpful advice for medical professionals.

5 replies on “Books I Read In the First Quarter of 2019”

Wow I would love to read all books esp I do not come to you by chance . I set myself to read one book each month . some months I go two others one and others none . I really want to get into the reading spirit again . I’m currently reading bird box. Its so interesting and filled with suspense . you would love it but its not African though

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I really enjoyed all the books you reviewed. I was practically glued to my phone screen the entire time I read them. I think I need to read more hardcopy versions. Have you read Chibundu onuzo’s welcome to Lagos?. It was a very interesting read.

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Thank you for your recommendation, Mut. I have Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos. I will take your comment as a gentle push to pick it up again and complete it. Once again, thank you. ❤❤❤


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