At the beginning of the year, I set a reading goal to read two fictions and one non-fiction every month, to foster both my writing skills and mental wellbeing. Even though I was not meeting this goal, I became more intentional about my reading and talked about its benefits in this first quarter recap.
Shortly after that, two months went by without me reading any book. They almost went unnoticed but stemmed from me running out of books I was desirous of reading and lacking the time to source for new books.
Upon completing my housemanship, the gap in my reading became evident and an abundance of time was thrust back into my hands. Thankfully, this coincided with the time Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime and Okey Ndibe’s memoir, Never Look An American In The Eye found their ways into my hands.
The titles were promising and made me eager to delve back into reading. Following my appreciation for Okey Ndibe’s memoir, I picked up another of his book, Foreign Gods Inc, making it the third book I was reading in a space of three weeks.
Never Look An American In The Eye
Do you ever finish a book and get curious about how the author looks and wonder what their lives outside the pages of their books are like? I do and that’s what I did with Okey Ndibe after reading his memoir. Such a fine man he is. 🙂
I was not observant enough to note the ‘a memoir’ written by the side of the title on the front cover, until a few pages in, when I paused to take another look at the cover, because it did not read like a novel, and noted the ‘a memoir’ rightly placed beside the title.
This was the first memoir I was successfully reading and for a first, it left a good impression of both memoirs and the author.
In it, the writer recounts his journey as a young journalist and writer; his meeting the much revered Chinua Achebe, whose job offer gave him a pass into the United States; a little about his background and family and finding his foot in America.
The book’s title and subtitle are fitting, and I had a beautiful reading experience, even though at some point, familiarity with some of the tales he told tried to rip me of the fun. But, in the end, it made for a great read and one I would gladly recommend.
Born A Crime
Image credit: Roving Heights
I know the fuss about this book is slowly ainding down. But, it was with the fuss, and some more!
Before reading this book, I was a bit worried that my heightened expectation of the book may leave me disappointed, but I am glad that I was not in the end.
In Born A Crime, Trevor shares his South African experience, born to a white father and black mother in Apartheid South Africa and the challenges he faced growing up.
Asides from the storytelling and the humour he deftly inserts, he was careful to leave some sound nuggets on love, parenting, and other societal issues.
It is such an easy and delightful book to read. KacheeTee read this book, loved it, and wrote a blog post about it that is worth checking out.
Foreign Gods Inc
Some persons say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ But I will say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its author.’ I thought my love for Okey Ndibe, elicited by his first book I read would transform into a love for this, too. Sadly, that love did not materialize. Some of the reasons I found it hard to thoroughly enjoy this book and failed to complete it (Yes, I dropped it midway) was:
One, it was not an easy read. It is one that requires a measure of the reader’s attention. Not one that can be enjoyed in between activities, like momentary periods of waiting and in traffic.
Two, you know how writers are encouraged to dare to bore their readers whilst describing persons, places or events. I am afraid, the author went a bit overboard, forcing me to skip many pages at hand, and when I could not anymore, I dropped the book.
Third and lastly, he favours big words over simpler ones and uses them too closely.
I am momentarily out of books to read and officially looking for my next read. I picked up Chimamanda Adiche’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions again and I am loving it.
A friend recommended books by Colleen Hoover and Buchi Emecheta to me. I will check them out. Know any good bookshops in Port Harcourt, like RovingHeights and Patabah Books in Lagos, please, point me in their direction.
Have you read any of the books I listed above? I would love to hear what you thought of them. Also, please, share the books you are currently reading and loving with me.