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September Reads

October is here! Finally. September was such a long, exhausting and depressing month. To be honest I’m frankly overjoyed that its over. The only bearable thing about it is that i got my hands on some very fantastic books. I figured instead of writing about every single book I read separately I’ll just do like a monthly update (Mostly because adulting is so exhausting and ain’t nobody got time)

Anyway September was a good reading month. One of the finest in fact. Only thing is that I was a slow reader this month and didn’t get through a lot of them

  • Title: Stay with me
  • Author: Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  • Genre: African fiction
  • Pages: 272
  • Rating: 4 stars

The book gives the portrait of a Nigerian marriage marred with childlessness. I knew this book was going to be lit (Yes, I said lit, shoot me) when the childless protagonist is so desperate to get pregnant that she breastfeeds a goat! (What’s a Nigerian novel without some witchcraft right haha).  Adébáyò has been tutored in writing by both Margaret Atwood and fellow Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and though there is still room for growth, she has a thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own. Her clever and funny take on domestic life and Nigerian society is a welcome addition to her country’s burgeoning literary scene. Despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride. The only thing that I did not quite get was why the author did not approach the topic of the protagonist’s choice of career as a hairdresser given that she had a full university education. This is definitely a must read for lovers of African literature. Some of my favorite excerpts:

“If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love.”
“Sometimes I think we have children because we want to leave behind someone who can explain who we were to the world when we are gone.”
“The reasons why we do the things we do will not always be the ones others will remember. Sometimes I think we have children because we want to leave behind someone who can explain who we were to the world.”
“So love is like a test,but in what sense?To what end?Who was carrying out the test?But I think I did believe that Love had immense power to unearth all that was good in us,refine us and reveal to us the better versions of ourselves.”

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  • Title: Soft magic
  • Author: Upile Chisala
  • Genre: Poetry and Prose
  • Pages: 122
  • Rating: 3 stars

Soft magic is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. It is a shared healing journey. I found a few typos here and there and I get really irritated with such hence the 3 star rating. The book is very pro black and supports the black woman’s journey in life but also used a lot of the word “Darling” all over the place which is a word that has a lot of substitutes. Suffice to say, as much as I don’t want to compare it to other poetry books, I can definitely say that I saw some elements of “SALT by Nayyirah Waheed” in it but in a more amateur kind of way which made me feel like the book is overpriced as a result. I definitely have to get my hands on Nectar, her other collection of poems just so that I can see if this was just an isolated case. Some of my favorites:

“get in the habit of celebrating yourself from skin to marrow, you are magic.”
“fighting sadness is necessary war.”
“I am dripping melanin and honey. I am black without apology.”
“Do not accept the love of a man who makes you feel small, the universe is already so vast. 2. You are innately beautiful and completely irreplaceable. 3. You don’t have to go far to find love and validation, start from within. 4. Boys are boys and men are mean, tell them apart. 5. Be alone often, as you are, but don’t that turn into loneliness. 6. Remember to remain gentle. 7. Don’t stay angry at the world too long. Seek out life in little things and move past sadness. 8. Touch somebody, with your hands or with your heart, with your words or with your silence. Share yourself. 9. Celebrate your skin. 10. Be yourself and never apologize for being someone you love.”

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  • Title: A song of fire and ice: Game of Thrones
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • Genre: Fantasy science fiction
  • Pages: 848
  • Rating: 5 stars

Ever since my entry into the heady and wonderful peaks of fantasy literature following the release of the Fellowship of the Ring movie in 2001, I have been hard pressed to find an author greater than the inimitable J.R.R. Tolkien. Martin’s epic fantasy series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ has managed to – in both scope and creativity, not to mention simple writing ability – capture and recreate the story that started in Martin’s head. ‘A Game of Thrones’ is without a doubt one of the most involved and simultaneously enjoyable books I have ever read. Dense to the point of labour, but captivating well past my bed time, Martin knows exactly where to draw the line between lots of information and tedious boredom. I found myself reading this book way past my bedtime. Even watching the series did not dampen my spirits but made me even more excited because I could picture evil Cersie( I think Cersei makes GoT so damn good)

The Guardian wrote such a riveting review of it that I have to just copy and past it;

“Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … It’s ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venemous they could eat the Borgais.” Guardian

Some of the good lines:

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.”
“Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night.”

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  • Title:Half of a yellow sun
  • Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Genre: African historical fiction
  • Pages: 433
  • Rating: 5 stars

Disclaimer; I am guilty of reading this book for the 3rd time. This book has won all the awards there are to win out there so its simply exceptional. She weaves the characters in her books into a finely wrought, inescapable web. Half of a yellow sun is definitely not a conventional war story. I had already written the review for Chimamanda’s books here so check it out. This book has so many favorites I cant even list them all here. Every page overflows with beauty:

“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?” Aunty Ifeka said. “Your life belongs to you and you alone.”
“There are some things that are so unforgivable that they make other things easily forgivable.”
“How can we resist exploitation if we don’t have the tools to understand exploitation?”
“The real tragedy of our postcolonial world is not that the majority of people had no say in whether or not they wanted this new world; rather, it is that the majority have not been given the tools to negotiate this new world.”

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  • Title: Things I will tell my daughter
  • Author: Joan Thatiah
  • Genre: Self help/ Motivational
  • Pages: 180
  • Rating: 4 stars

Things I Will Tell My Daughter is a gloves-off, radical book by author Joan Thatiah, better known for her feature stories in the Saturday Nation. Her writing is endearing and punchy. It delves into life lessons she has lived and learnt through a blend of personal narrative and social history. Sex, dating, money, motherhood, the concept of beauty and marriage are all discussed in this book. I love it because it African and also because its Kenyan and also because its a necessary and timely book. Her advice on dating distinctly reminds one of the New York Times’ bestseller He’s Just Not That Into You (2004) by Greg Behrendt. Buy this book because you are unafraid of the naked truth about what life is like for modern women. Or if you are a parent and have been wondering how to broach certain subjects to your daughter.

Share your reads for the month with me and suggestions on what to catch up with.

Happy Reading!

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2 Comments

  1. Anon

    October 8, 2017 - 5:20 AM
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    You said you’ll be ‘talking about money and finance’ on this site but I’m seeing none of it. Do I need some special glasses to see them?

    • Koki

      October 9, 2017 - 9:01 AM
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      It’s a work in progress. Soon to come

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