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text 2013-09-30 06:09
#FridayReads / #WeeklyWrapup September 29th
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Delayed much?


Hi Readers!


So I am back with a new edition of #FridayReads. I really don't have that many huge updates but here it goes. 


I finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I LOVED IT! I loved it! I think I may be even crushing on the writer herself. 


Yep, so that is a spoiler for how the review of that book is going to go ... if it ever goes up. (I am kinda bad at putting up reviews, eh?). 


I also went on a book haul during the weekend, where I bought We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo and The Thing Around Your Neck by Adichie. I am pretty excited for the former considering that I lived in Zimbabwe during my entire adolescence-- though, I read the chapter and I could not situate myself at all. It does have some similarities with Americanah by bringing in the diaspora aspect of Africanhood (if such a thing exists). 


I feel that I will start another themed read which would be  Contemporary African Literature; sadly, I hesitate because I didn't even post a single review for my last themed read. Then again, no one has commented negatively about it. So it is okay?!?


Finally, I am toying with the idea of testing out a new format of reading. I used to , and to a great extent, still am a strong advocate of the "BUT IF IT IS NOT A BOUND BOOK YOU LOSE ALL THE EXPERIENCE." Yes, I put all caps, because that is how strongly I felt. You see, I work at a relatively new job, where I am required to spend an inordinate amount of time doing the same task again, and again, and again. Which is why we are allowed to listen to music. I have been thinking of downloading an audiobook or two and reading while listening. It is much better than logging around Stephen King's The Shining (when am I ever going to finish that?!?) or feeling awkward because there is no time to sneak in a few pages from Americanah. 


So that is it from me. I hope you have a great week. 


xox, S. 


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quote 2013-09-21 01:49
He was no longer sure, he had in fact never been sure, whether he liked his life because he really did or whether he liked it because he was supposed to.
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. pg 21

Hi people, welcome to a special edition of #FridayReads!

Since I do not have much to say, since my last update, I just wanted to share a quote from the book I am currently reading which is Americanah. Growing up, I never really taught about anything relating to African literature, African history or African philosophy in school-- even though, I spent 19 years of my life in the mother continent. FYI, I am 23 yr/o. Furthermore, my parents and my ancestors are East African; therefore, it really feels like I missed out on an integral part of learning about my identity. Anyways, Americanah is a refreshing read because every three pages I find a little gem that I can relate to or that speaks to me. 

On that note, I would just have a few last things to share with you. 


If you haven't seen my update on my absence, please check out my blogpost here.


I've recently read this article on Nigerian Literature, from the renown Francophone Magazine Jeune Afrique. Si vous parlez le francais, vous pouvez le retrouver ici

K, that is it from me. xox, S.

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