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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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review 2013-09-19 00:00
The Nigerian Scam
The Nigerian Scam - Crystal Blue The Nigerian Scam - Crystal Blue Guest Review done my Monica @ Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads

Rebecca was a college student in 1969, going around braless and hearing about the first man landing on the moon when she meets Paul, her first black male friend. Even though she is engaged to her sweetheart Johnny, he is away at war and she is finding herself intrigued with Paul. He has great manners and a sweet personality.

Hoping to try some new ethnic dishes she allows herself to be invited over to Paul’s house for dinner one night under the guise of watching the first moon landing. Paul, however, is not the nice guy he appears and the night soon manages to get out of her control. Even though she is not totally on board Paul says “I will not hurt you, I will not take you against your will.”

Soon begins the seduction of Rebecca.

This was a really quick read that was very well done. Both partners were willing, and totally enjoyed themselves more than once. For a forced seduction I found that Paul was still a gentleman and the encounter definitely became consensual. I was worried that it would be more violent but was pleasantly surprised. It was a cute quick read. Definitely the uber sexy dominant man seducing the sweet young girl.

*Review copy provided by author
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