2018 Book Review

Here’s a list of books that I read last year. This time around, I’m going to give a score ranging 1 – 5, 1 being I didn’t like it much and you can read at your own peril and 5 being, I would strongly recommend. So let’s get cracking!

The Girl Who Lived Christopher Grey Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorafor
African trilogy; Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God Chinua Achebe Love Won’t Leave Me Either CJ Moody Bawse Bitches of PG County CJ Moody Black Joan Vassar Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng The Color of Law Richard Rothstein The History of White People Nell Irvin Painter 40 Day Surrender Fast Celeste Owen

The Girl Who Lived Christopher Greyson
This was quite interesting and it had a lot of suspense. The writer made sure to keep the reader guessing who the villain and hero were. I felt it went on a little longer than it should have but it makes for an interesting read if you are into suspense/thrillers. It’s not gory or scary so don’t chicken out 😛. Score: 3

Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor
A colleague recommended this book to me and said it was dubbed the African Harry Potter. Of course, that piqued my curiosity. It was very interesting to go on this make believe world by the author and frankly, I was fascinated by her creativity and what seemed to be a limitless imagination. The author did a great job in merging some of the Nigerian culture with western ideologies. There was a number of folklore embedded in this book and it did bring back some interesting childhood memories. Apart from a few factual errors in trying to depict some things about Nigeria which was evident as early on as the prologue, it is a well written and fascinating book.  You will enjoy this one if you are into fantasy fiction. Score: 4

Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorafor
This is a sequel to Akata Witch, I think the first one was better and should have been enough. The story carried on for too long and it took a lot longer to finish this one. However, it is as magical as the first one, the author’s imagination still boundless and it really pushes your creative boundaries. Score: 3

African trilogy; Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God Chinua Achebe
I loved all three books. It was entertaining, educative, informative and funny. It gave a very vivid and detailed description of both pre and post-colonial Nigeria. I learned a lot from all three books and was very impressed by the author’s use of local languages. The use of a local language didn’t take anything away from the story at all although, it helps that the author had the meanings printed at the back of the book. I felt the passion the author had for the characters and his country. The end of each book left me wanting for more. It’s a must read especially for Nigerians. Score: 5

Love Won’t Leave Me Either & Bawse Bitches of PG County CJ Moody 
These books were written by my  colleague including a third –
Love won’t leave me out which was the first published of the three. All three books give an interesting view into the author’s creative world. They talk about love, family and friends. You can find all three on amazon. Score: 3

Black Joan Vassar
This was an interesting read too. The characters intrigued me. I found myself rooting for some of them and even had empathy for the villains. Score: 3

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
I have mixed feelings about this one. The author definitely had a good story going on but I felt that the author tried too much to create some mystery where said mystery was in plain sight. I loved the back-stories of the individual characters; they had some depth to them, which made for a good story as a whole. Score: 3

The Color of Law Richard Rothstein
One of my favorite books of all time 🙌 This is a book with facts about systemic racism in America. It’s unbiased because the author provides facts with every claim he made. I found it very enlightening and sad too but it’s a great book to read. Score: 5

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The title piqued my interest but I was wrong about what type of literature it is. It’s pure history. Neanderthals, homo sapiens and all of that. I am sorry it was a bore fest for me but I’m sure historians would love this. Score: 1

40 Day Surrender Fast Celeste Owen
This was a life changing experience for me. I got this book because I need to de-clutter my mind and it definitely worked. This version of the book comes with a journal with very relatable and inspiring stories to keep your faith 🔥🔥🔥 at the end of it. You can get either the book + journal or get them separately. Score: 5

Hi there! 😊, this is in no way discrediting anybody’s hard work if anything I am inspired by their work.

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