Hello lovelies, it’s another monthly wrap up session with me!

PS: I had this post saved in archive, while I was waiting for my blog to fully set up. I really wanted to share with you my August wrap-up and here it is.

August happens to be the best month and the highest amount of books I’ve read in my life.

I was in a good state and healthy mind to read in the month of August, which was one of the primary reasons I was able to do much by reading a total of 12 books.

I was determine to read more, so I set goals to see to that and I’m here to tell you I achieved my bookish goals and for that, you can too.

Here are the list of books I read in August

1. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (audio book).
My rating for this read was 4.5/5⁣. Check out my review on instagram

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👑 Book~Review 👑⁣ I was born royalty, all I have to do is pick up my crown – Liz.⁣ ⁣ This is a story about a young black girl with aspirations in life. And in order to achive her dreams, took an alternative option (of which is entirely different from her usuals), since her major plan which is the stepping stone for her failed.⁣ That's all, I'm giving because you've got to read this, not gonna mess it for you.⁣ ⁣ 👑⁣ This read throws spotlight on the themes white supremacy, parental/ guidance expectations, homophobia, anxiety disorder, genetic disorder, queerness, friendship, love and loss.⁣ ⁣ I'm not much of a contemporary YA reader but I feel I want to explore that genre well enough.⁣ ⁣ •`•`•⁣ Liz the protagonist is passionate character I admire despite all odds, especially been black and not affluent. Her friendship from the start has me screaming when!!!! to this type of friendship.⁣ I was just damn happy, she wasn't those type of black girl that gets to tame herself because of who she is. I was seriously praying for her to own it.⁣ ⁣ I couldn't love her less when she realize they were not going to make a space for her to fit and she had to demand it. Girl, the energy to this 😍.⁣ It reminds of the series POSE FX.⁣ ⁣ Most of the characters were admirable too I must say.⁣ ⁣ •`•⁣ We got to see how white supremacism played it's role right from time, and I was so glad history was able to be made despite that.⁣ ⁣ 👑⁣ One of the things I've learnt from this read is, how important communication can be. It can unite and break bridges at the same time. A reason why I always talk about never assume, about how a person would feel. Clarity on this can be achieve through communication.⁣ ⁣ I felt happy and was like, who doesn't love a happy ending 💁🏾😊.⁣ ⁣ Rating: 4.5/5 🌟 ⁣ Audiobook on @scribd

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2. Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo (e-book).
My rating was 4/5.⁣

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Book~Review (Ties that Tether, gifted by @berkleypub |4✨)⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Ties that Tether is a contemporary romance debut novel by @jane_igharo that tells the story of a Nigerian-Canadian girl, Azere in the quest of preserving her cultural identity, got caught up in a dilemma after a one night incident that took place.⁣ ⁣ This book cuts across important themes from immigration to culture and tradition, interracial relationship, ethnicity, love, family pressure and expectations, misconception, feminist stereotype and likability.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ This read was an enjoyable one to me. It was educative, drama filled and throwing spotlight to important issues in the society at large.⁣ ⁣ Preservation of one cultural identity is something important and to me, not easy especially when the individual happens to be an immigrant. Trying to balance the prevailing culture of the society you in and that of your indigenous culture, do result to acculturation.⁣ So, in my own opinion, at some level I understand Azere's parent wish but didn't fully subscribe to it, mostly the level it was been taken.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ On the issue of feminists been stereotyped, the awareness of what feminism truly stand for should be discussed and passed across, because of the negative connotation, often making the stereotyped subjected to derogatory mockery.⁣ ⁣ Another light I would want to throw in is on life satisfaction. On this aspect, ones happiness is among the top things to consider.⁣ In life, one's opinion matters alot than others because at the end it defines the state at which you are going to live in. Taking a decision of your choice is very necessary, just like in the female protagonist situation (your happiness matters).⁣ ⁣ The male and female protagonist were likable to me but the reason for the male protagonist been angstful wasn't good enough (the secret was just flat).⁣ ⁣ Most of the male characters were douchebags, I must say and to some level one of the main reasons I love Azere was her way of handling them.⁣ At the end the epilogue wasn't necessary in my opinion.⁣ ⁣ Thanks for netgalley copy in exchange for a review, to be published September 29, 2020⁣. • _ PS: author is a huge beyhive fan 😍.

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3. Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (physical book)
My rating was 5/5⁣

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Book~Review (PATSY, by Nicole Dennis-Benn |5✨)⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ I read Here Comes the Sun, which happens to be my first time reading a book by Nicole Dennis-Benn. I enjoyed the read, but then I read Patsy and not only did I enjoyed it, I absolutely loved it.⁣⁣ ⁣ I stan Nicole Dennis-Benn 👑👏🏾⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ •⁣⁣ _⁣⁣ This is a book that takes you on a rollercoaster ride about Patsy, who in pursuit for a better life and love decided to leave Jamaica for America for that dream. Leaving behind her five years old daughter and lots more.⁣⁣ ⁣ This read highlighted important themes ranging from motherhood to love, sexism, colourism, sexuality, acceptance, classism, toxic masculinity, family pressure/expectation, rape & abuse, depression and immigration.⁣⁣ ⁣ I wasn't able to write a review immediately after reading this beautiful book because, their was alot to talk about and I felt my review won't portray every details.⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Starting from the storytelling, it was really indulging and wonderful. The way @ndennisbenn navigated between the stories, showed how good she was.⁣⁣ ⁣ The characters in this novel was well developed and built. They were alive, with their goals and struggles.⁣⁣ Their complexity was something I love about them, though some of their decision wasn't a go ahead option for me, but then life happens.⁣⁣ ⁣ This is a read that leaves you reflecting on life, thinking how you would have managed the situations and most importantly drawing your attention to vital topics been discussed. Though, I felt the ending been rushed.⁣⁣ ⁣ In as much I feel my review didn't express myself enough, I want y'all lovers of fiction to read this.⁣⁣ ⁣ I highly recommend.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣

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4. Aviara by Othuke Ominiabohs (physical book). My rating was 4/5⁣ (physical book) .
My rating was 3.5/5⁣

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Book~Review (Aviara gifted by @masobebooks |4✨)⁣⁣ ⁣ 1/2 Aviara is a book that tells us the story of a young man diagnosed with a renal disease, and his journey towards finding help in discovering his true self and healing process.⁣ (Won't be spilling the whole tea because you deserve to experience this book yourself)⁣ ⁣ Starting from the cover, this book is so beautiful and I admire it alot that I can't get over the cover, due the fact I'm a sucker for pretty books.⁣ ⁣ Despite Aviara is a sequel to @ohmston first book Odufa, it doesn't take away the experience of reading this on it's own. Just like @a_lit_babe said; both books equally served different purposes, while we were discussing because we buddy read this together.⁣ ⁣ Aviara highlighted important themes interweaving from love to health awareness, desperation, Nigeria failed healthcare system and governance, faith, forgiveness, redemption, pragmatism, friendship, death, afterlife, philosophy, ancestry and self-reflection.⁣ ⁣ This book is a page turner, I must say. Filled with drama and secrets that I couldn't just keep calm still I got to the last page, and even that I had to reflect with the protagonist whole journey in the book.⁣ The author was good with his way of description and the story telling I must commend, was very competent.⁣ •⁣ `⁣ One of main reasons I highly recommend this read to y'all is because, it is very human relatable that I felt this couldn't just be fiction, and it turns out my instincts weren't wrong.⁣ It gave a huge stoplight on the health issues faced by humans, creating awareness/enlightenment about hypertension, kidney failure and other illness relating to them, discrediting the mindset we have towards these disease and finally giving us factors we don't put into consideration.⁣ ⁣ The afterlife experience of the protagonist was really touching, giving you a reason to reflect on life itself.⁣ ⁣ This book reminds us all of our health conditions and how we should take time to reflect and appreciate our good health. And for those with a certain disorder/illness, never to relent in keeping their health as part of their top priority.⁣ •⁣ `⁣ Cont'd in comment below👇🏿

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5. Odufa, A Lover’s Tale book by Othuke Ominiabohs (physical book). My rating was 4/5⁣

6. Dear Alaere by Eriye Onagoruwa (Physical book). My rating was 3/5⁣

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Book~review (gifted by @paperworthbooks |3✨)⁣ ⁣ Nowhere is the African society at it's crudest than in its relationship towards women whose bodies have sagged from the weight of waiting and wanting children. Society wears a different set of glasses for the men. They are never to blame. -Excerpt from Dear Alaere.⁣ ⁣ Dear Alaere is a book that tells us the story, of a sophisticated woman whom at the spite of life challenges, trys to navigate a balance between her career/work, marriage and the society at large.⁣ ⁣ This read highlighted important themes cutting across childlessness, womanhood, love, sexism, male chauvinism, patriarchy, bribery, corruption, sexual abuse, assault, nepotism, spiritualism, polygamy and African culture misconception.⁣ ⁣ I saw the hustle and bustle of the popular city of Lagos, giving a realistic experience through this book.⁣ ⁣ •⁣ `On the theme childlessness, I liked the perspective on which the issue was discussed about, rather than the regular female POV we get to see. This reminds me of how my heart goes out to the women out there, who had gone through alot, carrying the blame for the inability to bear a child when in most cases the spouse is the reason for it.⁣ ⁣ This read is a reminder to us all why education is important and serve as a huge medium in debunking some myths, misconception and stereotypes.⁣ Specifically to me, the enlightenment on child gender formation before birth. The African culture and how it doesn't justify the issue of polygamy, and also the male chauvinistic ideology is useless.⁣ ⁣ 📖From the author's style of writing I was able to picture her interest and passion as an individual before reading through the (about the author) section.⁣ Look forward to the author next book. ⁣ ⁣ On the characters aspect; singularly the protagonist, I loved how she strived at it all especially, raising above the sexism that existed.⁣ ⁣ PS: My heart still goes out to Alhaji Wasiu children, not him 🙄🙅🏾.⁣ ⁣Thank to paperworthbooks.

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7. Inferno of Silence by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (physical book). My rating was 3.5/5⁣

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Book~Review (Inferno Of Silence, gifted by @tolutoludo |3✨)⁣ ⁣ This book is a collection of seven short stories, each theme differing from each other.⁣ ⁣ The themes in general talked about important topics/issues we face as humans from racism to poor Nigeria security system, Ignorance, poor awareness towards male infertility, parents pressure, superstition, sexism, mental slavery, mental health, abuse, stereotyping in marriage & religion, toxic masculinity and societal expectations.⁣ ⁣ This read to me was more like an awareness to certain issues we don't pay much attention to.⁣ It was an easy read that I would recommend to all because at one point or the other, every human stages were involved.⁣ ⁣ 🖋Highlighting a reminder:⁣ ⁣On the topic parenting, it actually shows that parents want the best for their ward, but the way it's been channeled isn't the right way. A child shouldn't be conditioned, irrespective of their gender. They could do better.⁣ ⁣ On the issue of abuse, anyone irrespective of their gender can be a victim.⁣ ⁣ And lastly, our mental health shouldn't be neglected because, it's a vital part of our life which also impacts our thoughts, behaviors and emotions.⁣ ⁣• _ My fav story was Inferno Of Silence, that from the cover gained my attention because of my interest in reading on issues surrounding toxic masculinity.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Thanks to the author for this copy in exchange for a review.⁣ ⁣ Physical copies can be gotten from @tolutoludo link in Bio and e-copies from @okadabooks ⁣ PS: Watch out for a book giveaway on my page for this book, which was made possible by the author.⁣ ⁣

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8. The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah (physical book). My rating was 4.5/5⁣

A tale of two sisters who got alienated after a raid incident that occured. Review would be posted on the 15th October.

9. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (audio book). My rating was 4/5

10. Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (ebook book). My rating was 3.5/5⁣

A read which gets you emotionally messed up.

11. Behind Closed Door by Kingsley Adrian Banks (e-book). My rating was 3.5/5⁣

12. Digital fortress by Dan Brown (physical book). My rating was 4/5⁣

Digital Fortress is a Techno-thriller and Mystery read that explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens, and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications of using such technology.

My Favourite reads and recommendable books.

  • Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  • The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah
  • Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo
  • Aviara by Othuke Ominiabohs

Now let’s hear from you, how many books did you read in August and which was your favourite?

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