Hello lovelies, I’m happy to introduce to you my first monthly reading wrap-up.

I had this post saved in archive because my blog wasn’t fully ready yet, and I wanted to really share with you my July wrap-up.

The month of July was an fulfilled one I must say. What mattered to me most was the fact I read in the month of July, not the numbers to me.

I was a month far better than the previous months this year so far.

I read a total of 8 books and all reviews were basically done on my bookstagram [Instagram].

Here are the list of books I read in August


⁣1. Memoirs of a Lazy Korfa by Tunmise Usikalu (physical book) Recommended.

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Book~Review ⁣ Memoirs of a Lazy Korfa by Tunmise Usikalu is primarily the author's journaling about her three weeks experience as a corper at the NYSC camp in kano in the year 2004.⁣ ⁣ The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) founded in 1973 is a mandatory one year program that every Nigerian graduate must undergo, with it purpose of fostering national unity & cohesion.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ First of all, I would say am happy to get a copy from @lazykorfa because, I feel like this book has ignited a little bit of reading spirit into my younger sister. ⁣ It happens to be first book with up to 100pages she's reading, saying at least this one doesn't look like those bibles you have.⁣ She shared her own review with me and her conclusion was, she doesn't want to undergo NYSC because she isn't ready for another dormitory experience (She's currently a boarding student).⁣ ⁣ The surprising part is, she is currently reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi, little by little.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ On my own end, this is a book I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a clue about what they should expect in NYSC and is looking for a light and interesting read.⁣ It talks about the jolly, crazy, good and bad moments in camp.⁣ ⁣ I needed something light to get me into reading back and this book did a good job to it. ⁣ ⁣ Their is something about this book that you should just get it to read, like the title 😂. I didn't aspired it as my friend would say, rather than expected it.⁣ ⁣ To be frank, NYSC isn't something I want to experience (sorry not sorry 😌. I don't like stress).⁣ I was lazy back in boarding school hostel, still date I would rather eat, read or watch movie than going out for an excercise.⁣ My excuse is, which fat I won burn 🤷🏾. I now have a picture of what it would be like when the time comes. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks to @lazykorfa for gifting me a copy in exchange for a review.⁣ ⁣ Copies are available in paperback and ebook.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ PS:⁣ My goodness, things were really cheap oh back then. And how far Chizzy and Ebere 🙈😌, I love gist too much to just let it slide.⁣ ⁣

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2. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (physical book). My rating was 5/5

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🇺🇬 Book~Review 🇺🇬⁣ ⁣ Kintu (historical fiction) is a multigenerational saga story of the Baganda history that tells the story of Kintu Kidda the Ppookino of Buddu Province, while in leadership took an action that unleashed a curse upon him and his clan for generations.⁣ ⁣ The story divided in six parts, takes us on a history between the 18th century, the beginning of the curse in the kingdom of Buganda and 21st century, the persistence of the curse upon Kintu's descendants.⁣ •⁣ `⁣ Kintu is an epic read that cuts across themes/history from African tradition, to myth & folktale, societal pressure, colonialization, birth of education, sexism, mental health, sexuality, Abrahamic religions and atheism, modernism, the Uganda–Tanzania War of 1978–79 which lead to the overthrow of Idi Amin and outbreak of the Ugandan Bush War 1980–86.⁣ ⁣ 🇺🇬 ⁣ ⁣ This book is an insanely heavy masterpiece. The complexity, worth it and the storytelling was beautiful and fascinating that I can't stop giving appreciation to Makumbi for this.⁣ I'm not a huge fan of history but, there's how when it's been told, leaves me in awe and gasping for more. Makumbi was able to delivery that.⁣ ⁣ The family tree and sorting of characters were really helpful, that's what I expect in a read that is multiple generational. Reminds me this was something that the novel And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini lacked and it made it not a really good read for me.⁣ ⁣ The characters were complex, most were dynamic and when I thought I disliked a character, I tend to find another that replaces the former one.⁣ Kanani Kintu and his wife 🤦, I felt like serving them a hot cup of tea from my mind (e no get were e pain them- in pidgin language).⁣ •⁣ `⁣ I'm really glad that Makumbi refused in changing the manuscript which an editor wanted because it was saturated with Ugandan, really African.⁣ She showed us that the Uganda history started long time ago and she is here to tell that story, not letting them die silently. Giving us stories that before colonialism, incidents and events has took place long ago.⁣ • #kintuinjuly Cont'd in comment 👇🏾

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3. Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (physical book). My rating was 4.5/5⁣

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🎼Plays Grown Woman by Beyoncè.⁣ ⁣ 🖤 Book~Review 🖤 Here comes the sun (HCTS) is a wonderful debut novel written by @ndennisbenn.⁣ It is a novel written in third person POV that tells the story of several black women living in River Banks, Jamaica who's lives were shaped by the situation, circumstances and condition they found themselves in, striving to survive at all cost. Back in the 1990's.⁣ ⁣ HCTS, cuts across a range of themes, centering on colourism, poverty, homophobia, education, lgbt & hetero relationship, sexism, racism, sexual assault, child abuse, betrayal, oppression and forceful displacement.⁣ ⁣ • This book wasn't particularly planned to be read sooner. It was like, I'm seeing a delicious meal and decided to give it a taste, of which I ended up devouring everything because it was absolutely mouthwatering (my description of this book).⁣ ⁣ My first time of been to Jamaica and I must say Nicole made it a memorable experience.⁣ She gave a realistic picture of the lives of the Jamaicans. Not just the beautiful pictures and polished island, tours we get to see but rather, the inside life of what is behind close doors. ⁣ ⁣ Given am not from Jamaica, it wasn't a read I had to rush because, it will humble you to slow down due to patios language.⁣ I didn't want to miss the full gist so, I took my time in pronounciation of the words, which you get to appreciate the beauty of languages.⁣ ⁣ Here comes the sun was a page tuner for me after getting into the book. I just couldn't keep calm due to how my mind goes back to the whole current situation happening and how it was going to end.⁣ ⁣ I felt different emotions while reading this book because, it was one hell of a drama.⁣ ⁣ This book portrays the length at which someone would go to strive and survive in this world.⁣ How an individual is been manipulated for their own personal beneficial interest.⁣ ⁣ I couldn't pick my most disliked character because of how the characters were flawed in their own various way.⁣ At some stage, I wished I could get into the book and just drag the person I felt like dragging at that particular time.⁣ ⁣ Cont'd in comment 👇🏾

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4. A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks (physical book). My rating was 5/5⁣

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📖Book~Review A Broken People's Playlist is an exceptional collection of 12 wonderful short stories, inspired by some good, good music.⁣ ⁣ The stories are written in first and second person POV of which, I enjoyed because it's been a while I read something beautiful from these perspective of POV.⁣ •⁣ Rather than the regular writing in chapters, the different stories are named after a track list that inspired the creativity of each story.⁣ With each music giving you a hint on what to expect in every story.⁣ ⁣ These wonderful stories cut across a wide range of themes from family to love, marriage, misdeed, forgiveness, anger, health, loss, abuse, rape, vindication and life's ups and down.⁣ ⁣ Each characters were really relatable and connectable. You could feel thier various emotions and sympathize with them.⁣ •⁣ _⁣ There is something about short stories that made me not to be a big fan of it, which is how it leaves me with unsettled questions at the end.⁣ But reading Manchester Happened and this book felt different.⁣ ⁣I laughed (big time), felt boken, sad, happy and remorseful at different point.⁣ ⁣ Another beautiful thing about this book was how the characters were interconnected.⁣ •⁣ _⁣ Garricks is such a good storyteller that I can't stop appreciating his works and talking about how his books should be read if you want to have a nice experience when it comes to African literature.⁣ ⁣His style of writing (Father lord 🙌, I love it) is phenomenal.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ It was hard picking a favourite story because of how good each of them are.⁣ ⁣ •Lost Stars and In The City, left me broken and sad.⁣ •I Put A Spell on You, left me wanting more and I can't just imagine, how it would all end.⁣ •Hurt, left me thoughtful and questioning myself on what might have been my own decision.⁣ ⁣ •Song For Someone, Ukela made me screamed and laughed hard.⁣ Girl,her attitude was the real deal.⁣ ⁣ •River, left me touched and felt what true friendship is.⁣ ⁣ •Desperado, was the most sensitive story to me because at some point it reminded me of an incident.⁣ ⁣ •You Suppose Know, 😥❤❤this particular story left me very emotional to the core.⁣ •⁣ _⁣ Cont'd 👇🏾

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5. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (physical book). My rating was 4/5

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❣ Book~Review ❣⁣⁣ ⁣ The Fishermen is a tale of four brothers, lyrically narrated by one among them Ben, who tells the story of his family and the incidents, that unfolds when his Dad was transferred to a faraway location for work and him and his brothers having an encounter with a madman who's vision shaped their lives in ways you won't imagine.⁣⁣ ⁣ The theme cuts across family expectation/aspirations, parenting, brotherhood, loss, love, unity, masculinity, mental illness, western civilization, politics, christianity believe, tradition and corruption.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was hooked from the start of this novel. The more I dig in, the more it unfolds.⁣⁣ At some point I felt, it shouldn't have been a book up to 300 pages.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I just couldn't help my emotions and how I felt about the lives of the characters. At some point, I had to pause because of the shock I had.⁣⁣ The catastrophes followed was heartdrenching.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The author style of writing was okay, not all that good for me because, I had to really pay attention due to the metaphors and should I say vocabulary💆🏾.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I couldn't stop feeling sorry for the turn out of events and for some of the characters too.⁣⁣ For Ike I wished he didn't absorbed all that was said about the vision. I felt like reaching out to him to talk him out.⁣⁣ ⁣ At the end of this read, I felt it's a book I hope to see more parents and guidance read.⁣ ⁣ Rating: 4/5 🌟⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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6. And The Mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini (physical book). My rating was 4/5⁣

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📖 Book~Review 📖⁣ And The Mountains Echoed is a family sega story that is primary build on the charming relationship between a brother and sister, born in Afghanistan but got separated for more than 50 years.⁣ That's all am giving, to avoid spoilers.⁣ ⁣ I've been a fan of Khaled Hosseini from the very first time I read his book. Due to his great storytelling skills, I read all other published books by him excluding this, despite his books wrecks me alot.⁣ ⁣ This remains me of how much growth I've attain on bookstagram because, I remembered vividly of the spoilers review I gave on The Kite Runner without me actually really knowing in full 🤦🏾.⁣ Looking back now, @dasience is the one I felt sorry for the most (she was like spoilers, *for my mind I dey review book 😑😂).⁣ •⁣ _⁣ Details ⁣ The style of writing in this book is quite different from the regular way Hosseini is known for in his previous novels.⁣ ⁣ Although, it had the regular theme in his novel which is refugees, war and it's effect.⁣ But it wasn't as heartdrenching as his previous novels to me.⁣ ⁣ This story to me, is more like a collection of stories of family generations intertwining together from different location (from Shadbagh their origin to Kabul, Paris, France, Greece and America).⁣ ⁣ The themes cut across family, love, friendship, hardship, sexuality, privilege, betrayal, choices in life, frustration, loss, death, war and it's aftermath.⁣ ⁣ The stories were told through the perspective of nine different characters, with their individual personalities and at the end, all having a connection to one another.⁣ One of reasons this novel didn't make it to some persons list, was because of the different characters and the way it went from present to past. ⁣ In my suggestion, they should have been a family tree picture for easy reference while reading.⁣ ⁣ I really did enjoy this novel, though I felt some characters were not necessary because, it didn't create enough space for us to get to know more about the main characters and most importantly, what happend to them. ⁣ I am curious to know about how it ended for Thalia, Markos and Odelia.⁣ _ Cont'd in comment 👇🏾

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7. Piece and Pieces by Paul Ugbede (physical book). My rating was 3/5⁣

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📖 Book~Review 📖⁣ ⁣ Piece & Pieces is a collection of eight short stories that primarily entwining between tradition, contemporary social issues and behavioral norms.⁣ ⁣ The various themes cut across rape, ignorance, friendship, homophobia, hypocrisy, domestic abuse, patriarchy, chauvinism and regionalism.⁣ ⁣ Stories ⁣ To Kill A witch made me angry and mad at what ignorance could cost. I saw the need why proper education and enlightenment is very necessary.⁣ ⁣ Side by Said made me laughed my ass out and at the same time a reminder that African parents can do better than this, even though the interest is for the best of their child. ⁣ ⁣ My Father Tijani didn't quite settle because of the way the female character was been portrayed.⁣ ⁣ The Art of Dying happens to be the one I preferred the most, though I was angry the female character let it slide, I longed for Karma.⁣ ⁣ Day After Tomorrow and Ayiki Allah made me winced and felt melancholy.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ These short stories collection was like a pill, needed to be swallowed.⁣ The reason I appreciate this was because, it serves as an eye opener/reminder that, stories like this exist in our society and individuals encounter this various issues.⁣ ⁣ The description and way of expression of the female characters didn't sit well with me.⁣ Some of the choices of words can express better without actually sounding distasteful.⁣ ⁣ PS: There is need for women to be angry and unapologetic.⁣ And rather than teaching and training our girls to wait for prince charming to change their story, they can accomplish all they want by them selves.⁣ ⁣ This book was gifted by @paperworthbooks in exchange for an honest review. #pieceandpieces

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8. Efuru by Flora Nwapa (e-book). My rating was 4/5⁣

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🇳🇬 Book~Review 🇳🇬⁣ ⁣ Efuru is a book that reminds of the good old days of listening to good stories and reads, in traditional settings (sorry I'm sounding like someone in his 40s, but I feel that way 😹).⁣ ⁣ The themes, cut across Motherhood, culture and tradition, female circumcision, marriage, patriarchy, gender roles, sexism, colonialism, ignorance, human behavioral and religion.⁣ ⁣ On the aspect of religion, it reminds me of the conversation I had with my dad on the aspect of how crime was minimal back in the olden days due to the fear and anger of their deity. And to be frank, I wish that fully exist in this Abrahamic religion era.⁣ ⁣ This read, reminds me of the issue I have with churches organizing programs and crusade for women, forgetting it's not all about them (impotent men are there too), we don't get to see that regularly.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ From the foeward, it was written that Flora Nwapa did not subscribe to the Western label of feminism.⁣ And one of the reason am happy to read this female African literature was because, it was published at the period in which male African lit was dominated.⁣ ⁣ 🦋Efuru gave a beautiful representation, that been a woman is more than just getting married and housing babies.⁣ ⁣ Ratings;⁣ 4 🌟 was it but the ending made it 3.5 🌟.⁣ ⁣ 📖⁣ 📖⁣ Efuru by Flora Nwapa is the book of the month for #Indulgentbibliophile bookckub.⁣ ⁣

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My favourite reads and recommendable books.

  • Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks
  • And The Mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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