I was tagged by EziChi of The Chaise and Lounge who passed by this tag on Bookish Wisp. This is my first tag post so I’m excited about it. My bookshelf is now electronic. During my last house move, I gave away some books, the rest are still in boxes in a cupboard so for this post, I’ll only make reference to the ones on my e-readers.
1. Link back to the original creator, Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
2. Also link back to the person who tagged you!
3. Name one book for each category. Try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
4. Tag at least 5 people.
A Book You Got as a Gift
I got The Life-Changing Magic of not Giving a F**k as a gift last Christmas and haven’t read it yet. I’m hoping my friend who got it for me as a gift never reads this post. I’m not a fan of self-help books and in my defence, I did protest about the book choice. *Makes mental note to read it soon.*
A Childhood Book
My earliest memory of books is the Mr Men (Little Miss) books series. I remember begging my mum to buy some in Leventis or was it Kingsway stores…
A Magical Book
I don’t usually read magical or fantasy books. I gave Children of Blood and Bone a try but didn’t like it. Read my review here.
A Romantic Book
I’m going to cheat and post 2 books because I really enjoyed reading both. Wine and Water is a collection of short stories and I loved the endings best because they aren’t conclusive. Read our review here. This Crazy Paradise was an enjoyable read which was so nuanced, we couldn’t find a way to review it without spoilers so we did a mini review here.
A Steamy Book
A Sin a Day is a novella of erotic short stories. I also think Memoirs of a Lagos Playboy would qualify for this category from my bookshelf.
An Old Book
Recently, a few of the African Writers Series became available on Okadabooks so I bought all of them. Looking forward to reading The Concubine again. I read it in secondary school as it was recommended reading for Literature in English then. I’ll be reading it as an adult so will probably enjoy it more, especially as I’m not getting graded!
A Book That Makes You Happy and/or Laugh
I can’t decide which among these two books to choose. Both are really funny with witty dialogues. Dirim’s Man has a well-worn trope; the pretend boyfriend taken to meet the family who ends up as the real boyfriend. Listen to my audio review here. Love Eventually is also a light read. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding, separate and eventually get back together…the end. Read our review here.
A Book That Makes You Emotional
After They Left is a heart rending tale about inter-ethnic/religious crisis in the North Central part of Nigeria. It makes me emotional because even though it’s fiction, it accurately depicts the senseless violence in that part of Nigeria. Read our review here. On Monday, Mo listed it as one of the 10 books she will love to see on TV.
A Book Whose Ending You Dislike
Has to be Sister Dear. I liked the book but thought the ending was rushed and underwhelming. It wasn’t the ending I hoped for. Listen to my audio review of the book here.
A Book You Wish Had Illustrations
I’m indifferent to illustrations. If they are in a book, fine but I won’t read a book and wish it has illustrations. Having said that, the illustrations in Living in Gidi really enhanced the book. Listen to my audio review here.
A Book or Genre That You Love Reading When It’s Raining
Definitely romance. I enjoyed Starting Over Again because the protagonist, Onome had another chance at love with a different person after her divorce. I love reading about people who find love after heartbreaks.
That’s all folks. Thanks, Ezichi for tagging me, I enjoyed writing my first tag post.
I tag the following people and look forward to reading their tag posts:
Mischenko of Read Rant Rock &Roll
Lara of Naija Book Bae
Amaka of Amaka Azie
Nasa of Nasa Afigbo’s blog
Karla J. Strand of karlajstrand