Hello everyone. How’s your weekend going?
So my friend gifted me money for Valentine’s day and guess what I used it to buy (drumroll please)… BOOKS. I FINALLY got the books I ordered in February . I ordered them from The BookDealerng, an online Nigerian bookstore and there was a little delay due to unforeseen events but I finally got them yesterday and it totally made my day. What better way to spend the weekend than reading some great books and eating cake, am I right?
So here are the books I bought.
ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER: Written by Nnedi Okorafor, the author of the Binti trilogy, Akata witch, Who fears death and other great books. This is actually her debut novel and it’s a children’s / young adult novel about a girl called Zahrah who was born with dada (dreadlocks) that has vines growing in them. I started reading it last night and I am really enjoying it. The world present in this book is fascinating, everything is centered around plants, Computers are grown from seeds, buildings are made from plants and there are several fascinating creatures. We follow Zahrah as she explores a jungle which is the strangest, most mysterious place in their world in order to save her friend. You can get it on Amazon, if you are in Nigeria you can get it from Jumia or any bookstore that sells books published by Farafina Books.
In the northern Ooni Kingdom, fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal girl — she grows her own flora computer, has mirrors sewn onto her clothes, and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki, Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, isn’t afraid of her, even when something unusual begins happening — something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The two friends investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari’s life is threatened. Zahrah must face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different. In this exciting debut novel by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, things aren’t always what they seem — monkeys tell fortunes, plants offer wisdom, and a teenage girl is the only one who stands a chance at saving her best friend’s life.
THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES: Written by Lola Shoneyin. Tells the story of Baba Segi and his household and what happens when a new wife comes into the family. I have heard a lot of great reviews about this book and how it is a funny and moving story. So I decided to get it because I love Nigerian Literature. You can get it on Amazon.
African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Babi Segi’s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union come to life in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives—Big Love and The 19th Wife set against a contemporary African background
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: A collection of short stories written by Lesley Nneka Arimah which won the commonwealth short story prize for Africa in 2017. To be honest I don’t really know what to expect from this book but I know people who have enjoyed it so fingers crossed. You can get it from Amazon and Jumia
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
I also bought a blog planner . It’s a blog planner created by Cassandra Ikegbune of Cassie Daves blog, a Nigerian lifestyle blog and I am loving it. Apart from planning your blog posts, it also has useful info for bloggers and social media scheduling, pages for checking your progress at the end of each month and it’s really nice to have a place to pour all my blog topic ideas. I used to write them in every book I owned before which made everything so disorganised. This is first planner I have ever owned, most times I just use notebooks to plan my day and activities.
That’s all folks. Thanks for reading. If you are looking for me this weekend, I will be stuck in a book and eating copious amounts of cake. 😂😂😂