I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child. My grandmother always tells me the story of how, when I was in Grade One, I finished all the Grade One and Grade Two books in my school. My poor teacher had to get me Grade Three books to keep me occupied. I love how books transport me to different lands, and I can paint a picture of the characters, their voices and mannerisms with my own imagination. Books are great!
Books have helped me make friends, made me a better writer, and allow me to pass on my passion to my kids. I’m currently reading We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. The book is spectacular; whenever I read it, I imagine Gabrielle Union finishing up each story by laughing hysterically, and saying, “Wait wait wait, it gets better!” while waving her hands frantically, and we get into the next story. She doesn’t spill the wine though; we never spill the wine.
I have not given myself a challenge to read a certain number of books by the end of the year, but there are books I am keen on reading. I like to tweet my reactions to certain parts of books I read, so you can follow me on @quarter_wife and read some of my reactions.
Here are the books I am going to read during the year:
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
The 17th Suspect by James Patterson
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Party of One by Joy Beth Smith
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
I get most of my books from Amazon (for my Kindle), my blogging members at #BlogIndaba, and my family. I have so many books I need to read, but I will start on these before I start on my other pile of books.
What books are you reading this year? Let me know in the comments, so I can add to my huge list of books!
Until next time… your Quarter Wife.