What did I read this spring? Two Commonwealth Writers Prize, a nonfiction, an anthology, three romance chick-lit, one children's book, three fictions: two in the African Writers Series from Nigeria and Mozambique.
Despite the fact that I am not officially participating in Blogging the Cain Prize, I read the shortlist for 2013. They were all eruditely written and awe-inspiring, which would make it hard to pick a winner. However, I cannot ignore the truth that I am strongly rooting for Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) ‘The Whispering Trees’. His way of approach to story is fascinating, the narrative language was engaging and the moral message behind the story was inspirational. I was deeply moved.
Hopefully, we will not have to lose our sight to find vision, lose our life to find our soul, lose vanity to find purpose before we could realise that happiness lies, not in getting what you want, but in wanting what you have. Thank you Abubakar for writing such an emotional moving and gratifying story. It goes without saying that I recommend everyone to read it. Please visit the Cain Prize website in order to read the story.
Below is my 2013 Spring Read:
- Heroes, 1986, Festus Iyayi
- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, 1987, John Steptoe
- Imagine This, 2007, Sade Adeniran
- Always Yours, 2012, Somi Ekhasomhi
- African Love Stories, 2006, Ama Ata Aidoo
- Hidden Currents, 2013, Somi Ekhasomhi
- Do They Hear You When You Cry, 1999, Fauziya Kassindja
- Jungle Justice, 2012, Somi Ekhasomhi
- Kehinde, 1994, Buchi Emecheta
- The Prodigal Daughter, 2012, Patricia Nmukoso Enyi
- Neighbours, 1995, Lília Momplé
So far this year I have read a total of twenty-one novels. I am so glad I am keeping up with this. Hopefully, I'll get to read forty novels at the end of the year, touch wood.
What about you? Have you read any of the novels listed above? What have you read this spring? and what have you read so far this year?
Remember to read African Literature.
The picture left and above is me reading in Benidorm and below is me reading in The Medieval City of Carcassonne. Please, feel free to inbox me your reading picture.