Ten novels kept me through the winter, they all consist of a thousand seven hundred and ten pages and were all released between 1952 and 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed their companionship. Five of these novels were written by male authors while four were written by their female counterparts. One was an anthology, in which male and female writers alike took part in elaborating. As a result, I visited four countries, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya. In short, if I should classify my reads: two non-fictions, a historical fiction, African Writers Series, an anthology, Commonwealth Writers Prize Africa short list, folklore and fictions. Not bad right?
If I continue with this rhythm, hopefully, I will get to read around forty novels by the end of the year. Well, I think it also depends on their pages. In any case, I am looking forward to reading non-stop.
Left and above is a picture of me, four thousand meters high at L'aiguille du midi, Montblanc. Well wrapped up Reading Heroes by Festus Iyayi.
Below are novels I read during the winter.
- Women are Different, 1986, Flora Nwapa
- The Concubine, 1966, Elechi Amadi
- Beneath the Lion's Gaze, 2010, Maaza Mengiste
- The House at Sugar Beach, 2008, Helene Cooper
- Gods and Soldiers, 2009, Rob Spillman
- One is Enough, 1981, Flora Nwapa
- The Education of a Brtish-Protected Child, 2009, Chinua Achebe
- Striving For The Wind, 1990, Meja Mwangi
- Diaries of a Dead African, 2003, Chuma Nwokolo, JR
- The Palm-Wine Drinkard, 1952, Amos Tutuola
Late writers in my winter read. All Nigerians. May their soul rest in peace.
- Chinua Achebe (Born 16 November 1930 - Died 21 March 2013)
- Flora Nwapa (Born 13 January 1931 – Died 16 October 1993)
- Amos Tutuola (Born 20 June 1920 - Died 8 June 1997)
I do not have any reading challenges, because I do not want to go berserk in the process of trying to reach my goals. I just read along the way, since I do it for passion and pleasure.
What about you? How many novels and/or books have you read so far this year? Do you have any reading challenges? Have you read any of these novels? In general, what are your thoughts?
Lastly, please, feel free to in box me your Spring Reading Picture, which I will post here with details at the end of the season. Or, if you have Winter Reading Pictures, I am still on time to post them. Below are more of my winter reading pictures.