Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings us nothing but joy and happiness. May we accomplish all our goals this year including those we failed to accomplish in 2016. Speaking of goals, I set a goal of 60 books in 2016 inspired by the 59 books I read in 2015 but I came very short of this goal. Life happened and I got busy with different things so I was only able to read 22 books. Most of the 22 books I read were African fictions. 2016 was my first time really getting into and reading a lot of African fictions. My favorite genre was crime and mystery. I discovered a lot of great authors and great books.
Looking back, these are all the books I read in 2016! Click on each book to read my review.
Sula by Toni Morrison
Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
The Blues Eye by Toni Morrison
Mrs. Shaw by Mukoma wa Ngugi
Disgruntled by Asali Solomon
Home by Toni Morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
Nairobi Heat by Mukoma wa Ngugi
Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
Let The Dead Lie by Malla Nunn
Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile
The Opposite House: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi
The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel by Leila Aboulela
Never Look an American in the Eye by Okey Ndibe
Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri – This is unfortunately, the only book I failed to share my review on. I had something written up but never finished writing my review. The book is basically about the fantasy dream of a man trying to find himself. I called it fantasy because there’s no other way to explain all the invisibility and weird creatures. If you enjoy reading about alternate reality you will enjoy this book. I didn’t quite enjoy it.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For 2017, I plan to read 30 books. Yes, I’m cutting my goal in half from last year because I will have a lot going on for me this year. I’m planning two of my weddings (Igbo traditional wedding and white wedding) and I’m studying for a certification exam to further my career. Will I still have time to read books? Who knows but I love to challenge myself.
How many books did you read in 2016 and how many do you plan to read in 2017? Please share your books and blogs in the comment section below. I am also accepting recommendations for books to read this year. Just like last year, I am still into African fiction. So, please share your favorite authors and books with me. Thanks!