Here Comes The Sun – Review

BOOK – Here Comes The Sun

AUTHOR – Nicole Dennis-Benn

PAGES – 345

PUBLISHED IN 2017 by One world publications

ISBN 978-1-78607-239-9

Blurb

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

First of all, I’d like to put it out there that I read a signed copy! I brag different.

The first thing that attracts you to this book ( if you’re like me) is the cover.

Bright, sunny and beautiful just like the Jamaica we foreigners know. The one we visit expecting to sip cocktails with occasional shots of rum on a beach half naked in Montego Bay. Well, sorry to break it to you but this is not the Jamaica you read about in this book and I really love that it isn’t. Every now and then we need a dose of reality. This story is told from a local’s POV. So you get to see the not so shiny and attractive aspects of Jamaica.

This book is centred around three women. Delores and her two daughters Margot and Thandi. Margot grew up hustling, doing whatever she could to survive because her mother,Delores pushed her into the world at the age of 14 without caring if she was ready or not.

As expected that put a huge strain on their relationship. Margot was willing to sell her body to make sure her sister, Thandi never have to go through what she did. Thandi would seem like the lucky one in this story, having a sister that would literally do anything to make sure you have a good life, a mother that was willing to do the same. She grew up always being reminded that everyone is sacrificing everything for her. Whew chile! The pressure.

The story gets a little complicated as you progress and it unfolds slowly but beautifully. It explores heavy themes – Homophobia, prostitution, sexuality, colorism, racism, survival, trauma and its long lasting effects.

Here Comes The Sun is as raw and authentic as it gets. Nicole unapologetically wrote some parts in patois which I particularly enjoyed. It made the book even more memorable for me.

The book is like a roller coaster of some sort. It starts off really slow paced, you almost want to ditch it (Don’t make that mistake), then it gets so good, you literally cannot drop it and you find yourself reading it everywhere and then before you know it, it’s over!

You know a writer is good when you start to come up with reasons why the most horrible character is the way they are. When you start to justify the silly things a character does. Nicole made me feel things with this book and I’m thankful for that because at least I know I am still capable of feeling things.

I initially gave this book 5 stars but changed it to 4.5 stars because the ending was unnecessarily abrupt. My heart did not need all that, Nicole.


Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Also, Let me know if you’d like to see more book reviews on the blog!

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2018 in books!

Hey y’all! Happy new year!!

It’s been a hot minute! How is everyone doing? How was 2018 for you? It was quite dramatic for me to say the least but it ended with a bang! If you’re following me on Instagram you already know what I’m talking about and if you’re not then ask yourself if this is really how you want to start your 2019.

I read 60 books last year (59 actual books plus the one my fiancé made for me. Yes he made a picture book with the story of how we met and basically our journey together so far. If that isn’t the most romantic thing ever! )

So let’s get to it shall we? I read a total of 60 books like I mentioned earlier. Here is a mini breakdown. Out of the 60 books, 7 were Nonfiction, 53 fiction.

15 books by African authors,

37 books by female authors

19 books by male authors

13 paperbacks

18 Audiobooks and 19 ebooks.

From this breakdown, it is apparent I like audiobooks and ebooks just as much if not more than paperbacks. Oh and whooosh! I clearly have a thing for female writers!

So out of all 60 books I read, four books stuck out to me and I’m sure I’ll probably reread them in the nearest future. The four books are;

1. Educated by Tara Westover

2. Beartown by Fredrick Backman

3. The book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

4. Born a crime by Trevor Noah

Guys! You really should get these books and read them. I laughed a lot, almost cried, screamed and giggled while reading them.

I’m excited and a bit nervous about 2019 but I know and trust that God will handle everything so I’m chilling.

I plan to read 60 books this year and that’s because I have professional exams coming up, wedding planning (still feels weird saying this) and a whole lot to do this year by God’s grace. I’m putting zero pressure on myself to read 60 books. If I end up reading more, Awesome! If I don’t, awesome!

So here’s to reading more books and taking each day as it comes!


Have you started any book this year?

How’s the new year treating you so far?

2018: The year of paperbacks.

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Hey book lovers! How’s it going? I hope your reading challenge is going as planned. My reading goal this year is to read 50 books. I’ve read 12 so far. I don’t think this is a promising start but as much as I want to accomplish this goal I’m putting zero pressure on myself and enjoying every book I read. I wanted to share and blog about the books I read in 2017 because I actually was able to list all 40 of them thanks to Goodreads but I was taking a short break from blogging last year December. (We are always taking breaks. We know and we apologise). Let me know in the comment section if you still want me to blog about that.

I’ve bought 11 books so far this year.

1. Men are from mars, women are from Venus – John Gray (Got this in camp)

2. Aké- Wole Soyinka (Got this at the Abuja airport)

3. Sorrow’s joy – Ogochukwu Promise (Also Got this at the Abuja airport)

4. Fine boys – Eghosa Imasuen (Ordered this from Alaroro books on IG)

5. Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Also Got this from Alaroro books on IG) – Bought two copies and decided to give one away.

6. Strategies for securing your dream job – Francis C. DAVID (Got this in camp. They gave us a lecture on this and I decided to buy the book after the lecture)

7. Under the uduala trees – Chinelo Okparanta ( Got this at the SLAY festival I attended last weekend. There was a nice sale going on and your girl had to get on it! Shout out to Patabah books!)

8. We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I also got this at the SLAY festival)

9. It wasn’t exactly Love (Stories from the farafina trust creative writing workshop 2012)

10. Blackass -A. Igoni Barrett

11. Attitude is everything – Keith Harrell

I feel like I’m going to be spending a lot of money on books this year. So I’m taking a break for now till like April. My birthday was three weeks ago and i’ll be accepting late gifts. Thank you very much! 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy it?

(I’ve always been a fan of ebooks but I’m getting into paperbacks this year)

Are you a fan of ebooks?

In case you missed the review of Aké by Wole Soyinka, you can read it here.

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10 books by female authors I look forward to reading in 2018

Hey book lovers! Happy International Women’s Day!

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Hope you’re having a fulfilling day!

I was going to do a recap of the books I read in 2017 but I took a break from blogging last year December and I feel like it’s too late to share now. Anyway, I ended up reading 40 books last year. 80% of which I read in the last quarter of the year. I found a new love in Mystery and thriller novels.

I am hoping to read 50 books this year and I’ve read 8 so far. According to goodreads, I’m on track. Yay!

In the spirit of the day, I’m sharing a list of books by female authors I look forward to reading this year. In no particular order. (I’ve read one of the books on this list (An American Marriage) and it was incredible.

1. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi

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Blurb

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born ‘with one foot in the other side.’ Unsettling, heart wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and saachi, successfully prayed her into existence but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization if her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves – now protective, now hedonistic — move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction

2. A girl like that – Tanaz Bhathena

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Blurb

Sixteen year old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a trouble maker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is that eighteen year old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed in the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious polic arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieces together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

3. An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

Blurb

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

4. Every note played – Lisa Genova

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Blurb

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness

5. Educated: A memoir – Tara Westover

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Blurb

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

6. Happiness – Aminatta Forna

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Blurb

London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide–Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.

Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his “niece” who hasn’t called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing.

When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens–mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London–come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.

Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.

7. Red Clocks –  Leni Zumas

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Blurb

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

8. The Windfall – Diksha Basu

Blurb

For the past thirty year, Mr. and Mrs Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American Business school. But then Mr. Nah comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super- rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe- polishing machines, and all.

The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters.

9. Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday

Blurb

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice , a young American editor and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq war, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming of age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amat , an Iraq-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.

A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.

10. The wife between us- Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Blurb

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of Love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.

You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.

You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

Have you read any of these books? What books have you read this year and what books by female authors are you looking forward to reading? Share in the comments section! I’d love to add more books to my TBR list.

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Dark Matter – Review 

Book Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch.

I remember seeing it on Olayinkareads instagram page but I never got around to actually reading it. (If you’re a book lover, you should totally check out her Blog). I’ve read quite a few books outside my TBR list for the month like Homegiing by Yaa Gyasi, Turtles all the way down by John Green, Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Highly recommended. I’m currently reading The Fishermen- Chigozie Obioma and I’m liking it so far.

So, I read Dark matter in one day. The book is about a guy Jason Dessen who is just a regular teacher living  happily with his wife Daniela and his son Charlie. He is not where he thought he’d be career wise but he’s happy and content until he got kidnapped and somehow landed in an alternate universe.
Anyway, Jason finds himself in another universe and here he’s not married with a kid. He’s a successful scientist. Plot twist – the Jason from the universe he’s stuck in is now living his life- pretending to be him and having the time of his life while at it.

I watched fringe (a tv show) for years and I used to be so into this alternate universe concept and the idea that multiple universes exist where we make different decisions at different points in our lives. It was such a great read that I could not drop my phone.
It was a very interesting and intriguing read.

I did not like how it ended though. I’m a sucker for happily ever after and although the ending was not terrible, It wasn’t what I was expecting.

I’m trying not to share too much so I don’t ruin it for yall.

This book got me thinking of the different  things that have happened in my life and the different decisions I’ve made at different points in my life. In another universe I’m probably not a Doctor or I am a Doctor but I did not do my internship in Ibadan and I’m probably traveling from one continent to the other under Doctors without border or for fun. 😂
But ultimately, i am happy in this life with the decisions I’ve made so far. Of course my life could be much better but I regret nothing.

I’d give this book a 5/5.  Yas it was that good!

Guys, would you love to be in another universe as you but living a totally different life? how’s your month going?

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Book Review – Small Admissions 

Book Title:  Small Admissions

Author: Amy Poeppel
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

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Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiance,” she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews. For reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity during the height of the admissions season. Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome neighbor is more than he seems. Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary-including the truly unexpected.

 

It’s basically about Kate Pearson who everyone seems to be worried about having dealt with a rough break up that turned her life upside down that had her on her couch feeling sorry for herself until she had to get herself together – Her sister practically forced her to go for a job interview and she surprisingly got the job in the admission department at this prestigious school in New York.

MY THOUGHTS. 



I read this book in two days because I found it hard to stop reading. It’s the kind of book you sleep late reading even when you know you have to go to work early the next day.
I love that it’s not so serious, quite relatable and hilarious.

Kate Pearson is effortlessly and annoyingly lovable.  I found myself randomly laughing while reading this book. Lmao I had to give the ‘It’s this book I’m reading’ talk a lot.

I also liked Kate’s sister Angela who is borderline obsessed with trying to make sure Kate is okay and constantly trying to take care of her. I mean, I guess it’s not a bad thing but at some point it was like damn sis! We get it.

I loved reading this book so much. Absolutely loved the style of writing.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:


“Takes initiative to pull out of a depression; you have to do something about it, like see a psychiatrist.”


“Dress the part, sound the part. They’ll figure you are the part.”

“Kate had been hijacked by a fictional version of herself: a girl who didn’t take it all so seriously, a girl who was experiencing life instead of studying it, a girl who ran away. The scariest part of all was that she bought this bullshit fantasy so completely, that when the possibility of it was taken away, she had no idea who she was anymore.”

“Breakup stories bore the shit out of me. If you meet a new man, I’m happy to listen, but I look forward, not back.”


“…even therapists need therapists from time to time.”

“Happiness is not a zero-sum game. It’s the only case in which the resources are limitless, and in which the rich can get richer at no expense to anyone else”

I’d give this books a 4/5. 

So I’ve read 3 out of the 4 books on my TBR list. Wow.

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How’s your week going?

What book are you currently reading ?

4 Books On My TBR List This Month. 

Hey beautiful people!

Today is a public holiday here in Nigeria as yesterday was our 57th Independence anniversary and we’ve basically not done much as the weather has been crap.

I spoke about getting a job in the last post. It was pretty impromptu. A friend told me about the hospital hiring about two days before I went there for an interview. Started work the next day.

It all happened so fast. Lol

It’s been going okay I guess. Not so busy ( Thankful for this). In fact, I am still able to read books/listen to podcasts when the place is quiet. The hospital has an Assisted Conception Unit so most of the patients we see are ObGyn patients but we still see regular patients. Common cases are Malaria, Gastroenteritis, Threatened Miscarriage, Incomplete Miscarriage, Allergies, Upper respiratory Tract Infection, Pelvic inflammatory Disease. We also do ObGyn surgeries/procedures – Manual Vaccum Aspiration, Cervical cerclage to Myomectomy, Hysterectomy, Caesarean section e.t.c.
I swear I was going to talk about books but here we are!

Books I read in September: I read The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble which I reviewed here. I also read Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman, Hello Sunshine – Laura Dave and The Sun is also a star – Nicola Yoon.

Safe to say my reading habit is now on fleek. It’s funny because I put zero pressure on myself. I had a lot of free time and I really enjoyed these books so it was easy to read 5 books last month. I read Hello Sunshine in like 3days. It was that good. Stay with me was pretty intense. I had to take breaks because it was just too much to handle all at once.

I’m currently reading Mrs. Fletcher – Tom Perrotta.


I should be done reading it in a couple of days. Hopefully! I’m lowkey tired of reading it but I am still looking forward to seeing how it ends.

Books I plan to read this month. (ALL E-BOOKS)

1. Little Fires Everywhere -Celeste Ng



2. Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben



3. Small Admissions – Amy Poeppe
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4. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult 


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The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble| Review-ish 

Hey! 

How’s it going?


So I started reading this book a week ago! I was ready to drop it after a couple of hours because it was so bleh to me. I thought it was a bit boring but I decided to just continue and see whether I’ll eventually get into it because that happens sometimes. 

Surprisingly, that happened. I fell in love with the characters in the book. Although They’re so different and their struggles  are so complicated and different, I felt something reading it.


First of all, I love the idea of a reading group especially among friends as it is an opportunity to do something outside your regular activities and gist as well and if you know me well, you know I love gist. 

The book is basically about 5 women in a reading group and their lives. They meet once a month to discuss a book they’ve all read. (I really like some of the books they chose and might just go look for how to get and read them) Most times they get distracted by gist/real life issues but that made it feel real. For some of them it was a way of escape from their lives. They were dealing with infidelity, abortion, loss of a relative, infertility and so much more. 

This isn’t supposed to be a book review. It was just supposed to be about some parts of  the book I read and really liked but here we are! 

The point where Harriet and Nicole were talking and Harriet felt like she married the wrong person, settled for less. She always felt like there was something or someone better for her out there. 

I feel like, it’s like you reach a certain age and you choose the person you’re going to marry and you marry them and get membership to this club, and it’s a really nice club and you like all the other members, and you get to have a nice house and clothes and holidays and stuff, and great friends and you have these babies and these are like wow- the best thing that ever ever happened to you, and you can’t believe how much you love them but at the end of the day, when they’re in bed, and your friends have gone home and you’re sitting in your beautiful house, it stops being about all other stuff and it’s about that person you’ve chosen and only about them and they have to be the right person, because otherwise all of the other stuff doesn’t matter. 

 I was like damn sis. She literally has the best husband in the book but was too busy thinking the grass is greener on the other side. 

Harriet and Nicole had the best conversations tbh. I absolutely loved their friendship.

Here, Nicole was talking to Harriet about her serial cheater of a husband. She was the wife that kept forgiving him and felt that she was the problem. So terrible. 

Catching him in bed with that woman in Spain- well, it changed things for me. I think it changed me. It was like I could suddenly see things clearly. Like at that moment I realized it wasn’t my fault that Gavin is like he is. It isn’t because I’ve changed, or because something’s missing. It was never about me. It was about him having no strength, no willpower, no morals and, most of all, Harry having no love or respect for me.

I was like yassss sis. Finally! 

I genuinely enjoyed reading this book even if it took a while for me to really get into it.

I’d give this book a 3/5. Lol


I don’t have the e-copy of the book but I might be willing to lend my copy out to anyone interested. Emphasis on might. 

P.S – I got this book along with two other books for N1,000 somewhere in CMS. 

The weekend is over already! What did y’all do this weekend? Excited for the new week? 

We went to the beach yesterday and it was amazing. Expect a review on the blog soon but you can follow us on Instagram to see some pictures from our beach day! 
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Book Review| Furiously Happy

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Hey you guys! Hope everyone is doing good! This is my first book review and I’m not promising to do this often but I just had to do it because I love this book so much. I just love how real she is. Furiously happy is a non-fiction book about how Jenny Lawson (the author) deals with her mental health issues. Humor is definitely her defence mechanism and I love it.

‘A funny book about Horrible things’

She suffers from depression and anxiety and is not afraid or embarrassed to talk about them. ‘For most of my life I’ve battled depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders, but I wrote this book less as a manual on how-to-survive-mental-illness and more of a compendium on how-to-thrive-in-spite-of-your-brain-being-a-real-bastard.’

I knew I’d love the book after reading the series of disclaimer she wrote.

‘This is a funny book about living with mental illness. It sounds like a terrible combination, but personally, I’m mentally ill and some of the most hysterical people I know are as well. So if you don’t like the book then maybe you’re just not crazy enough to enjoy it. Either way, you win.’

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book.
‘I write this mantra on myself every single time I have to get on stage or do a book reading. “Pretend you’re good at it.”

‘Surely the people naming anti-psychotics could have come up with something less hurtful. After all, we don’t call viagra the ‘floppy-dick pill’ and hardly any of us refer to anger-management therapy as ‘maybe-just-stop-being-such-an-asshole class’

‘Be happy in front of people who hate you. That way they know they haven’t gotten to you. Plus it pisses them off like crazy.’

‘Don’t sabotage yourself. There are plenty of other people willing to do that for free.’

I just love how open she is about it all and how she put herself out there talking about her embarrassing moments knowing the stigma associated with mental illness. I laughed a lot while reading this book. My sister had to ask a couple of times if everything was okay. Oh! and I love that she has a supportive husband! Thumbs up for great supportive partners!

P.S – She is a blogger! Check out her blog here!

You should definitely read this book. I was familiar with the mental illnesses because of my Psychiatry rotation in med school. Shout out to Dr. Benjamin.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to let me know if you want the ebook.  🙂

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