I posted in my entry for the NonFiction Reading Challenge that my first goal is to read 10 books about Africa, set in Africa, or written by members of the African diaspora.
Normally I don’t post many book hauls or TBRs, because I almost never stick to a TBR. I read a lot, my tastes and reading needs vary, one book might not be available at the library but another might turn up at the thrift store, and I never know what might be happening in my everyday life to allow me to read more or less than expected.
Also, I read at a decent speed, but I’m slow to review books and sometimes (especially if it’s a library book) never get around to reviewing them at all. That’s okay with me, but I do feel it’s unfair to those of you who might see a haul/TBR and be waiting for a review. So consider yourself warned!
What I’ve Read Before
I loved the adult memoir Born a Crime (set in South Africa), enjoyed the YRE of The Life of Olaudah Equiano (Benin but travels through other areas), and recommend The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (primarily Malawi). I wasn’t as into Kisses from Katie, although it was interesting. Honestly, I’m shocked at how little African nonfiction I’ve read. There’s quite a few novels and short story collections that haven’t been reviewed yet, but this is all the nonfiction!
What I Already Read This Year
Tears of the Desert is a book from my wishlist that I was gifted for Christmas. I read it during the first week of 2018. It was not an easy read, but it is an amazing book. Highly recommended.
Books I Already Own
These are books that I already own, so it makes sense for me to read them as it would count for two areas of my challenge.
These three I’m excited about. As mentioned above, I enjoyed the adult version of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The details have faded from my mind enough that I’m excited to read this young reader’s edition and refresh my memory.
I think Chinua Achebe is better known for fiction, but this memoir is about his experiences of the Biafran War in Nigeria. If memory serves, he also wrote a novel about this topic too. Although I’ve read a good amount of Nigerian fiction, Achebe is new to me.
Paul Rusesabagina is hotelier who saved over a thousand people during the Rwandan genocide. I’ve only heard good things about his autobiography, but it does sound emotionally charged.
While the first three were all books I purchased specifically even though they were bought used, these are more random. No Future Without Forgiveness is Desmond Tutu’s study of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. I found this on the free shelves after reading Trevor Noah but could never get into it.
Infidel is a book I was given and wouldn’t have chosen myself. The author is Somali, and the book takes place in various parts of Africa, the Middle East, and eventually Europe. I’m not entirely sure, but it seems like the author has left Islam and is very angry.
Long Walk to Freedom is a special case. Since this is a challenge book, set in Africa, that I already own, it would count three times over! But it’s also 625 pages (not counting the index). I was excited when I first found this book at the dollar store, but it’s lost some luster as I’ve tried, and failed, to read it.