Wednesday, 30 December 2015

REVIEW: WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

 Feminist: A person who  believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Rating: 5 Stars

Number Of Pages: 48

Year Of Publication: 2014

SUMMARY
This is a modified version of a talk I delivered in December 2012 at TEDxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa. Speakers from diverse fields deliver concise talks aimed at challenging and inspiring Africans and friends of Africa. I had spoken at a different TED conference a few years before, giving a talk titled 'The Danger of the Single Story' about how stereotypes limit and shape our thinking, especially about Africa. It seems to me that the word feminist, and the idea of feminism itself, is also limited by stereotypes. When my brother Chuks and best friend Ike, both co-organizers of the TEDxEuston conference, insisted that I speak, I could not say no. I decided to speak about Feminism because it is something I feel strongly about. I suspected that it might not be a very popular subject, but I hoped to start a necessary conversation. And so that evening as I stood onstage, I felt as though I was in the presence of family- a kind and attentive audience, but one that might resist the subject of my talk. At the end, their standing ovation gave me hope.- Written by the Author.

"Nuanced and rousing."- Vogue

"Adichie is so smart about so many things."- San Francisco Chronicle

 Some Excerpts From The Book
"We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.'"

"The language of marriage is often a language of ownership, not of partnership. We use the word respect for something a woman shows a man, but not often for something a man shows a woman."

"We police girls. We praise girls for virginity but we don't praise boys for virginity (and it makes me wonder how exactly this is supposed to work out, since the loss of virginity is a process that usually involves two people of opposite genders)"

MY VERDICT
she's so beautiful :' )
Everything about this book screams genius! Adichie totally took all my thoughts about gender inequality and gracefully published them in this masterpiece. I believe women in this world aren't treated appropriately and I hope this book enlightens a lot of people and propels them to change their way of thinking . Please, Let's discard the 'a woman's only use is in the kitchen' notion and adopt the 'equality of sexes' one, to ensure world progress. You can watch Adichie's TED talk here and you can purchase the book here.

other books by the author :
Americanah
The Thing Around Your Neck
Half of a Yellow Sun
and Purple Hibiscus ..

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Top Ten Thursday- Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

***Me in a bookshop***
"My heart says yes, but my account says otherwise."

Most readers can relate to this quote. I  can personally testify that most times when I step into a bookshop I always see seven- if not more- books I want to get. Sadly, the case is always that I budget for only two books :') Oh well, that's life Lol. Below is a list of books I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my tree . (oh and if anyone is feeling benevolent and would like to get me one of these brilliant novels for Christmas, you can contact me here: chiamakaamonye@gmail.com or chiamakaamonye@yahoo.co.uk ) Thank you in advance. God Bless xx

The List 
1.
 Odufa by Othuke Ominiabohs











2.
Efuru by Flora Nwapa











3.
 Last Night In The Viper Room by Gavin Edwards











4.
 Sixty Percent Of A True Story by Osisiye Tafa











5.
The Outcasts by Lubega Bonnie







6.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur











7.
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers











8.
 How to be a Nigerian by Peter Enahoro











9.
 Black Ass by A. Igoni Barrett











10.                                      
Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes

Obviously the list is endless, but I just had to put down what popped into my head first :)
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Merry Christmas in advance xoxo

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

REVIEW: NERVOUS CONDITIONS


Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga

Genre: African Fiction

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Year Of Publication: 1988

Number Of Pages: 204

Followed by: The Book of Not

SUMMARY
This stunning first novel, set in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, centers on the coming of age of a teenage girl, Tambu, and her relationship with her British-educated cousin Nyasha. Tambu, who yearns to be free of the constraints of her rural village, especially the circumscribed lives of the women, thinks her dreams have come true when her wealthy uncle offers to sponsor her education. But she soon learns that the education she receives at his mission school comes with a price. At the school she meets the worldly and rebellious Nyasha, who is chafing under her father's authority. Raised in England, Nyasha is so much a stranger among her own people that she can no longer speak her native language. Tambu can only watch as her cousin, caught between two cultures, pays the full cost of alienation. ( Sourced from Goodreads )

MY VERDICT 
First and foremost, this book was such an eye-opener. It spoke about Feminism so subtly that I didn't notice until I had read a substantial amount of the book.
It isn't your typical coming-of-age story with a boy meets girl, girl and boy fall in love kinda plot etc 
It's more than that; it opened my eyes to see that being an African teenager- especially a poor one- isn't a walk in the park. Many underprivileged  teenagers have to struggle to get a decent education. 
I'm grateful to Miss Dangaremgba for writing this very realistic  African story.
My best character had to be Tambu, we have a lot in common. 
I look forward to reading the Sequel : The Book Of Not, I'm itching to find out Nyasha's fate.
I guess I gave it 3.5 Stars, because I felt the end was rather abrupt, it needed something more.
You can obtain the book Here and also at the CSS bookshop, CMS, Lagos.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

REVIEW: I LET YOU GO

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Genre: Thriller | Crime

My Rating; 4 Stars

Year Of Publication: 2014

Number of pages: 371

SUMMARY
      A  tragic accident.
  It all happened so quickly.
She couldn't have prevented it.
        Could she....

In a split-second, Jenna Gray's world descents into a night mare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...


MY VERDICT
I seldom read crime and the likes, but this book didn't disappoint . It had me staying up late, telling myself things like "Okay, after this chapter I'll go to bed."
From the amazing prologue to the enthralling plot twist, I Let You Go is definitely an amazing debut.
Oh and Thank you Danny for lending me this lovely book <3
You can purchase this book Here and Here as well.

Welcome to December, (Lol i know i'm a bit late)
A month of lights, presents and oodles of love, and of course Jollof rice :)
; time to make amends and tie loose ends; finish off what you started and hope your wishes come true.
And also to celebrate the King of Kings, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ <3 
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Have a lovely month xoxo