monthly wrap-up april

It’s the Monthly Wrap-Up on Something Bookish! Whoop Whoop!

Welcome to the April monthly wrap-up. The only goal I had for the month was to make sure I read books from Nigerian ebook subscription services, OkadaBooks and BamBooks, which I failed to do. Physical books have really spoilt me, maybe I would try again in May.

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I had a very decent reading experience this April but I think I have discovered a genre that I really love. Magical Realism. This is a style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements. Some people often confuse it with Fantasy Fiction but in magic realism, by contrast, the characters react to the magical as though it is ordinary.

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Magical realism originated in Latin America, where writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende made it popular. Other examples of popular magical realism writers include Haruki Murakami and Salman Rushdie.

After I read Mouthful of Birds, I knew this was my shit. Two Nigerian books in this genre that stick right now are; Blackass by Igoni Barrett and What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Leslie Nneka Arimah. Have you read those?

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Anyway, here is my monthly wrap-up with the ratings besides them.

  1. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie 4/5
  2. Becoming Nigerian – Elnathan John 2/5
  3. The Confessions of Frannie Langton – Sara Collins 4/5
  4. An Abundance Of Scorpions – Hadiza Isma El-Rufai 4/5
  5. The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom 5/5
  6. Mouthful Of Birds – Samanta Schweblin 4/5
  7. Nairobi Heat – Mukoma Wa Ngugi 2/5
  8. Lie To Me, Dan – Longrin Wetten 2/5

So, the women made my reading month a lot of fun this April. It just dawned on me as I was collating the titles that all the low ratings were for books written by men. I don’t consciously try to read only women-authored books but I can’t help it if women are just more awesome these days.

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