Month Wrap-Up / June

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Welcome to my June wrap-up. Did you have a good reading month? I had a fantastic one!

The first half of 2019 is already over. Though sometimes it feels as if the time is going slow for me. I don’t know why, a story for another day, I guess. Meanwhile, I’m amazed at the number of books I was able to get through this month and how fantastic most of them were.

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I took my first break from work so I had a week to myself. The good Lord knows I needed it because I don’t know how I would have finished The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell. “Killing Eve” found me and I binged on the two seasons, lovely show, I highly recommend it. Have you seen When They See Us on Netflix? A tough watch but I recommend it too.

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My author hall of fame has expanded and we have four writers that I’m in love with; Jennifer Makumbi who wrote KINTU and Manchester Happened; Madeline Miller with Circe and Song of Achilles(which I am yet to read); Nicole Dennis-Benn – writer of Here Comes The Sun and most recently Patsy; and lastly Bernardine Evaristo. These women have filled my life with so much richness that I just want to explode. You should totally check them out.

Anyhoo, here’s my monthly wrap-up …

  1. Circe – Madeline Miller 5/5
    If I could give this 10 stars, I would. Period.
  2. Imagine This – Sade Adeniran 5/5
    Perhaps the best Nigerian YA novel. cassava has done this book a disservice by not remarketing this book because I think it deserves it!.
  3. Stillborn – Diekoye Oyeyinka 4/5
    The writer is currently working on editing this book and I think when it’s republished, you guys won’t be able to handle this greatness.
  4. The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald 2/5
    I didn’t like it.
  5. The Old Drift – Namwali Serpell 5/5
    I feel like this book was a huge “fuck you” to establishments who try to box writers of African descent into tiny holes. This book will require time and concentration to get through but it’s so worth it.
  6. Manchester Happened – Jennifer Makumbi 5/5
    By now, you know that I’m a card-carrying member of the Jennifer Makumbi fan club. She can do no wrong in my eyes, and you need to read Manchester Happened.
  7. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 4/5
    There’s nothing more I can say about Khaled Hosseini. This was a fantastic read.
  8. Here Comes The Sun – Nicole Dennis Benn 5/5
    Frankly, my mind can’t comprehend how I missed Nicole at AKE festival in 2018. This book will open your mind to the real Jamaica, not the one you read about or watch.
  9. Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo 5/5
    I didn’t know how thirsty I was until I drank this book. It has made me a loyal fan and I can’t wait to read all her books.
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Did you have a favourite read in June? What’s on your July TBR? Share with me in the comment section.

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