Welcome to #Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is the interview series where you read about the most amazing humans who love books and all things bookish. Today’s #Spotlight is on @Naijabookworm.
I have been online friends with @Naijabookworm AKA Temilade, for a couple of years and the first time we met was at AKE Festival 2018. She is so unpretentious, it’s refreshing. If you want to find out more about Africa-authored books, she is your plug.
Her passion for helping people read more is evident. @Naijabookworm also is very honest in her reviews and we need that honesty in book reviews these days because a lot of people keep pandering to publishers. Also her website, Homeland Reviews is a national treasure. Oh well, I digress, Let’s get to know her more…
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
I can’t point to one thing really. Books have been a way of life as far back as I remember. I guess I can point to influence from my family since they owned the books I was reading.
As a book reviewer, do you feel pressure when you read books?
Absolutely not. This is the only thing I demand myself. I always make it clear that I have no obligation to read and/or review any book no matter how I come about it. I am very protective of my right to enjoy reading in general and talk about it however I please.
What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Zero connection. I try to get to 100 pages before giving up. There was a time (when I started blogging) I used to force myself to finish books but that strategy wasn’t sustainable. Just let it go if it’s not working unless you’re getting paid or have to write an exam on it.
The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I can’t say to be honest. I’m a planner though, so I hardly ever go too far.
Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
The Education Of A British Protected Child by Chinua Achebe. I remain at a loss on how to review this book.
What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?
Cloth Girl by Marilyn Heward Mills. It’s so bad, I tried to give away copies of this book 2 years ago and nobody tried to get it. 🙁 Which is unfortunate because it’s easily one of the best novels out of Africa I’ve read so far.
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Yoruba. Not a foreign language, I know but I feel it’s ridiculous to aspire to read in yet another foreign language (side eyeing English) when I can barely read in my mother tongue.
How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don’t believe in negative reviews. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I wholeheartedly believe that experiences with literature are subjective. Every review I put out there is my opinion and will always be civil. That’s the best we can all hope for really.
Have you ever read a self-help book? Did it help?
Yes, although it’s been a while. I read Brian Tracy’s “No Excuses” maybe 9 years ago and I needed the push at that time. These days, I can’t sit still enough to get through any “How-tos”. I prefer to read memoirs and consider really good ones to be self-help.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Comic Books (Is this considered a genre?) I love all things superheroes and such but have never really gotten into it for some reason.
What is your policy on book lending?
I am currently regretting being a little flexible with my “absolutely no taking books out of my sight” rule. I think I’ll be going back to that in a minute.
Least favourite book you read this year (so far)
Authentic Mama by Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze.
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Beyonce. Why not?
What do you want your tombstone to say?
You will all be alright
You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
No fucking gender roles!
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
What type of cheese are we talking here? Mozarella may be seriously considered but I’m very particular about things that go in my mouth… Let’s just sweat abeg.
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
I don’t consider Disney movies to that extent.
Would you rather have free wifi wherever you go or be able to drink unlimited free coffee at any coffee shop?
Who coffee epp?
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
What is the colour of your toothbrush?
Is there anything you would like to add?
I’m good. Thanks 🙂
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