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 @thesagemorgan.
Last year, I met @thesagemorgan in my Instagram DM, we shared book recommendations and the rest they say is history. She is not a book blogger or reviewer so you might be wondering why is the #Spotlight on her.
Well, it’s the best way to make my point the #Spotlight isn’t for reviewers and writers, it’s for every bookish person. And @thesagemorgan is one of the most interesting bookish person I know.
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
TBH, I’m not sure. I remember growing up and always being surround by all kinds of books. Because NEPA was not very efficient where I grew up, I resorted to reading books to entertain myself or just get lost in an alternate reality.
Which genres do you especially enjoy reading?
These days, I’ve been enjoying Thrillers so much. I love American Fantasy and romance novels so much. Of course, I also enjoy properly written African Literature.
What moves you most in a work of literature?
The author’s ability to describe. I mostly read to transport myself and if the author cannot describe a scene or emotion or place properly, I lose interest. I am a strong advocate of writers should not write about things they are unfamiliar with or have done no research
What’s the last great book you read?
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m yet to read something by TJR that I did not love or lose myself in.
Is there a classic book you never got around to reading until recently?
I don’t enjoy the classics very much so I either do not read them or do not finish them. The last time I read a classic was in 2013 when I attempted to read Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe. It didn’t end well and I did not finish it. (Are Chinua Achebe’s books classics?)
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
French or German. I have been living in France for about eight months and will love to pick up the language but I’m German language has so much rich history and content that I think I will enjoy its literature much more than the French.
What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
Girl, I just finished my MBA. The last takeaway I had from a book was a Strategy textbook that spoke about the issues in organisations in the red-tape face. It was very insightful for me as my previous company had similar issues and I wished someone influential in the company’s management read the book so they can handle the changes in red-tape crises better.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
What is your policy on book lending?
I read on my Kindle now and all the physical books I have gathered till mid-2018 are with my ex. I don’t know if I will ever collect them so, yeah, I can say I’m no longer attached to books as they can be re-purchased. But if I eventually start buying physical copies again, I will only share them with people I trust will return them in a good fashion or I do not lend.
How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?
These days, electronic. I am a nomad now so buying physical books is a luxury I can’t afford. I read one book at a time and whenever I have the chance. Usually, during the day or before I go to bed. I spend my mornings perusing Twitter and Instagram and except a book is really good will I read it on my morning commute. I prefer to listen to podcasts or watch The Real Daytime during this time (morning commute).
What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?
The Bible. I got it from my university boyfriend as a gift but I have not been religious since 2012 so anyone who knows me now will be surprised I still have it in my collection.
What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I got it from my most recent ex the weekend it came out in the UK and at the time, our relationship was like that of Ifem and Obinze. Chai, early love is sweet oh.
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Maya Angelou
How do you decide what to read next? Is it reviews, word-of-mouth, books by friends, books for research? Does it depend on mood or do you plot in advance?
Word-of-mouth and reviews. I buy books on my kindle now and I have not yet started earning in FX so my buys are very strategic, plis dear.
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Barack Obama without a doubt. He has a certain charisma that assures people who believe in him that everything will be alright. I really love the way he speaks and how he appears to have the most important things figured out.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
The girl who lived and was content.
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?
All members of the island must go through a compulsory ethics curriculum where they will be encouraged and perhaps forced to discuss their opinions on certain ideas.
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
Wetin be this?
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
Frozen! A close second is Mulan!!
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
Sour Gummies or Fish Peppersoup
Is there anything you would like to add?
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