June Wrap Up: #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge…
Welcome back to the book review category of the Lipglossmaffia blog. This will be my first blog review in almost three months and I have missed you all so so so much.
I would go into greater detail of the past months in the post tomorrow, so watch out for that. Today is purely to catch up on books I’ve read since January. What a joy it has been.
I challenged myself to read 69 books this year and currently, I have read 29, Goodreads tells me that I am 4 books behind schedule *laughs in fast reader* If this was 2017, I was have read 69 books already by now but, I’m in a new job that involves a lot of research, so by the time I want to enjoy my books, my eyes are tired as hell.
I’m not giving excuses but I want you all to know that pressuring yourself is never a good idea because LIFE HAPPENS! That’s why I created the reading challenge so that it will guide me and reduce the stress of looking for “what to read next“.
June was my laziest month yet because after I read Alan Paton’s Cry, My Beloved Country and my brain got zapped. It didn’t help that work has been a real bitch too. Here is the list of books I read.
Cry, The Beloved Beloved Country || Alan Paton
Published 1948 by Scribner Book Company ~ 284 pages~ Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
No Longer At Ease || Chinua Achebe
Published 1960 by Heinemann ~ 154 pages ~ Contemporary Fiction
I read this in high school but I just had to read this again. So, this is a book that anybody who has had to split two cultures or mesh them should read. It is about a young man who gets an English education and returns to his native country, Nigeria. Inevitably tribal obligations come into conflict with his new idealism related to corruption and progress.
The title is a phrase from a T.S. Eliot poem, “The Journey of the Magi” and the lines are about how when the magi return after seeing the infant king to their own land they are “No longer at ease here, in the old dispensation/ An alien people, clutching their gods/” If I had read this book for this first time at the point in my life, I would have cried a lot. But that’s not hard.
My Rating: 3/5
Swallow || Sefi Atta
Published 2011 by AAA Press ~ 196 pages ~ Contemporary Fiction
Tolani, and her friend and roommate Rose, start out as upwardly mobile single women in the big the city (Sex in the City in Lagos!), but then things start to turn south when Rose loses her job for slapping her boss. Which is not to say that Atta shies away from the harsh realities of big African city life. The Nigeria displayed here is a country of extremes. One well-off character has her wedding dress flown in from London as she debates the virtues of various designer labels.
Meanwhile, there’s a beggar on the street who flaunts her elephantiasis in order to get hand-outs. And women are becoming drug mules in order to make a lot of money fast. By the time Tolani loses her job, smuggling cocaine doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Atta has a wicked sense of humor and a lively writing style which prevents the reader from sinking into despair. Although tragedy strikes, there’s hope at the end.
My Rating: 4/5
The Doomsday Prophecy || Scott Mariani
Published 2009 by Avon ~ 466 pages ~ Thriller
This is one of those books full of unstoppable action that you can’t put down till you finish it. More or less like Matthew Rilley but with much more realism and an unforgiving hero. It’s the third book of the series so I ran into a broken and depressed Ben Hope trying to change his life and failing badly when a bomb in Greece puts him on a path of death and revenge.
I loved it, lots of action, some history, and an excellent character, I’m looking forward to following the series if I can get my hands on the next books. Totally recommended for fans of this genre.
My Rating: 3/5
Deal Breaker || Harlan Coben
Published 2006 by Orion ~ 368 pages ~ Mystery
Lots of violence, intrigue, and men with dubious backgrounds, mixed with a little sarcastic humour. The debut novel in the Myron Bolitar, sports agent and investigator, series. Myron is representing a number of second-rate athletes when he gains a contract with an outstanding young quarterback who is in line for a place in the NFL.
In the background is his missing girlfriend and sister of Myron’s ex-girl, Jessica. On Myron’s side is his psychotic friend and business partner, Win Lockwood. The start of what seems like an excellent series from the king of crime/thriller writing.
My Rating: 3/5
JUST A REMINDER: You can join the #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge too at any time. All you need to do is post a picture of the book you’re reading on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge so that I can find you and we can chat or rant about it.
Below is the wrap up of the past few months:
You would have to follow me on Instagram to get this one because it wasn’t compiled in one post, this was my best read of the month though.
Usually, I don’t plan my next reads ahead of time but I’m going to do it this July which is focused on Sci-fi and fantasy. The first books that I want to read are; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Zone One by Colson Whitehead & The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor.
Are you excited for any book on your TBR?
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