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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Books read in 2013 & Top 10

I am more than excited to announce that I read 41 novels in 2013. Actually 42, I am reading number 42 at the moment. Over seven thousand pages, "Tiny Sunbirds Far Away" by Christie Watson with the highest page. More than 50% of the books read were rated 4 stars meaning I really liked them. Click here to see novels in the African Writers Series. Click here for the Commonwealth Writers Prize Africa and here for my Non-Fiction read.

Books read in 2013, in order of read.
  1. Women are Different, 1986, Flora Nwapa
  2. The Concubine, 1966, Elechi Amadi
  3. Beneath the Lion's Gaze, 2010, Maaza Mengiste 
  4. The House at Sugar Beach, 2008, Helene Cooper 
  5. Gods and Soldiers, 2009, Rob Spillman
  6. One is Enough, 1981, Flora Nwapa
  7. The Education of a Brtish-Protected Child, 2009, Chinua Achebe
  8. Striving For The Wind, 1990, Meja Mwangi
  9. Diaries of a Dead African, 2003, Chuma Nwokolo, JR.
  10. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, 1952, Amos Tutuola
  11. Heroes, 1986, Festus Iyayi
  12. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, 1987, John Steptoe
  13. Imagine This, 2007, Sade Adeniran
  14. Always Yours, 2012, Somi Ekhasomhi
  15. African Love Stories, 2006, Ama Ata Aidoo
  16. Hidden Currents, 2013, Somi Ekhasomhi
  17. Jungle Justice, 2012, Somi Ekhasomhi
  18. Do They Hear You When You Cry, 1999, Fauziya Kassindja
  19. Kehinde, 1994, Buchi Emecheta
  20. The Prodigal Daughter, 2012, Patricia Nmukoso Enyi
  21. Neighbours, 1995, Lília Momplé
  22. A Question of Power, 1974, Bessie Head
  23. I Will Try, 1965, Legson Kayira
  24. Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe, 2005, Doreen Baigana
  25. Minaret, 2005, Leila Aboulela
  26. Susan's Diary: Friday's Experience, 2013, Karo Oforofuo
  27. True Murder, 2009, Yaba Badoe
  28. Born In The Big Rains, 2004, Fadumo Korn
  29. Susan's Diary 2. (The Kidnap Case) (Volume 2)
  30. Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night, 1991, Sindiwe Magona
  31. The Shadow of a Smile, 2009, Kachi A. Ozumba
  32. Grief Child, 1991, Lawrence Darmani
  33. Voice of America, 2010, E.C Osondu
  34. The Sabi, 2013, Diane Brown
  35. Cry a Whisper, 1993, Lucy Safo
  36. In Dependence, 2008, Sara Ladipo Manyika
  37. Say You're One of Them, 2008, Uwem Akpan
  38. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, 2011, Christie Watson
  39. The Book Of Chameleons, 2006, José Eduardo Agualusa
  40. And the Mountains Echoed, 2013, Khaled Hosseini
  41. Woman at Point Zero, 1975, Nawal El Saadawi
  42. Reading the Ceiling, 2007, Dayo Forster

 



2013 Top 10 in order of preference

  1. Neighbours, 1995, Lília Momplé
  2. Women are Different, 1986, Flora Nwapa
  3. One is Enough, 1981, Flora Nwapa
  4. Kehinde, 1994, Buchi Emecheta
  5. Minaret, 2005, Leila Aboulela
  6. Diaries of a Dead African, 2003, Chuma Nwokolo, JR.
  7. The Education of a Brtish-Protected Child, 2009, Chinua Achebe
  8. Born In The Big Rains, 2004, Fadumo Korn
  9. Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night, 1991, Sindiwe Magona
  10. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, 1952, Amos Tutuola



           


                
         
       

                                           


2013 Book of the year





What about you? Have you read any of these books here? What did you read in 2013?
I look forward to a happy and prosperous reading in 2014.

Happy New Year!

14 comments:

  1. Definitely several potential reads for me in 2014 here! I will look out for Lilia Momple and Flora Nwapa.

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    1. I am sure you will enjoy them! I look forward to knowing your opinion about the books.

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  2. I've read a few great books because of your recommendations. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what happens in 2014.

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    1. Nana.. Happy New Year.. I love and followed your blog all through 2013. Quite entertaining. One of the posts I enjoyed most was KISS. I too look forward to see what happens in 2014, hopefully a great read too, cos I've got bunch of unread novels on my shelf. :-)

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  3. Interesting list. Neighbours is good though.

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    1. I love that book! I enjoyed it incredibly! Very insightful. Happy new year Nana

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  4. That is a lot of reading my dear and I am glad you had fun reading those books. I got to know about more authors and their books through your hard work and I have read a few of the books you recommended. Please keep it up! I wish you more grace in 2014. Happy New Year.

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    1. Karo thanks a lot. I hope you will get to discover more books to read from my blog in 2014. I am really excited we got to know each other.

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  5. Happy New Year Mary! Well done with your reading in 2013. I look forward to your reviews in 2014 cos I'm sure you'll read more awesome books! Have a great year!

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  6. Tolu thanks for stopping by. I too look forward to a great read in2014. :-)

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    1. Afua... thanks. I hope to keep it up.

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  8. Thanks for giving me more good book to find and read. And I love the book jackets you show. African covers are simply the best.

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    1. Hahaha.. they are absolutely. Love the colour. I am more than happy to be your source of good books.

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