Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I am reading.

I was a novel junkie all through high school. All the Heartsong's, Harlequin's, Steele's, Brown's, Roberts', Rowling's etc never passed my shadow. You could have caught me reading a novel at 3am because it was not yet my turn to read it. But I would read it overnight and return it to whoever was reading it in the morning. I perfected my reading-cum-skimming and became a novel connector(story for another day). Sometimes, I was consulted as a "dictionary" because I somehow got to use unusual words from the novels I read casually and I must add, not intentionally. You get the picture right. In all of that my novel ish, I was a science student to the core.

I am far from that reading zeal in my present college scene. I have not read a novel leisurely in the last 9mths apart from "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown that I read last winter break. I feel like I am slacking and losing my freelance reading appeal. I borrowed "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Adichie from the library today. I feel smh for not reading this book yet cos most Nigerians hype it and blah! I read her other book the "Purple Hibiscus" compulsorily for a class last semester.

I dunno why but the library collates the books by the countries of origins of the authors. At least, I found a bunch of Nigerian somewhere together. To cut the long story short, I also got Emecheta's "The Moonlight Bride" and some other book(I can't reach it or remember it's name). Hopefully, I will be done reading by the end of summer or before my internship gets intense.

My type of novels are those mushy mushy or suspense-filled ones but I want to read my own stuff. By my own, I mean books in Nigerian settings.

PS: If you know any book, preferably by but not limited to Nigerian writers, suggest.


Tigeress said...

1st. will come back 2mrw

Rene said...

I just finished Change of Heart by Jodi Picoluit(not sure if I got the spelling of her last name right). It was good...anyways see hoe Tigeress just claim first like that.There was this other Nigerian author that I love but I can't remember her name.
I was so a novel junkie from primary school till high school...lyk I could be reading a novel right before an exam even if I haven't prepared for the exam. Nowadays I've slacked, a book that takes me a day could take like two weeks!

Sugabelly said...


Oooh, I'm a fucking book addict

Read the following, and your life will never be the same:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (This is the best freaking book of all time)

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen (3 books) by Garth Nix

Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside (3 books) by Holly Black

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Epic of Gilgamesh

and of course, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Omg, you have no idea how much I love books. Like I would rather be locked and abandoned in Barnes and Nobles for a week than have sex.

It's that bad.

Miss Jay said...

read Waiting for an angel and Measuring Time, both by Helon Habila (Nigerian author....they are both awesome!)

P'sy-A-wana said...

i av always beenand still remain an addict i read books like my life depended on it and it all started wiv a harlequin romance...try reading the twilight series saw the movie read the book now i swear by it lol...
@ suga belly i dare u

Vimbai said...

I will swear on the following books:

The Twilight Series - Damn, those books took away a few hours of my life
Anything by Marian Keyes - (Lucy Sullivan Is getting Married, Watermelon, Angels, Last Chance Saloon etc)
The Life of Pi - Freaking Awesome
The Poisonwood Bible

Oh and the Blaze series of Mills and Boons as a guilty pleasure! Enjoy

Tinu said...

anything (just finished windmill of the gods!awesoooome) by sidney sheldon, buchi emechetta's books are really nice as well!

Miss Natural said...

hmmm u remind me of myself back in sec school. I finished HP and the order of the phoenix in about 5 hrs cos I had to return it to the owner the nxt morning. I'd read in class, in the dining hall, cover the book with brown wrapping papers (u know when the book is a sought after book u have to protect it). I recommend martina cole, a british author. she writes gripping crime novels, jill mansell for british romantic comedy (u'll love her), john saul (american) for horror. Thanks to law i've forgotten how to read. trying to get back into it. The island of blue dolphins is good. At the moment i'm reading black american fiction, make you love me by La Tonya Williams..its good, its a not too serious book with very serious themes and has the whole black drama, ghetto stuff, fatherhood, comedy and romance thrown into it. enjoy all the suggestions cos they are many :)

Sugabelly said...

@Psywana: I already read all the Twilight books.

Omg, I forgot to add:

The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Eragon series by Christopher Paolini

Anonymous said...

i love reading...
read:for the roses by julie garwood.
the gift by julie garwood
the gods are not to be blamed by ola rotimi...uu might have read it but i love it.
second chance by...cant remember... a nigerian author though.

i really dont read nigerian books a lot but i have read that gods are not to be blamed so much cnt count.

RocNaija said...

I need to increase my repertoire as well..
So I'm just copying down suggestions..

Original Mgbeke said...

I enjoy reading as well. I'd recommend:

Redeeming Love- Francine Rivers. LOVED it.
The other Boleyn Girl-Philippa Gregory
Act like a lady, think like a man. LOL
Something Borrowed/Something blue- Emily Giffin
The Kite Runner
Change of Heart- Jodi Picoult
Graceland- Chris Abani

etc etc.