Archive for April, 2019

by Anjali Sachdeva

I am using this book for Popsugar prompt 28: A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

While she didn’t recommend this book in any kind of public way, when I saw Roxane Gay’s review of this book on Goodreads I knew I wanted to read it
Roxane Gay called it, “One of the best collections I’ve ever read. Every single story is a stand out.”

This is a really good collection of short stories. I simultaneously wanted to gobble the stories up, one after the other, in a frenzy of consumption, and wanted to slowly savour each story.  As  finished one I wanted to ponder and think about it, revisit sections and reread phrases. But I also wanted to know what the next one held in store.

I managed, sometime, to pause and enjoy, but other times i did rush on, consuming. This means this will definitely be a reread, probably more than once.

Each story is complete and complex with full 3-dimensional characters living interesting moments shared with the reader
Really well worth reading

The first story haunts me still

by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This is my (first) book for Popsugar prompt 32: An author from Africa
I must admit I am not sure that Braithwaite meets this requirement as the only bio info I can find on her starts with being at a British university.
So I am not sure if she is Nigerian or British
But the book is clearly Nigeria in setting and voice.
I liked this book a lot. It is funny and witty and really quite dark. While it is easy to read it is not a a superficial story. There are all sorts of interesting comments on society, gender expectations, family links and the secrets we keep out of love and fear.
I found this book an interesting mix of completely believable and quite ridiculous – often exactly the same scene being both at the same time.
I’d read something else by this author very happily