The Memory of Love

After finishing The Memory of Love late last Friday night, I was truly sad to see page 445 arrive.  It seemed to come so quickly for me.  I started reading on Wednesday and read non-stop anytime I was free through to Friday.  I could have just been pushed by time since I was discussing it … Continue reading “The Memory of Love”

Black History Month UK

October was designated as Black History Month in the UK by Akyaaba Addai Sebo in 1987. This was as a result to the riots of the 1980s in the UK when black Britons fought for tolerance and acceptance and their fight against racism and marginalization headlined. Black History Month was chosen to be in the … Continue reading “Black History Month UK”

#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 25

Day 25 – Favorite Male Character: It was difficult to choose my favorite male character because there are so many. I decided to choose one that I read not so long ago.  It’s Kai from The Memory of Love.  I absolutely loved this book but particularly loved Kai’s character.  He’s developed with a sort of … Continue reading “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 25”

Literary Evening for Freeman's Launch

I don’t often get the chance to attend literary events , but when one is happening it’s usually in Paris and I try my damnedest to get there.  Tuesday night, the 11th of July, I had the pleasure of listening to Edwidge Danticat and Marie Darrieusseecq in promotion of Freeman’s The Best New Writing on … Continue reading “Literary Evening for Freeman's Launch”

The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Professor is an expert in Mathematics.  After a car accident his memory is blocked in 1975.  He lives alone in a little house in the back of his sister-in-law’s garden.  His main problem is that his short term memory only lasts 80 minutes.  As a result, he wears a black suit everyday that he … Continue reading “The Housekeeper and the Professor”

The Birds of Opulence

If you don’t know how much mad love I have for Crystal Wilkinson’s writing, you’re going to hear all about it in this review of The Birds of Opulence, newly released in March 2016.  The story explores life in small town Opulence, focalizing on the Goode-Brown family.  The four generations of women, led by the … Continue reading “The Birds of Opulence”

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

It’s that time of year again!  The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 longlist was announced earlier today.  The list is surprising and vast in subject matter.  These 20 novels were chosen from a list of 150 books which the judges read and narrowed down between themselves.  There are some oldies and some debut novels … Continue reading “Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016”

African Christmas Reviews 2015

Becoming Abigail was one of the Essence magazine book club picks.  It is also the first book I’ve read by Chris Abani and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from him this year, in particular The Secret History of Las Vegas and Song for Night.  In Becoming Abigail, Abigail is born when her mother Abigail … Continue reading “African Christmas Reviews 2015”

The Best Books of 2013

Well now that we’ve started 2014 and I’ve had the time to really reflect on my reading experience of 2013, I feel that it was pretty darn mediocre.  I’d hoped to read more books that would wow me but that wasn’t the case.  It was if I chose my books because they just fell in … Continue reading “The Best Books of 2013”

The Sense of an Ending

I was so happy to have been pushed to read The Sense of an Ending by my book club.  It has been on my TBR for a while and on my shelves for about 6 months.  I enjoyed this book so much that I’ll be holding it up as an example of why short, sweet, … Continue reading “The Sense of an Ending”