What’s On Your September Reading List?

 

Greetings my fellow bookworms and welcome to the month of September!

The summer days are officially numbered as it comes to an end which means its probably the end for some of us seasonal readers [ that used to be me ] as we close our ‘summer reads’  books for good well until next summer that is. I’m happy to say things have changed for me and I can see myself now reading more into next coming months as I have some awesome books that have been recommended to me and cannot wait to dive into them. Here’s what is on my September reading list. You’ll find my currently reading book listed below this post. Don’t forget to share yours with me by leaving me a comment .

 

1. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [ Book 5 ] ‘ – J.K. Rowling .

I’ve been whizzing through the Harry Potter series quicker than I thought and only finished Book 4 last night. I read the entire book in less than a week. Guess I can’t get enough of Potter’s magical adventures. Voldermort appears to be back in Book 5 and is well after Potter and causing havoc in his mind, which means good ol’ Harry needs to learn how to protect himself and close his mind to the Dark Lord as he turns to Professor Snape to teach him the know-how but he’s running out of time….

 

 

2. ‘Swing Time‘ – Zadie Smith

Every time I walk into Waterstones; the bright colours on the cover of this book grabs my attention and stares at me until I pick it up but its never come home with me. It will though next time I pop in…..

This is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is a story about the turn and dip and sway of lives in endless, perpetual motion; an exuberant dance to the music of time.

On an unremarkable Saturday in 1982, two girls meet. Two brown girls who both dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent; a talent so undeniable she is taught to rely on it as a promise, as a way out. The other is taught she has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. She is taught her future is her own to decide.

 

 

 

3. ‘Homegoing’Yaa Gyasi [ Paperback to be published on 05/10/2017 ]

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One is sold into slavery; the other a wife of a slave trader. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. The story takes the reader from the Gold Coast of Africa ( Ghana ) to the cotton plantations of Mississippi ( USA ); the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations.

 

 

4. ‘The Underground Railroad’Colson Whitehead:

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it wore than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived fro Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

 

 

5. ‘ To Kill A Mocking Bird’  50th Anniversary Edition – Harper Lee 

I chose this classic as my third book to read for 100 Classic Books To Read challenge I set for myself.

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel – a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.

 

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Book Cover Images and hypnosis from Waterstones.com
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Currently Reading: ‘ No Longer at Ease’ . The sequel novel from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.  – The story follows Okonkwo’s grandson, Obi, educated in England, returns to a civil-service job in colonial Lagos, only to clash with the ruling elite to which he now believes he belongs.

 

Here’s what on my September list so far. I’m sure more will be added as the days and weeks go by.

 

What books are you planning to read for this month? Do share by leaving me a comment.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

E.D.B xo

 

August Book Buys

You can say I have been getting on very well with my summer reads by the looks of book piled here. I’ve been busy reading non-stop, some days even reading two books simultaneously because they were that good.

 

1. ‘ We Should All be Feminists ‘ –  Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. A powerful and personal book-length essay, adapted from her most viewed TEDx talk presentation.

2. ‘ The Thing Around your Neck ‘– A collection of 12 short stories by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

3. ‘Not Working’Lisa Owens – Claire quits her job with no plan in place and finds herself doing not much with her new found time. Quite the opposite of what she had in mind.

4. ‘ Welcome To Lagos’ Chihundu Onuze – Five runaways paths intertwined as they head to Lagos in hope for a new life.

5 – 8. ‘ Harry Potter ‘J.K. Rowling – Boy. Wizard. Magic. Hogwarts. Owls. Giant Snakes. Wands …The list goes on.

9. ‘ The African Trilogy ‘- Chinua Achebe | Everyman’s Library

    • Things Fall Apart : Okonkwo – a tribal elder is intertwined with the transformation of the traditional Igbo society under the arrival of Christianity and colonialism.
        • No Longer at Ease : Okonkwo’s grownup grandson, returns to a colonial Nigeria from England, only to clash with the ruling of the elite to which he feels he now belongs to.
          • The Arrow of God :  The conflict is explored from he point o view of Ezuelu, an Igbo priest and, Captain Winterbottom, a British district officer.

          10. ‘Moby-Dick’Herman Melville | Everyman’s Library : Ishmael joins a ship for a whaling adventure and discovers Ahab- the captain of Pequod ship is on a hunt and seeking revenge of sperm whale called Moby-Dick who bit off his leg on a previous voyage.

          I managed to read and finished 7 out 10 books off this pile. I’m currently reading the 4th Harry Potter book and half way through The African Trilogy. Still struggling to finish ‘Not Working’. It’s not what I expected and get bored to easily especially when I’m reading all about the magical adventures of Harry Potter.

          What books did you read in the month of August?

Happy Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers Day

Bet you didn’t know today August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. Are you even a real book lover if you had no clue such a day even exists? Well, I didn’t either but Twitter saved me and I’m here to make sure you don’t miss out . To celebrate our love for literature and reading, you can join in the fun and answer these 5 questions below. Leave your answers in the comment box.

 

    1. Describe what you are currently reading in just three words.

      EDB:  Call Me Ishmael.

    2. Current / All time Favourite Book.

      EDB: ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    3. Hardback or Paperback?

      EDB: I prefer Hardbacks but frequently buys Paperbacks due to cost. Gotta save the pennies to buy more books.

    4. How often do you read? i.e. Everyday, 1 book per Week or Month

      EDB:   E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y

    5. The First Book on your Reading List

      EDB: ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’

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    Happy Reading.

    EDB

    xo

     

     

     

Hello And Welcome

Hello and Welcome to Eau De Books. A blog dedicated to sniffing out new books to read to help feed my addiction and possibly yours too my fellow bookwormer. I fell back in love with reading in June and since then, you’ll hardly find me without a book these days so I decided to start a blog [ my second one, first one here – shameless plug ] so I can share my reviews and also discuss whether certain books are worth your time and money. I’m sure we could all use a little help and guide when it comes to picking out an un-put-downable books as I call them. You know, this hobby or should I say addiction of ours can be expensive. I’ve bought 4 new books this week alone and my Wishlist keeps growing longer after each book I finish reading.

 

I thought I’d quickly share this post to introduce myself and say hello before I roll in the reviews. In the meantime, I’d love to know what you’re all reading now and any books you’ll recommend. You know the sayings; Sharing is Caring and More is More but I say: more reasons to go broke. Hey, this could be our hashtag for recommending our favourite books to each other. #MoreReasonsToGoBroke

 

I took a break from reading my latest un-put-downable book [ ‘Moby-Dick’ or ‘ The Whale’ by Herman Melville – Everyman’s Library ] to set up this blog and I’m itching to get back to it so I’ll stop rambling and see you on my first book review coming up soon.

 

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Also Reading: ‘ Not Working ‘ by Lisa Owens.  #MoreReasonsToGoBroke

 

E. D. B

xoxo

Feature Image: Nanea Hoffman [ found on Pinterest ]