Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abe Daré

91XxmnQoPiLBlurb from Goodreads

A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni’s father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.

When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.

But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.

Why I Want To Read It

Earlier this year, I was searching for books to be published in 2020 that I can include in my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List. One of the books that kept on appearing in similar lists is Nigerian author Abi Daré‘s The Girl With The Louding Voice. Oh wow, she’s another Nigerian writer on the rise it seems. I have read the works of four of her countrymen and countrywomen – Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s Stay With Me, and Akwaeki Emezi’s Freshwater – so far this year.

It looks like I am gunning for my fifth Nigerian writer this year. I am not complaining though as the first four Nigerian authors I’ve read this year showcased diverse faces of Nigeria and Africa I have never read of or heard of before. They all weaved rich tapestries with unique and memorable voices. Since I am on a tear this year, vis-a-vis African literature (I have read a total of eight this year so far, the most I read in a year), I am looking forward to add The Girl With the Louding Voice. It seems that it was met with so much enthusiasm from the general reading public. That adds more reason to look forward to reading this book. Luckily, during my last trip at my local book store, I managed to purchase a copy of the book. I will be taking on this book this July, my birth month.

And thus ends my Goodreads Monday post! How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!