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:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Blurb from Goodreads
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
Why I Want To Read It
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had or will have a great start to the week. Otherwise, I wish your fortune will look up in the coming days. I have had quite a busy day because I’ve been working on the financial audit of three entities I am handling. It has been delayed so far but I am trying to steer it towards the right direction. How about you fellow readers? How was your Monday? I hope you are all safe.
Mondays also mean Goodreads Monday. Last month, I read books that were nominated for the (Man) Booker Prize. This month, I have decided to immerse in African literature. It then comes as no surprise that I am featuring an African work in this Goodreads Monday edition. One of the novels I am looking forward to reading this month is Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. I have previously read one of her works, Half of a Yellow Sun, which gave me an insight into the body of her art. Despite its dark and heavy themes, Half of a Yellow Sun left a deep impression on me. Because of this deep impression, I grew enamored of Adichie’s prose, hence, my resolution to read her other works.
Of her works, Americanah comes in highly recommended. I have come across several positive and glowing review of the book. For years, I’ve parked it as a book I will read in the future, and that future just might be this month (HAHA). From what I read from the synopsis, the novel is completely different from Half of a Yellow Sun. Whilst Half of a Yellow Sun explored a dark phase of Nigeria’s history, Americanah is more contemporary and deals with the African diaspora to America. If any, this is a strong indication to Adichie’s flexibility as a writer and I can’t wait to immerse in it.
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!