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 Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Blurb from Goodreads

First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Then, against the backdrop of World War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” (New York Times).

Why I Want To Read It

And just like that, it is Monday again, the third for this month. 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 nothing much to update since I have been quite busy since last week 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. And yes, today the Philippines celebrates its first lockdown anniversary. How about you fellow readers? How was your Monday? I hope you are all safe.

Mondays also mean a Goodreads Monday update. To keep up with my theme of the month, I am featuring books written by African writers in my Goodreads Monday post. Last, week, it was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, which I just finished reading earlier today. This week, I am featuring yet another Nigerian writer in Buchi Emecheta, and her fourth novel, The Joys of Motherhood. Until late last year, I have never encountered or heard of Buchi Emecheta and her works. Later on, I learned that she is a prominent figure in Nigerian literature. This further piqued my interest in her work(s).

Over the past year, my understanding, respect, and appreciation of Nigerian writers has doubled. In the span of little over a year, I have read more Nigerian books than I have ever read in my entire reading life. From all the Nigerian books I have read so far, I have learned that Nigerian society is, like majority of other societies, highly patriarchal. In reading The Joys of Motherhood, I hope to gain a deeper and better insight into Nigeria, its culture, its history, and its people. 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!