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:

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

Blurb from Goodreads

This poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.

When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.

Why I Want To Read It

And it is the last Monday of the eighth month of the year! We have managed to survive the ghost month; although to be honest, the signs seem ominous over here in the Philippines. Nevertheless, there is no other way to survive but stay hopeful amidst this uncertainties. Anyway, another work week has also commenced, just one of many reasons why Monday is my least favorite day of the week (haha). The following days are bound to get tedious because of month-end closing activities. Still, I am still hoping that you are all doing great, in mind, body and spirit. I hope you will all have (or had) a great day and an even greater start to the week. I am praying that this pandemic will end soon.

To commence another blogging week, I am posting my last Goodreads Monday update for August. I am still in the midst of a “new” books reading journey. As such, I have been reading books published this year. I have so far completed four books and I am looking forward to reading more of these new books in September. I have a score in line. Speaking of new books I have in line, Nadia Owusu’s Aftershocks is a book I recently acquired. It is actually part of my 2021 Books I Look Forward to, and is the only memoir in the list. It is also going to be the fifth book from the list that I will read, and also my second memoir this year, after Wole Soyinka’s Aké: The Years of Childhood

There was once a point in time when I used to avoid works of non-fiction. However, back in 2018, I resolved to read at least one memoir a year (although I failed last year, haha). I guess I am making up to it by reading two this year, although it is without design. Nevertheless, I am interested to know Nadia’s story. Her memoir has received quite the media mileage, and was featured in several lists of books to watch out for in 2021. Ever the bandwagoner, I included it in my own list. Beyond that, I want to gain a picture of how she grew up, and how living a peripatetic childhood, abound with displacement has figured into the person she is in the contemporary.

How about you fellow reader? What recent novel have you added to your reading list? What made you add it to your list? I hope you could share your answers in the comment box. For now, have a happy Monday!