Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners but is now currently being hosted by Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog. 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:

Wahala by Nikkia May

Blurb from Goodreads

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel of female friendship following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group—the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda.

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She’s dating Kayode and wants him to be “the one” (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he’s just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants—a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she’s frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she’s crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her “urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she’s bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Hong Kong! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo’s close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, Wahala (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.

Why I Want To Read It

Another week has started. Hello Monday! There are still those among us who are suffering from holiday hangovers. HAHA. I can feel you. It still feels surreal that we are back to working full swing. I literally had to force myself out of the bed to log in to work. The various deadlines were at the back of my mind. On another note, I hope you all had a great start to the week. I hope this new year will usher in prosperity, peace, harmony, healing, recovery, and happiness. What remains most important is that we all have a clean bill of health, especially with COVID19 still remaining a huge threat. It is my wish that this pandemic would end soon; we’ve been dealing with it for quite some time already.

The new year also brings with it a fresh set of blank canvas upon which to paint memories. It also marks the start of a new journey, a new reading journey. Despite this, I have been swamped by my 2021 Wrap Up posts; I managed to complete some but I still have a lot to do! HAHA. Nevertheless, I am always up for a Goodreads Monday update. In the past few weeks, I have been featuring books I recently added to my reading list. I will carry on with this in the coming weeks. The only difference is that I will be featuring books that are going to be released in 2022. This week’s featured book is Nikki May’s Wahala.

Like Xóchitl González’s Olga Dies Dreaming, which I featured in last week’s Goodreads Monday post, Wahala was included in my 2022 Books I Look Forward To List. Moreover, both books are debut novels; I have also not heard about either writer until late 2021. What really stood out for me was the book’s title. What is a Wahala? It immediately piqued my interest. Apparently, it is a Hausa word meaning “trouble”. However, its meaning changes depending on the context. The book was recently and I can’t wait to acquire my own copy of the book. I am looking forward to what González and May can offer to the general reading public. Both books seem to grapple with subjects that are seminal in the contemporary.

How about you fellow reader? What 2022 book are you looking forward to? Perhaps you could share it in the comment box. For now, happy Monday! I hope you will all have a great week ahead! And as always, happy reading!