October books and reading – belatedly posted

I thought I had posted this, but obviously I hadn’t!  Ooops…

So better late than never?

I finished reading five books in October – though I do admit that at the end of the month I was reading quite a few more!

  • The cry of Winnie Mandela, by Njabulo Ndebele [a colleague recommended this; part of my Africa Reading Challenge]
  • In pursuit of my destiny – Memoirs of a parliamentarian, by Kosi Kedem [a librarian by professional training; this is autobiographical, and quite illuminating]
  • A free man of color, by Barbara Hambly [for Accra Book Club]
  • The manual of detection, by Jedediah Berry [on my TBR shelves for a while; pretty good]
  • African violet and other stories: the Caine prize for African writing 2012 [I had read the shortlisted stories already, but this was the full 2012 collection]

Two had African backgrounds and one was about a Ghanaian; more males than female authors, and one collection of short stories. I read one book on Kindle; the rest were physical books.

I bought five books – several that I had been on my wish lists for a while, plus I got one book for free!

Only two book related events though, in contrast to the extremely busy September:

  • A regular gathering of the Accra Book Club, where we talked about A free man of color by Barbara Hambly. Also the situation of New Orleans in the transition period after the French had left, and Americans were moving in.
  • The last Ghana Voices event hosted by the Writers Project of Ghana at the Goethe Institut: Mamle Wolo read excerpts from her prize-winning work for young adults/teens – The kaya-girl, which I have mentioned before as it won the first prize for the 2011 Burt Award

November will definitely be a bit busier, as I am looking forward to the Ghana Library Association’s 50th Anniversary Biennial Congress and AGM, as well as the usual reading.