When I initially started thinking about this post I thought November hadn’t been a particular busy month, but on reflection, maybe that was not quite the case.
I completed five books during the period:
- The kaya-girl, by Mamle Wolo [First prize Winner of the 2011 Burt Award]. A fun read for teens/young adults.
- Florida heatwave, edited by Michael Lister. [A collection of thriller short stories set in Florida; some definitely better than others]
- My first coup d’etat: Memories from the lost decades of Africa, by John Dramani Mahama [Written when the now President of Ghana was Vice-President; some interesting anecdotes from a contemporary politician. We felt we had to read and discuss this book before Ghana’s Election Day on 7 December 2012]
- It happened in Ghana – A historical romance 1824-1971, by Noel Smith [not sure how to describe this book, which mentioned various events in Ghana’s history; I didn’t think it was that great]
- A discovery of witches, by Deborah Harkness [all right, I haven’t read the whole Twilight series, but this vampire/witch/daemon story has its entertaining bits!]
There was a preponderance of books on Ghana, with more fiction (as usual), but more male authors than female. And I did read two of the books on my Kindle, definitely a bit more than usual!
I bought four books during the period – all from Vidya Bookstore so as usual my TBR shelves continue to grow
- Joseph Anton, by Salman Rushdie
- The casual vacancy, by J K Rowling
- American dervish, by Ayad Akhtar [actually on one of my wish lists for a while]
- Amateur spy, by Dan Fespermann
My bookish/library activities during the month of November were three:
- Ghana Library Association‘s biennial congress & AGM – took place in the first week in November. Alternately interesting and a bit irritating. Great to see professional colleagues. Election results were pretty interesting – a much younger group elected!
- Accra Book Club’s discussion of My first coup d’etat, by John Dramani Mahama. We all agreed that it was great that a Ghanaian politician should put pen to paper, and wished that more would do so. Reactions from those of us who had spent some time in Ghana did differ a bit from those who hadn’t. But generally we liked it.
- Readings by Chuma Nwokolo, author of The ghost of Sani Abacha and Diaries of a dead African, at his visit to Ashesi. Very entertaining and amusing. I think all the students and others present enjoyed it.
Maybe readers should be the judge as to whether November was a busy or quiet month?