On the reading front, I read quite a lot – mainly because of the holidays and being off work from 20 December (well the evening thereof) – 12 books, with thee having a Ghana focus, and four an Africa one.
- The year of the flood, by Margaret Atwood [part 2 of her trilogy of a post-apocalyptic world. Pretty good, though I have to admit to not remembering much about part 1 – Oryx and Crake]
- The night gardener, by George Pelecanos [another crime story/mystery set in the totally non-glamorous part of Washington, DC. With many flawed characters; in fact all of them are, including the geographical location itself]
- Among others, by Jo Walton [somewhat disappointing in my view; I had thought there would be more SF/fantasy than there was]
- Defeating dictators: Fighting tyranny in Africa and around the world, by George B N Ayittey [passionate advocacy for citizen involvement in government]
- Waiting for the barbarians, by J M Coetzee [chosen as “speculative fiction” for Goodreads “Great African Reads” group; I suspect it might grow on me. But I still wonder at how “African” it is – maybe because the author is South African? ]
- One day I will write about this place, by Binyavanga Wainaina [memoir of the Kenyan author. In parts not very chronological, which can be a bit confusing]
- The hangman’s daughter, by Oliver Potzsch [entertaining, historical mystery taking place in 17th century Bavaria]
- Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [a love story, but also stories of being in the African diaspora in the US and UK]
- The deliverer, by Kwabena Ankomah-Kwakye [fictionalized account of the founder of the Asante nation]
- The library tree, by Deborah Cowley [inspirational story of the Kathy Knowles libraries and books]
- Hurt machine, by Reed Farrel Coleman [crime/mystery – fairly light stuff, set in New York]
- I speak of Ghana, by Nana Awere Damoah [commentaries on contemporary Ghanaian society]
Physical book-buying was minimal – I only bought one, but then I did somewhat overcompensate in stocking up on my Kindle [12 titles – mostly fairly lightweight, but well, who cares?]
Book related events – again fairly light on the ground:
I attended the book launch of Nana Awere Damoah’s book, I speak of Ghana. And there was an Accra Book Club gathering which didn’t work out. See my previous post .
So it wasn’t a bad month to round up the year.
Looking forward: well, I think a little more reading is definitely on the cards, and I do need to visit some of our local bookshops – maybe this weekend!