I haven’t talked about my reading, book buying, or bookish events for a while, so rather than wait till the end of this month, I will look back on August and September, which weren’t horribly busy.
During these two months, I completed nine books – two fiction (only!) and seven non-fiction – the proportions being quite unusual for me, as I tend usually to read more fiction than non-fiction. Three books had a Ghana focus, four were on Africa/by African writers, and two were by non-Africans and neither on Ghana or Africa.
I bought eight physical books – including two cookbooks – plus four e-books.
So, to the books I completed:
- Snowdrops, by A D Miller (a thriller set in a wintry Moscow; nothing is really what it seems)
- Gulp, by Mary Roach (an entertaining non-fiction book on the gut)
- The boy who harnessed the wind, by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer (very inspiring book book about a young Malawian inventor)
- Bright lights, no city, by Max Alexander (story of Burro, a social enterprise in Ghana)
- Interventions: a life in war and peace, by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh (entertaining and illuminating autobiography by the former UN Secretary-General)
- Birds of our land, by Virginia W Dike (children’s guide to bird of southern Nigeria)
- Lose your mother, by Saidiya Hartman (aspects of the slave trade and its heritage, with emphasis in Ghana)
- There was a country – A personal history of Biafra, by Chinua Achebe (a very personal view of some of the events of the Biafran war)
- No time like the present, by Nadine Gordimer (read for Accra Book Club; on contemporary South Africa)
As for bookish events, I missed a couple of the August events – a reading by Nii Ayikwei Parkes and the launch of Boakyewaa Glover’s latest book – due to car issues. Needless to say, I was not pleased.
There was a gathering of the Accra Book Club, the first for a while, due to the “summer”/vacation period. Those of us who had read The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared (by Jonas Jonasson) found it very entertaining, and a good read. Only a couple of us had read Canada, by Richard Ford, so there wasn’t much of a discussion on that novel.
I also attended Nigerian writer Sefi Atta’s reading at the Goethe Institut at the end of September, part of the Ghana Voices series organized by the Writers Project of Ghana.
And also at the end of September, I took part in the launch of the 5th edition of NAWA (North American Women’s Association)’s guide to living in Accra, No Worries. Interestingly I actually have all five editions!