Nigerian Literature

Hi,

So this post was inspired by Bill (Kenyan Libraries) and Abuja Literary society( a post about the festival i went to will be up soon)

There are three things about my reading life that are true

  1. I prefer to read fantasy, romance/erotica and YA and humor genres, i mean i would venture out to other genres occasionally
  2. I haven’t read a lot of Nigerian literature since Eze goes to school, i have read folktales i have because that falls under fantasy/mythology.
  3. And yes this includes the Nigerian Literary greats Chimamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and so on

No wait don’t throw stones at me yet!!!

My problem at that time was i found it way too lengthy and it was the equivalent of shake spare to me. Now i did not take literature in secondary school because it wasn’t in my curriculum as a science student but i did take Igbo language which was were i got to listen to more traditional folktales.

To top this up my hormonal teenage self was way into mills and boon ( i still ask myself WTF i was thinking) and the goddess Nora Roberts.When i started travelling to the UK with my parents and i got introduced to my drug dealer ( Waterstones, a bookshop) who got me hooked on YA,i pretty much stayed away from Nigerian novels.

Now i know my country has produced a lot of literary greats but at that time i wasn’t ready.  

 

But now, I’m ready

So this is a list of Nigerian fiction and non-fiction i hope to finish this year

 

 

From the top-left: Before the other day by Okey Anya, foreign gods,inc by Okey Ndibe, There was a country by Chinua Achebe (non-fiction) and She called me woman by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan , Rafeeat Aliyu (non-fiction)

Its not too much and so i will start from here. I will also be sharing my thoughts on them as i read. 

A reading challenge i had this year was to minimize the amount of i read, i did that because i wanted to read romance without the suki suki and really see the connection between characters slowly build up. I also wanted to really try other genres, yes i read them slower than i read romance but i enjoy them and i think thats what matters.

 

So have you read any of them or plan to read let me know in the comments.

 

As always,

Booked unicorn

 

 

Unicorn reviews: A Boy Worth Knowing

abwk Title : A boy worth knowing

Author: Jennifer Cosgrove

  Genre: LGBT M/M, contemporary, paranormal YA

Date published: March 2017

Publisher: Nine Star press

Pages:182

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: Ghosts can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves.Seventeen-year-old Nate Shaw should know; he’s been talking to them since he was twelve. But they aren’t the only ones making his high school years a living hell. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate. That is, until the new boy, James Powell, takes a seat next to him in homeroom. James not only notices him, he manages to work his way into Nate’s life. But James has issues of his own.
Between dead grandmothers and living aunts, Nate has to navigate the fact that he’s falling in love with his only friend, all while getting advice from the most unusual places.
Ghosts, bullies, first love: it’s a lot to deal with when you’re just trying to survive senior year

 

The Review

 

Trigger warning: Bullying

The story is a bittersweet one, Nate has suffered a lot because of his ability, ostracized in school by an popular evil  bitch and there’s strain in his family. James is the new kid with his own issues but he is a ray of sunlight in our protagonists life, you will love him. 

The author balanced humor and tragedy perfectly, there were funny scenes and then there were scenes where you just wanted to hug Nate. His Aunt protected him , i appreciated that she did not baby him and always gave him the truth when needed; she also would not hesitate to smack a bitch that hurts her nephew.

His Nana was just adorable( she’s a ghost haunting their home), i loved the way she still commanded respect even though she was dead. I loved James for taking time to know Nate and stand up for him even though he had problems of his own, he was a good friend  ( until the time he fucked up). 

The book was well written with characters you would recognize in your typical high school setting, straight to the point and easy to understand. I gave the book four stars because i thought it was a cute story, the last chapter had me in my feelings tho( when a particular character came back i was like, really bitch? Really). 

I recommend this book if you are looking for a short m/m read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Formats

I have come to the realization that i read more E-books( for the past two years) than physical books and as of lately in have started listening to more audio books. How did this happen?

When E-books started emerging i was one of those ”oh dear God not me i’ll always prefer my physical copies, E-books be damned” ( now say it in a British accent). Now guess who has a three reading apps with over two hundred books. I still buy physical copies of books but i buy twice as much in E-books.

Its a matter of convenience for me i like knowing that if i don’t carry a physical copy i have an e-copy ready and if my battery dies i have my physical copy ( yes i still carry a book around). Currently  the only way i can receive ARCs is in E-form, since i’m an international blogger this is the only way i can receive books.

As for audio books, i love the way narrators bring a story to life with their voices it adds a certain quality that you won’t get from just reading a book. For example, i am sure we have all mispronounced names while reading before but listening to an audio book you will get the right  pronunciation. And most recently i find myself enjoying the tone an emotion  correctly portrayed  while listening to a book . The right accents also make a difference for example  crazy rich Asians by Kevin kwan, listening to the audio made me appreciate the story more because the right accent and even language pronunciation was executed perfectly.

I also listen to self-help and autobiographies on audio because lord knows i cannot read physical copies, i would sleep.

So are you like me, have you suddenly realized that you read more books in one format than the other, let me know in the comments.

Have a rainbow filled week,

Booked Unicorn.

 

 

 

 

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

A massive thank you to Kayleigh B from my endless shelf  for tagging me. I have had a good reading year so far, i am right on track with my Goodreads challenge i have read 60 books and i have 60 left bang on for the mid year freak out tag. I created this blog last year in November and started blogging in January this year, so far it’s been therapeutic for me and although i still have a lot to learn  i am enjoying the learning process.

To the Tag we go

The best book you’ve read this year

heart of the fae

The best book so far for me has been Heart of fae by Emma Hamm. I  stumbled on this book and i have been obsessed with everything Emma Hamm. Its an Irish retelling of beauty and the beast  with lots of mythology intertwined. Its brilliant brilliant. She is doing more retelling of The little mermaid ( bride of the sea) and swan princess, check her out

  • The best sequel you’ve read this year

veins of magic

Veins of Magic by Emma Hamm

  •  New released you haven’t read but want to

Children of blood and bone. Hopefully i will read it this month

  • Most anticipated release for the second half of this year

One Apocalypse by Kristy Cunning ( C.M Owens)

I am invested in this series and i can’t wait to see how this book ends. Paca is the best anti-heroine ever.

  • Biggest disappointment 

Meh i’ll leave that one out

  • Biggest surprise

The rules of supervilainy by C.T Phipps. I don’t usually read classic hero and villain stories( comic book types like Batman) but this one was different a villain called Merciless(Tm) tries so hard to be evil,i listened to the audio book and it hilarious.

  • Favourite new to you, or debut, author(s)

I will put two here, Grace Draven  and  Emma HammMaster of crows

  • Newest fictional Crush

LukaLukas from  Ashes & Embers series by Carian Cole

  • Newest Favorite Character

Sorcha from Heart of fae, she’s strong and badass

  • Book that made you cry

So far none, but  i will be reading Adam Silvera’s books this year and i was told i should expect to bawl my eyes out

  • Book that made you Happy

the quarterback

The Quarterback by Mckenzie Blaire and Heart of Fae by Emma Hamm.  the Quarterback I adored Matt and Trevor’s romance and with Heart of Fae it was refreshing to see a kick ass female who gave zero fucks and would kick your ass if you messed with her.

  • Favorite book to movie adaptation

I haven’t got anyone yet but i hope to watch Love, Simon soon.

  • Favorite post you’ve done this year

I would say its Allow me to reintroduce myself(*Zico voice*) I had so much fun writing itI hope to write more engaing post like this often.

  • Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

Hmm more like Pre-ordered. A muse of nightmares by Laini Taylor the UK edition. 

  • What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Children of blood and bone, One Apocalypse and everything on my YA series list.

Thank you for tagging me i now tag Read it and weep girls, Grey Winters, Lauren, Mathangi  and  Hasanthi and you’re it Go Go Go.!!!

As Always

Booked Unicorn

YA Series to complete

Okay this is a hopeful list why, because i am a mood reader. I have a list of books to complete before this year ends (especially all the series i started and did not finish).

Some of these books i started and then two things happened

  1. The character annoyed me to the point of throwing my book at someone ( sorry dear brother!!)
  2. The series has not been fully published and therefore i am afraid to become invested because that would lead me to stalking authors once i start reading .

So I am going to give myself a timeline (6 months duh!!!) to complete all the series i had started and just left. Luckily i have not had any spoilers so here it goes

Daughter of smoke and bone

I KNOW!!! I read the first book TWICE and then i decided to wait till the series was complete before picking it up to read. I even met Laini Taylor ( and she signed all my books oh yeah!!) and had a mini chat with her, she’s the one that got me hooked on Nnedi okorafor. Anyway i am finishing this series this year already have my pre-order for a Muse of nightmares.

The Raven Cycle

The Mortal Instrument world

chileeee lemme tell you what happened with this one.

So i remember reading book one and thinking ” Cassandra Clare what in the world…are you trying to get me to flunk out of uni”. So at the time these series came out i was just starting University and trying to get my head around how things work abroad ( International student here). I stayed up all night reading book one, almost missed my first lecture and i was in a daze through out that day because it was so good.

I had to put the brakes on, i had it bad. I did however buy every book in the series so i will be finishing up this year and then i am going to binge watch the entire series.

Lemony Snicket.

I fulfilled a childhood dream and bought the boxset last year so i will finish this this year.

Confessions series by James Patterson

There are four books in this series and i have read two. I held off finishing this series because i wanted to get the hard copies ( so that everything would be Uniform). An d now my collection is complete.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg ( trust me to have 100 series on my TBR). Do you guys have series you need to complete? And if you have completed anyone on this list did you enjoy it, let me know.

Have a rainbow filled day

As always ,

Booked Unicorn

Pride Books wrap Up

I have given you the LGBT webtoons i am subscribed to in my last  CLICK THIS TO GET TO THAT POST.  I was looking for a good place to start because i always read m/m books and i wanted something more diverse, i consulted the oracles Bi Bookish babe, Smiling Jay , readable life and Aurora libralis  blogs and they have contributed to my my ever growing TBR list. I picked up a fair number of books from each blog and my ambition was to read something ‘different’ ( in quotation marks because my royal bottom went back to m/m at the end) i mean i tried.

So here’s what i read for pride month , i recommend them to you because they were really interesting and i think you should read them too. Also check out the lovely blogs i listed too.

Noah can’t even and Noah Could Never by Simon James Green

If you are ready for a cringe fest galore and laugh out loud comedy i recommend this duology. Follow Noah’s adventures with his best mate Harry and his whole high school.

 

Its not like its a secret by Misa Sugiura 

The main character Sana Kiyohara is not out to her parents and her friends, she suspects her father is cheating, she has a huge crush on Jamie. But her friends don’t like Jamie’s friends and vice versa. How does Sana survive this?

I listened to this book and it made it come alive. There’s cultural and race issues addressed in this book, it’s really cute but there’s this one part of the book where i was like SHUT UP SANA PLEASE. If you read this book you would get there and you would hide under a blanket just like i did.

 

 

The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair

I listened to this and i wrote a review of it before. Its about a collegde football star Matt who is in the closet falling in love with the ‘punk’ kid Trevor.  The end is happy and fluffy.

A  Quick Guide To They/Them pronouns By Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson

A guide showing how to use They/them pronouns, its really useful i wrote a review of it here you can check it out also. Its a quick comic explaining how to use these pronouns and the people that use them.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

A retelling of Peter Pan.

Wendy is a Trans Male known as Peter Pan, he goes back to Neverland after ten years to fight with Captain Hook. He discovers a lot about himself, Hook and the truth about the lost boys.

 

And finally i read the O. G

simon vs

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens agenda By Becky Albertalli

I have had this book on my TBR for ages, i finally read it and my heart was filled with so much fluff.

I hope you had a wonderful pride month.

Put that rainbow up every single day and be proud of who you are

 

As always

Booked Unicorn

Pride Comics Wrap up

Okay i need 20gayteen to like slowdown already, yeesh i still have a lot of books i need to squeeze in. I have been slightly overwhelmed by the amount of books i still have to read this year, on one hand i happy because yea books but on the other its like so many books so little time.

I am a huge webtoon fan and i have three websites i read them on, depending on the age group you are these comics range from PG 13 ( Line Webtoon and Tapas) to please don’t read this in front of your mum( Lezhin). The list is primarily BL( Boys Love) and GL( Girls Love) comics, but there are two comics that have other representations.

 

Line Webtoon

Line Webtoon is a platform for free webtoons, its PG 13 so : These are the comics i recommend

Mage & Demon Queen(GL)

Midnight Coffee (BL)

Life outside the circle ( BL with a Trans POC character)

Les Normaux ( LBGT all represented)

Sweet Boy

Small world

My dictator boyfriend

Hey, I’m Gay

Faust(BL)

Winter Moon

Zombie prince

Acception

The other platform i read comics on and i recommend is lezhin, now i know its a paid but i promise you the stories are 100% worth it. And where webtoons does not allow mature comics, you get the full picture here HUNTY and in HD.

Just to give you a heads up that the Lezhin comics i mentioned are Mature.

Kill Stalking (BL)

Make me bark(BL)

Sign(BL)

BJ Alex (BL)

Devil Drop(GL)

At the end of the road(BL)

Pulse(GL)

Serenade (GL)

And finally the my other place to read comics TAPAS. There are free comics to read on this website and there are also paid ones. I try my best to tip when i read a comic that’s free and also really good just to show my appreciation. You can get coins to tip by watching advertisements, so its a win win for everyone.

comics i recommend to read on this website

DYEW (Do You Even Witch)

The one who loves you from Behind

Long Exposure

Heart Stopper ( Alice Oseman)

Three Wishes

Griefer Belt

I hope you enjoy the comics most of them are still ongoing, so get invested just like me (or hooked that you cannot live without them and you are considering selling your friends just so you can read a webtoon).

Be kind and spread rainbows,

Booked Unicorn