Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Africa Reading Challenge 2013

Musings about the Endless Reading Possibilities for this Reading Challenge

✔Marguerite Abouet
The Aya Series (Book Five, Six)

Chinua Achebe
Things All Apart; No Longer at Ease; Arrow of God

✔Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah

Elechi Amadi
The Concubine

Yaba Badoe
True Murder

✔A. Igoni Barrett
Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories

J.M. Coetzee
Life and Times of Michael K; Elizabeth Costello

Gil Courtemanche (Quebecois)
Trans. Patricia Claxton
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Nervous Conditions

Achmat Dangor
Bitter Fruit

Lewis DeSoto
A Blade of Grass

Esi Edugyan (daughter of Ghanian parents)
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne

Cyprian Ekwensi
People of the City

Buchi Emecheta
Head Above Water

Carole Enahoro
Doing Dangerously Well

Aminatta Forna
The Memory of Love

Helon Habila
Oil on Water; Waiting for an Angel

Bessie Head
A Question of Power; ✔Maru

Margaret Laurence (Canadian)
The Tomorrow Tamer

Hisham Matar (American?)
In the Country of Men

Nega Mezlekia
The Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
I Do Not Come to You by Chance

Helen Oyeyemi
The Icarus Girl

Alan Paton
Cry the Beloved Country; Too Late the Phalarope

Kwei Quartey
Wife of the Gods

Nawal El Saadawi
Woman at Point Zero

Veronique Tajo
Trans. Wangui Wa Goro
As the Crow Flies

N’gugi wa Thiong’o
Petals of Blood; The River Between

Chika Unigwe
On Black Sisters Street

Binyavanga Wainaina
One Day I Will Write about This Place

M.G. Vassanji
The Gunny Sack; Uhuru Street

Yvonne Vera
Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing

Yijide Kilanko
Daughters Who Walk This Path 

2012 Reading Notes:
When I choose a specific group of titles or a certain number of books to read on a theme, I make reading time for those books. Otherwise, other books get in the way. I made no specific goals for this challenge in 2012, but I did read two of  Marguerite Abouet’s Aya books (Three and Four) and three books by Canadians which considered aspects of African history/contemporary life (Will Ferguson’s 419; Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes; Olive Senior’s Shell). Next year, I hope to read more works penned by African writers.

2013 Reading Goal is 4 works by African writers, 2 other works from this list:
1. Bessie Head’s Maru (1971)
2. A. Igoni Barrett’s Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories (2013)
3. Marguerite Abouet’s Aya 5 (2009) Illus. Clément Oubrerie
4. Marguerite Abouet’s Aya 6 (2010)  Illus. Clément Oubrerie
5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013)

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