I was so sure I was going to read more in October, but I somehow ended up reading only four books. I think I got a little too excited about reuniting with my sister that I barely read towards the end of the month. It was a little interesting that the four books I read in October were so different from each other, but they were mostly ‘okay’.
1 – Nonfiction
2 – Mystery
1 – Historical fiction
The sex lives of African women by Nana Darkoa. (4 ✨)
I’ll start with the non-fiction. It is a book everyone on the African side of Bookstagram has been raving about. The sex lives of African women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamoh. I knew what I was expecting, and it was not disappointing but, it did feel a lot heavier than I anticipated. It’s a collection of stories by African women in Africa and the diaspora on their sex lives. It focuses on Queer women who are polyamorous. I’m very aware we all have different beliefs and it’s perfectly okay to think monogamy isn’t for you, but I found that some of the women were a little over the top with trying to make it seem like monogamy is impossible. The relationship between sexuality and religion was explored insightfully. It was a decent read. I recommend it.
The last thing he told me by Laura Dave. (4✨)
This was such a memorable book. I was intrigued from the first page, and I couldn’t wait to see how the story ended. Hannah Hall’s husband disappears right after his boss was arrested. She receives a note from him asking her to protect his teenage daughter, Bailey. Hannah & Bailey both decide to figure out the truth and the real reason for his disappearance. The characters were well-written, but the relationship between Hannah and Bailey felt unnecessarily forced. Overall, I enjoyed reading it, but I finished this book wanting more from the story.
In the palace of flowers by Victoria Princewill (4✨)
I just opened Goodreads and I realized I started reading this book in July. It was one of the books I received from Cassava Republic. I think I initially picked this up when my life was a bit chaotic and I’m so glad I didn’t give up on it and tried to read it again in October. It is such a fantastic and well-written book. Although it requires your undivided attention, I think it’s worth devoting your time to. There is a richness and depth to the story and characters. I absolutely loved the way the author described 19th century Iran. I think a tv adaptation would be great! You can read my review here.
Prisoner of Fate by Akin Akingbogun (3✨)
I received a free review copy of this book from the author and I was a bit excited to get into it mainly because it is a thriller novella set in Nigeria. It is a really small book which made it easier to get through and it follows the life of an investigative journalist whose life changed when he got a call from someone who is supposed to be dead. For a thriller, it didn’t get my heart racing neither did it blow my mind.
Those were the four books I read in October. I tried to finish The invisible life of Addie LaRue but I have been so busy. I’m likely finishing it today. I hope everyone had a good month. Wishing you all a fantastic November.