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Dead But Breathing

By Vuvu Vena Sarah don’t live here no more I lost her on the road from teenager to 20 something She kept giving herself to every man that Looked her way And eventually depleted her reservoir Sarah don’t live here no moreBut I remember how she was Before she up and left In her prime Sarah was the talk of […]

Just As I Am || By Cicely Tyson

Year of Publication: 2021 Genre: Memoir Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers for review purposes. Oh Ms Cicely! What a life. I absolutely enjoyed this autobiography – even more so because I accompanied it with the audio version which is narrated by Ms Cicely herself. It felt like sitting at the feet of […]

Wahala || By Nikki May

Year of Publication: 2022 Genre: Fiction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Disclaimer; This book was sent to me by Penguin South Africa for review purposes. In this debut by Nikki May we explore the crumbling of what on the surface seems to be a solid relationship between 3 mixed-race women of Nigerian heritage living in London. The women, in their early to mid […]

February 2022 || I Read 6 Books

February was a balancing month for me, I hit 10 books by the 2nd month which put me on track with the 5 books a month goal, so generally I was amped. My thoughts on these are up on my YouTube channel, I’ll share the link at the end, however, here’s a short review on each ⬇️ Wahala by Nikki May […]


By Vuvu Vena I was a whore for a love I never got Open legs Some would believe that my heart is situated Between my thighs I let you lay me on lay-by And on your side of the bed all I heard Were snores and sweet nothings On the floor, dirty drawers and sweaty socks Oh but on my […]

The Secret || By Rhonda Byrne

Year of Publication: 2006 Genre: Non-fiction, Self Help, Law of Attraction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one was a reread for me. The Secret was my first introduction into The Law of Attraction a number of years ago. As time has passed, I’ve learned that it has done wonders to serve as a reminder on how I think about life in general, […]

An Orchestra of Minorities || By Chigozie Obioma

Year of Publication: 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An Orchestra of Minorities is Chigozie Obioma’s sophomore offering and like his debut, this was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. This book was a very different read for me as it was woven with to be a lot of magical realism, philosophy and religion. I accompanied it with an audiobook […]

Bantu Knots || By Lebo Mazibuko

Year of Publication: 2021 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.8 Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by NB Publishers for review purposes. In her debut novel, Lebo Mazibuko holds a mirror up for black South African society to view and assess the impact of their lifestyles and chosen forms of discipline. The story follows late-teenage girl, Naledi, and through her […]

Another Woman’s Treasure

By Vuvu Vena It’s not that you are perfect But because I taught him how to love It’s not that he’s selfless But it’s because that nigga under your arm Had to break this girl In order to learn how to give Go ahead and act like you’ve won Something finally worth celebrating But don’t you dare sit there For […]

An Ordinary Wonder || By Buki Papillon

Year of Publication: 2021 Genre: Fiction, Queer Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers for review purposes. In Buki Papillon’s Debut novel we follow Otolorin, a Nigerian twin born inter-sex and discriminated against by his family due to this. This book, told through the POV of a child jumps seamlessly between their pre-teen years […]