All in all, I think the year started on a good note, ultimately my plan for the year is to read at least 5 books a month, but to fall short by 1 book at the very start is actually not a bad start.
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 ⬇️
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
“Silence is often a fortress into which a broken man retreats, for it is here that he communes with his mind.” – Chigozie Obioma, An Orchestra of Minorities
This was a very complex read, hard to get into but worth it. In this one Chigozie laments the misfortunes of one man’s life and showcases how human beings are always at the brink of good and evil.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change!” – Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
This one was a reread, and I think I should stop rereading this book because it has less of an effect on me with each reread. Perhaps that’s testament to my growth in understanding The Law Of Attraction first introduced to me by this very book … I still deem it a good place to start.
Bantu Knots by Lebo Mazibuko
“Standing on a pulpit and telling me that fornication is a sin and then quoting a scripture is not preparing me, nor is it teaching me anything about the realities of becoming a woman. It doesn’t magically shut down everything I experience inside of me.” – Lebo Mazibuko, Bantu Knots
This was such an honest book, the true meaning of holding a mirror up to society. In her debut, Lebo explores township life and the remnants of Apartheid on the human psyche and how it affects our day-to-day interactions and beliefs regarding what our lives should and could become.
An Ordinary Wonder by Buki Papillon
“I am the strength and fire in you, I am everything that is and was and ever will be. You are the stuff my stars are made of.” – Buki Papillon, An Ordinary Wonder
At once delightful and heartbreaking. Buki takes us on a well crafted journey of self-discovery through the eyes of a Nigerian intersex child who must chose to live and be their own hero in an unjust world. I cried more than I laughed and I checked my privilege as a heterosexual comfortable and societally-accepted in my female form.
My full thoughts on these books can be found on the video below.
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