I set myself a modest target of reading 50 books this year and already the Goodreads challenge-0-meter tells me I’m 5 books behind schedule. My reading slowed considerably in the first three months of the year but as I recover from illnesses, I’ve picked up the pace. Plus, the April Readathon has helped my stats. I had fun reading 631 pages over 21 hours and managed to finish 5 books. I’m enjoying books again! Here’s what I’ve read from January to April:
- What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
- Cain by José Saramago (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
- Such Small Hands by Andrès Barba (translated by Lisa Dillman)
- Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
- The Secret of Purple Lake by Yaba Badoe
- Maid in SA by Zukiswa Wanner
- The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (tr. by Susan Bernofsky)
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- A Woman’s Body is a Country by Dami Ajayi
- Far from My Father by Véronique Tadjo (tr. by Amy Baram Reid)
- Aya by Marguetire Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
The list has novels (including translated fiction), a collection short stories, a graphic novel and two collections of poetry. One could call the list eclectic. Only genre missing is non-fiction but I’ll remedy that in the coming months.
I paused publishing reviews after Cain and Such Small Hands because I wanted to focus my energies on #PoetryMonth. I’ll get back to reviews in May but I’ll begin with commentary on some books that I read in past years.
Plans for April
I’ll continue reading Nnedi Okorafor with Binti Home. I want to review Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door so I’ll reread that. And since I’m considering a reading project of the Dublin Prize shortlist, I’ll pair the Omotoso with Han Kang’s Human Acts. I’m also looking at:
- The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo
- Buddha’s Little Finger by Victor Pelevin
- Safe House (a non-fiction anthology) edited by Ellah Allfrey
- a book by Alain Mabanckou
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
That’s my relaxed plan for May’s reading. What’s on your list to read this month?