A Year-to-Date Reading Report and Plans for May

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
That’s Earl Grey tea in my current favorite mug

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?



  1. I’m always excited when I see a fellow book planner. I like to vary books from my shelves, library books, and review books so I always plan at least a few books ahead.

    I recently finished What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky and I was floored. That is a fantastic collection of stories!

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  2. What a nice looking stack, Kinna: lots of variety! I loved the Aya comics: I wish the series had gone on and on and on. Okay, maybe I will have to settle for rereading.

    In May I will finish two really long books, Paul Auster’s 4321 (I enjoy the idea of many possible plotlines for a single character) and Amitav Ghosh’s Flood of Fire (the last in his Ibis trilogy). I finished the second volume of Ngugi wa Thiongo’s memoirs in April, so I need to choose another for my Africa Reading Challenge, but I will finish these chunksters first, so that I can make room!

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