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Someday ,Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli -A Review

Title : Someday, Maybe

Genre : Contemporary Fiction

Koffee Reading Rating: 5/5

If you are triggered by suicide and a spouse’s death, I urge you to go into this book with caution.

There comes a time in one’s life when one read a book that completely puts one through myriad emotions of sadness, grief, and long sighs. Someday, Maybe is that book! I went into it not expecting to be haunted by it or thinking of it long after it was done.

Do you ever cry so deeply that every tear tears you apart? That is me with this book. Someday, Maybe tells the story of Eve who is left utterly devastated when her husband commits suicide on New Year’s Eve. His death opens the door to what comes after when one loses someone to death. We follow her as she navigates family, a mother-in-law, a career, and unexpected good news that doesn’t look like good news.

The book is in parts and we follow Eve and Quentin from university up to the point she says goodbye to him at his final resting place. Onyi did a wonderful job of bringing out the family dynamic in the form of Eve’s Mother who prayed and insisted on prayer for solution, Nate for being a devoted brother with an over the top girlfriend and Gloria the first born who saddled every sibling ringing true to deputy parenting.

I love how Onyi brought out the power of friendship and how Eve’s friends showed up for her when it counted and I love how her new ‘hobby’ saved as therapy for her. Onyi delivered and I cannot say enough that this book was truly magnificent.

Do you recommend this book? Yes! Go buy it now

Will you read more books by the author? Yes! Without missing a beat

Character/s that drove me insane : Aspen (the mother-in-law)

Character that made me laugh: Drew

Love note: It’s okay to not be okay! There is no shame in asking for help when the world seems loud and you don’t know what to do. Reach out to someone and get help. And to those in therapy I see you, I love you and I am rooting for you.

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Tomorrow I Become A Woman – A Review

Just an Anci Rant : I love a good book cover before anything else. So what influenced me mostly was the cover and the title and the title does justice to the book. I feel like there should be a writing challenge called ‘ Tomorrow I Become A Woman’ anyways let’s get into the review

Genre : African Literature

Themes: mother/daughter relationships ,loss, motherhood, love, domestic abuse, friendship, religion ,fertility

Publication Date: 26 May 2022

Anci’s Summary : Every woman/man/sister/wife/mother should read this book . It should be required reading for sisterhood groups. If you want a book that will make you angry, sad and even cry then this is the book.

The book is set in Nigeria just after the civil war between Nigeria and the Republic of Biafra and tells the story of Obianuju’s journey from being a naΓ―ve University girl to a woman stuck in a marriage envied by many

What the book got right? The title ,the dynamic and complicated relationship between mother and daughter, siblings and societal expectations of women

Favorite character/s in the book: Akin and Obi

As a Christian would I enjoy the book? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes! Go buy it now

Will I read more books by the author? Yes

                   Rating 

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Overall Rating :

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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You’ve Turned 30 Now What by Paul Brezhnev Banda – A Review

Just an Anci Rant : There was a time when 30 looked so far but as a 90s baby 30 is closer than I think and I am not ready. I legit am not ready for when are you getting married questions and so you are 30 huh !?

Genre : Non-Fiction

Anci’s Summary : I received a complimentary copy from the author and all opinions expressed are entirely my own

You’ve turned 30 now what is the book you really don’t need to read if you are scared of being offended but kinda need to read asap. The book tackles the 30s when you don’t want to adult but have to adult because the 30s come with mortgage ,babies ,spouses , debt,the inlaws and friendships. It’s one man’s journey through so we don’t tackle it solo

What the book got right? The title ,the short chapters and how the author brought up important topics in a conversational way

What I needed the book to have? More personal stories because who doesn’t dig a good love story ,break over story and debt management story

Favorite chapter in the book? The chapter about Self-care

As a Christian would I enjoy the book? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Will I read more books by the author? Yes

                       Rating 

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Overall Rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta- A Review

Just a rant : I love sister sister and at some point in my life I wanted a twin sister. How cool would it have been having someone you could share clothes with and of course the best friend without trying title.

Release Date: August 9 2022

Genre : African Lit/Fiction/Young Adult

Author: Rimma Onoseta

Themes:sibling relationships,mother-daughter dynamics,resilience,colorism and class

Popular book by author : It’s a debut!

Anci’s Book Summary : A huge thanks to the author and Algonquin Young Readers for my complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are entirely my own .

What a moving debut set in modern day Nigeria. The story follows two sisters Zam and Cheta who grow up in a household with a difficult mother. One gets the opportunity to leave while the other stays behind to find her own path . They each have to find their own path and eventually to each other. One builds ‘resilence’ as their mother is overbearing and the other staying with the rich aunt and uncle struggles to find her own voice I cannot recommend this book enough!Help us all if you read it without ensuring your wig is fastened properly because the mother can drive a sane person bonkers

Character/s I am obsessed with : Zam and Cheta

Character/s I identify with: Zam because she struggles to speak up

Character/s I didn’t vibe with : Zam and Cheta’s mother

What I liked about the book: It’s a strong debut and fast paced book

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

                         Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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3.15 AM AND OTHER STORIES – A Review

Just a rant : I love a good short story because then I can read and come back to the book as and when my spirit is ready for it . Sometimes,you read the book in the wrong season of your life and it doesn’t quench your appetite.

Genre : African Lit/Fiction

Author: Rudo D M Manyere

Themes: immigration,love,loss ,self righteousness

Popular book by author : It’s a debut!

Anci’s Book Summary : I have never met Rudo and I promise she could care less who I am but this book was like a ode to every African.

I have never met a short story collection I want to continually read and that continues to whisper to me as I sleep. The stories begin from the arrival of white settlers to modern day Zimbabwe. The stories have everything from romance ,drama and betrayal making it the perfect read.

Stories I am obsessed with:1965 and Chipo

Story/stories I didn’t vibe with :Kurauone because it broke my heart and the narrative keeps slapping me in the face

What I liked about the book: It’s a strong debut and fast paced book

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

                         Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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How to Save It : Fix Your Finances by Bola Sol- A Review

Just a rant : I am always on a mission to do better with my money because I have questionable money habits. Do you know your money personality? Let me know in the comments below

Genre : Personal Finance

Author: Bola Sol

Themes: Money ,saving ,budgeting

Anci’s Book Summary : It’s a small book with a huge punch.

It’s a finance book that tackles budgeting ,debt ,savings and emergency fund in a fun way. It’s perfect for someone starting their personal finance journey

What I liked about the book: It’s clear and precise

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I enjoy this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

   Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•.5/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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Guilt by Audrey N. Chirenje-A Review

Just a rant : I am a hopeless romantic and I love love so true to myself I jump at the chance to read romance. Just a thought,what’s your favorite romance book?

Genre : Contemporary Romance

Author: Audrey Chirenje

Themes: Survival ,Loss ,Love

Popular book by author : Life will Humble You

Anci’s Book Summary : I have read all of Audrey’s book and woow this one was a little different.

The book tells the story of Nomhle a young Zimbabwean woman searching for a pot of gold figuratively and running from her past. She is one brave woman who goes to a foreign country in search of what everyone is looking for -a better life. Her life changes the moment she steps off the bus ,applies for a maid job and meets Jonah.

What I liked about the book: I liked that the author wrote out of her comfort zone. It’s a love story that’s realistic!

Character/s I am obsessed with:The Jury is still out on this one

Character I didn’t like: The Master and LaToya

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? There is sex in the book so use discretion if you will

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

   Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : πŸ”₯/πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•.5/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa

Just a rantΒ : Every woman remembers the first time they had their period and the first time they had cramps. Trust me , we all remember.

GenreΒ : African Fiction

Author: Kopano Matlwa

Most popular book by authorΒ :Coconut

Themes: Resilence/Success/Growth

Book SummaryΒ : This was a hard book to read as it brought emotions I personally want to deal with later.

The story is about Masechaba and how a series of traumatic episode nearly drove her off the cliff literally and her fight for survival. Masechaba is a young graduate working at a public hospital who has to deal with friendships, suicidal and rape, xenophobia and the public system.

What I liked about the book?Β How the author tackled difficult issues with so much grace and depicted Masechaba’s growth

Character/s I lovedΒ : Masechaba

Character/s I didn’t love : The jury is still out on that one

As a Christian will I enjoy this book?Β Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Should everyone read this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

Rating

Relatability:Β 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Steam-o-meterΒ :

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Overall ratingΒ :Β 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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WHAT’S YOUR MOVE by Nicolette Mashile- A Review

Just a rant : Personal finance is exactly that ‘personal’. As crazy as it may sound I am semi-obsessed with reading books about personal finance because I do want to master money and not money mastering me wink wink

Genre : Non-fiction /Personal Finance

Author: Nicolette Mashile

Anci’s Book Summary : What’s your Move is a financial book by Nicolette Mashile (and yes you have seen her on YouTube).

What I liked about the book: Nicolette is funny y’all because the book wasn’t hectic and all . I enjoyed that the financial lessons was told in a series of stories from Nicolette’s perspective.

What I took from the book:

  1. Personal finance is personal
  2. Don’t just save. Have a reason to save
  3. Get a money buddy to keep you accountable
  4. Track your expenses

Do I recommend this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

Rating

Relatability: πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°/πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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Looking Up by Abena Eyeson- A Review

Just a rant : Change is never easy for anyone to grasp at once . We all resist change whether it’s diet or lifestyle it takes a lot to prepare for change.

Genre : Young Adult

Author: Abena Eyeson

Most popular book by author : Debut Book

Themes: Family/Immigration /Race

Book Summary : I received a complimentary copy from Abena Eyeson and Nataka Books thus all opinions expressed are entirely my own .

Looking Up tells the story of thirteen year old Esi who leaves her beloved grandmother in Ghana to move to London with her mother Maggie. Esi has not stayed with her mother or spent time with her since she was six years old so we follow them as they rekindle their relationship as mother and daughter

What I liked about the book? How the author managed to capture the thoughts of a thirteen year old perfectly.

-The author managed to capture and tackle serious issues such as Esi’s absent father and what immigration does to families

Character/s I loved : Esi

Character/s I didn’t love : The jury is still out on that one

As a Christian will I enjoy this book? Yes

Rating

Relatability: 🍰🍰🍰/🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰

Steam-o-meter : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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