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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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No Longer At Ease – A Review

Just a rant :I absolutely love Chinua Achebe and I wish I had met the man because Things Fall Apart was one of my favorite books . So I went into this book with great anticipation because it’s Chinua

Genre : African Fiction

Themes: Corruption/Morals/ Ancestry

Anci’s summary : No Longer At Ease is book 2 of a trilogy with the first book being Things Fall Apart. In No Longer At Ease we follow Obi Okonkwo the grandson of Okonkwo who we met in Things Fall Apart. Obi has just returned from studying abroad (the UK ) after having gotten a prestigious scholarship from his village. As part of his scholarship he returns to Nigeria to work as a civil servant to repay his part of his scholarship. We follow him as he grapples with his new position as a civil servant while navigating family dynamics.

Cover rating : 4/5

Favorite Quote :

β€œA person who has not secured a place on the floor should not begin to look for a mat.”
― Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease

Would you recommend this book? Yes go read it!

Would you read more books by the author? Yes


Ratings

Emotional-o-meter:
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Pace-o-meter

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Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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November Wrap Up:31 Books and A Few Favorites

Oh mayn,the christmas tree is out and decorated and of course I am unashamedly playing Christmas movies because I have no shame and it’s the most wonderful time of the year *smile*

Total Books Read : 31

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Seuss, D:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When Christmas Comes by Macomber, Debbie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

On a Snowy Night by Macomber, Debbie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Be: A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself by Zweig, Jessica

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Today I Am Mad by Gordon, Michael

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Clarity: Know What You Want. Know What To Do To Get It. Success Is Inevitable.
by George, Praise

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hold Your Breath by Walker, Wendy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Bone Farm (Jane Hawk, #0.5) by Koontz, Dean

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Strong Women Lift Each Other Up by Galbraith, Molly

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Immune System Hacks: 175+ Ways to Boost Your Immunity, Protect Against Viruses and Disease, and Feel Your Very Best! by Farr, Matt

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Silver Bells / On a Snowy Christmas / The Perfect Holiday by
Macomber, Debbie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dearest Josephine by George, Caroline

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Patsy by Dennis-Benn, Nicole

Rating: 4 out of 5.

His Mistletoe Miracle (Sugar Creek, #3) by Jones, Jenny B.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Miracle Mentality: Tap into the Source of Magical Transformation in Your Life
by Storey, Tim

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Transcendent Kingdom by Gyasi, Yaa

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wake Me When I’m Gone by Atogun, Odafe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Eat That Frog! for Students: 22 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Excel in School
by Tracy, Brian

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In the Penalty Box by Rush, Lynn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Win or Learn: The Naked Truth about Turning Every Rejection Into Your Ultimate Success
by Cohen, Harlan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Trial and Error by Whitlow, Robert

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Sweet Medicine by Chigumadzi, Panashe

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Shire, Warsan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling by Faris, Paula

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Jackpot by Stone, Nic

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Relationship Goals Challenge: Thirty Days from Good to Great by Todd, Michael

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Love at First by Clayborn, Kate

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Self-Care for the Real World by Narain, Nadia

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Forest, Kristina

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The boy,the mole,the fox and the horse. by Mackesy, Charlie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Burden of Proof by Mills, DiAnn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Which one have you read or do you want to read?

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Hope Is Our Only Wing- A Review

Just a Rant: I stumbled on this book on Goodreads (yep I binge-scroll Goodreads) and decided to give it a shot and make it my February KoffeeRead of the month. Do I regret it? Nope!

Ancillar’s Book Summary:

The book begins with a new student ( Shamiso) arriving at a boarding school in Zimbabwe after having lived in England for a while. It tells the unlikely friendship of two girls -one struggling with grief and bewilderment following her father’s death (her father happened to be a journalist) and Tanyaradzwa, whose life isn’t as normal as you would have hoped it was as she is battling cancer. What do you hold on to when life keeps throwing you bread crumbs if not hope.

Cover Rating: 3/5

Will I be reading more books by the same author? Of course!

Do you recommend this book: Yes

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