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Book Reviews feat. Chibundu Onuzo & TBR

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My reading was horrendous during the month of May because my mind was, and still is, elsewhere. I'm finding it even harder than usual to focus which really takes the piss because my chronic fatigue only allocates me a tiny window to actually absorb information at the best of times. I'm hoping to pull myself out of this malaise by making sure I spend more time focusing on things that I'm passionate about and less time feeling petrified at the state of the world. 

In May, I read one book. Lets see what I thought about it, eh.


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FINISHED: 11/05/17 | PAGES: 368  | ISBN: 0571268943 
Deep in the Niger Delta, officer Chike Ameobi deserts the army and sets out on the road to Lagos. He is soon joined by a wayward private, a naive militant, a vulnerable young woman and a runaway middle-class wife. The shared goals of this unlikely group: freedom and new life. As they strive to find their places in the city, they become embroiled in a political scandal. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is determined to report the truth. Yet government minister Chief Sandayo will do anything to maintain his position. Trapped between the two, they are forced to make a life-changing decision.

A novel of disparate people with disparate ideas, Welcome to Lagos is a tale of many things - friendship, redemption, political shit storms - but mostly it's about being courageous, whether that's real pained courage in the face of hardship or feigned ass-saving courage when things don't work out the way they were supposed to. The intensity of Lagos as a city, and the common desire of each individual in the group to find a better life for themselves, engulf the novel and carry it to its climax. However, I wasn't completely taken by this novel. 

Whilst it was well crafted, and clearly written straight from Onuzo's heart, I wouldn't really rush to re-read it. I think, as a reader, I can sometimes be quite plot driven and I didn't feel like the story took me on the adventure I necessarily wanted at the time of reading. That said, I'll keep an eye out for what Onuzo writes next. 



I'm making it my business to focus more of my time on things that I'm passionate about (such a novel idea) so that means more reading! In the interests of reading a little more, I'm pulling a few books off my shelves that I feel like I could easily sink my teeth into. 

Carol has been sat near the top of my to read list since I acquired it back in November. It comes highly recommended and I fancy a nice bit of queer romance to pull me out of a slumpy few months. The edition I have is also a floppy paperback which is incredibly satisfying. 

Animals has sat on my shelves minding its own business since July 2015 and the other day I felt compelled to pull it down after book maven Alice mentioned it in her Twitter books thread. It sounds as if it could be really funny and lord knows I need a laugh right now! (edit: I have since finished this and loved it.)

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Mystery thrillers are usually an excellent way to slide yourself back into reading because they tend to be all-absorbing. Alice and Bethany raved about The Poison Tree on the Hello Friend podcast and I thought it'd be a good way to ease myself back in. Stephen King even likened this to du Maurier's Rebecca, one of my favourite books of all time, so that fills me with hope.

I'm all set for a much better reading month! 

As always, if you have a bit of spare time, you can stick around and scroll through all of my book blog posts. Or, alternatively, you could just flick through my book reviews instead. 

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  1. I feel your pain about not being able to focus on reading & your mind being elsewhere - this happens to me occasionally & it's so annoying when you're wanting to get stuck into a book to take your mind elsewhere. Really intrigued by The Poison Tree - I LOVED Rebecca & have been wanting to read something similar to it!


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