Taking Stock: The 10 Books I Read Last Year

Exactly one year ago, I took on a reading challenge. I was to read at least ten books. In fact, I blogged about it here 10 Books I Want to Read and books you think I should read. They had a bias towards African works but it was a good bias because I learned a great deal about my continent. It was a historical and geographical lesson in Literature, reading about colonial Africa in Sembene’s God’s Bits of Wood and Ayi Kwei Armah’s The BautyFul Ones Are Not Yet Born, to xenophobic, homophobic, migratory Africa in Zukiswa Warner’s Men of The South and No Violet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, to mystical African Traditional Religion in Makumbi’s Kintu. There’s a lot to learn about Africa in books. I will be reading more.

However, I did read a little powerful book about Christianity that kept me on the straight and narrow in some way despite my excesses.

Here’s how I fared on my list. The ones with links are the ones I read. You can click on them to see my reviews.

  1. Half of A Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngonzi
  2. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngonzi
  3. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngonzi
  4. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  5. We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
  6. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born – Ayi Kwei Armah
  7. God’s Bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembène 
  8. Tropical Fish – Doreen Baingana
  9. The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna
  10. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emma Orczy

However, there were other books I did not have on my list that I read.

  1. A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  2. Men of the South by Zukiswa Warner
  3. Night Dancer by Chika Unigwe
  4. Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi
  5. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngonzi
  6. Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite by Paul Arden
  7. The School of Christ by T. Austin Sparks

In all, I barely made it to 10. However, I made it. There’s no list for this year except the unread ones from 2015 but the reading will continue and the reviews too. If you have a book you want me to review, please email me, I would love to.

To more reading this year, maybe I will soon read 50 a year like my Librarian @Omuteso does so well. Most of the books were lent to me by her. My other friend, @Callme_Massie was kind enough to lend me some of them too.

Do you have a list this year? Do share? What did you read last year?

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8 thoughts on “Taking Stock: The 10 Books I Read Last Year

  1. You are my reading hero.

    Last year consisted purely of a reading plan for the Bible, cover to cover.

    And one book by Dave Roberson called The Walk of the Spirit, The Walk of Power.

  2. You guys are brave; i never make reading lists simply because I cannot stand the anxiety of not accomplishing every title on them. I will, though, read more and more books in 2016 - and make my little ones read as well.

    1. I think for reading novices like us we need the lists to spur us 🙂 For the little ones, that is one of the best things a parent can do. In fact I picked up a copy of Barbara Kimenye's books last time I went to Jinja, it was a great read, gave me nostalgia of younger days!

      To more reading in 2016. Cheers Simon.


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