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Hello Readers!

I thought that it would be important to give you guys and gals a quick rundown of what I have been up to without having to dig through my archive. Plus I would like to keep myself accountable during my year of slow reading by sharing my monthly reading progress.

The one thing that I have noticed about my reading mood from the end of 2017 and possibly the beginning of this year is that I have been leaning towards shorter books (i.e 300 pages and less) so that I can psyche myself up to tackle my TBR pile. But the funny thing is that even though I am not actively purchasing books this year, I seem to more keen on reviewing books for Netgalley.

Though, I am more restrained my requests since I had to DNF some books that had been on my online shelf for over 3 months because I could not get to them or they were not resonating with me.  I must add that when I  request a book, I take my role as a reviewer seriously so it was not an easy decision to DNF the three titles below.

Did I mention that I discovered my local library? I joined the Kenya National Library.  While I am not excited about their two book borrowing limit and the fact that have to pay Ksh 20 per book, I think it has helped me curb my hoarding tendencies. Yes, they have a really good selection fiction, non-fiction as well their standard academic texts.  In any case, this membership reduces the risk of spending thousands of precious Kenya shillings and hating it and as I said, I will mostly be using it to access non-fiction texts for a research project that I am working.

Some good news: I read 4 books from my Unread Shelf which translates to Ksh 400 (roughly USD 4 ) as my reward which I have set aside for an undetermined goal. I am not keen on using it to purchasing more books especially now that I am a KNLS member. So, Readers, I am open to suggestions on how I can use this money productively…

Books Read

**Review Coming Soon

  • Deep Work by Cal Newport **
  • Song of a Captive Bird by Jazmin Darznik
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Waterfalls (Glenbrook Series) by Robin Jones Gunn (Re-read)
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti by Allison Coffelt**
  • Dear America: West to the Land of Plenty. The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi by Jim Murphy
  • Dear America: The Great Railroad Race. The Diary of Libby West by Kristina Gregory

Books that I DNfed or paused for now

  • A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan Lake
  • Originals  by Adam Grant
  • Economic Thought  by Heinz D Kurtz

Books Read from The Unread Shelf Project 2018

  • Dear America: West to the Land of Plenty. The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi by Jim Murphy
  • Dear America: The Great Railroad Race. The Diary of Libby West by Kristina Gregory
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Song of a Captive Bird by Jazmin Darznik

Other non-book reviews  posts

 

In case you would to keep up with the books that I am currently reading, follow me on Goodreads since I will not always post comprehensive reviews on this blog. But I am striving to at least share an opinion or two on Goodreads.

Let me know how you if participating and how you are fairing in  #theunreadshelfproject2018 especially the Kenyan readers out there.

 

 

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