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Happy 2019!

I know that it has been a while since I posted a non-book-review. I attended the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme at the East African Regional Leadership Centre in Nairobi for the most of December 2018. I have to admit, it kicked my ass, in a good way. So I did not have the time to read and catch up on my reviews.  Seriously, it took me a month to read Cyprian Ekwensi’s Glittering City. It’s a  teal Penguin Modern Classic. But more on the programme later.

When coming up with this list of the books that I enjoyed, my criteria was pretty simple.

  • It had to be memorable and lingered at the back of my mind months later after reading them
  • It must have REALLY  tugged on my heartstrings. 
  • It gave me a new perspective on an area of interest or at least had an AHA! moment. 
  • I keep recommending them to my friends to get their own copies; 
  • If it’s an advanced readers’ copies from NetGalley or borrowed from the library, I am willing to buy it.

So without much  further ado, here are the interesting books that I read in 2018:

Non-Fiction

The Conversations: 66 Reasons to Start Talking by Olivia Fane

Congratulations, By the Way by George Saunders, Illustrated by  Chelsea Cardinal

Switchers by Dawn Graham

The Myth of the Nice Girl by Fran Hauser

Saved from Success by Dale Partridge

What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Kate Botsman and Roo Rogers. My Medium article was inspired by it. Read it here

African Literature

Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

The River Between by Ngugi was Thiongo

WWI/WWII Era Historical Fiction

The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr

Hidden among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf

Barbour Brides Collection

I had to have this as a separate category because I have read loads of them this year.

The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back

Memoirs/Autobiographies

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from the Islamic State by Samer*

All the Colors We Will See by Patrice Gopo

Educated by Tara Westover

Fiction

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Mãn by Kim Thúy, Sheila Fischman (Translator)

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Bridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper Basham


Here is my complete list of books that I read in 2018 as I tracked on Goodreads. Please stay tuned for my 2019 reading goals.

I am curious, what was your most memorable book of 2018?

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