At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to read 50 books. Yes, you read that right. Lol. So far I have read 20 books and I would write short reviews about them. To avoid this post being so lengthy, I’d make it in parts.

At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to read 50 books. Yes, you read that right. Lol. So far I have read 20 books and I would write short reviews about them.  To avoid this post being so lengthy, I’d make it in parts.

Part 1


We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

A memoir. Gabrielle talks about her life, growing up as a black kid, being a rape victim, racism and her journey to becoming a successful actor. It is well written and I love that she held nothing back.

Quote: Men must mentor girls as they grow into women, guiding them to find their validation so they don’t seek it elsewhere in negative ways. Tell your daughter or niece that she is great and valued not in spite of who she is but because she is exactly who she is. Because dark skin and Afrocentric features are not curses. We are beautiful. We are amazing and accomplished and smart.

3/5  


Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu

This is a book every lady should own. It is a breath of fresh air for the 21st-century woman. It teaches financial prudence and one thing that I really love that the book preaches is the fact that even in one’s chosen career, one can still be successful as against the common notion that everyone has to be self-employed to be successful. The truth is that not everyone would be an entrepreneur, a lot of people need to keep their “9-5” Jobs, know the right things to do and gain financial freedom.

Quote: Developing a wealthy mindset requires the understanding of the concept that the way you spend, invest and manage ten Naira is the way you’ll spend, invest and manage ten million.

4.5/5  


29, Single And Nigerian by NaijaSingleGirl  

I have been a follower of NaijaSingleGirl for a while, her posts are so funny and relatable but this book is even more. It felt like I was reading a diary, I couldn’t get myself to drop it.  29, Single and Nigerian is the story of Edikan, a single broke female Nigerian, her rough childhood and life as an unemployed adult. She is ridiculously naive and thirsty blame it on her poverty mentality and societal pressures and expectations. It is a well told story, easy to read, hilarious yet so inspiring. 

4/5  


The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

An interesting and enjoyable read! A story of a polygamous home; a “successful” man and his four wives, the bitterness, competition amongst them and their complex histories.  Sounds cliche right?! Don’t assume just yet, the story is everything but predictable.  It’s a well written story, non sentimental, unpredictable and enlightening.

Quote: A real woman must always do the things she wants to do, and in her own time too. You must never allow yourself to be rushed into doing things you’re not ready.

4/5


Nights Of The Creaking Bed by Toni Kan

Nights of the creaking bed is a collection of captivating and well crafted short stories. It encompasses different themes; some sad, some hilarious and some that had me feeling a type of way. It is an amazing read. This is my first read of Toni Kan’s books and I must say, he is a great writer. 

3/5  


Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts on it in the comments section, and checkout the next part of this post by clicking – 50 Books in 2018 (Pt. 2)

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