Hi everyone, hope you enjoyed reading the first part of my short reviews on the books I have read this year? If you haven’t, please read here and share your thoughts in the comments section.  

Part 2.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

This is my best read so far. Tragic, Heartbreaking, nerve-wrenching, so intense, I couldn’t put it down.  Stay With Me is the story of Yejide and Akin, a young Nigerian couple, their love and struggle with parenthood. This book messed with my emotions, I was all in my feelings days after reading it.  It is one of those books that you have to read to really get the experience, I think one can’t accurately describe it. I love the use of simple language, the inclusion of Yoruba folktales and folklore and a bit of Nigerian History.

Quote: If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love. So love is like a test, but in what sense? To what end? Who was carrying out the test? But I think I did believe that love had immense power to unearth all that was good in us, refine us and reveal to us the better versions of ourselves.

My conclusion – Laslas, Love is never enough. 


Royalty- Bolatito Bez-Idakula

A memoir. A True life experience of a woman with a childhood devoid of love and affection. She practically went through life on her own and made a lot of mistakes while at it. This book is very deep and I could relate with so many of her experiences. It made me consider writing my own story too. I read it at the right time and it made me realize the extent of God’s love for us and that nothing can ever separate me from God’s Love.


Purple Hibiscus- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Captivating, Sensitive, Quite emotional It touches so many aspects of the Nigerian life; the “over religiousness” of some Nigerians (and how quick they judge others as unclean while being imperfect themselves), political issues, domestic violence, emotional abuse and mental slavery.  So well written, I produced a movie in my head while reading it. Lol.

Quote:Being defiant can be a good thing sometimes,” Aunty Ifeoma said. “Defiance is like marijuana – it is not a bad thing when it is used right.”


On Becoming by Toke Makinwa

So touching, heartbreaking and inspiring. Never judge a person by the chapter of their life you walked in on. Don’t think you understand what a person is going through till you have walked in their shoes. Toke bared it all in this book.  From losing her parents in a tragic way to being saddled with the responsibility of taking care of her siblings at a young age, growing up so fast and ending up in a dysfunctional marriage and her journey to healing. It’s a great book.

Quote: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”•”Self love is important, Love yourself enough to put you first”•”I’ve learnt to laugh at myself. Now I laugh so hard, until whatever situation I find myself in becomes genuinely funny


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Brilliant! Genuine! It’s a story of love, racism, tribalism, immigration, emigration, social inequality and self acceptance. I think there was too much going on; She went on and on about some issues which IN MY OPINION made it too didactic and tiresome e.g. the blog posts on racism, I felt like the book already spoke so much about racism and I get it, why drag it so much?! And the talk about natural hair was also too preachy. Other than that, It’s a great book; super enlightening and insightful.   

Quote: If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.


Have you read any of these books?

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