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.
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.
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.”
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
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?