Happy new month guys!
Last month was amazing, aside from the fact that I was travelling up and down (lol). It was my book month.
you know someone once asked me “of all things to obsess about, why books? I laughed.
Books take you to different places in the world while sitting on one spot. You acquire the type of knowledge that not only makes you versatile but also allows you to utilise an opportunity when it comes to you.
So I know my readers have preferences, if you don’t know what next to read, or you want to start and you have no idea where, I’ll gladly recommend some books below. I have two guests on here who would be sharing their reviews as well. You can scroll through and pick your preference
BATTERED ROSES: Inaingo Ogufere
Publisher: Olympia publishers
Genre : fiction
BOOK REVIEW BY ME
This book has to be my favourite book ever, I said that because I had read this book two years ago. I couldn’t get my hands on it for a while and when I finally did, I soaked myself all in. Forgive my informal introduction but I’d like this to be as real as possible and also I don’t want to bore you guys
It’s a fiction but it seemed too real, the story brought together women from different families in a book club. All had loved ones who were victims of domestic violence except one, who was actually a victim.
The story actually came to a start when Tinu, one of the women broke the news that a new law had been made by the governor of the state; to jail any man who beats his woman. They were ecstatic.
The ladies wanted to know what Amaka, who was a victim among them would do about the news; she disappointed them. She resulted to living with it and backed up her decision by saying that every home has its problems.
I loved how the author dived a bit into politics and Nigerian culture, it is of common knowledge that women aren’t so interested in politics.
Amaka’s response led to the each of the ladies to telling the heart breaking stories of their loved ones who were victims. They wanted her to see why she shouldn’t endure and cover up but run instead.
The stories began; the author didn’t write the stories as told by any of the ladies but instead the story is told by those it happened to.
I love how the author incorporated the Nigerian style of conversation into the book, it gave the stories a cultural flavour.
This book calls out to women who are victims of domestic violence to speak up. Each story had something in common, the writer wanted her readers to know that it doesn’t get better in cases of domestic violence.
Another thing was peculiar to each story, the women were in denial of the situation, they didn’t admit to themselves until it was almost too late.
I don’t want to be a spoiler, you have to read the book to see why I love it so much.
You can get this book from amazon.
TITLE: I know Why Your Mother Cries
AUTHOR: Kehinde Badiru
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
BOOK REVIEW: I know Why Your Mother Cries written by Kehinde Badiru
As writers, it is important that we respond to the prominent events in our communities with our words.
Kehinde Badiru has written as an advocate for the less privileged and as a voice for change. His words interpret the sufferings that the poor, homeless, unemployed, and minorities face. He paints his poems with didacticism and with well-penned pun (play on words).
The titles of the poems are carefully created and they are as good as the content of the poems. For example, rather than writing &Poverty&, Kehinde writes &POOR-VERTY& and instead of writing &Our motherland&, he writes &OUR MURDER LAND&. This is a height of creativity that I rarely see in the titles of poems and short stories written these days. The titles of the poems in the book: &I Know Why Your Mother Cries& eat into the core of our imagination and they entice the reader very well without giving the poems away.
As much as I admire Kehinde’s work, my feminist side eye hisses at two poems in &I Know Why Your Mother Cries&. The titles are; &Aunty Caro& and &Woman of Substance&. These poems complement each other at opposite extremes. &Aunty Caro& is a reference to a woman who chooses to use her sexuality as she pleases while &Woman of Substance& is about the godly woman who is submissive, conscious of marriage, and childbirth. I agree with the message that Badiru preaches with &Aunty Caro& which is for a woman to have virtues that are not wayward.
However, his portrayal of Aunty Caro’s actions like abortion, promiscuousness, and living a false life on social media platforms only brings an unfair attention to one side of the coin. Rather than to criticize a woman’s production of such acts, why can’t we aim to control the demand for it. A reduction in the demand for such acts by men who portray their sexuality without any condemnation from our societies will reduce a supply for Aunty Caro’s atrocities.
Furthermore, I am always hesitant to accept certain praises attached to womanhood. The most common praise that is attached to womanhood is selflessness and I think this hinders many women from going and doing beyond their abilities. Many women feel compelled by these praises to serve every bit of themselves for everyone else to consume. Eventually, their names move to the end of their wait list to receive love, attention, and affection.
In addition, the unfortunate part is that we create these theodicies to make this form of sexism look right in religious ways.
My favorite poem in &I Know Your Mother Cries& is titled &Na Naija We Dey.& This is a poem written in pidgin English. I believe that writing in this manner makes a poem more interesting for readers who understand and speak the language. I was excited to see Kehinde mix culture and language in his poems. There were other code switches in between the lines of the other poems but none was as prominent as &Na Naija We Dey.& &Na Naija We Dey& is an explosion of pidgin English.
To conclude, &I Know Why Your Mother Cries& translates the sufferings of the less privileged and also calls for positive change in our societies. Kehinde Badiru is a “one of a kind” type of poet. He is a poet of politics and an asset to inspiring better lives and ways of living.
THINK AND GROW RICH- NAPOLEON HILL
Publisher: The Ralston society
Connecticut, united states
Price: 2000 naira (price may vary with time)
Review by Ifeoma William
The book “Think and grow rich” is written by Napoleon Hill a man who was born into poverty, at the age of 10 his mother died and his father remarried after 2 years, he became very rebellious but retraced his steps and became an incredible man. As the years went by, he became Americans most beloved motivational author and he dedicated 25 years of his life to define the reasons why so many people fail to achieve financial success and happiness in life. Napoleon Hill died at in November 1970 and here is his book still turning lives around till date.
This book gives 14 steps to riches which are very practical with testimonies of great men. Every single step in this book when applied certainly brings result.
These are a few of the steps;
4. Specialization Knowledge
6. Organized Planning
9. Power of the mastermind
I will talk on few of the steps…
1. Desire- This is the starting point and first step to making riches, build a conscious mind and desire for money even before you acquire it. Dreams do not work without desire to pursue them.
2. Auto-suggestion- This applies to the mind and senses where consciousness takes place, your mind has control over what should remain in it or leave it. Learn to read aloud your statement of desire and get better and better until it covers your whole mind into what you really want.
3. The mystery of sex transmutation- sex transmutation is the shifting of the mind from thoughts of physical nature to thoughts of some other nature. Sex desire is the most powerful of all desires and it is so strong that men risk their reputation just to indulge in it. The feeling of sex can be controlled but sooner or later it would want to be expressed if that will power that comes with it is not put into something productive. Anyone who gives the power of sex into some other creative work has lifted himself to be a genius.
The book goes on and on with detailed explanations in each chapter. Indeed wealth starts from the Human mind!
- Phew! I’m glad you reached the end. Do you like reading books or are you just about to start? Please leave a comment below.
- Bye loves!