Book Beginnings + The Friday 56: This is going to hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) by Adam Kay.

Hello besties, welcome to another episode of book beginnings. A series hosted by Rose City Reader. Here you share the first sentence from your current read as well as your thoughts.

I started another book this week which I love with all my heart. After I completed Patsy (mini review will be up by the end of the quarter), I desperately needed something light and funny! My current read checks off all the boxes. Here is the first sentence.

“In 2010, after six years of training and a further six years on the wards, I resigned from my job as a junior doctor. My parents still haven’t forgiven me.”

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Book Beginnings + the Friday 56: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader. Here you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The book I’m featuring for this exercise is: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn. The first sentence goes thus:

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My Second Quarter Wrap Up for 2021

Bon mois les amis. Guess who’s just gonna saunter into the blog and pretend like she hasn’t been MIA for a while? This gyal.

welcome to the second edition of my quarterly book wrap-up for the year 2021 where I gush and rant about all the books I read in the last 3 months.

Even though life has been ‘life-ing’, I have been reading and I’m glad to be back here sharing all my book adventures. Without further ado, lets get into what I have been reading…

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Book review: No longer at ease by Chinua Achebe


Title: No Longer At Ease

Author: Chinua Achebe

Publication date: 1960

Publisher: Heinemann

Genre: Historical fiction.

Pages: 154

Synopsis culled from the book’s blurb

Obi Okonkwo is a young Eastern Nigerian, a promising representative of his generation, the bright boy of his village, who returns from his studies in England to try to live up to the expectations of his family and his tribe and at the same time to breathe the heady atmosphere of Lagos. As a civil servant, Obi holds a respected job: as the fiancé of Clara, the girl he met on the boat, he has much to look forward to, nevertheless, Obi fall victim to the corruption of the capital. Like its predecessor, Things fall apart (whose hero was Obi’s grandfather), No longer at Ease tells the story of an African tragically under pressure from a changing world.

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Book Review: Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

Title: Things fall apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Publication date: 1958

Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd

Genres: Historical Fiction

Synopsis culled from Amazon

Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe’s critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa’s cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man’s futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

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My first Quarterly book wrap up for 2021

Salut et Bienvenue mes amies.

Welcome to my first wrap up post for the year. I’ve been so indecisive about a lot of content ideas I’ve had for the blog and this has been stifling my consistency but hopefully, I’m back.

I’ve had a good reading year so far if I do say so myself. I have read 9 books in the last 3 months. My GoodReads goal was to read 12 books this year and as you can tell I’ve already reached 75% of this goal. Ha! Let’s dive into what I read.

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Book Review: Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo

Title: Stay with me.

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Publication date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Publishing group

Pages: 260 pages

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Synopsis as told by Goodreads

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, shortlisted for the prestigious Women’s Prize for fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

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Book reflection: A General theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa + quick fun facts on Angola 🇦🇴🇦🇴

“Don’t torture yourself any more. Our mistakes correct us. Perhaps we need to forget. We should practise forgetting, reaching for oblivion.’ Jeremias shook his head, irritated. He scribbled a few more words in the little notebook. He handed it to his son. ‘My father doesn’t want to forget. Forgetting is dying, he says. Forgetting is surrender.”

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Book Reflection: The Stranger by Albert Camus + very quick fun facts on Algeria 🇩🇿🇩🇿

Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her”.

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Book Quotes: Home Body by Rupi Kaur


I came across rupi kaur’s poems on instagram and gradually I became hooked. I often shy away from poetry because I don’t find them as entertaining as plays or prose. but rupi’s words were irresistible, powerful and evocative. so far her entire body of work is my favourite poetry collections and I’m not likely to get bored if I decide to re-read them. I highly recommend it. here are some fine lines from her latest work, home body:

1. my mind keeps running off to dark corners
and coming back with reasons for
why I am not enough

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