You be my witness: personal reading challenge


Greatly inspired by Kinna Reads, "a blog of books,reading and world literature," I've decided to do something about my desire to make more time for reading again. I'm setting myself a (humble) challenge and sharing it with you all for extra accountability: to read 24 books in 2011.

Below is my growing list. The books are not exclusively by African writers or about Africa, but I've highlighted, in bold, the ones that are "Africa interest." This is often largely subjective. If you have any suggestions, please do share them, preferrably with a reason why it's a good read. Please have mercy on me and not too many tomes 🙂

  1. I Write What I Like – Steve Biko
  2. Self-Reliance and Other Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling – Patrick Chabal
  4. I Wonder – Marian Bantjes
  5. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. African Love Stories: An Anthology – Ama Ata Aidoo (Ed.)
  7. Bury the Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery – Adam Hochschild
  8. The Palm-Wine Drinkard – Amos Tutuola
  9. Walden: Or, Life in the Woods – Henry David Thoreau
  10. The Rebel – Albert Camus
  11. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  12. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  13. A Mercy – Toni Morrison
  14. It's Our Turn to Eat – Michela Wrong
  15. The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna (thanks to @sciculturist for the recommendation!)
  16. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives – Lola Shoneyin (thanks Zahra)
  17. Powder Necklace – Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
  18. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  19. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  20. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
  21. Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom: The Feminine Face of Awakening – Rita Marie Robinson
  22. Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo
  23. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else – Geoff Colvin
  24. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
  25. Zenzele: A Letter for my Daughter – Nozipo Maraire (thanks Selali)
  26. Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe – Doreen Baingana (another from Selali, expanding my list! :-S)

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