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First Reading Challenge of the Year – Africa Reading Challenge

Posted on the 16 January 2014 by Cheekymeeky

Last year, I narrowed my reading focus on Japan First Reading Challenge of the Year – Africa Reading Challenge. I enjoyed the books I read a lot, but I am thinking I want to focus on another geographic location as my theme for 2014.

I just started reading We Need New Namesby NoViolet Bulawayo, and was thinking I just don’t read enough books on Africa, when bam, I thought I bet there’s a reading challenge out there on African literature, and guess what? I was right. There is one hosted by Kinna Reads.

As per the reading challenge, I need to read at least 5 books on Africa. Of course, the first book on my list is going to be We Need New Names that is based in Zimbabwe, and which I just started reading now.

I have made a preliminary list of other books/authors that I have been interested in reading but never actually got around to doing so. It’s pretty fluid though, and I mayalmost definitely change my mind during the course of this challenge.

  1. Any book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – author from Nigeria
  2. A book by Abraham Verghese – from Ethiopia although Cutting From Stone, a book I read last year seems to be his only book based in Africa)
  3. A classic set in Africa (so that I can club this with my Classics Club reading challenge) I am thinking I could reread Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary that is set in Congo by Joseph Conrad.
  4. I’ve heard good things about So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba that is based in Western Africa, and this is another book I could club in my Classics Club reading challenge

So, there, some of my reading for 2014 is already sorted 


What reading challenges are you signing up for? Would you like to join the African reading challenge with us?

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