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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Book Review: Damona and Other Stories by Glory Abah


Book 24 of 26 for 2018.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the Author, Glory Abah in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a collection of short stories which covers various themes including prostitution, marriage and marital issues, love, magic and spirituality amongst others.

The first story was about marriage and marital issues and it kept me at the edge of my seat. The couple in the story were about to split their marriage and they had gone to the family court for this. It reminded me of how nosy and wicked others can be when it comes to the marriage of others around them. I loved it a lot. It not only had unimaginable plot twists, it ended in a cliff hanger-a brutal cliff hanger which I absolutely love.

The story that made up the book title-Damona, is about a girl who could see into the spirit world. The story was very fast paced which I really liked as there was no time to beat around the bush. In this chapter, the girl saw an evil spirit hanging on the roof of their house which to her, symbolized danger. She tried to warn her parents about it but she was ignored. Before the end of that day, her mum was killed by her dad and this changed her life forever. It was an emotional story for me and like other chapters, the cliff hanger was amazing.

There was the story about the young lady who had failed JAMB about the 4th time while her younger brother had left her behind and gotten admission into the university. There were two stories about runs-girl parole gone wrong.

The story I loved the most however, was about a rapist who got stabbed as he almost raped a young girl. For some reason, it gave me hope that rapists will get to their end before they can succeed in their evil plan.

Likes about the stories: Brutal cliffhangers and Amazing plot twists.

Dislikes: The book was too short (that’s not a bad thing!). It simply means that the book is sooo good, I did not want it to end.

Recommended for those looking for a quick and entertaining read on different themes.

Luckily, the author is giving away free copies of this book in e-book format. Follow the link  to get your copy.

Rating: 4/5


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Monday, 25 June 2018

The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi by Chinedu Achebe

Book 21 of 26 for 2018.

This book was given to me by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a story about family and family values. It centers around Ifeanyi Obi and his family-both nuclear and extended.

Obi, a Nigerian raised and living in America gets married to Nkechi also a Nigerian born and raised in America. Although they’re able to love one another and flourish in their marriage despite economical and financial challenges, Obi’s family values and beliefs are clearly different from Nkechi’s. This difference in values often cause conflict between Obi’s Mum and his wife and it also doesn’t help that Obi sometimes hang with the wrong crowd. Nkechi on the other hand doesn’t seem fazed by Obi’s Mum’s opinions about different things.


They seem to all live well and fine until one of Nkechi’s friends Ogechi, is about to get married. It turns out that Obi’s dad the strict African disciplinarian dad is not as clean as he is as a secret from his past threaten to tear his family apart.

I really liked the story line as it presents an African family both from the modern and young perspective as well as the older and more conservative perspective. I also loved the plot twist towards the end of the book and at the end of the book-I definitely did not see that coming.

What I would have loved to see-how did Chinwe-Obi’s sister’s relationship eventually fare?

Recommended for those looking for a quick read about a typical Nigerian-American family.

Rating: 4/5
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Monday, 28 May 2018

Books Review: Books 14-19 of 26


It's been a while I posted as I've been quite swamped with work. Around March this year, I got 2 jobs (1 Full-time and another part-time) these in addition to selling books and making crochet items for sale have taken quite the bulk of my time. Although I'm still learning how to balance the four roles in the best possible way, I've somehow been able to squeeze time out to read. Between the last time I did a review and the time of writing this post, I have read a total of 6 books and I'm currently on the 7th (almost done with this).

The books are:
A Woman's Body is a Country by Dami Ajayi (14/26)
The Ivorian Miracle by Chinelo Mgbeadichie (15/26)
Losing my Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson (16/26)
Cracking the Gentleman's Code: A Guide to Becoming the Job 29 Man by Kgomotso Mamello Motshidi (17/26)
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (18/26)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (19/26)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Current read, which will make 20/26)

I've been thinking of how best to post the reviews without giving you guys too many posts at a time or too long a post to read. So, I'm just going to do a summary of each (the best way I can) below.



Title: A Woman's Body is a Country
Author: Dami Ajayi
Genre: Poems
About: The book is a collection of poems on several topics including the current state of Nigeria, the missing Chibok girls, love and more
Rating: 4/5

Title: The Ivorian Miracle
Author: Chinelo Mgbeadichie
Genre: Fiction
The book is not yet released so I can’t provide further information but it does count towards my reading challenge.
Rating: 4.5/5

Title: Losing my Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
Author: Richard Branson
Genre: Biography, Business
About: The book tells the story of Richard Branson’s journey towards and in entrepreneurship starting from how his upbringing and his parents impacted positively on his thoughts and way of life.
Likes: The author was open in discussing the various challenges he faced in business and how he surmounted them.
Recommendation: Business owners and entrepreneurs
Favourite quote: It’s only by being bold you get anywhere
Rating: 5/5

Title: Cracking the Gentleman's Code: A Guide to Becoming the Job 29 Man
Author: Kgomotso Mamello Motshidi
Genre: Christian/Spiritual
About: In this book, Kgomotso tells the story of her late brother Katlego who lived an absolutely Godly and inspirational life.

Likes: I loved that the author was open about sharing how her brother was able to live this Godly life mainly through fellowship with his family and studying God’s word. My take home from the book is that it’s possible to lead a Christian life regardless of how perverse one’s immediate community and environment might be.
Recommendation: Those looking to improve their spiritual life.
Rating: 3/5





Title: The Science of Getting Rich
Author: Wallace D. Wattles
Genre: Inspirational/Finance
About: The book discusses principles on how to get rich by doing things in a certain way
Likes: The book was very straightforward to read-no beating about the bush.
Dislikes: The author is of the opinion that poverty is a sin. I don’t think this is right. While I don’t think anyone wishes they remain poor, I don’t get the rationale behind labelling poverty as a sin.
Most important points for me: I can and should make the most of myself and do so now, be grateful, and be diligent
Favourite quote: “The answer to your prayer is not according to your faith while you are talking but according to your faith while you are working”.
Recommendation: Those looking to improve their finances
Rating: 3/5

Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coehlo
Genre: Inspirational
About: The simple message behind this book is: ‘Follow your dreams’
Most important points for me:
  • Know your purpose in life
  • Seek to live out that purpose
  • Don’t be so distracted by side things that you totally veer of course
  • Don’t be discouraged by hurdles and slow movement

Criticisms
  • The author says "Non-living things have a soul". I do not agree with this: Non-living things do not have a soul!
  • The author also says “When you want something, the universe conspires to help you”. Personally,  I don’t think so

Favourite quote: “There’s only one way to learn, and that’s through action”.
Rating: 4/5

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Going forward, I'll try to post a review as soon as I finish a book.

Until next time, Keep Reading!
Temi The Book Peddler

Photo Credit: The Alchemist - BuyOye.pk | Cracking the gentleman's code: WestBow Press
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Book Review: I am Malala-How One Girl Stood Up for Education and changed the world

Book 13 of 26 in Readathon with OA

Book Title: I am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World

Author: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

This was the book for the month of March in my book club. It is a short read as it took me a few hours to complete.

The book tells the story of Malala and how she stood up for education with the support of her family and friends despite threats and even an attempt on her life by the Taliban.

The writing style was easy and had a good flow. I liked that the story was told by Malala herself and she was real and open in her story telling. She was able to talk about her regular life as a teenager, her friends, and squabbles with her brothers, while her story about activism was also real.

I like Malala and her voice for girl child education (she has a page on Instagram where she tried to raise funds for this). Despite her age, she is aware of the benefits of educating the girl child as she has been exposed to how women in villages with little or no education fare when compared to those in bigger cities and countries who have access to this. One other thing I loved is how her father encourages her to speak up, write and read and he also played his part by starting a school and speaking to people who could help. Lastly, I loved how she sees situations and takes positive lessons from it-she's really strong and amazing.

I was sad that she was shot by the Taliban but I'm happy she and her family are in safer place.

Some lessons I picked from the book:

  • Family support is great especially during exceptionally trying times
  • Whether we like it or not, as parents our children look up to us and pick up some habits and life opinions from us
  • When fighting for or against anything, tenacity is important
  • Activism is not just about talk, action is necessary
  • Some actions by our enemies may seem harmful sometimes but it could lead to better opportunities too sometimes
  • Age is never a barrier

I hope she continues her fight for girl child education.

Blurb: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Rating: 4.5/5
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Monday, 26 March 2018

Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Book 12 of 26 in Readathon with OA

Book Title: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

This was the book of the month in my place of work and although it took me a long time to get through it, it is really an easy read if you can take time to sit and read.

The book is divided into four parts and each part contains principles on how to relate with others. The parts and principles are summarised below:



Part 1: Fundamental techniques in handling people
Principles:

  • Don't criticise, condemn or complain
  • Give honest and sincere appreciation
  • Arouse in the other person an eager want


Part 2: Six ways to make people like you
Principles:

  • Become genuinely interested in other people
  • Smile
  • Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves
  • Talk in terms of the other person's interest
  • Make the other person feel important-and do it sincerely


Part 3: How to win people to your way of thinking
Principles:

  • The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it
  • Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, 'You're wrong'.
  • If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically
  • Begin in a friendly way
  • Get the other person saying, 'yes, yes' immediately
  • Let the other person do a great deal of the talking
  • Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers
  • Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view
  • Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires
  • Appeal to the nobler motives
  • Dramatise your ideas
  • Throw down a challenge


Part 4: Be a leader: How to change people without giving offence or arousing resentment
Principles:

  • Begin with praise and honest appreciation
  • Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly
  • Talk about your own mistakes before criticising the other person
  • Ask questions instead of giving direct orders
  • Let the other person save face
  • Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be 'hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise'.
  • Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to
  • Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct
  • Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest


In summary, I think the author is simply advocating taking into consideration the feelings and opinions of others before we speak, think or act towards them.

I liked that the book had realistic and relatable examples.

Although I'm not sure some of the principles would work in my current location-Lagos, Nigeria-I'm sure they can tweaked to suit different situations.

Rating: 4.5/5
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