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My 7 Favorite Books of 2017

Hi all!

I have finally decided to share with you a part of me that I have teased at for quite a while.

When I'm not pairing outfits in my head, I most likely have my nose stuck in a book or my kindle.

Going forward, I intend to set up a structure of weekly book discussions (not reviews) but for today, I'm introducing this column with my 7 favorite reads of 2017!

Why 7? It's definitely not because 7 is my lucky number but because I frankly didn't think any of the other 34 books were worthy enough to make it a ballpark figure.

These are not book reviews and they are definitely not recommendations.

1. Diaries of a Dead African by Chuma Nwokolo - It is only natural that this is the first book on my list this year. A friend sent me this when I lost my dad. I was too upset at the time to read anything but I feel entirely in love with it the moment I did.

It tells the story of Meme Jumai a struggling farmer and his two sons: Abel a failed writer and Calamatus an aspriring conman. All three take turns at documenting their woes. Frankly that's all that happens to them.

Diaries of a Dead African is skillfully written, excellently relayed and extremely hilarious!

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson - I absolutely detest reading self help and motivational books. For the most part, most of them say the same things in a thousand different cheesy ways. "Aspire to inpire before you expire". Lol! Okay, maybe not that bad.

This book? I'm glad I read it. It is not the typical "lorem ipsum dolor sit amet" junk you readily see.

I have way too many fucks and I give them indiscriminately. I needed this. You should know though, there is nothing subtle about it but it does guide you to finding out what's truly important and letting go of everything else.

3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - This tells the story of two French sisters during WWII. Both as different as night and day. It takes us on a journey of each of their struggles to survive and resist the German Occupation of France.

It is such a beautiful, emotional book that exposes you to love and war. It explores a lot of themes. One of which is complicity with evil where while only a few people were masterminds of the holocaust, many simply stood by doing nothing and watched while abuse and slaughter took place.

4. What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah - I often say that I do not like short story collections. My grouse with them being that I get attached and it's over even before the plot fully develops. Considering that I have two short story collections on this list however, I am now reviewing my stand.

In my favorite story "Windfalls", a mother uses her child's body to win lawsuits by pushing and prodding her to fall. Eventually, she is sexually abused, gets pregnant and ironically, she accidentally loses her baby in a fall.

With this book, you think you've read the best story yet and then you flip the page and the next one is even better.

5. Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo - It's been a long time since I couldn't drop a book until I had flipped the last page. This was my experience with Stay with Me. I put in eight hours without a wink of sleep and it was worth it. The books tells the story of Yejide and Akin's strange union. Akin is impotent so he sets Yetunde up with his brother. She gets pregnant and delivers sickle cell babies. 

The story is ridden with quite a number of loop holes and a few similarities to Lola Sohoneyin's The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's wives but it does make for a wonderful read.

6. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - Need I say much? I think not! This book is hilarious. If you have an audio copy narrated by Trevor Noah himself, double hilarious.

7. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay - Last but not least is my second favorite short story collection. Featuring troubled protagonists, Gay weaves a web of 21 stories so intriguing you literally drown in them.

My best one, The Mark of Cain tells the story of a woman, married to Caleb who happens to have an identical twin brother, Jacob. Sometimes, the brothers switch places on her. She pretends not to realize and plays along with them.

It's an intense read. Each story follows a different character and her journey through either a traumatic experience or what makes her different from societal norms.

And that's all folks!
Did you enjoy this? Would you love to see more of this? Are you a bibliophile? How many books did you read this year and what are your favorites ?

Lets talk in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Photo Credit: Images are google sourced except the header and images of Diaries of a Dead African, What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky and Stay With Me which are from my personal library.


  1. Yayyyyyy!! I have low-key, high-key been waiting for this since you hinted at it.
    I am loving the fact that a lot of the books are Nigerian.
    I am literally looking forward to reading all of these books!
    I really liked 'Daughters Who Walk This Path', I couldn't just drop it.
    The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives was pretty bleh to me. I wanted to like it, but I just didn't.
    Looking forward to reading more of these Tee!

    1. Thank you Desire! Really? Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is an all time favorite for me. I'm pretty sure I have never met anyone who didn't like it. I haven't read Daughters Who Walk This Path though. I'll get on it.

      Thank you for reading. There will be more!

  2. Love love love! I have read 3 books on this list and absolutely agree with what you say about them. Will definitely add the rest to my list of books to read.

    1. Thank you for reading Queensly! Do read them. You will be glad you did!

  3. I haven't started on any book this year but since I have that Trevor Noah's book in its soft copy, I'd probably start with that. And maybe get the audio copy, so I and that fine man can read the book together.

    I have come to a resolve that reading books in their hard copies would entice me more than some file on my phone would.
    So, Yass to hard copies and NOOOOO to self-help books.

    Happy New Year, Tee

  4. Lol. Yes to that Okelola.

    Happy new year too! I hope you have an amazing 2018!


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