Top Ten Books to Read If your Book Club likes African Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________ (if your book club likes historical fiction, inspiring stories, YA books, non-fiction, controversial books to debate about, or pick a specific book)

I decided to write about African Literature. The books featured on this post are set in different African countries. However, not all of them are by African authors.


Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

uNBOWED.jpgBorn in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the United States, and becoming the first woman both to earn a PhD in East and Central Africa and to head a university department in Kenya. We witness her numerous run-ins with the brutal Moi government. She makes clear the political and personal reasons that compelled her, in 1977, to establish the Green Belt Movement, which spread from Kenya across Africa and which helps restore indigenous forests while assisting rural women by paying them to plant trees in their villages. We see how Maathai’s extraordinary courage and determination helped transform Kenya’s government into the democracy in which she now serves as assistant minister for the environment and as a member of Parliament. And we are with her as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in recognition of her “contribution to sustainable development, human rights, and peace.”

Wangari Maathai was such an inspirational woman who did so much for Kenya. She died in 2011. Unbowed is her memoir.


white masai.jpgThe White Masai by Corrine Hoffman

The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds. Corinne, a European entrepreneur, meets Lketinga, a Samburu warrior, while on vacation in Mombasa on Kenya’s glamorous coast. Despite language and cultural barriers, they embark on an impossible love affair. Corinne uproots her life to move to Africa—not the romantic Africa of popular culture, but the Africa of the Masai, in the middle of the isolated bush, where five-foot-tall huts made from cow dung serve as homes. Undaunted by wild animals, hunger, and bouts with tropical diseases, she tries to forge a life with Lketinga. But slowly the dream starts to crumble when she can no longer ignore the chasm between their two vastly different cultures.

I watched this movie a while ago. I didn’t even know that it was based on a true story until years later. Corrine did things that I don’t think I ever would do yet I am Kenyan. This is an incredible love story.


My book club read and reviewed these two wonderful books from Nigeria.

fishermenThe Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions—economic, political, and religious—and the epic beauty of its own culture.

Click on the title for my review.

americanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

You can read about Chimamanda’s books on my Diversity Thursday post here.



God’s Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembene, Francis Price (Translator)

In 1947-48 the workers on the Dakar-Niger railway staged a strike. In this vivid, timeless novel, Ousmane Sembène envinces the color, passion, and tragedy of those formative years in the history of West Africa.




memoThe Book of Memory by Pettina Gappah

Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers?

Click on the title to read my review.


South Africa

trevorBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.



mapsMaps by Nurrudin Farah

This first novel in Nuruddin Farah’s Blood in the Sun trilogy tells the story of Askar, a man coming of age in the turmoil of modern Africa. With his father a victim of the bloody Ethiopian civil war and his mother dying the day of his birth, Askar is taken in and raised by a woman named Misra amid the scandal, gossip, and ritual of a small African village. As an adolescent, Askar goes to live in Somalia’s capital, where he strives to find himself just as Somalia struggles for national identity.


lions-gazeBeneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu’s youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.


Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Somalia

mamba-boyBlack Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed

Aden, Yemen, 1935; a city vibrant, alive, and full of hidden dangers. And home to Jama, a ten year-old boy. But then his mother dies unexpectedly and he finds himself alone in the world.

Jama is forced home to his native Somalia, the land of his nomadic ancestors. War is on the horizon and the fascist Italian forces who control parts of East Africa are preparing for battle. Yet Jama cannot rest until he discovers whether his father, who has been absent from his life since he was a baby, is alive somewhere.

And so begins an epic journey which will take Jama north through Djibouti, war-torn Eritrea and Sudan, to Egypt. And from there, aboard a ship transporting Jewish refugees just released from German concentration camps, across the seas to Britain and freedom. This story of one boy’s long walk to freedom is also the story of how the Second World War affected Africa and its people; a story of displacement and family.

You can find more recommendations from my post From Africa with love: African Literature

Have you read any of these books? What did you do for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!

TTT : Ten Books Every Memoir Lover Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Ten Books Every Memoir Lover Should Read

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Child Soldier by Ishmael Beah is about Ishmael’s experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. It is shocking but inspiring. Definitely one of the most powerful memoirs that I have ever read.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt- One of my favorite memoirs. The book is based on Frank McCourt’s life in Ireland.I have never read anything more devastating like this narrative. Angela’s struggles were unimaginable and the poverty described in the book was heartbreaking. The narrative by young Frank is really good though. You can read my review here.

Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barrack Obama-An inspiring book by/about a great man.You can read my review here.

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou- Inspiring but  heartbreaking. The things that Maya went through especially at age 8 were quite overwhelming.

I am Nujood, Age 10 years and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui- A child’s bride story. A sad book but Nujood’s bravery was motivating.You can read my review here.

Infidel by Ayaan Hassan Hirsi- This memoir was quite controversial. I have never read anything like it. There were parts of the book that I hated especially the parts that involved the author’s scathing remarks about Kenya. She was a refugee here and I didn’t understand her hatred for the country that offered her refuge from the war in Somali. She didn’t just hate this country, she made all kinds of hate remarks about Kenyans(apparently,we stink and so does our food lol) However, her remarks about Kenya were nothing compared to her remarks about her former religion, Islam. That is what got her running for her life.  I don’t even know how to describe Ayaan. Let us just say, she went through a tough time after the release of this memoir. This is the kind of memoir that everyone should read for themselves and see how they feel about it.

Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer- This is a very heartbreaking story about a boy who was abused by his own mother.You can read my review here.

Left to Tell by Immaculée IIibagiza- An inspiring book about the Rwandan genocide and one woman’s journey.You can read my review here.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert- I loved this book. I wish I could travel like Elizabeth but I guess only a few people can be that lucky.

Dreams in a time of war by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o- A beautiful memoir about pre-colonial Kenya

I also have the following memoirs on my TBR. I have heard good things about them.


Have you read any of the memoirs on my list? Do you think you that will add any of them to your TBR list? Share your TTT links so I can read your posts too and please let me know in case you know of any other wonderful memoirs that I should read.

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Top Ten Binge-worthy TV Shows


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week the theme is Binge-worthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies.

It is been a while since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday. I decided to take a break from usual book reviews this week and share with you some of my favorite TV shows.

Orange is the New Black


OINTB is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Every year, a new season is released around July/August.  Thankfully, this show is on Netflix so we get all 13 episodes at once. I can’t recommend this series enough!



This Power

This show is on fire! This season has been insane. Sunday’s episode ended with a huge cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Power has a great cast, some really good looking guys(their acting is great too lol) and lots of drama.




This is an old series but I just had to include it on this list. I remember getting all 6/7 seasons and watching them in about a week. Definitely recommended for fans of crime series and readers who enjoyed the You series by Caroline Kepnes.




This is my favorite reality show. I have never missed an episode of this show. A while back, I introduced my fiancé to the show and it is been fun binge watching the series with him.




I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this series! I watched the first and second seasons back to back in July. Currently watching the third season. It is so real and I love the cast!


Criminal Minds


I love this show! I used to enjoy it more when Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson were in it. I am still hooked though.


Bates Motel


This is one addictive show about a twisted mother- son team. I watched all seasons and was sad when the series ended. If you are looking for something twisty, creepy but also really good then this is your show.


Sons of Anarchy


I swear I almost became a biker because to this show. I can’t ride a bicycle but SOA still made me want to buy a Harley! I had a little crush on Charlie Hunnam, Jax Teller.



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Talk of dysfunctional families. The Gallaghers are a mess but they sure are entertaining to watch.


Good Girls

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I watched the first season recently and I am totally hooked. The show is about three suburban ladies who find themselves in a tough spot financially and decide to try out crime. Disater! It is so funny and addictive plus Manny Montana is um, you know, that guy though!




Two Shows that I need to watch


 The Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad has been recommended to me by everyone plus their neighbors and pets. I know I am almost 10 seasons behind but I hope to binge-watch these two shows by December this year or next year.


TV Show that I can’t wait to watch

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I just bought the book so that I can read it before watching the series.

Have you watched any of these shows? Kindly let me know your favorite TV shows. If you participated in TT this week, feel free to leave me your links on the comment section. Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Thank You

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!


I started blogging about books this year.  In January, I had only 41 followers. This was after blogging for three years on and off. I now have slightly over 600 followers and not a day goes by without having visitors (even if they are 10) on the blog. My blogging experience has changed and I now enjoy it unlike before. Perhaps, I just needed to find a niche, do something that I enjoy or just find a community where I belong. So today, I am thankful for book blogging and this is why….

Talking about books- I don’t have many friends who are book lovers. My friends used to tell me that I read way too much but now I know people who read more than I do. I like being able to talk about books with fellow readers.

Discovering new books and authors- My TBR is out of control because of all the book recommendations that I have received. I have read many books from reading reviews and this is how I discovered some of my favourite books this year like  The Girls by Emma Cline, Wrecked by Maria Padia, Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover,The Book Thief by Markus Zusak…there are so many books that I’ve read based on recommendations

Discovering new book genres- I have always been a reader but I actually never knew what my favorite genre was until I started book blogging. I took the goodreads reading challenge this year and also started requesting books on NetGalley. This helped me realize that I read a lot of thrillers and I enjoy dark books. I can confidently say that my favourite genre is psychological thrillers. Through book blogging, I also started reading Young and New Adult. The first YA that I read was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins followed by November 9 by Colleen Hoover. These books were so popular when I started blogging. I have found other great YAs through the year. My favourite one is SOS: Summer of St. George by Briana Gaitan.

last-one I also read my first dystopian novel this year, The Last One by Alexandra Olivia. I am still yet to venture into the world of fantasy but I do have The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and have received numerous recommendations to read Harry Porter series.

Free Books (NetGalley)-I discovered NetGalley in July this year and I am still mesmerized by the site. The fact that I can get access to so many ARCs is just unbelievable. NetGalley is like Santa and the gifts just keep coming.


Authors-I still remember my first online interaction with an author. Lola Shoneyin was the first author that I ever chatted with concerning her book, The Secret Life of Baba Segi. Other authors include Maria Padia(Wrecked), the amazing Robert Bryndza(Erika Foster series) and Mary-Jane Riley(After She fell). It still feels surreal.

Memes and Weekly features-My favorite weekly features are Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday, Diversity Spotlight Thursday and Friday Finds. These features have helped me discovered new blogs. I enjoy reading everyone’s posts and participating in the discussion. Features also help me keep the blog active in between reviews. I usually read about 2 to 3 books a week although there are weeks where I read 1 book. Without features, I would end up with a post or 2 per week.

Recommending Books-As I have mentioned, I have found so many wonderful books based on recommendations from book bloggers. I also like the fact that I get to recommend my favorite books to others. I have done a number of posts on African Literature and diversity books posts featuring African authors or books set in Africa. Some of the popular ones include; From Africa with Love and Top Ten Books to read if your book club likes African Literature. It is always great to find out that another reader enjoyed a book that I recommended.

Making new friends-I never expected to make online friends when I started blogging. However, this has been the best part of book blogging. I have met so many great people from all over the world. This has definitely been a wonderful experience. So I know I reader from Spain, France, USA, Nigeria, South Africa, India. This is just awesome!


Okay so those are 8 reasons as to why I am thankful for the book blogging community. What do you like about book blogging or blogging in general? What are you thankful for this Tuesday? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!

Ten Books I’ve added to My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

I keep adding new books to my TBR despite the fact that my bookshelves are already overflowing. I don’t have a TBR list on goodreads so what I have on my post today are books that I have recently acquired and added to my reading list over the past two weeks.

Source: NetGalley


While You were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.  But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.  And worse – he has been stabbed to death. Tara soon realizes that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.
I fell in love with the cover and the blurb and so I ended up reading this book immediately I received it. Here is my review.

child-of-mineThe Child is Mine by Sinead Moriarty

how far would you go to save a child?

Single mom Anna and her eighteen-year-old daughter Sophie have always got along like two peas in a pod. But for the past seventeen years, Anna has been keeping a dark secret from Sophie. When Sophie sees a woman who is her spitting image on TV, talking about the loss of her daughter at sea, seventeen years earlier, her whole world is turned upside down.

Can she forgive Anna? Does she want to find out the truth? Does she want to know her real mother? Does she really want to search for the truth? Where does she belong? Who is her real mother? What should she do?



normal-tuesdayJust a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi

What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai’s life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family’s mail. It’s from Kai’s older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins, “If you are reading this, I am already gone.” Jen has committed suicide. Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen’s funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she’s caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That’s when her parents shock her: they’re sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens.


mothers-confessionA Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.
Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she?

I have already started reading this book. The story is interesting so far and I like the two POVs that detail life with David. It is interesting to look at him from the POV of his mother and the wife that he abused.


murder-gameThe Murder Game by Catherine McKenzie as Julie Apple

Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defence, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

I picked this book because I liked Fractured by Catherine McKenzie. The book is mentioned in the first novel. Julie Apple is the protagonist in Fractured. She was also an author who was being stalked after writing a novel titled, The Murder Game. Interesting to see the fictional author and her book being brought to life.


trophy-childThe Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.

Her husband Noel is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons, dance classes, and yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel’s teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behavior. And Karen’s son from a previous relationship falls deeper into drug use. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen’s carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart—and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.


Source: Purchased

whistler.jpgThe Whistler by John Grisham

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.


small great things.jpgSmall Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.


vanishingThe Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.



Killing Kate by Alex Lake

A serial killer is stalking your home town.He has a type: all his victims look the same.

And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not.

She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer? Or is the truth something far more sinister?


Have you read any of these books? What is new on your TBR list? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Read because of Another Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.

I have read quite a number of books based on recommendations. Actually, most of the books that I have added to my TBR this year were recommendations that I picked from the book blogging community. I can’t remember everyone who has influenced my reading choices but here are some that I do recall.

Wrecked by Maria Padian- I saw this book on Jillian’s post (Rant and Rave about Books) and just had to read it. Wrecked is definitely one of the most powerful YA books that I have ever read that tackle the issue of sexual assault. It evoked so many different emotions from me throughout the story. I was angered and disgusted by some characters while I sympathized with others. This is a gut wrenching story that broke my heart but at the same time, it is one of those books that I will read again and then tell everyone about.

Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron- I saw this book on Kim’s Blog (By Hook or By Book). The review and book’s blurb were pretty interesting. The book is about a 15year old girl who wants nothing else but become one of the most prolific serial killers. It is an interesting thriller with lots of twist.

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza- This has got to be one of my best recommendations to date. I have read two books in the series so far and I just got the third one.  I also got to chat with the author after the second book and he was really nice. This book was recommended to me by Yvo(Its all about books)

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva- My first dystopian book and I loved it. I saw the book on Annie’s blog (The Misstery). Annie’s review of this book convinced me to get the book and try out a new genre and I absolutely loved it.

The Sister by Louise Jensen- I saw this book on Donna’s blog (Chocolatenwaffles’ blog). This also turned out to be a great read. It’s a story about secrets, deception and lost friendships all masterfully told with suspense that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Seriously, if you like psychological thrillers then you should go get this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by Louise Jensen

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Markus Zusak- I remember seeing this book on Jade’s blog (Scatterbooker). It sounded like a great book but I couldn’t find a copy until weeks later. I found a copy in the library and yeah, I hugged the book, fell down to my knees, looked up to the skies…in short, I was happy. This is one of my favorite books to date.

Books that were so hyped that I just had to read them

When I started book blogging, a lot of bloggers were talking about these books. They were so hyped such that I had to read them.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Books on my TBR

These three books are on my shelf because of the wonderful reviews /recommendations by bloggers that I trust.

  • Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt recommended by Annie(The Misstery)
  • A Christmas Day at the Office by Matt Dunn and Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan recommended by Ali(I wuv books)

I have read a few thrillers based on Ali’s reviews such as Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre, Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica and Dear Amy by Hellen Callaghan. This time round, I have got two holiday-themed books that she recommended.

  • Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel- Donna(Chocolatenaffles Blog) and Yvo(It’s all about books)

There are so many other wonderful books that I have found through the book blogging community. To everyone one of you out there posting reviews and sharing your recommendations, Thank you!

NetGalley Recommendation

 Okay this is obviously not a book but I just have to mention this. I first heard about the site from Kim (By Hook or By Book). I didn’t know about ARCs before then. I used to read her ARC reviews in awe wondering how she got so many advance copies. I decided to just ask her about it on one of her posts and she was really helpful in giving me the details and that is how I discovered the gem that is NetGalley. I have been lucky enough to receive so many advance titles from the site. Thanks Kim for my newest addiction, NetGalley!

Have you read any of these books? Have you found some wonderful books based on recommendations from book bloggers? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten of the Vilest Villains in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: All About The Villains – let’s revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite TV villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

Here are the vilest villains in books that I could think of:

Old Nick in  Room by Emma Donoghue- This is one of the most heartbreaking books that I have ever read. Old Nick is one of the vilest characters that I have ever encountered. He imprisoned a woman in his home-built prison for seven years. He raped her continuously throughout the imprisonment eventually impregnating her. He then continued to rape her with her son locked up in a closet in the same room. What is even worse is that the book was inspired by true events. There are real Old Nick’s out here in the world.

George Harvey in Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldThis man raped and killed Salmon, a young teenage girl and he got away with it. He interacts with the family after murdering their daughter and continues living on their street knowing what he had done.Ugh!

Ryann- Pretty Wicked by Kelly CharronThe newest serial killer in town and she is only 15 years old. Ryann is so cold and calculating although she is one of those villains who are easily likeable.


Joe-Hidden Bodies and You by Caroline Kepnes- Joe reminds me of Dexter. The serial killer, who like Ryann, is actually likeable. The guy worked in a bookshop and kept talking about Dan Brown and Stephen King. However, he left quite a body count wherever he went.

Kevin- We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- A young boy who was also a mass murderer, who hated his mother and is quite un-remorseful. One of the darkest villains of all times.

Silas in Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown- Some say that he was misunderstood. Silas is an albino monk, a devotee of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, who practices severe corporal mortification (he is seen using a metal cilice and flogging himself). His characterization has received a lot of criticism due to the negative portrayal of albinism.


Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini- An abusive man who treated his in the worst ways possible. He caused destruction and relished in the pain that he caused. Years after reading the book, I am still hunted by the scene where he forced his wife to chew pebbles.

 Assef in Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- The boy rapes another boy then decades later as grownup; he decides to rape his victim’s son. Assef is one of the vilest characters of all times.

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Death in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I liked Death as a narrator. However, the devastation that occurs at Himmel Street broke my heart. I can only blame death for that. An unlikely villain but still… he is death!




The Villain(s) who shall not be named in Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

This book was released in September, 2016 so I won’t reveal who the villain(s) are because that is one of the major twists in the story. These villain(s) are the worst that I have come across in a long time. They are so twisted that I don’t even think Criminal Minds ever brought un-subs close to these terrible humans. I was so shocked by the twists and what the villains were capable of. You have to read the book though to get what I mean.


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Jack in Behind Closed Doors by B. A Paris-Okay, when it comes to psychopaths, this one is in a league of his own.

“‘Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’” Jack in Behind Closed Doors by B. A Paris

Have you read any of these books? Who are the vilest book villains that you can think of? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!



Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s topic is about Fall TBR so here are some of the books that I plan on reading this fall:

Source: NetGalley

  • Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
  • Safe with me by K. L Slater


Source: My Bookshelf

Some of these books are new additions while others have been on my TBR for quite a while.

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Only Daughter by Anna Anoekstra
  • Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
  • The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel


Book Club pick: In October, my  Book club will be reading Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Have you read any of these books? Which books are on your Fall TBR? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!



“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

TTT: Ten Books I want to Listen to on Audio

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I have never listened to an audio-book.To me it feels like listening to music while not doing anything else so I fear getting bored or losing concentration. Anyway, I hope to listen to my first audio-book sometime soon. This is what I would pick:

Credit: I got the audio book details from

Books that I have read

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  • Narrated by Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Release Date: 07/19/16

The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline

  • Narrated by Cady McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Release Date: 06/14/16

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

  • Narrated by Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Release Date: 08/09/16

Books on my TBR

The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) by Colson Whitehead

  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Release Date: 08/02/16

Sting by Sandra Brown

  • Narrated by Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Release Date: 08/16/16

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

  • Narrated by Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Release Date: 07/26/16

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

  • Narrated by Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Release Date: 05/06/14

Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi

  • Narrated by Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Release Date: 06/07/16

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  • Narrated by Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Release Date: 02/03/15

A Book That I want to read and maybe listen to

before.jpgBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley

  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Release Date: 05/31/16

Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you look for when picking them? Do you consider the narrator or just the book/author? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections.


Happy Tuesday!


Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Today’s instructions were as follows: September 13: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

I read almost all book genres apart from Sci-Fi and Fantasy which I am yet to try out. My favorite genre is psychological thrillers but I couldn’t list my all time favorite books so I settled on listing the best books in this genre that I have read in 2016. Anyway, in no particular order, here are my 2016 top 10 psychological thrillers:


I recommend The Sister by Louise Jensen to all fans of psychological thrillers. It’s a story about secrets, deception and lost friendships all masterfully told with suspense that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Seriously, if you like psychological thrillers then you should go get this book.

The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells- I enjoyed reading this book and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. If you fancy a good love story with the right amount of twists, mystery and tragedy then this one is for you.

Pretty Baby and Don’t you cry by Mary Kubica- Really awesome psychological thrillers. I enjoyed Pretty Baby more but both were really good.

After She Fell by Mary Jane Riley is the kind of book that will keep you guessing up to the last page.

The Chosen Child by Linda Huber is a book about murder, secrets, lust, deception and families torn apart. It is that kind of book that will have you turning the pages frantically as you search for answers.

The Girl from the Sea is one of the best psychological thrillers that I have ever read this year. I have never read an amnesiac thriller before so I found the angle to pretty intriguing. It is the kind of story that will take you on a roller-coaster ride. It will get you making the wrong guesses  before throwing huge twists at you. It is short and captivating and I bet it will make a great read for everyone who enjoys these kinds of books.

After Anna by Alex Lake was quite a fascinating read. I devoured the book in just a day and couldn’t put it down until I was done. I just had to get all the answers! The pacing is wonderful with so much happening in each chapter hence I was at the edge of my seat until the last page.

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes- I actually liked the serial killer featured in this books.Twisted, dark by quite thriller.

The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza- If you enjoy reading thrillers/mystery then you definitely need to read Robert Bryndza books. You can start with The Girl in the Ice just so that you can get familiar with the characters. However, you can still enjoy reading The Night Stalker as a standalone. Brilliant, enjoyable and thrilling page turners.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WareThe twists and turns had me at the edge of my seat up to the last page.

closed doorsBehind Closed Door by B. A Paris

One of the darkest books that I have ever read.This story is very fast paced that it reminded me of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It also reminded me of the movie American Psychopath.

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris is the kind of story that will make you look around and think twice about the people around you. You will look at the smiling faces and truly wonder about what happens behind the closed doors and if it matches what is portrayed outside.I absolutely loved this book.


Okay, I guess those are my top 14 psychological thrillers of 2016, sorry couldn’t do just 10.Click on the titles to read my review for each book. Have you read any of these books?

What did you do for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections.

Happy Tuesday!