A Yard of Books

If you’ve spent time around me then you know that I spend most of my waking hours with my head buried in the screen of an electronic device. But every once in a while, I stave off square-eye syndrome by burying my head in the pages of a book instead. So here are some of the books I discovered this year.

  1. The Darkness That Comes Before is the first book in a fantasy-fiction trilogy called the Prince of Nothing series. It took me about 5 months to finish it all, and I was enthralled with the protagonist Kellhus from the very start.
  2. When I started reading A Game of Thrones way back in February, I had no idea that it was less than a month away from becoming a TV serial! The book was recommended to me shortly after my Prince of Nothing reviews by one of our readers. Originally thinking it to be a trilogy, I was later informed by another reader that it was slated as a seven part series. Interestingly enough, the reader who led me to this book, just recently bought me 3 more parts to read! So you can expect a lot more about this series in the future.
  3. The Duet an anthology of poems is a book of poetry which I co-authored with my mother back in March of 2009. In February this year, it was taken to new heights as it was dramatised on stage. Though I did not review the book (since I have a bias), I did talk about the play and through it covered some of the poems you can find in it. It’s all in a special edition entitled The Duet, A Dramatisation.
  4. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is probably the only Nigerian authored book I read this year. I don’t think I’ve read any since Half of Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie (which I never finished for some reason). The book was written by Lola Shoneyin, a name you may not be familiar with. The name you might however recognise is that of her father-in-law Wole Soyinka. Yes, THE Wole Soyinka. So take a look at what I felt and maybe you’ll be inspired to read it.
  5. My most recent read to date has been The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. It’s the prelude to the famed Lord of The Rings trilogy and it made for quite interesting reading because not only did it give me the backdrop to its more famous sequel, it also opened my eyes to another side of J.R.R that I was not familiar with.

Damola Mabogunje

Software Engineer by day, Blogger, Poet and Author, by night, I spend my days writing everything from the convex comma, to highly complex code.

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