Someone, I think it was James Baldwin, once said we read so we can live other lives. (Don’t quote me on that.) Reading exposes us to other experiences, experiences we might never know otherwise in our own little lives.
What’s even better is when, after living that other life, after enjoying that life, one gets to share it with others. That’s the idea behind A BellaNaijarian Reading, where we ask you guys to share your reading experience with us. Read our other entries here.
Gabriella, a freelance content writer, an art enthusiast, and a versatile creative who considers herself an illustrator of words, drawings and fashion, is a BellaNaijarian reading Bisi Adjapon‘s Of Women and Frogs.
Gabriella loves all kinds of books, fantasy, mythology, crime and thriller, and gets inspired from worlds found within the page. Let’s hear from her on her reading experience.
On how she came to discover Of Women and Frogs
I consume books everywhere and anywhere. They keep the blood flowing and the imagination going. I buy books from bookshops, roadside stalls—everywhere.
I find the title Of Women and Frogs intriguing, but I chose the book not for that but because of the author. I heard her speak, so it wasn’t about the title but more about the personality of the author. I got firsthand information about the book by listening to her reading an excerpt of it at the Ake Arts and Books Festival in 2018.
On reading Of Women and Frogs
I started reading it on the 3rd of January. I can’t remember when I finished reading it, but I know it was in January, too. It’s an amazing book. I particularly enjoyed the infusion of sarcasm and humor by the author. Very fascinating humor. Looking forward to reading more from her. Reading about Esi was enlightening and her sister Abena, they stood up for what they believed in regardless of opposition.
It’s a must read. I will even recommend it to WAEC and secondary schools in Nigeria, it should be part of the Literature curriculum. It addresses diverse subjects that needs to be discussed thoroughly for children within that age range
And other books?
I’m also presently reading Woman of Substance by Barbara Bradford Taylor and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts. I’m looking forward to reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s Blink and Michelle Obama‘s Becoming. Definitely, James Patterson‘s The President is Missing, too.
In 2018 I read We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. It resonated with me in so many ways while giving a glimpse to what it is to be a black female in America and Hollywood. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, too, and reading about apartheid in a firsthand narrative was eye-opening. I read I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi, too. If you have social media anxiety, then this is right for you. It basically explains what is wrong with the world and its political correctness in a humorous laugh out loud way.
I have so many recommendations, from different age groups. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading Ann M. Martin‘s The Babysitter’s Club series; College Days of John Ojo was a favorite, followed by Chinua Achebe‘s Chike and the River. Later on, I favored Zoey Dean‘s A-list series; JRR Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dee Henderson‘s O’Malley series, Annemarie Iverson‘s In Fashion, Hunger Games, Divergent, David Copperfield, The Great Gatsby, The Bourne trilogy, Think and Grow Rich, How to Get From Where You Are to Where You want to Be, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (Dale Carnegie). The list goes on and on.
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