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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Author Spotlight - Sylvie Lainé

Sylvie Lainé is a native French language trainer, writer and translator. She is a graduate of the University of Caen (France) in Applied Language Studies and Linguistics and a graduate of the University Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany) in Romance Philology. She has over 15 years experience of providing language training to adults allow her to understand their difficulties and challenges. In February 2013, she created the “Easy French Reader Series for Beginners”.

She wants to create carefully written and exciting stories to help her students escape grammar and exercise books. She wants her students to enjoy reading and learn the language without the feeling of overwhelm and frustration that they get from many French books. As she found nothing especially written for beginners on the Internet, she came up with the idea of writing stories herself. 

She was born in Normandy and lives now in the south of France. The review of her book Le Pendentif can be found here.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Book Review: And After Many Days - Jowhor Ile

The story was about a 17 year old boy who left home and never returned, how his family took it, and the events leading up to his disappearance. Set during the military regime, the book talked about the challenges faced in that era such as the environmental issues faced by some communities in Rivers state, the killing of Ogoni activists, as well as General problems in Nigeria like bad roads, failing system of education, use of military/police force on civilians, poor power supply etc. (Now, it occurs to me that these problems have been for a long time now and I begin to wonder when they will be addressed 😔) .

This book made me laugh and cry (and to think I read it sometimes in public 😣). One of the funny parts in it for instance, was when 'Ma' had a delay in getting Bibi's cloth ready for school, then she wondered about Nigerian tailors and said, was, 'What is it with tailors?'. One of the sad parts was about the environmental challenges in the Niger Delta area.

Like other African authors I have read, I now understand how education was back in the days. Slaves went to school so that the quota imposed by warrant chiefs would be met. In the words of the author, 'Slaves were compelled to turn up at school to make up the attendance quota imposed by warrant chiefs. Freeborn, however were allowed to do as they liked'. This is not the first book I'm reading stating this (who else knew this?). 

What I liked about it: It was simple and imaginative to read and for me it threw more light into some things that happened during the military regime which I couldn't get a full grasp of then (I was a small girl that time 😁, but now I understand). 

What I didn't like about it: the beginning was a slow start for me and I almost felt like dropping it but as it began to unfold I started falling in loving with it. 

Side note: I am baffled by how most Nigerian authors I have read somehow try to speak subtly against organized religion. 

This is Book 15/52 in my 2017 reading list and it also took me exactly 4 days to read.

My verdict: the book is an interesting one once you get past the first few pages. 

Rating: 4/5

Favorite quotes:

On a person's character: Be unstable as water and you will not excel 
On the challenges plaguing Nigeria: The problem is obviously systemic, and resolving it will require more than the actions of one good man or removing people from positions. It's about developing processes, checks and balances, and organizing ourselves in a good way
Book Details
Blurb: An unforgettable debut novel about a boy who goes missing, a family that is torn apart, and a nation on the bring. During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family's life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family...It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.
Copy read: Hard copy
Source: Borrowed
Number of pages: 256

Buy: Amazon (Hard copy) | Amazon (Kindle) | Jumia | Konga | Kobo | Alibris

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Author Spotlight - Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers was born in 1947. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism.
From 1976-1986, she had a successful writing career and also won several awards and prizes for them. 

Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986,  she initially struggled with changing her writing genre. However, by spending her time studying the Bible, she was able to adapt her writing to focus on more Christian themes. 

Redeeming Love was her first christian novel in this new category.

She has published several novels with christian themes after then including The Last Sin Eater (which has been adapted into a movie by Fox Faith), and Her Daughter's Dream. Most (if not all) of her books are bestsellers.

A review of her book Redeeming Love can be found here.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Book Review: Igniting consciousness: Nigeria and other riddles by Remi Sonaiya

Favorite quote (Here she was addressing the issue of Barack Obama not visiting Nigeria when he visited other African countries in 2013):
"Barack Obama did not shun the Nigerian people; rather on behalf of the Nigerian people he shunned the leadership of the nation."  
If you didn't notice how my shoulder and that of the Author meets in that picture, that's your luck 😝but if you did, then you must have thought that I'm picking up skills in photography and now you're going back to look at it again *🙄 or other relevant emoji*.
Book 14/52 in my modified 2017 reading list (I keep changing that list every month! ) and it took me exactly 4 days to read.

For me, the book was a page turner and it was written for every Nigerian from the regular man on the streets to our leaders. In this book, Remi Sonaiya touched on almost every challenge facing this nation including leadership, education, followership, poor infrastructure amongst others and proposed possible solutions to them.

Her tone of writing was serious yet funny. Sometimes, I thought to myself, 'Omg! This woman is a case' and at other times I was just shaking my head. The book is serious yet simple to read. This is my first time of reading any of her books, although I've heard her speak in the past.

I'll recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing about Nigeria and I look forward to having the nerve to question things the way she did in this book.

Rating: I'll give the book 4.8/5 

Book details
Number of pages: 149
Author: Remi Sonaiya
Version read: Hard copy

Have you read this book or other books by the author? What are your thoughts?

Unfortunately, I have been searching for copies of this book and I've not been able to find any. I got access to the book because it was given to my team at work when we met with her at an event. 

Book detail credit: Hard copy book | Photo credit: Me

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Author spotlight - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery.
He walked away from his legal career at age 25 due to dissatisfaction with his life (some people are very bold *insert relevant emoji*).

He is of Canadian citizenship and is an author, personal development expert and leadership speaker. His alma mater is Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

He has published several books including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Book review here), The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO, The Leader Who Had No Title and many other best sellers.

The review of his book 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' can be found here.

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