T5W: Favourites I’d Like to Revisit | freebie

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! Today we get to choose the topic, and I decided to go with the first one of this month because I missed it:

Favorites You’d Like to Revisit
What favorite books would you like to re-read? These don’t just need to be books, they can also be TV, movies, video games, etc.

I love re-reading books, I do it all the time! For today’s topic, however, I will only talk about five favourites I haven’t re-read before. These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

radio silenceI postponed picking up Radio Silence for over a year because I was very intimidated by the hype, but when I finally picked it up, I ended up loving it as much as everyone else did! Radio Silence was an emotional and relatable read, so it’s a novel I’d certainly like to revisit. You can read my review here.

piecing me togetherPiecing Me Together is – in my opinion – a perfect book. It tackles a majority of important topics such as feminism, racism, etc. in such complex and nuanced ways! I read and own a physical copy and might pick up the audiobook when I’m in the mood to re-read it 🙂 One of my favourite parts of revisiting novels I love is trying out different formats! You can read my review here.

american pandaI listened to the audiobook of American Panda earlier this year and I very much enjoyed it. It wasn’t a five star read, but I nonetheless want to buy a physical copy of this novel and re-read it someday. You can read my review here.

little fires everywhereI pick up adult fiction more and more often, but not every single book works for me. I, however, really enjoy Celeste Ng’s work! Everything I Never Told You is one of my favourite books of all time and I’d like to re-read Little Fires Everywhere as well. You can read my review here.

girl made of starsGirl Made of Stars is probably my favourite read of 2018 so far. I read it in one sitting though, so it’s a bit of a haze. I love it when I finish books that quickly, but afterwards, I forget nearly everything! I definitely need to re-read it because I absolutely loved it and because I need more time to absorb everything more properly, if that makes any sense. You can read my review here.


Which favourites would you like to re-read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: best books I’ve read in 2018 so far

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

July 10: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

I’ve read quite a few amazing books this year already and I’ve gushed about all of them plenty of times before! Nonetheless I’m taking the time today to talk about them again 🙂 Please check these books out if you haven’t yet! When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

I’ll start with number ten and end with my absolute favourite read of the year so far!

ivy aberdeen's letter to the worldIt took me a while to get through Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World because I’ve been in a massive reading slump since the end of May, but that didn’t really get in the way of my enjoyment. This queer middle grade story was cute and heart-warming and I absolutely plan on reading The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James when that’s released. You can read my full review here.

a girl like thatI rated A Girl Like That four stars because I had some issues with it, but overall, this novel has really stayed with me. In my review I said I probably wouldn’t re-read it because the subject matter was so heavy, but I would like to revisit this story again someday. You can read my full review here.

anger is a giftThe reason why Anger is a Gift is on the “lower” side of my list is because I don’t remember much about it because I pretty much binge-read it. That said, this novel deals with many important topics such as racism and education, so it absolutely deserves a spot on this list. You can read my full review here.

american pandaAmerican Panda took me by surprise because this novel absolutely isn’t as fluffy as the cover implies. It’s no secret that I tend to love YA contemporaries that deal with tougher subjects, so American Panda was really my cup of tea! You can read my full review here.

undead girl gangThough Undead Girl Gang deals with a lot of serious topics such as death and suicide, this book was a lot of fun! The feminism was intersectional and I really liked the female friendships. You can read my mini-review here.

amal unboundAmal Unbound is by far my favourite middle grade novel I have ever read! Usually the genre doesn’t fully work for me because I prefer a lot of depth to fluffiness, but Aisha Saeed’s approach was phenomenal. You can read my mini-review here.

little fires everywhereWhen I finished Little Fires Everywhere, I was a tiny bit disappointed because I didn’t love it as much as Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You. It was the second book I read in 2018, however, and it’s one I still think about often. Though the adoption case that’s portrayed in this book isn’t the main focus, the topic was so complex that I still think about it regularly. You can read my full review here.

piecing me togetherWhy haven’t more people picked up Piecing Me Together yet?? It’s a short yet powerful YA contemporary that deals with so many subjects (race, feminism, poverty, etc.) perfectly. Words cannot express how amazing this book is, but I tried in my review nonetheless.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoI bet you’ll see The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on many favourites lists! I’ve been meaning to read it ever since it was released and I was so happy when I got a hardcover copy for my birthday back in February. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes flawed yet likeable characters wonderfully. I can assure you that I will re-read this novel many times throughout my life. You can read my full review here.

girl made of starsI cannot even begin to explain how much Girl Made of Stars means to me as a rape survivor. Having been denied the professional help that I need to recover from my trauma, it’s so comforting to know that this book exists. Girl Made of Stars made me sob so badly, but it also made me feel seen for probably the first time. To my fellow rape survivors: this for sure isn’t an easy read, but in my opinion, Ashley Herring Blake dealt with the subject matter respectfully and maybe it will mean as much to you as it did to me ❤ You can read my full review here.


So these are my ten favourite reads of the year so far! I’ve been prioritising reading diverse books for over a year now and that was an amazing decision! I’ve never enjoyed reading as much as I do now – aside from my current reading slump – and if you haven’t yet, I really suggest you diversify your TBR as well.

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK-OUT TAG (2018)

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Hello book lovers! I’ve been incredibly busy lately so I’ve been neglecting reading and blogging. I decided to do this fun tag for the third time and hopefully it will motivate me to read more! I wasn’t tagged by anyone but since this is the perfect time to do this tag, I wanted to do it nonetheless ❤

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page!

1. Best book you’ve read so far?

girl made of starsI read my e-ARC of Girl Made of Stars in one sitting and I SOBBED. This novel is incredibly relatable and complex. If you can handle the heavy topics that are discussed in this book, I’d absolutely recommend it! You can read my full review (including a list of trigger warnings) here.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far?

a dance with dragonsJust like last year, I’ve mostly been reading standalones, so this is a difficult question. That said, I’m very satisfied that I’m finally caught up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Dance With Dragons wasn’t my favourite instalment, but I’m nonetheless very keen to find out what happens next!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

nice try, jane sinnerWhere do I start? Every month I post a list of anticipated releases and there are so many I haven’t read yet! One of those books I’m dying to read is Nice Try, Jane Sinner. I’ve heard amazing things about it and considering I really enjoy reading Young Adult contemporaries, I think I’m going to love it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

what if it's us.pngLeah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli was my most anticipated release of 2018 and sadly, it was such a disappointment! I really hope What If It’s Us is going to deliver because I love Becky Albertalli’s writing and hate how her third novel made me feel.

5. Biggest disappointment?

leah on the offbeatLike I just said, Leah on the Offbeat did not meet my expectations. It’s absolutely not my least favourite read of 2018 so far, but I expected to love this novel. Instead, I got an unmemorable book with a biphobic scene that made me really uncomfortable. Additionally, the plot and romance weren’t executed as well as Albertalli’s other books. You can read my full review here.

6. Biggest surprise?

a girl like thatThis was a difficult question, but I decided to go with A Girl Like That. It’s not one of my favourite books (I didn’t like the mental health representation), but I think it deserves more hype than it has received. I picked up the audiobook because the book was on my radar and it’s one of the most unique Young Adult contemporaries I’ve ever read. Perhaps it isn’t recommended as much because of the heavy topics that are discussed in the book? If you want more information, you can read my full review here.

7. Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoI’ve read three of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book so far and I plan on reading everything she writes! Her other books didn’t blow me away, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is phenomenal! Taylor Jenkins Reid manages to write unique stories featuring complex and flawed characters you cannot help but root for.

8. Newest fictional crush?

I don’t really get crushes….

9. Newest favourite character?

Evelyn Hugo! This beautiful Cuban bisexual woman takes no bullshit and isn’t opposed to using her beauty to manipulate others. In another writer’s hands Evelyn could’ve been an easy character to dislike and judge, which is probably the reason why I love this book so much. I know Evelyn is extremely flawed, but I f*cking love her nonetheless.

10. Book that made you cry?

As I already mentioned, I sobbed while reading Girl Made of Stars.

11. Book that made you happy?

undead girl gangUndead Girl Gang deals with a lot of heavy topics such as suicide and death, still, this book made me laugh numerous times! I thought the story was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to see what this author will write next.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year?

city of brass

I’ve bought a bunch of beautiful books this year and I think the hardcover of City of Brass is my favourite one. There’s an even more beautiful edition out there with blue edges, but I think this one looks gorgeous as well! I haven’t read it yet though because I’ve really been struggling reading fantasies lately.

You can have a look at my book hauls here.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I definitely need to work on my 2018 TBR because I’ve been neglecting it lately. There are a bunch of other books I still need to read though! Thankfully I’ve already completed my 2018 Goodreads reading challenge, so I don’t feel a lot of pressure and can read whatever I want.


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! I probably won’t be very active in the coming weeks either, but I’ll definitely post my spring book haul and June wrap-up next week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: books I DNF but still want to read

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

June 5: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

Of the books I have DNF’d, there are a couple I want to pick up again in the future. The main reason why I didn’t continue these books was because I wasn’t in the mood for them at the time, but I still want to read them someday.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

children of blood and boneI picked up Children of Blood and Bone on a beautiful day in April because I needed a physical copy so I could sit outside and read instead of listening to an audiobook or reading an e-ARC. As usual in Belgium, the nice weather didn’t last for long so I read audiobooks and e-books in the meantime. By the time I could sit outside and read Children of Blood and Bone again, I had forgotten so much already! On top of that, I’ve been struggling reading fantasies for over a year now. Because of the hype I definitely want to start this book again, perhaps closer to the release date of the sequel.

shadow and boneI started reading Shadow and Bone back in 2015, and ever since I’ve told myself I would pick it up again. I haven’t done that yet, but this trilogy is on my 2018 TBR. I know this series isn’t as good as the Six of Crows duology and I’ve already seen so many spoilers, but I hope it will be worth the read nonetheless.

ashAsh is the victim of one of my many reading slumps. I wasn’t in the mood to read at all when I started this book, so I never continued it. Considering this features queer ladies though, I definitely want to pick it up again!


So here are some books I DNF but want to give another chance! Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ post in the comments ❤

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T5W: series I (probably) won’t continue | rewind

series I won't continue.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some series I started and enjoyed, but not enough to finish.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

labyrinth lostLabyrinth Lost is in my opinion perfect for readers who are new to Young Adult fantasies. Apart from the diversity, however, this novel was just okay for me. Though the sequel Bruja Born will follow a character I liked more than the protagonist in the first instalment, I’m not convinced I’m going to pick it up.

daughter of smoke and boneLaini Taylor’s work has received a lot of praise, so it pains me to say that I most likely won’t continue the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I actually really liked the fantasy elements, but the romance ultimately ruined the first book for me. Because I don’t own copies of the rest of the series, I especially don’t feel pressured to find out what happens next.

three dark crownsThough I find the premise of Three Dark Crowns premising, the execution bored me. I didn’t enjoy reading this first instalment, so the chances of me continuing this series were slim to begin with. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to find out which of the queens would win. It’s been over a year since I’ve read this book, however, and I no longer care.

and i darkenWhen I read And I Darken back in 2016, I loved it. It was slow at times and there weren’t as many action-packed scenes as I would’ve liked, but I adored the characters. Yet a lot of time has passed since and I don’t think I will continue this series anymore.

geminaI absolutely loved Illuminea, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish Gemina. It’s more of the same and at the end of the day, science-fiction isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Everyone was raving about the first instalment, but I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about the finale, Obsidio.


Those are five series I started, but most likely won’t finish. Do you think I’m making a mistake, or do you agree with my decisions?

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T5W: recent additions to my TBR | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some already published books I recently added to my ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads!

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

home fire.pngHome Fire has received a lot of praise and when Russell @ Ink and Paper Blog mentioned it in his April wrap-up, I was instantly intrigued! I love fiction that deals with complex topics, so my hopes for this novel are high!

the book of the unnamed midwife.pngI have to admit I don’t read science-fiction often, but when Emily @ Possibly Literate praised The Book of the Unnamed Midwife in her April wrap-up, I decided to add it to my TBR nonetheless.

the poppy war.pngThis adult fantasy has been receiving a ton of hype lately, so I’m interested in picking it up! Be careful though because the subject matter can be triggering; I found trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence, self-harm, rape and much more!

a princess in theory.pngI usually don’t read romance books, but I’ve heard many great things about Alyssa Cole’s work and A Princess in Theory in particular.

the reader.pngI don’t know much about The Reader, except that so many of my friends absolutely love this Young Adult fantasy series!


Here are five books I recently added to my TBR on Goodreads! Have you read any of these books yet?

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Top 5 Wednesday: authors I’d like to meet | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some authors I’d like to meet.

Because I live in Belgium, the chances of me meeting any popular author are very slim. Therefore, I could choose every author whose books I’ve ever read, but I’ve decided to go with authors whose work I admire and have influenced me. These are in no particular order.

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1. Becky Albertalli

It’s no secret that I love Becky Albertalli’s work. Besides the Harry Potter series, her books are my comfort reads. I re-read them yearly at least once and as opposed to J.K. Rowling, Becky seems like a very nice person and I’d love to tell her how much her work means to me. That said, I didn’t love Leah on the Offbeat, but I hope I will change my mind when I re-read it.

2. Ashley Herring Blake

Every single one of Ashley Herring Blake’s books I’ve read so far has taken me by surprise. I never expect to relate to them as much as I do. Out of all the books I’ve read, I think her work represent me the best. Therefore it’s often hard to read her books because they’re so relatable, but it’s also comfortable: it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone and that’s why I will continue to read everything this author writes.

 3. Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far and I definitely plan on re-reading it a lot, which is why Taylor Jenkins Reid is on this list. I’ve also read Maybe in another Life and though it didn’t blow me away, I was impressed by the complexity and originality.

4. Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is one of my favourite novels of all time and Little Fires Everywhere has stuck with me even though I’ve read over forty books in the meantime. I trust her recommendations and because of Celeste Ng, I want to read adult literature more often.

5. Angie Thomas

I consider Angie Thomas to be one of the most influential authors, so meeting her would leave me starstruck. The Hate U Give is revolutionary and I’m already very much looking forward to the release of On the Come Up.


So those are some of the authors I’d like to meet! Have you met any authors yet? Who would be on your list?

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the Spring Cleaning book tag

spring cleaning book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! When Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek did this tag, I decided I wanted to do it as well 🙂 This tag was created by Book Syrup on Youtube. You can watch the video here.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

There are a ton of backlist book series on my 2018 TBR, but I keep postponing picking them up. I’m much more interesting in picking up new releases :/

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

the school for good and evilI actually want to unhaul over fifty books, but it so much work finding buyers since I don’t live in an English-speaking country. Anyway, one of the book series I want to sell is the entire School for Good and Evil trilogy. I read the first book in November 2017 and I really didn’t enjoy it and since I wont be continuing with this series, I want to get rid of it.

3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

piecing me togetherYou can argue that YA contemporary is a cliché genre, but I have to disagree. Yeah, they’re usually about a teenager living in the United States, but other than that, I’ve read plenty of YA contemporaries that are refreshing. A couple of years ago I was done with the genre, but ever since I started reading diverse books, my love for the genre has been rekindled!

Piecing Me Together is about Jade who is a fat, black and poor teenager, so I don’t think there are many books like it. This is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far because it dealt with an abundance of important topics such as racism, sexism, etc.

4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI absolutely love Becky Albertalli’s books, but I wish I could erase the scene in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in which Simon says it’s easier for girls to be queer because guys find it hot.

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

house of hadesI don’t think the entirety of The House of Hades was unnecessary, but I do think this series could and should’ve been a lot shorter. I already complained about this in my review of this series, but every single one of Rick Riordan’s books I’ve read, follow the same pattern. As a reader, it’s become very easy to predict what’s going to happen, so I felt like a lot of events weren’t necessary since they didn’t affect the plot.

6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

american pandaThe ending of American Panda actually doesn’t wrap-up nicely, but that’s why I loved it so much. I really like realistic endings. In this novel, the main character’s life isn’t magically perfect at the end. And it didn’t have an open ending, so I’m thankful for that as well!

7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

I have to go with the School for Good and Evil again. It seemed like the author wanted to send the message that beauty doesn’t mean you’re good and ugly doesn’t mean you’re bad, but it didn’t work for me? It actually seemed as if those stereotypes were reinforced.

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

a game of thronesObviously I have to go with every single book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series! No matter how much I love this series, it always took me forever to pick up the next book. I’m finally caught up though and I’m looking forward to the release of The Winds of Winter, whenever that will be.


So this was the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! If you want to do this tag, you’re tagged by me 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: bookish confessions | freebie

bookish confessions.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week we get to choose our own topic, so I decided to share some bookish confessions with you! This was a Top Ten Tuesday topic on August 28th, 2012, when I wasn’t even an avid reader yet! 😮


1. I never read books in my first language, which is Dutch. Primarily because most books are written in English anyway, but also because it just doesn’t appeal to me.

2. I only buy books online. I realise that I should probably support my local bookstores, but their selection of English books is limited and they’re twice as expensive as online!

3. I judge books by their covers *gasp!* Pretty ones can convince me to purchase a book when I’m in doubt and I probably won’t purchase ugly ones, unless they’re really, really popular.

4. When I DNF books, I don’t put them on my read shelf on Goodreads nor do I rate them. It really doesn’t matter to me whether I’m 20 or 75 percent in. That said, I might write a review for it despite not finishing it (though of course I’d mention I DNF it).

5. I only became an avid reader back in 2015. I started reading regularly when I started college, but it took me a while to actually read multiple books a month. Since then, reading has been my most important hobby.

6. This is probably controversial since I graduated as an English teacher, but I don’t enjoy reading classics. The language is definitely a barrier, but I don’t find them very interesting either. Naturally, there are some classics I consider picking up, but not many.

7. I’m terrible at reading other people’s blog posts. I don’t do it regularly and actually have to remind myself to check out the blogs I follow. I know this is absolutely horrible, especially since I feel insecure about my own blog.

8. I tend to hold a grudge. When an author f*cks up on Twitter for example, I usually don’t forgive them (unless they apologise and it’s very sincere). So whenever I see their books, I’m like ‘yikes…’.

9. I have no intention to ever write a book myself. Many of my bookish friends write, but that doesn’t appeal to me.

10. Since June, the vast majority of the books I read are audiobooks. Funnily enough, the amount of physical books I purchase hasn’t decreased.


So these were some bookish confessions about me! Feel free to share some of your confessions in the comments 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: books set in Africa on my TBR

books set in Africa on my TBR.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

March 27: Books That Take Place In Another Country

I don’t really know what this topic means since almost every single book takes place in another country than my own? Or maybe the creator just assumes everyone participating lives in the United States… So I decided to talk about some books set in Africa in my TBR. I know that Africa isn’t a country, but I didn’t want to prioritize one nation; I’d rather read a variety of experiences.

Unfortunately, I can’t cover every single country in Africa in this post. I got my information through Goodreads and other readers, so please let me know if something is incorrect! Additionally, I didn’t find many books set in e.g. North Africa, so I apologise for that.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.


under the udala treesUnder the Udala Trees is about two girls from different communities in Nigeria who fall in love. I can be a sucker for star-crossed lovers, so I think I might love this one! The author was born in Nigeria and moved to the USA when she was ten years old.

born a crimeI watch The Daily Show regularly, so I am familiar with Trevor Noah and would definitely like to learn more about his childhood in South Africa as a biracial child. I don’t think he’s perfect (e.g. ableist jokes) but I have heard nothing but good things about this memoir, so my hopes are high!

one shadow on the wall.pngOne Shadow on the Wall is a middle grade magical realism story set in contemporary Senegal. It has less than one hundred ratings on Goodreads and none of my friends have read it yet, but I am interested nonetheless.

the book of memory.pngMemory is an albino woman who has been convicted of a murder. The novel is set in Zimbabwe and is written by a Zimbabwean author. I purchased this last month because squibblesreads mentioned it in one of her videos and I was instantly intrigued.

city of brassCity of Brass is a historical fiction/fantasy novel set in the 18th century in Cairo, Egypt. This has received a ton of hype, so my expectations are high! I bought the UK edition because it looks even more beautiful than this one.

city of saints and thievesI received an e-ARC of City of Saints & Thieves ages ago and I still haven’t read it yet 😮 This is a YA mystery thriller about Tina and her mother who fled Congo as refugees and arrive in Kenya. As far as I know the representation isn’t #OwnVoices, but the author did work with UN on refugee relief and development.

what it means when a man falls from the sky.pngWhat It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is a collection of magical realism short stories, the majority set in Nigeria. The author was born in the UK, but her parents are Nigerian and she spent a lot of time in Nigeria growing up. These stories sound confusing, but I want to give it a chance nonetheless because it has received many awards and positive reviews.

akata witch.pngAkata Witch is fantasy novel about a girl named Sunny who lives in Nigeria and is albino. I have especially heard many positive things about Okorafor’s Binti series, so I hope this is going to be just as good.

solo.pngSolo primarily takes place in the United States, but is also set in Ghana. None of my friends have read this yet but I want to read it nonetheless because I’d like to read more books written in verse.


So these are some books set in Africa on my TBR! Do you have any more recommendations? I’d definitely recommend Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which is set in Ghana (and the USA)!

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