Of My 2020 Book List

my beautiful dark afro fantasy

What have I been reading this year… hmm lets see.

If there’s anything you need to know about me, its that I have a penchant for reading fantasy… my personal favourite brand of fantasy is not just an epic high fantasy, but something with African roots, a little genre I classify as my beautiful dark and twisted afrofantasy.

Why do I like fantasy, well, while some are quick to dismiss fantasy novels as just as literary escape, if you were to look past the magic and intricate world-building, there are fundamental truths, lesson and perspectives to be gleaned. Just because it does not read like a heavy book tackling all sorts of social commentary, awareness and consciousness does not mean a book is any less thought-provoking than others…

…and sometimes all we need is escape, the world can be such a bleak place, a dash of magic and colour in the pages of a book might just be what one needs to reboot.

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I started the year reading the much-anticipated sequel to Children Of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children Of Virtue and Vengeance

Then I bumped into a scifi fantasy series by Tade Thompson titled The Wormwood Trilogy set in a fictitious town in Nigeria called Rosewater, riveting stuff that.

Then sometime during lockdown I was introduced to Nicky Dreydan and binge read all her books, whose genre range from afrofuturism to space opera

The Prey Of Gods

Temper

Escaping Exodus

As I write this I await the sequel to Escaping Exodus

And the last fantasy book I read whose title seems weirdly ironic after the death a socialist businessman who died in horror accident when his Rolls Royce Wraith crashed.

A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin

But it wasn’t all fantasy thanks to the Harare Book Club I also got to read the following titles some of which I don’t think I would have read.

The Kite Runner

On Black Sister Streets

Devil On The Cross

Kindred

My Sister The Serial Killer


And then what sort of friend would I be if I didn’t mention the poetry books my friends published:

Shades of Black By Edward Dzonze

LIPPA By Valentine Tusai

Oh and of course I contributed to MJ Mallon’s lockdown anthology titled This Is LockDown

And somewhere during Lockdown I also read a novel by Dean Koontz The Eyes Of Darkness, because number one I rather like Dean Koontz books and number two people kept quoting a paragraph from the book saying he had predicted a virus that would emerge from Wuhan…

…so of course how could I not read.

Read anything this year? What kind of genre is your go to book genre.

~B

PS currently reading The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell Namwali and literally just finished reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of Sue NyakubayaNhevera‘s chapbook The Rivers We Cry coming out this December but available to preorder on Amazon

15 Comments

  1. OMG! I got chills down my spine when I read that excerpt from Dean Koontz book that you shared! I am sitting here eating breakfast with my hubby and read it to him as that is really eerie! Although he clearly wrote it with different intentions I’m sure, still really creepy that we are currently living in this nightmare!

    I’m so impressed with all your reading! Dang, I wish I had the time and attention to read novels again. I need to read more!! My attention span is not what it used to be or it’s are darn phones. I read where our phones have taken over our brains! Haha 🤣

    I especially love science fiction/fantasy novels. Some of my favs, Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, many Star Wars novels after the movies came out. I also love detective murder mysteries. And the homey novels like Mauve Binchey! You are very inspiring!! I’ll have to start carving out some time to read! 😍❤️

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    1. Haha you will be happy to know that that’s the only part which seems to allude to this horror story we are living in…

      The imagination needs to be fed, so I read now if shrine anyone asks me where i get some of my rather crazy ideas i can just chuck it up to some book i read 🤣🤣
      I loved Harry Potter and Lord of the rings and countless like that now I am working out the audacity to write my own
      ~B

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  2. My go to books are Bios, I read an older interesting concept book called Letter’s to Groucho (as in Groucho Marx, it was a collection of sent and received Letter’s not all humorous)

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  3. Hi Beaton. Like you my favourite genre is fantasy but I have been reading all sorts recently! I’m enjoying some thrillers, read Heena Rathore P. Deceived which I was scared to pick up but I did! And it was great. I’m audio listening Finding Maylee by Didi Oviatt which I’m really enjoying. Writing lots more review writing whilst wrestling with the weight of interminable edits for Curse of Time book 2! Which is proving to be be my greatest challenge to date. Thanks for the This Is Lockdown mention. Take care my friend. Read and enjoy all the lovely books! Marje

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