30 books I read in 2018 by country

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In an effort to decolonise my mind and understand my context, I have been on a quest for the past three years to read more black authors, particularly those on and from the African.  It has been an amazing, insightful and fruitful journey thus far. This year I spent a lot of literary time at home in Mzansi. I love reading local black authors because it is in their stories that I find myself best represented.

I also had a bit of a love affair with Ngugi in Kenya reading what is now my favourite book by him – The Wizard of the Crow and learning about his life through reading two of his three memoirs. It was also a year filled with books that spoke to the current events of my life and what I was aspiring to become – uncoupling, understanding love, feminism and living life with less. I did not have a clear reading plan, so putting this list together and realising which countries I did and did not read most was enlightening. It has  also inspired me to be diversify my footprint on the continent in the coming year! Watch out for a post on this soon.

South Africa

  • Mother to mother – Sindiwe Magona
  • Miss Behave – Malebo Sephodi
  • The Ones with Purpose – Nozizwe Cynthia Jele
  • 491 days – Winnie Madikizela Mandela
  • The yearning – Mohale Mashigo
  • The resurrection of Winnie Mandela – Sisonke Msimang
  • Feminism Is – various


  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • Salt – Nayyirah Waheed
  • Nejma – Nayyirah Waheed
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Minimalism – The Minimalists 
  • Conscious uncoupling – Katherine Woodward Thomas
  • All about love – Bell Hooks,  a review of this one coming soon 😊


  • Dear Ijweale – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Questions for Ada – Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  • Sterile Sky – EE Sule


  • The Wizard of the Crow – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • Dreams in a time of war – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • In the interpreters house – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o


  • The book of memory – Petina Gappah
  • These bones will not rise again – Panashe Chigumadzi


  • Nectar – Upile Chisala


  • A general theory of oblivion – José Eduardo Agualusa


  • Black skins, white masks – Frantz Fanon


  • A matter of life and death – Andrey Kurkov


  • Who fears death – Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/USA)
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (Ghana/USA)
  • Milk and honey – Rupi Kuar (India/Canada)
  • Bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward (West Indies/West African/UK)

Note: Books not pictured were read in electronic form.


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