Top Ten Tuesday: Nope, Not Reading THAT!

I’m joining in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) about what puts me off reading a book.

1. First and foremost: An all-male cast of characters. This is also why I’m not too keen on westerns and war movies: Not enough women in them. Might it be something to do with having three sisters and no brothers; and going to an all-girls school from age six to seventeen? I definitely prefer the company of women.

But I did read and enjoy Stalky & Co by Rudyard Kipling so maybe schoolboys aren’t quite ‘men’ and so don’t repel in the same way.

2. A shopaholic protagonist. (You know what series I’m talking about.)

3. Minute descriptions of any kind of child abuse.

4. Details about genocide, and graphically violent scenes especially that of torture, unless they are in murder mysteries.

5. Cats who solve mysteries. (You know the series I mean.)



6. Books about a school for wizards, unless it’s A Wizard of Earthsea. (Actually, I had to read all seven Harry Potter books for my job, and I’m still bitter about those hours I’ll never get back.)

7. Verbosity. (I prefer abridged Charles Dickens.)

8. Preachy religious content.

9. Latin American magic realism.

10. Every interesting or likeable character being killed off. (You know what series I’m referring to.)



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Couldn’t Stop Reading

I’ve taken quite a break from the Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but I’m back this week with books I found hard to stop reading, although none were short enough to read in one sitting. I’m listing books I read in 2016/17. Also, no re-reads.

The Imperial Radch Trilogy (all three books) by Ann Leckie

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

I Do Not Come to You By Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Riders by Joyce Chng

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa


Purrfect Combination


By Monica Barengo

A book, cats, tea. Yes.



Mujer Leyando (Woman Reading) by Fernando Botero

Does she live in a nudist colony? I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read lying naked on the grass. Doesn’t she look like she’s regretting her decision? To me, that faraway expression says: ‘Is that an ant crawling up my leg? The grass tickles. Damn, I wish I were wearing my comfy old t-shirt in bed.’

Reading Plans for 2017

I read sixty three books in 2016, including many re-reads (Antonia Forest, Barbara Pym, Enid Blyton). I hope for more time to read this year. That is my dearest reading wish.

I would also like to read work by the following authors: Flora Nwapa; Octavia Butler; Nisi Shawl; Erin Bow; Rainbow Rowell; Dudu Busani Dube.

I would like to re-read Megan Whalen Turner; Susan Cooper; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Those are my plans for now.