2014 challenges

2014:

Kinna’s Africa Reading Challenge  –
To read 5 books about Africa before Dec. 31, 2014
I’ve read 9 books covering 3 major areas of Africa – Southern Africa,  Western Africa and Central Africa  – East Africa is coming up.  – I’d like to get something from  North Africa this year without doing rereads.  The links go to reviews on this site.

1.   A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
2007 / 229 pages
read by Ishmael Beah – 7h 48m
rating 7 / memoir
Sierra Leone

2. The Conservationist
by Nadine Gordimer
1974 / 270 pages
rating: 9 / 20th century fiction
South Africa

3.  All Our Names
by Dinaw Mengestu
2013/ 272 pages
rating 8/ contemp fiction – Africa
Uganda / US

4. White Dog Fell From the Sky
by Eleanor Morse
2013 / 352 pages
rating 8 / contemp fiction
Botswana

5.  The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
by Peter Godwin
2010 / 384 pages
rating 7.5 –  memoir/political
Zimbabwe

6. Scenes From a Provincial Life (in one ebook)
by J.M. Coetzee
rating 9.5 / fictionalized memoir –
a trilogy consisting of “Boyhood,” “Youth,” and “Summertime”
South Africa

7.  We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
2013/ 294 pages (Kindle)
rating 9 / contemp fiction
Zimbabwe/US

8.  The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café
by Alexander McCall Smith
2014 / 257 pages
read by Lisette Lecat / 9h 55m
rating __ / contemp fiction
Botswana

9.  My Son’s Story
by Nadine Gordimer
1990 / 272 pages
rating 8.5 / contemp fiction (South Africa)

Upcoming – (trying to find time):

Maps
by Nuruddin Farah
1986/ Somalia – 263 pages

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– Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans
– John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van
– Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other Stories
– Jane Smiley, Some Luck

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