Blog - November 18, 2021

Day 18: The November Happiness Challenge 2021

My story with books dates back to my very early teenage years.

I’m sure I used to read before then, but from what I remember, I became an avid reader when I was 11 or 12. At a point, I had a full Ghana must go bag of books; Harlequin, Mills and Boon, James Hadley Chaze, etc. I was the plug for books and I made friends solely with the aim of having book exchanges and discussing them .

Sister Gbemi ; someone who lived in my neighborhood, and I even started writing individual books at a point. We had read so much that we believed we could pull it off writing romance books, and we truly did, just that they didn’t get published. The draft for mine must be somewhere in my father’s house. Or not. She was way older than me but our love for books brought us together and the friendship was genuine. We lost contact because they moved from our neighbourhood after a while.

Imagine my joy when I met her just before I got married and I realized she was an established fashion designer. It was so beautiful to see, and she graciously made my Nikkah and Reception dresses. A love for love books birthed a friendship that eventually led to one person making wedding clothes for the other person. Sounds like a proper love story right? Lol.

I stopped reading for a while, without reason. Or let’s say I just couldn’t keep up due to the many activities that adulthood brought my way. However, recently, I have connected with some book lovers on social media and they regularly furnish me with interesting books. I even have people who buy books for me, including W, and I think that’s very thoughtful.

I currently have books I’m yet to read, and I still keep looking for more. I’m getting my teenage Mojo for books back, and it’s cute to see. Send me books people, I’ll love you for it.

Today, I want us to start reading a book. It can be any genre, depending on what you’d like. If you have some you kept somewhere and you’ve been procrastinating reading them, today is the day to start. If you don’t have any, I’d recommend Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo. It was an enjoyable read for me and it took my emotions back and forth. It is written by an African (read Nigerian) author, and it was written excellently. Thank me later.

Omotolani says Hi in this picture.

I’ll be back. OBA

Comments (3)

  1. Busari Titilayo Tawa

    November 18, 2021


  2. Badmus

    November 19, 2021

    I can’t believe I stopped reading(my fav remain biographies, especially from past leaders) and to think that used to be my “get away from the world” whenever I feel down. I started writing my biography in 2018, I don’t even know where I stopped nor why I did. Nothing fascinate me these days, I suppose. Will give this a shot, hopefully it helps.

  3. Eniola

    November 20, 2021

    Who in our generation didn’t catch the M&B bug! 😀☺️
    My all time fav novel used to be Chimamanda’s AMERICANAH, that I had my boyfriend at the time spend as much as eight thousand naira buying me a copy instead of lunch. I used to read it once every year since 2014. I sometimes open random pages and start reading again.
    Most recent now are, Arese Ugwu’s SMART MONEY WOMAN and SMART MONEY TRIBE.

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