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Book 28 of 80

May 7, 2010

I’ve been going back and forth about what book I want to read for Nigeria for several days. I’ll pick up Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and then read a couple of sentences and then pine for the Sue Grafton G is for Gumshoe staring longingly at me from my bookshelf. I started reading G is for Gumshoe last November — I can see my bookmark sticking out around the 25 page mark — mocking me.

Then I realized that if I wasn’t completely sold on Achebe’s classic, then I needed to find a book that had as much lure as my candy-read. I spent hours scouring the internet for all books set in Nigeria and found that Purple Hibiscus by¬†Chimananda Ngozi Adichie sounded intriguing…but it’s about an abusive family, so it’s hard to get excited about that. Likewise for books about Nigeria’s civil war — and there are several popular ones.

I’ll admit I don’t know anything about Things Fall Apart other than the fact that it ends up on lots “must-read” lists — and I do know it deals with pre and post-colonialism.

*sigh*

If you asked me right before I went to bed last night what I was going to read, I would have mumbled, “Purple Hibiscus, I have it on hold at the library…*drool*…it…sounds…*snore*.” And this morning? I changed my mind. We’re going with Things Fall Apart. I can’t really explain the change of heart. What I’m worried about is that my recent purchase of the SIMS 3 is going to hinder my reading time. I spent two hours last night creating a SIM family and their dream house — and then instead of reading my own books, I had my SIM mother character reading cookbooks so she won’t set fire to the kitchen again. And then the SIM father character kept hitting on the nanny. Seriously. Without provocation from me. I guess that’s what I get for making him “flirty”.

I know. I’m a total nerd.

"And here lies the death of Shelbi's reading challenge..."

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