My to-be-read pile for 2018

29 January 2018

Inspired by the wonderful Madeline and her must-read for 2018 post, I wanted to share the books I'm looking forward to reading this year. I always have books in mind to read but then get distracted by deals or hype and forget about the books I've been dying to read, so hopefully, this list will hold me accountable.

This is also the perfect time to post this because I'm starting a YouTube channel that's gonna be all about books! At least for the time being. I finally bit the bullet and did it and I'm slowly thinking up content to post on. The first video will be out on Sunday 4th February and it's about the Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2016 so make sure you subscribe to catch it and let me know what you think :)

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I've heard about this book for the longest time and saw the funniest thread about it last year when a girl was reading it on the train. The title itself is enough to make it intriguing but being a black woman in Britain I want to read it to find out what the author's experiences are because I've had lots! Learning some history would also be great, ever since I read Homegoing I've been wanting to delve deeper into Ghanaian/African/Black writing.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith
I saw this book in WHSmith a month or so ago and read the back and thought it sounded great! As I said above I'd like to read more books that feature black women and talk about race etc. This book also just sounds really interesting, it's about two girls who are dancers. One has the talent and the other has the ideas. The story sounds like one that I'm gonna read and think "that's just not fair" but such is life. I've always wanted to pick up one of Zadie's books so I think this is the perfect place to start.

Hold by Michael Donkor
This book won't actually be out until July but I've pre-ordered to make sure I'll get it! I found out about it through Madeline's post and it looked right up my street. It's about three Ghanaian females, househelp, and friendship. What drew me in the most is because it seems it will take readers on a journey from Ghana to London and for me that just makes me feel closer to home. Also how beautiful is the front cover?! The colours are so vivid.

No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
This book is part of a trilogy and I read the first book, Things Fall Apart, last year, so I'd like to finish the series. These books are about Nigeria and the impact of colonialism in the community. This is about a Nigerian, after being schooled in Britain, returns home to a job in the civil service. He manages to avoid corruptions but then falls in love, leading him to accept bribes and possible his downfall? I look forward to finding out. Amazon says 'Showing a man lost in cultural limbo, and a Nigeria entering a new age of disillusionment..' which makes me think this will raise a lot of questions inside me.

Disruptive Marketing: What Growth Hackers, Data Punks, and Other Hybrid Thinkers Can Teach Us About Navigating the New Normal by Geoffrey Colon
My day job is marketing, marketing in book publishing to be a tad specific and I just love all things marketing, to be honest. F0r 2018 I want to do some more learning and reading around the sector and industry I'm in and I follow the author on LinkedIn and have always said to myself I need to read this book. He posts great posts about how rapidly marketing is changing in this day and age and this title how technology is changing behaviour and how we can navigate through the "new normal" state of marketing we're in.

Propaganda by Edward Bernays
Someone told me I should have a read of this since I work in marketing and after looking it up I've been meaning to pick up. In short, the book is about how to get the masses to do what you want. Not in a brainwashing way, but it's sort of the psychology behind manipulating people and thus create solid marketing strategies.


So that's it for books I definitely want to read this year. In the meantime check out my previous book posts here, I used to post a monthly roundup of books on my blog but if I'm honest it got so time-consuming, but I will be doing the monthly roundups on my YouTube channel. so please subscribe if you enjoyed those :) After my Man Booker videos goes up I'll be doing a roundup of my 2017 books.

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