Monthly Round Up: July 205

Hi guys,  I know I haven’t posted in like 2 weeks, but life has been hard, and school has been busy.

My laptop is bad. Which is why I haven’t been doing “Links I Love“.

School resumed fully in July and it was a flurry of assignments and presentations. July made me realise that I had discipline.

I didn’t watch a lot of movies or read a lot of books, but I read a lot of articles on webpages. Results for first semester are rolling in. I’m on good standing. We thank God. I hope it continues this semester. I have at least one assignment every week and the courses are really tough. Even tougher than last semester.

I watched “Big Eyes” a movie about an artist. She married this guy she believed to be an artist and he started to steal her work and pass it of as his. She went along with it for a long time and she finally got a divorce from him after he tried to burn her and her daughter with her paintings.

I’ve been watching “Boston Legal” a law series. It’s old. It’s hilarious and the main characters are the best.  I finished Seasons 1 and 2 in 3 days. That was about 40 1-hour episodes. I had to take a break because school + my laptop,

I really can’t remember much else of July because I usually put everything in the sticky notes on my laptop. I’ll start using Evernote for this now.

My hostel is shit, and I’ve had enough. I’ve been managing to get by with the hostel for a little over a year, but I can’t deal anymore. Can’t stay here for two more years. Help me.

I started reading Lace by Shirley Conran. Apparently, she’s the original Jackie Collins. I’m enjoying the book sha.

Also, I’m planning on doing a Harry Potter book and movie marathon for August.

Interesting Links
1. Mindy Kaling: And 16 Other Feminist Buzzwords. An interesting and funny post on feminism.
2. How To Buy Happiness. Transcript of a TED talk. Money really does buy happiness, but not in the way you think
3. It’s the Year 2145 and All Nigerians are Feminist. Great satire from one of my favourite blogs.
4. 15 Crucial Packing Hacks to Keep Your Wardrobe Fresh and 21 Uses for Plastic Baggies When Travelling. For the travellers amongst you.
5. Teen Girls and the Persistence of Gender Stereotypes. We believe that gender stereotypes are coming to an end, but are they really?
6. How to be More Like Misty Copeland. Because Misty Copeland is the definition of awesomeness.
7. Serena Williams and the Black Truths She Embodies. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Body Shaming Black Female Athletes is not Just About Race. Surrounding the whole Serena Williams is masculine
8. Is Donald Trump Pulling a Nigerian 419 Scam. But is he? Really?
9. What is a Computer Anymore
10. The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates. #LongRead
11. This article on how to be married for 5 years
12. This thinkpiece on female solidarity and the hypocrisy of it. (Reference: Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj debacle).

REVIEW: Sector IV by Abigail Anaba

Sector IV is a historical romance story set around the Biafra war in a small village in Eastern Nigeria, Nchara. Onyinyechi is to be married to the love of her life, Duke, only to learn of his death that same day. She realizes that she is pregnant for Duke and to save her family from embarrassment, she marries Okwuduwa who can’t have children. Okwuduwa is already married to a woman named Ogechi and he is the richest and most well-travelled man in the village. The war escalates and Ogechi has to make difficult choices even after the war ends.
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Monthly Round-Up: May 2015

This is going to be a regular thing. At the beginnig of every month, I’ll write a review of the previous month and books I read movies I watched, songs I stumbled on, posts I wrote, that sort of thing.

May was an interesting month. It was supposed to kick off with #TPL4, but due to some things, we had to move to May 30th. Last month was a lot of fun and a lot of work. I watched 11 movies and did some other fun stuff. Here are my faves for the month of May.

I watched a lot of Movies this month

• The Equalizer – I’d rate it 5 stars
• Love Comes Softly – Very sweet story, but 3 stars. Felt too much like Christian Romance novel
• Love, Rosie – I loved this one, but it became a bit annoying towards the end. 4 stars
• A Merry Friggin Christmas – Sweet Christmas story. 3 stars
• Beauty and the Briefcase – 2 stars
• Edge of Tomorrow – 5 stars. I loved the story and the back story
• Kingsman, The Secret Service – best movie this month. 5 stars
• Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day – Interesting story, 4 stars
• October 1 – I loved this movie. It was very good. 4.5 stars
• The Princess Diaries 1 – always a fave. 4 stars
• The Princess Diaries 2 – Did you know Shonda Rhimes did the screenplay?

I read some Books

• The Girl on the Train – 4 stars. Review here
• The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend – 3 stars I wrote a review here

I watched Empire. One of the best things I did this month. I’m going to write a full review post on the entire Season 1 and I’m excited about Season 2.

I also saw Hear Word. An interesting stage play featuring some of the best women in stage play that Nigeria has to offer. The play was shown at Unilag and the ticket cost N500. I can say that that was the best N500 I’d ever spent.

I had exams. First-semester exams, 200 level. Studying psychology required more effort than I was prepared for and I had to quit work. Predictably, lack of work is affecting my finances and I’m learning to budget more and not spend money anyhow. I’m also trying to reduce how much data I use monthly. Anyway, back to exams. They went great, and I thank God.

I unofficially launched @BookBarterNG at #TPL4 (May 30). It was a great experience and I’m excited about the possibilities. Hopefully, the website goes live before the end of July and we continue to have offline events at least once a month.

Incase You Missed It

Saturday Morning – Short story I wrote
Thanking My Scar – Inspired by post from another blog
Links I Love: Volume 1
Review: The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Links I Love: Volume 2

REVIEW: Are We The Turning Point Generation by Chude Jideonwo

are we the turning point generation
Publish Date: May 25th 2014
Publisher: Kachifo
ASIN/ISBN: 9789785205756
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non Fiction, Essays
Pages: 298
Date Finished: November 4, 2014

Description
Why do many Nigerian leaders ‘change’ once in office? Will the present generation of Nigerians do any better than its predecessors? Was Occupy Nigeria indeed a failure? Do we need a ‘Nigerian Dream’? Is ‘One Nigeria’ really worth it? These and many other difficult questions are raised in this thought-provoking collection of essays on the paradox that is Nigeria.
Written with the keenness of youth but earnest and wise beyond its years, Are We the Turning Point Generation? will resonate with young Nigerians while remaining relatable to previous generations. This book embodies the voice of a new breed of Nigerians willing to take a stand and do things differently. Are We the Turning Point Generation? promises to inspire a new way of thinking, posing a challenge to Nigerians, young and old, to ‘pick a spot, and start digging’!

Review
This book is a collection of essays by Chude Jideonwo. I love love love this book. This is one of my favourite non fiction books ever. Sometimes, it felt like Chude was reading my mind. I’ve learned a lot from this book – about myself and how I really view governance in Nigeria and Nigeria itself.
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REVIEW: The Sex Life of a Lagos Mad Woman by Seun Salami

sex-life-of-a-lagos-mad-womanPublish Date: October 13th 2014
Publisher: BookVine
ASIN/ISBN: 9789789340774
Format: Paperback
Genre: Anthology, Fiction
Pages: 114
Date Finished: October 4, 2014

Description
‘The Sex Life of a Lagos Mad Woman’, the long-awaited sophomore collection of short stories by author and short-story writer, ‘Seun Salami contains twelve fiction stories largely about the sex lives of characters like a celibate priest, a ritualist’s apprentice, a born-again Pentecostal sister, a popular charismatic pastor, a lesbian on the prowl and others whose diverse sexual experiences the author so vividly portrays with his trademark simple yet suspense-filled prose style.

Review
I’m not a huge fan of short story collections because you most likely won’t like every story in the book and you might actually totally hate some.

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