We were discussing about how thankful we are to have started this Cabeswater’s Reading Challenge, because though we live in different continents now (and both very busy with our respective universities) your ever beloved writers are always finding an excuse to talk about books with each other; most importantly, with all of you!
So here is the prompt for May’s CRC:
Read a collection of short stories.
Summer Days, Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances edited by Stephanie Perkins
This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.
For those of you readers who have been following Cabeswater’s past reading challenges, you must be seeing a pattern by now. Dee is just all for the romances. I chose this book because a) some of my favourite authors are involved in this project, and b) I’m super excited to see different writing styles collected in one book.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The stories in this collection from Orange-Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie straddle the cultures of Nigeria and the West. Her characters battle with the responsibilities of modern life, a world in which identity is too often compromised.
After watching Adichie’s inspiring TED Talks and going wild over her feature in Beyonce’s “Flawless”, I’ve been so keen to read her writing but have never had the chance before. “The Thing Around Your Neck” is definitely gonna be a challenge for me because not only have I never read a collection of short stories but I’ve also never read any kind of story centred around Nigeria and Nigerian culture.
We can’t wait to get started on these books. Remember to join us and share what you are reading in the comments!