Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah, read April 30 – May 1, 2014

I go back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, I think because the ending didn’t have as much of an impact as I was expecting. But then I remember how I basically devoured this book, loving every minute that I was reading, feeling completely absorbed and doing the whole nearly-500 pages from start to finish in about a day and a half. On page 229 I told Goodreads, “I started this afternoon and I’m so upset that I have to put it down to go to bed.” I can’t wait to read her other books.

Half of a Yellow Sun, read May 12 – June 2, 2014

This was so much more painful to read than Americanah was. It took me several times longer to read, too, but that wasn’t why; I just had some other things in the last few weeks that took up most of the time I usually use for reading. Still, it was amazing, and I think Adichie has become one of the authors whose books I’ll automatically want to read just because she wrote them.

Purple Hibiscus, read November 20 – 21, 2014

I read all about the horrific civil war in Half of a Yellow Sun, but nothing in any of Adichie’s books has been as hard for me to read as the religious and physical abuse in this one. I felt so sick to my stomach at times, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it. But once I got a few chapters in—starting when Aunty Ifeoma was introduced, I think—I couldn’t stop reading. I’ve loved all of Adichie’s books so far, but this affected me much more personally than the others. I don’t know if I’ve ever hoped so desperately for another character to go the direction I wanted them to go.

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