On My Shelf: The Magic Seven

By Uche Okonkwo

Like many book lovers, I’m constantly dismayed by how many unread books I have languishing on my shelf, even as I add new titles to my stash. And so, a while ago, I devised a strategy for managing my book buying: I select seven books I own and am most eager to read, and I promise to only reward myself with a new book or two after I’ve read all seven.

Full disclosure, this strategy has had a 100% failure rate. But as far as failures go, this is one I’m happy to roll with. Here are the current seven books on my shelf that I’m most eager to delve into:

  1. David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
    Abaddon Books, 2019
    Fiction | Fantasy/Speculative | Adult

  2. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
    Anchor Books, 2018
    Fiction | Adult

  3. Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
    Mariner, 2001
    Fiction | Adult

  4. Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan
    Restless Books, 2017
    Fiction/Hybrid | Adult

  5. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
    Make Me a World, 2019
    Fiction | Fantasy | Young Adult

  6. Cape May by Chip Cheek
    Celadon Books, 2019
    Fiction | Adult

  7. Chinua Achebe’s African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease
    Penguin Classics, 1958, 1960, 1964
    Fiction | Adult

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