Something you ought to have known by now!

Do you ever stumble on a ‘knowledge’ that makes you wonder why it took your entire life to learn it, and consequently begin to lead you to question and track your past weeks, months, to justify why you could have missed out on it?

Like when you get told some event (that should have easily turn out to be one of your favorites) has been happening weekly at some location for the past 2years but you’re only learning about it at this time, or you just noticed some flavor of icecream, only everyone else has been having it since the origination of icecream million years ago. Say you just discovered the ease hidden behind QWERTY keypad phones while the world’s even already moved to a newer generation of QWERTY and smartphones (lol, my mum!).

The list even spirals to include movies you’ve only just watched recently while it was shown at the cinemas years back, music you only just heard but it was released in a 2nd album of some band that’s on their 6th album at the present, tasting bread with nutella spread for the first time last year, having not had a bite of sharwarma since the invention of washing machines, streaming videos and downloading materials, and many more first times where there shouldn’t be.

You guys, let’s try not to be victims here. Let’s help each other be timely.

Like here’s a list of books that have long existed, some even before I had my first breath of life, but here I am, current holder of the backseat record/ stale-woman title, as I just got aware of them only last year (via this really awesome person) and they sure as hell made my 2016. What I lack in giving sound reviews, I gain in being honest about stuffs, so trust me, these books are gooood. Check through and you may find one or two you may not have read. (for some book review in quotes, i culled up the summary from sites online, either because I vaguely remember deeper aspects of the book since I read them long ago (such long ago), or I think you’ll prefer to read a better summary than mine). The books will be listed in order of preference.


catcher_in_the_rye_salinger_bio_pic The style of writing in this book is the first kind I’ve come across and it kept getting interesting as the book progressed. I remember unconsiously imitating the style after the few days I was done with the book. If I remember well, the entire plot of the book surrounds just a few days, the days that followed Holden’s expulsion (the narrator) from Pencey Prep, a private school. This wasn’t his first explusion from a school, which would explain his attitude thereafter. He didn’t go home instantly, like should be the case. Rather he went into town (Newyork) visiting. He made stops even at his former favorite teacher’s apartment. The book gets us into his interesting mind.


We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
This book also comes with a new form of writing technique, for me.

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In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are few.


How To Be A Nigerian by Paul Enahoro

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If you want to have an idea of what it’s like to be a Nigerian, check this book out. It’s filled with insightful topics and scenerios that colour the average Nigerian person in all hilarity. It sets out like a guide book to reviewing and understanding temperaments, conducts, attitudes, political and economical aspects of everyday living. Just the first page of this book will get you laughing in agreement.

 


The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

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Malcolm X tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to journalist Alex Haley. Drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. There he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader renamed Elijah Muhammad. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings and the world of Islam, becoming the Nation’s foremost spokesman. When his conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity to reach African Americans across the country with an inspiring message of power and self-determination.


The Glass castle by Jeanette Walls

Glass Castle.jpgJeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

During the time of the Nazis and all, Anne and her family had to go in diaryofayounggirl_definitivehiding. I think they exiled for 2years before they were caught. Anne, a pre-teen, took to documenting any and all she could think of in her diary. Her school mates, her parents, her new life and new to-be-longterm acquaintances, her romanctic aspirations and little involvements. Unknown to her she was writing her biography as they died before her 15th birthday.

 


David Cooperfield by Charles Dickens

davidcopperfield.jpgThe story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations.



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

book-thiefThe book started with Death (personified) giving his itinerary and point of views. The plot revolves around Liesel Meminger, a foster girl who fell in love with books while raiding a house on one of her stealing escapades with her friends. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

 


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

to-kill-a-mocking-birdTo Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal.


The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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About this guy Charlie and his transition in life, with the usual story of romance and friends.

 

 

 


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

 


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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The story of one Captain somebody who strikes out on a voyage, obsessively seeking revenge on a white whale that took his leg.

 

 

 

 


What books have you seen already? Please don’t say all

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Something you ought to have known by now!

  1. Lol i know the feeling.
    I’m usually like “What planet have i been on? Why am i just seeing/hearing/knowing about this now?!”

    so I’ve read the Diary of a young girl and the perks of being a wallflower…
    How do I get the rest?

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  2. Catcher in the Rye — because Holden is a ducking amazing somebody that made me laugh, cry and got angry all at once. That book is in my hall of fame.

    To Kill a Mocking Bird — because people have been blabbing about it for ages and they will continue to for more. Harper Lee is Queen.

    The Alchemist — No one spoken. I will re-read it in 2020 to have a another insight (or maybe way earlier). Like Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, this is a book worth re-reading until death.

    Books you should consider

    Blindness by Saramango Jose
    Disgraced by J.M Coetzee
    Those two books wrecked me in a way I never expected but I am glad they did. I always recommend both because they are unputdownable and you will definitely not remain the same after reading.

    Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi — because the author is a Ghanaian beauty who delved into telling the story of race and slavery that felt like a history lesson but beautiful all the same.

    100years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia — because mysticism is a beautiful thing.

    Story of Your Life and Others by Ted Chang — Scfi has never been more beautiful. Ted’s story is ethereal. Know the movie ‘The Arrival’? One of Ted short story was adapted for screen into that classic.

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — because John Green is the perfect definition of beauty in simplicity. You can’t read this with a dry eye.

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe — do I need to say anything about this African Bible?

    Half of a yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie — what is a list without an Adichie? Even by phone spells her first name as China mandatory. She is mandatory like that.

    Should I continue or just stop? So many beautiful books out there.

    Yeah,

    A man Called Ove — discovered this one in January. Let me just say have it in your reading list because Ove us the grand father of Holden.

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      1. Just started reading. In Chapter 3, that Holden is lucky he didn’t grow up in Nigeria, he would have surely been delivered from the Agwu (evil spirits) that was preventing him from fulfilling his destiny

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  3. OK! Now I feel sober.

    Why is this post infested with book-worms?
    I seem to be the only one who knows another (“Something you ought to have known by now!”) kind of worm……….

    The post isn’t even about books or worms only
    How about secrets you used to own,
    or crazy ideas you held dearly?
    In High School, I used to think eggs were grown
    and that the seed wasn’t even stony.
    Lets just have more “Something you ought to have known”
    Real stories, something drolly.

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    1. The Alchemist has few pages. Fewer than the others sef! And unlike the others, it really does contain deeper messages. Like ‘mind over matter’ and all of that. It has this flow, also, that I’m very sure you’ll enjoy. Peaceful, relational, narrative, nature-concerned,……those kinds 🙂

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  4. I love this post. Finally something more to achieve for my grand kids.

    This is me, mirrored at 9:45 this morning. My angle of reflection is Indomie.

    I never used to be a fan of these worms lookalike things until I stumbled on an anonymous recipe today. T’was a dream come true for my bestie knowing I could ever eat those things. Something changed today but it wasnt me.

    Now I feel like *****what is this indomie that it should be called by that name?

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