Africa Reading Challenge, Ama Ata Aidoo, Back to the Classics Challenge 2012, Doctor Faustus (play), Flashback, Poetry, The Classic Club
Flashback on March
One too soon, March has sailed by, and April has landed. Hmm. Looking back I didn’t do too badly for March at all, oh yes. For starters, I got my blog in good shape, thanks to Nana Awere Damoah, switching from blog.com to WordPress. (Kinna was so busy) And then the poet in me reared its beautiful head and there I was, playing at poetry. Long ago in Aburi Girls Secondary School (now it is Senior High) I used to write poems for my avid followers of a classmate, which they devoured voraciously. And then, for some reason after we left school, all that vim fizzled out and other not so savory pursuits took over. But never say never! And so, here I am, playing poetry which some people think they like well enough to keep the encouraging words flowing and for me to keep playing at poetry.
And the book reviews? Though I promised in February to pay more attention to reading and reviewing especially for the challenges I had entered, hmm, don’t go there. I could review only Changes, by Ama Ata Aidoo for the Africa Reading Challenge hosted by Kinna Reads, The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, for the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much and Excursions in my Mind from my TBR pile. Frankly, I admire fellow bloggers like Geosi and ImageNations who just seem to churn out review after review. I wonder at their reading rate and pace! When I read their reviews, which I do often, then I am like Celestine, are you serious? Ha ha ha! But this is no race. It’s all fun and learning, right?
Even, though I could not do lots of reviews, I blogged avidly, visiting other blogs and commenting here and there. Maybe I should do less of that, so I can get down to the business of reading and reviewing.
Sunshine Blogger Award
On a good note, I was the recipient of the Sunshine Blogger Award, having been nominated by Nicole of bareyournakedtruth.
The Classics Club
In March, I became a member of The Classics Club, hosted by Jillian of A Room of One’s Own, where I have pledged to read 50+ plus Classics for the next five years. Pretty steep? This brings to three the number of Challenges I’ve joined.
My statistics for the Challenges are a downer, though:Africa Reading Challenge 1/5 Back to the Classics Challenge 1/9 The Classics Club: 0/51 2012 Reading Challenge 0/50 (This is something I’m doing for myself, to read as many books as I can for 2012, outside, the three challenges I’ve signd up for.)
So, Welcome April and do promise me that you will be a more productive and inspiring month, will you?
April will be dedicated to playing more at poetry (April being the month of poetry I read somewhere) and catching up on my reading and reviewing for the challenges. I will also start to read more African authors on my own, (outside of the challenges) at least the modern ones I’m not familiar with (Not to sound boastful I’ve read quite a huge number of African authors both classic and contemporary in the recent and not so recent past when I hadn’t started blogging and I find it a bit lazy to go back and re-read them for reviewing this time.) I may end up posting on these if I find time.
I won’t say much, for fear I’m not able to deliver, though, because I want my blog to do the talking for me so my dear friends out there do visit more than you have done for your reading pleasure. Ciao!
Have a wonderful, enjoyable month…really smiling about the poetry part.:)
Ha, Jennifer, I do amaze myself at the poet in me. Do enjoy April too as you let loose the verses.
Happy reading, this month of April, Celestine.
Reading Pleasure said:
Thanks, Geosi. Wishing you same.
I felt the same way with March. I too hope April is productive. It seems you have quite the ambitious list. Blessings for accomplishing it. I look forward to reading some of your poetry. I myself am just returning to it small small as we say.
Oh KK, it’s the Classics Club list that has made the whole thing ambitious. if the truth be known I find it a bit daunting, but then five years is pretty long, by His grace I shall live to complete it.
Glad you like my play at poetry. ‘Chale’, there is nothing like small small. Write on and let your feelings flow. Would love to read them, so get on it.
Good for you to get back to poetry. I used to write poetry too but it has taken a long vacation with no return in sight. 😉
Reading Pleasure said:
I am sure it wil come back soon. Really hope so.
The tragedy of Dr Faustus brings back a lot of memories back in days of the premier Uni 🙂
Yeah, me too. I can recall struggling through the dialogue. Thanks for stopping by. Aprreciates it a lot.