Bookish Swag

Hey Gem, meet the books and candy box I got from Bookish Species’ Blind Date With A Book. Get a new wallpaper at the end!

My mystery book was Die of Shame by Mark Billingham (its in the middle).

Book Synopsis

Six Secrets. Six motives Who did it?

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart north London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets:stories of lies, regret and, above all, shame.

Then one of them is killed-and it’s clear someone in the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the group’s strict confidentiality. But what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all suspects?

The other two books I got were:

  • In the Name of Our Father by Olukorede S. Yishau

Two men. One dictator. A country in turmoil. Into this mix is thrown a new novel that threatens to expose the rotten underbelly of “a man of God” who has not only bewitched his flock but has sunk his fangs into the head of state.

In his debut novel, In The Name of Our Father, award winning journalist Olukorede Yishau weaves a mesmerising tale of duty, ambition, greed and hunger for power. It is the story of two men intent on preserving their lives but it is on a larger scale the story of a country fighting to throw off the shackles of a power mad dictator.

  • Power Play by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Petaybee is growing up. Day by day, the feeling planet-like any child-is learning to recognize and understand the meaning of outside stimuli, to respond to those stimuli, to communicate on its own needs and desires..even to use human speech.

Yanaba Maddock has appointed herself defender of her adopted planet, and has even succeeded in proving its sentience to nonbelievers. But despite her efforts, few outsiders truly care for emotions and intelligence of what they perceive to be a giant hunk of rock. The Yanaba is kidnapped. The price of her freedom: control of the planet itself. But the only one who can speak for Petaybee is petaybee-and no one knows what a living planet can do once it finds its voice.

It’s been a while I’ve gotten mystery and sci-fi books. I look forward to reading these during my externship. As I find my book date mystery fascinating and co-authored books richer.

On another hand, I want to go back to this stairway, sit down, chew frozen, diced pineapples and read with Amaka’s peach rose in my peripheral vision. We had an awesome sleepover after the event into Easter Sunday


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Have you read any of these books or other books by these authors? Comment below and also tell me if you enjoyed reading them. Dont forget to download your free, new bookish wallpaper above.


I renewed my vows to love, read, support and buy Books at this fun, colorful book event organized by Bookish Species!

About Event

Blind Date with A Book is a fun social gathering for book lovers to interact and engage with one and another, with the added benefit of leaving with a mysterious book, and bookish swag. It was organized by Lara Tommy Kareem. She is a book blogger, Naija Book Bae and Founder, Bookish Species. Bookish Species is a resourceful online support for literary enthusiasts and bloggers in Nigeria (or Africa). Date: Saturday 20th, April 2019. Venue: Page Book Store, 82 Allen Avenue. Time: 1PM-5PM Fee: N3000.

Page Book Store is an intimate, cosy Nigerian bookstore and home of Parrésia Publishers

I wore red and unavoidably arrived late at 2:40pm. Amaka and I went together. It was delightful!

Bookish Fun

After I arrived, I introduced myself, talked about what I do and answered a raffle question. I talked about my current read, The Origin of Butterflies by Romeo Oriogun. I played a game where I had to write titles of Nigerian books represented in emojis. I guessed 5 correct titles right out of 10.

After the icebreakers, the cycle of 11 attendants shared their favorite book and why. I spoke about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid excitedly for over 10 mins.

Amaka Queening

I got to know about new books and series. We ate delicious party jollof rice, barbecue chicken and dodo. Then we played a cross word puzzle. The event ended by 5pm.

Snacks we had while gushing about books

Eats and Gifts

Being a Blind date with a book we got a goody tote. First Lara shared small pink balloons we had to pop to her a tiny paper.

Loving magic captured by Amaka Amaku

On each paper was a letter. Anyone with matching letters were to swap their bags. I got D and matched with no one.

Like the flier said, the goodies tote was filled with 2 Honey Sticks above, a mystery book below (my theme was mystery, thriller, crime fiction), a pink candy tin, a Book Gloves book sleeve, a bookmark and tea bag. More books were shared and I got two extra ones. I’ll still share a picture of all the goodies.

Say Chinchin📸

Always remember, thick thighs and books save lives.

Thanks for reading Gem!