Bookstore Review

BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK

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!

My visit to Ouida House.

I had a swell time visiting my friend, Book Publicist, Amaka at Ouida Books today. I’ll share my more pictures and gist tomorrow. I’ll talk more about the poetry collection I bought during my visit.

A Gem is back in Lagos. The past 72 hours have had me overdosing on affection, compliments, peppery food, laughter, hugs, gifts and gist. Plus, the weather is just a delight.

How was your weekend?

RovingHeights Bookstore Visit

I decided to visit RovingHeights Bookstore at 28, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos to collect my orders on 4th October, 2018. I knew I’d visit my project supervisor’s law office at Yaba this week. It was a bold plan for me who hasn’t left Ojo, Lagos in two months.  Early that morning, I got a call inquiring about my pick-up. I appreciate RHBooks consistency and excellent customer relations. Plus everyone sounds lovely on the phone, For a Thursday morning in Lagos the bookstore was open early. Thursday mornings markets, stores and shop aren’t opened until 10 am for cleansing exercises aka ‘environmental’. As I swung the dark glass door open. I spotted a wall inscription that made me smile.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.

It’s about learning to Dance in the Rain.

I had just ridden an okada under a light drizzle from Tejuosho to Ogunlana Drive. During the ride my heart danced at the thought of owning of new books. To be able to flip through their crisp, worded pages to inhale that scent of knowledge, my pathway to alternate realities.

I love archways. But when they reveal bookshelves, I love them more,

The bookstore had bookshelves filled with books from various genres. I really like the wooden desk. See how my flatlay looks earthy fresh! It reminded me of International School of Lagos, Unilag library desks.

Behind the desk are more bookshelves,

I also like the orange walls. My phone battery was really low so I couldn’t take more pictures. I’d purchased The Parrot In My Head by Anuoluwapo Sotunde for N1.500 and Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko for N2,500 through Instagram direct message. It was a short visit because I had to return to Yaba to wait for my Supervisor. I left hugged by my Gem who has delivered books to me at distant ends of Lagos.

Books truly fit to read,

Its a store one can pop in with a chilled cup of watermelon gelato and debit card to browse, buy and sit to read their books.

You should visit and get to know more about how your books find you,