The Parrot In My Head

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,

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Buying Mum A Birthday Book Gift

The love of books has taken me on journey my Mum paid for many years ago. Without her asking me, ‘can you read better?’ Just before she stood up from her white work table to dismiss my interruption with a dusty literary gift. She thrust a Nancy Drew serial in my small palms from the looming, dark brown, wooden bookshelf in her room. Without her offering that wooden, Spectrum Publishers book box to me to pick first before she does. I won’t have fallen in love with African literature, romance, erotica and crime detective novels.

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Three years ago I began gifting her a book on her birthday. Although my siblings and I get her other birthday gifts. Initially, I had no idea what book to gift my Mum on the 18th.  This year’s gift is The Parrot In My Head by Anuoluwapo Sotunde.

• Did You Know? The world record holding parrot knew and spoke 1,700 words!

My top five types of book gifts for Mum’s birthday are:

1.  A book from a genre she doesn’t commonly read. You want to be the one to introduce her to Afrofuturism adventures, vibrant Young Adult Fiction, inspiring Christian Romance or even honest, health themed, African Literature. I can remember how my excited my mum was reading an African magical realism and Fantasy novel.

2. Buy her a witty poetry or intriguing short story collection. If she loves poetry. A collection would be a delight. If she doesn’t read so much, a short story collection will be a suitable gift. It isn’t as lengthy as a novel. This will be the first time I’d give my Mum poetry collection. Fingers crossed.

• Did You Know? Parrots feathers have antibacterial properties.

3. Get her on Okadabooks! If she is always on the go and online. Download the reading app on her device. Set up a reader profile and curate a reading list. Pay for the books or buy reading airtime(affordable in naira) on the Okadabooks app. With over 10,000 books published on Okadabooks, Mum can hop on the ride to her next favourite ebook. She doesn’t have to be internet savy to open the app, load airtime, pay for a book she’s interested in and read.  

4.  Gift her a business, career or self-help book for her self development. This option is more suitable if she is a fan of creative non-fiction.

• Did You Know? Many parrots have near-human lifespan.

5.  Buy Mum an old edition of one of her favourite books or a classic she loved reading. It’s a nostalgic gift she will appreciate. If you can’t find any, look for theatre adaptations of these classics. Get tickets, slay and enjoy the show with her.

DON’T

Forget to add a thoughtful note and not just a birthday wish. You can write about a childhood memory, one of her life quotes, what you hope the book teaches her or simply how your love for her is more than your love for YA Romance. If you ordered the book from an online bookstore. Send them a draft of your note to add to the delivery package. Make sure the book is neatly wrapped and she gets its delivery. These tips will also be helpful in a choosing a mother’s day gift.

Happy birthday to a Gem Maker!