Five Incredible Books I Read in First Half of 2020

Six months of this crazy year, 2020, have passed. Our generation is sure to remember this year for the rest of our lives. In these tough times, books kept me company (what else can you expect from a book blogger).

Below are five of the books that I enjoyed reading the most.

Five Incredible books I read in first half of 2020 - Debjani's Thoughts Book Blog
Five Incredible books I read in first half of 2020
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Author Q&A – Pete KJ

Today, I am interviewing Pete KJ, author of the novel, Black Volta. This book, based in Ghana, with its well-developed characters and a rich story has impressed me so much that I could not help but interview Pete and ask him some pertinent questions.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

But first, feel free to check out my review of Black Volta.

Author Interview with Pete KJ
Author Interview with Pete KJ
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5 Ghanaian Proverbs That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life

Proverbs are pearls of wisdom about life handed to us by our elders. They hold generations of wisdom within them, waiting for us to imbibe their meanings. Proverbs are mostly specific to a culture, but their meanings can be universally understood.

A few days back, I had the pleasure to read a book, Black Volta by Pete KJ, which is based in Ghana. The richly woven story with its exceptionally well-developed cast of characters and vivid descriptions of Ghana left a deep impression on me.

Moreover, the author, Pete KJ, has occasionally used Ghanaian proverbs in the novel. This piqued my curiosity and prompted me to learn more about them.

We are all familiar with the English proverbs. Now, let’s have a look at some Ghanaian proverbs.

Presented below are some of the Ghanaian proverbs that resonated with me. Many of these proverbs are specific to Akan, a southern group of Ghana.

5 Ghanaian proverbs to powerfully influence your life
5 Ghanaian proverbs to powerfully influence your life
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Black Volta by Pete KJ – Review

After living a luxurious life with a beautiful wife and raising two sons, Carlos now feels empty. Recently divorced and without a job, he does not know what future holds for him, but his past torments him. He cannot forget the crime(s) he committed one fateful day decades ago in Ghana.

Liz left Ghana in search of greener pastures and is presently a successful career woman in the USA. She escaped abject poverty, but is she free? No.  She is trapped in a vicious cycle of supporting her needy siblings and “remains under the vice-grip power of her hoarding mother.”

The paths of Carlos and Liz cross in spectacular, unimaginable ways, and each is drawn back to the Black Volta River of Ghana, which is witness to the most dreadful day of both their lives. Can the River provide them salvation? Read Black Volta by Pete KJ to find out.

Black Volta by Pete KJ
Black Volta by Pete KJ

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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To Be Read (TBR) Pile – I

Hello, folks! Taking a cue from my fellow Book bloggers, I decided to share my TBR list. Some of the books have been pending for months. (Hide my head in shame.) But that’s the life of a book blogger – biting off more than she can chew.

Some of these books are requested from Netgalley and Edelweiss. However, the majority are review requests from authors and publishers.

Without much further ado, let’s delve into part 1 of my humongous pile:

The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Cunning

The Red Death by Birgitte Märgen

Sworld: The Chronicles of Mallick by William Harris

The Philodentrist Heresy by Jed Brody

What Heals the Heart (Cowbird Creek Book 1) by Karen A. Wyle

Black Volta by Pete KJ

Red Hail by Jamie Killen

The Rue of Hope by Jason R. Koivu

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart by Christie Stratos

The Line Between by Tosca Lee

Clicking on the book names will lead you to their Goodreads/Amazon page. These are NOT affiliate links.

LET’S CHAT

Hello Book bloggers and readers!

You, too, must have a mountain of TBR to go through. Which book are you looking forward to read the most? Let me know in the comments below.