I fell in love with books as a kid when I used to read for hours about Anansi, the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Goosebumps, Baby Sitter's Club, Sweet Valley High, Vampires (way before Twilight was popular), Hobbits and Wizards to name a lot. When I got older, I fell in love with African literature, and I've been hooked ever since. 

bookshy is about this love, and represents two things: the young me who was so shy I escaped through books, and the older me whose shelf is always one book shy of being full. 

Founded in 2011, bookshy is my personal labour of love dedicated to African literature. It is a space where I celebrate, promote and recognise contemporary African literature - although sometimes I go back in time to commemorate the greats. It is about the books I love, the books I have read and the books that I am dying to read. 

I write about what I like - listicles, beautiful book covers, new releases, thoughts on books, the occasional interviews ... I also share literary links and news on Facebook; can be found, mostly retweeting, but sometimes sharing my thoughts on Twitter; and lovingly judging book covers on Tumblr.

Feel free to get in touch at

Hope you enjoy your visit to bookshy. 


  1. Hi ! I'm a French reader (and blogger) who happened to find your blog while wandering on the Internet... and it is so amazing ! I try to read books from a lot of different nationalities, and I was looking for African authors : you helped me so much ! Thank you for your interesting and incitative reviews, I will come here again to check if there are more pieces I could read :D (I will probably link your blog in my own reviews when they will be posted, if you want to check it out don't hesitate, it's partly translated to English)

    1. Hi Mabu. Thanks for stopping by and glad you're enjoying the blog - always warms my heart to read that. My French is non-existent, but stopped by your blog; and please feel free to link to the blog with your own reviews :).

  2. This is fantastic. My reading list is a bit dated - don't know how I fell into a rut reading books primarily from the past, when there's so much contemporary literature to explore! At least with this list, I can get started.
    From your description, I can tell you don't accept review requests. But would you be so kind to recommend any reviewers for African literature? Thanks!

  3. I LOVE your blog. I was also a shy bookworm growing up and up until now books are still important to me. On top of that, as an African I love it when books from our continent are talked about and I feel like platforms like this are important.

  4. Thank you for your important work on this site. I have recommended it to undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for developments in African writing.



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