Five Minute Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!

If I had to describe Half of a Yellow Sun in five words, it would be:

Exquisite, painful storytelling. Compelling read. 


I don’t know exactly what I expected when I picked up this book, but it came highly recommended and so I thought I’d give it a go. It is a truly exquisite and heart-wrenching telling of the Biafran War fought in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, told through the eyes of the young houseboy Ugwu; the well-travelled, well-educated Olanna; and the British outsider, Richard. I learned so much about the legacy of colonial rule, and felt like I was really living out the experience of civil war alongside the characters, all thanks to Chimamanda’s emotive storytelling.


Marks out of 10: 10

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes! 

That concludes the review.

Please tell me, have you read Half of a Yellow Sun? What did you think?

What books would you recommend I read this year?

Lots of love,



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