HOW I READ 14 BOOKS IN 2 WEEKS - Emmanuella uguru


It's pretty simple. I'm a lazy bag of plantain chips.


Procrastination, they say, is the key to 
success.
 "Who says?", you might ask.
Well, that is just a quote that came to me one day in secondary school and it was the yardstick with which I was able to sit for my senior certificate exams without going crazy.
 You can borrow it, it's not copyrighted.

It was with that beautiful quote in mind that as against 2000 pages of study material, two essays with deadlines approaching, and the bare minimum of combing my hair, I read 14 Novels instead. In two weeks.

Here is a quick rundown of the amazing works I read




  • Fangirl (780 pages) -  Rainbow Rowell 
  • Anna and the French kiss (638 pages)
  • Lola and the boy next door (571 pages)
  • Isla and the happily ever after (568 pages)- A trilogy in that order, by Stephanie Perkins(can all be read as stand-alone) 
  • Eliza and her monsters (557 pages) - Francesca Zappia
  • Watermelon (987 pages )by  Marian Keyes 
  • The Seventh most important thing(413 p) - Shelley Pearsall 
  • I'll give you the sun(782 p) -Jandy Nelson
  • Turtles all the way down (477 pages)
  •  and MY ALL TIME FAVORITE  "Paper Towns" (609 p) - Both by John Green
  • Also four books from R.L Stine's Fear Street Series (200-300 pages each)



If you've read at least three of these, then you must know by now that I'm a sucker for Young Adult! Because 13 out of all 14 are in that category. Not a lot of people know that Young Adult is a genre, and even I myself always thought of it as less than. But oh how wrong I was! Because I decided to give it a shot and it's one of the best shots I ever gave.

My fellow readthren (not a real word hope it's self-explanatory) of the youthful ages (especially about 18-39 yrs), you know how difficult it usually is to say what your favourite genre is, so you say Romance, Adventure, Comedy , Tragedy , Mystery , Thriller, Sci-fi ,Fantasy and Self-Help. Then the asker is looking at you like "indecisive much?".

Or you go "I like a book that has romance, but not like smut. With a dash of humor, a spritz of adventure, sprinkles of suspense here and there but not like shit-my-trousers scary, a bit educational, you know something that'll make me laugh and cry and omg at the same time. Oh, and it would be just magical if the characters are around my age".

My brother/sister the word you are looking for is "young adult" and hopefully, the person you are torturing with all these words hasn't zoned out or worse, abandoned you.

I digress.

If you clicked the link that brought you here, you're probably wondering how I was able to inhale 7000+pages in fourteen days.



I didn't make a timetable, I didn't lock myself in a four by four closet for two weeks, I didn't pray to God for assistance, I wasn't even glued to my phone 24/7( if you have evidence that proves I was indeed, then it was probably Instagram).
In fact, if I did any of these we might be talking 50 books, not a meager 14.

It's pretty simple. I'm a lazy bag of plantain chips. While others may neglect their responsibilities to watch YouTube or Netflix, chat online, play football, or eat everything in their line of sight (hey I'm not judging, I know you're a growing child (pats back); I read books. I get so engrossed that a civil war could be going on over my head I wouldn't know until I got shot. In the eye. Or something.

 Simply put, for the past two weeks (oR tHrEe MoNtHs) I've done little to no school work, learned zero skills (besides how to put peanut butter on everything and make it work), none of that soul searching and self-evaluation and development that everyone and their grandpa has ventured into in these trying times. In fact, nothing that will better my life and bring me dwollaz(in Jackie Aina's voice).

If you are like me, then surely it won't be too hard to read 14 books in 14 days with all this free time on our hands. 
 
So if you rushed here expecting something more motivational,  "14 P's to proper preparation " or "150 Z's to keep you zen ", then accept my sincerest apologies for giving you nothing of the sort. If you're still craving such, simply type "Ken Katas" on your search engine.

To be very honest and not to brag, fourteen books doesn't feel like a lot. I just never really kept track until now.
I mean I did read the entire Harry Potter collection in about ten days. But I'm not here to make your twenty-pages-a-day struggle seem insignificant. That's not what this is about.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk, it felt great to bore you guys for so long. Really guys, thanks for having me.

Tell me are you are fast reader, a slow reader or you just don't read at all?
What is your favorite genre? I'd be very chatty in the comments. Leggo.

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16 comments

  1. I actually love young adult and I'm sure when I discovered it too it was like finding a pot of gold. I'm as lazy as you are though but I think over the past two weeks I've read just about 7 so I think 14 is actually a big deal, that's like twice the number

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    1. 7 in young adult? Oh please share, I'm always looking for book recommendations. Even if it's not young adult. This reminds me of when we used to steal books...

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    2. 7 books in two weeks wow. I need to try out young adult as a genre. I don't think I have read any

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  2. I love ittttt!!!! And it probably has a lot to do with the fact that iwroteit but I love it!!😂. Maybe we can all form a laziness support group. "Laziness Anonymous". Although we might be too lazy to do that. Also, no plantain chips slander here please and thank you!

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    1. Lol I will slander the plantain chips. Let's form that support group.

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  3. Okoronkwo Valentina28 May 2020 at 00:02

    14 books is a whole lot. I Iove books , not as much most people do or would think I do. I think passion sometimes beats procrastination. If you really are a lover of books, it’d easier to read as many books as possible. I remember over the last couple of weeks - I practiced TikTok dances literally over 60 times daily for about a week and didn’t nothing else on other aspects of my life including reading. Some days / weeks I’m so engrossed in a book nothing else matters , other times it’s Netflix or YouTube. I’ve just been versatile. I listen to myself and whatever vibe I feeling, I match

    Didn’t know young adults was a genre. Will definitely check them out.

    I love romance #hopelessromantic. A good thriller filled with suspense is nice too.

    I’d like to borrow some books. 55% of the reason I’ve been relunctant to read. I literally have one book left to read and after that - nothing to read. I don’t want to finish my last book and be left with empty handed. These books are even borrowed. (Roseline Thank you!)

    I’ve been reading books for as long as I can remember. It all started with the entire naniboi series. I can’t do 14 books or more than 6 books in 14 days and that’s okay for me. Again I’ve a lot of interests and I attend to them all the time.
    ✌️ peace!!
    Also I want to ask, on a scale on 1-10 how much do you love books

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    1. Okoronkwo Valentina28 May 2020 at 00:02

      I just noticed I’d a lot of typo. Forgive them

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    2. Starting from the bottom, my love for books breaks every scale.Whenever my midlife crisis comes, I'm glad to know that books will be my companion. I like that you know how much you can handle and you're content with it. Whatever works for you. It wouldn't make sense to rush a book and then not remember anything. I was also a big naniboi reader mannn, I thought some of the storylines were a bit absurd but I was hooked😂. It's been a while since I had a good paperback in my hands,now its mostly digital for me. I wish I had someone around to borrow from, I do miss that feeling of having to read quickly so you can pass to the next person. Deep down we all have some romantic in us although some of us (ahem) don't like to admit. I think you'll love young adult, Infact idk recommend the three titles I listed by Stephanie Perkins, because you're a hopeless romantic. So, good talk. Bowing out now. Live long and prosper, Tiktok queen!

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    3. Whatever rocks your boat. Understanding your pace is key. And keep tik toking

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    4. Okoronkwo Valentina29 May 2020 at 11:50

      Gracias mi amor☺️.

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  5. Hell Damn*Did you see that?14 books in 2weeks?*(talking to my subconscious)Anyways you're story isn't boring,it fed my eyes and mind to a satisfaction level that I might not get hungry until prolly a week after..
    You aren't a lazy bag of plantains, you're filled a whole lot of stuffs and by the way I'll try out this Young Adult genre ...
    (Talking to myself*I don't even know why I basically worry about my school texts but anyway,I'll work on that��cos basically I've been reading a books for the last 2 weeks..��
    I might have a story to tell like this prolly when I have children or something.. *stacks up laughing emojis*��..
    Your story is wonderful..

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    1. Thank you Milton!! You and your subconscious are really funny. Don't starve yourself o! Man shall not live by my words alone. My dear I've not been studying either so I can totally relate. You really should try out young adult, I'm sure you'd like it. Thanks again for the compliments.

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  6. Hmmmmm...am not so surprise Emma cos I know that you love books. But to read such volume of books in 2weeks made me speechless. This is literary 1book per day. You're not a bunch of plantain chips,you're talented and this shows that you can be able to read any book you have set you mind to without procrastination. Another thing is Passion and determination one can achieve any goal. This made me remember when my kid sis downloaded this particular book from Okada books(29 nija single),I almost finished the book within 5hours if not that my phone battle ran down. Then I realized that one can achieve anything once your mind is made up...thanks for sharing this wonderful experience. Me I can spend lot of cash in order to purchase anybody I like.

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    1. Aww thank you so much. I didn't think of it as a talent until now. 29 single and Nigerian!! I loved that book ehhh I think I finished it in one sitting too. I can spend a lot on books too😪 we're alike in that manner. I agree with you that with passion and determination you can pretty much do anything. Thanks for reading!

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