Book-a-Day Challenge – Day 22 + 23


Today I would like to recommend a book that was in my „Books that matter“ subscription box and I’m so grateful for it. This one might have not reached my radar as I’m not exactly the self-help type, had never heart of #slumflower and that would have been a tragic miss.

This book was so much more than I expected from the colourfol cover. Wow. Chidera Eggerue asa „The Slumflower“ is a name inspired by the ‚Slumflower‘ project, which is centred around the idea of a rose growing from concrete. Growing up in Peckham, South-East London, Chidera shares so many similarities with this concept of beautifully growing, glowing and flourishing in an environment that mainly appears to promote the opposite, especially being a predominantly black neighbourhood which is currently undergoing heavy gentrification.

Eggerue is an award-winning blogger, radio host and her biggest role model beside her mother is not surprisingly Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

This is what it says on her publishers site Quadrille about the book:

„In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you. As she says, ‘You’re bad as hell and you were made with intention.’ It’s about time you realised.
Peppered with insightful Igbo proverbs from Chidera’s Nigerian mother and full of her own original artwork, What A Time To Be Alone will help you navigate the modern world. We can all decide our own fates and Chidera shows us how, using a three-part approach filled with sass, wisdom and charm.

  1. Learn how to celebrate YOU – decide your self-worth, take time to heal and empower yourself in this messy world.
  2. Don’t worry about THEM – avoid other people’s demons and realize that everyone is protecting themselves from something – no matter how aggressive their method.
  3. Feel the togetherness in US – sustain and grow healthy relationships and avoid toxicity in your friendships.

Own your story. Create your own narrative. Read this book“. #WATTBA

Here is an interesting interview with Chidera.
So don’t hesitate and make this a great Christmas present for youself or a loved one and combine it with a subscription box for „Books that Matter“ which is a gift I got for my birthday and I can guarantee that is a great gift to get.

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