BOOK’D: TEMITOPE AKANDE
Temitope Akande is a fancy American Airline engineer. His book choices are pretty interesting and if you’re a fan of inspirational self help and vintage Nigerian plays, he’s your guy. In this interview he shares the book that made him the man he is today, a Nigerian playwright he thinks is underrated and why he likes to reread books. His interview is refreshing and a break from all the (very cool) fiction lovers we’ve had for the most part. Plus his description of what a good book is is spot on! Enjoy!
1. What are you currently reading? Do you usually read more than one book at a time?
I’m currently reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton. It’s taking me a while to get through it because the election is still such a sore spot. I usually read one book at a time; every book deserves my undivided attention.I usually read one book at a time; every book deserves my undivided attention. Click To Tweet
2. Have you always been a reader? What is the first book you remember ever reading? What drew you into reading/why do you read?
Yes I’ve always loved reading. My dad was a bookworm, and my mom owned a bookstore, so I guess you can say I was destined to read. The first book I remember reading is Why We Struck, a book about the Nigerian civil war. I don’t recommend it for kids at all ☺My dad was a bookworm, and my mom owned a bookstore, so I guess you can say I was destined to read. Click To Tweet
3. What is your philosophy on reading? (for example, some people have to finish every book they start)
Reading should be pleasurable. If you are reading a book, and it feels like a chore, drop it and read another one. Also read on a wide range of topics.
4. How often do you read? And how do you fit it into your day?
I try to read before bed every night, but I do most of my reading on the weekends. It’s my favorite thing to do on lazy Saturdays.
5. Where do you like to read? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever read a book?
I usually read in my bedroom. The weirdest place I’ve read a book is probably while standing in a Molue bus in Lagos. I was so uncomfortable, but the book was so good, and I couldn’t put the book down.The weirdest place I’ve read a book is probably while standing in a Molue bus in Lagos. Click To Tweet
6. What makes a good book, in your opinion?
A good book is a book that you can’t wait to finish, but you also don’t want it to finish. It transports you into a new world and makes you feel with intensity.A good book is a book that you can’t wait to finish, but you also don’t want it to finish. Click To Tweet
7. Who are your favorite authors to read?
I don’t have favorite authors, only favorite books. James Hadley Chase is an author I love, though. I read him a lot as a kid, and he’s the reason I still love thrillers today.I don’t have favorite authors, only favorite books. - @T_HoMegas Click To Tweet
8. What is a book or who is an author you feel is very underrated?
Ola Rotimi was a brilliant playwright. Very underrated.
9. E-book, audiobook or paper? How do you feel about making notes/highlighting books?
I’m partial towards paper. I like the feeling of holding a book in my hands and I highlight often, especially when I read self-help books.
10. Fiction vs Non-fiction?
Non-fiction. I love reading real stories about real people, autobiographies/memoirs.
11. What happens to you when you read a good book? (at the beginning, during and after the experience?)
At the beginning I’m excited. In the middle I’m obsessed. At the end I get really sad that the wonderful journey is over. I always experience a brief withdrawal period after reading a good book.I always experience a brief withdrawal period after reading a good book. Click To Tweet
12. Do you reread books? Why?
Yes. You gain a new perspective every time you read a book again.
You gain a new perspective every time you read a book again. - @T_HoMegas Click To Tweet
13. What book do you wish you could experience again for the first time?
1984 by George Orwell. That book changed my world view.
14. What was the last great book you read?
The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I love how relatable the story was, how real the characters were, and how the end mimicked real life in that there is no tidy ending or karmic resolution. Life just continues and we all have to learn to deal with it and make a new reality for ourselves.
(I agree! Reviewed this book here)
15. If you had to choose three books that everyone should read, what would they be?
The Way of the Superior Man – David Deida.
1984 – George Orwell.
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
16. What book(s) are you embarrassed to have read? What books are you embarrassed to still not have read?
17. How do you feel about ‘classic’ literature?
There are a lot of great classics out there, but not all classics are great. Gotta find what works for you.
18. How do you feel about book clubs?
I love them. They are a great way to find likeminded people and gain new perspective on books you love. It’s always amazing how different people interpret the same words differently. The beauty of books is that we all put the words through our different prisms, and they affect us in different ways.The beauty of books is that we all put the words through our different prisms, and they affect us in different ways. Click To Tweet
19. What book(s) have changed your life, and how?
The Way of the Superior Man. That book helped me become a better man. It taught me how to be a more sensitive and loving man, greatly improved my EQ and relationship skills. I wouldn’t be the man that I am today without it. Every man who wants to be a great father and husband should read that book.
20. How do you choose books to read?
I usually get recommendations from my fellow book nerds.
21. What book are you currently DYING to read?
I can’t wait to read The book of Negroes (Published as Someone Knows My Name in the USA) by Lawrence Hill. It is currently sitting on my bookshelf, and I’ll start it once I’m done with the heartbreak that is Hillary’s book.
My name is Temitope Akande. I was born and bred in the center of Excellence, Lagos. I got my degree in Aerospace Engineering, and I currently live in Texas where I work for American Airlines. I’m obsessed with Space travel and Spacecraft design, and in my spare time, I put on sold out concerts for myself in my bedroom. It’s quite a sight to behold 🙂
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Book’d is a weekly bookish interview seeking to foster conversation on books and reading. Read our last interview with author Ayobami Adebayo here.