I know i haven’t spoken much on books, except in a few posts here and there, but I thought it would be nice to do a blog post about my favourite Books, and recommend some to you, in case you are “in-between” books at the moment!
I always try to find time to read. It doesn’t ALWAYS happen, but I try to do it whenever I can, and always have the book I’m currently reading on my beside table, to remind and motivate me to read more. When it comes to books, I wont lie, I’m not OVERLY adventurous. I don’t read all sorts of different types of genres, and I often stick to authors I’m familiar with. The only time I go into a bookstore looking for a SPECIFIC book by a author I don’t know, is because they may have spoken about it on the news, on tv, on the radio and online. Only then, will I venture into the unknown! lol!
I read to relax, I read to learn, and I read to enjoy. Reading feeds my imagination in MANY ways, and I will ALWAYS read. Sometimes I can finish a book in a week, sometimes 2 months. It all really depends on if I can fit it in.
This post is just on some of my favourite books, that I have read and RE-read as well as some of my favourite Authors. Most of my books are stored away in wardrobes in the house, and the only ones I leave out, are those I haven’t read, or my most loved ones that I re-read sometimes.
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
Anyone who knows me KNOWS how much I love the works of the phenomenal writer. Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian Born author and according to me, one of the best female writers of this time! You can find out more about her here. This woman’s work has been translated into over 30 languages, and various accolades and awards for her work. I own all of her books, and I have read them all except her latest installment “Americanah”, which I’ve started, but can’t seem to find time to finish. 😦
My favourite, and I’m sure I’m not alone here, is “Half of a Yellow Sun”, her second book and my favourite one by her. I’ve read it twice already, and I can’t see myself giving it away, or removing it from my most loved books! It tackles issues of class, race, love and colonialism and the inter-connection of all, creating complications of course! I would HIGHLY suggest you try one of her books if you haven’t already.
Another one of my FAVOURITE authors is Khaled Hosseini (read more about him here). Born in Kabul, Afghanistan he is a qualified medical doctor, and writer. Well known for his New York Times #1 best seller novel “The Kite Runner”, he is a GREAT writer and incredible story teller with the ability to keep your attention, effortlessly, while telling an impeccable story. When I purchased “The Kite Runner”, I knew nothing about him, this was his first novel, and when I was done reading the book, within around 4 days, i KNEW there was something special about this author. I followed by reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, which was just a heart wrenching story about about unconditional love, friendship even in a trying and unforgiving time. The Kite Runner is a MUST read!!!
Bessie Head is one of South Africa’s well known and respected authors. With some of her books integrated into South African school curriculum, she is not unknown to the South African Society. The books like “When the Rain Clouds Gather” and “Maru” and “A Question of Power” are a most widely spoken about works which are set in Serowe, Botswana where she resided when in exile from South Africa. A Question of Power is my favourite novel from her. Dark, scary and at times very intoxicating, this novel was written around the time to started to show mental problems, and with comments she made about the President of Botswana at the time, she was then put into a mental hospital because of it. A book of power, instability, race, mental state, and spirituality are all intertwined in this book, making for a CAPTIVATING read. ❤ LOVE IT!
Now i could write about my other favourite authors, but we would be here all day, so heres a list of some other authors you could try.
- Paulo Coelho (Another one of my favourites) -“13 Minutes” or “The Zahir” or his well known and loved “The Alchemist”
- Ben Okri- “Tales of Freedom”
- Chinua Achebe- “Things Fall Apart” well loved classic ❤
- F Scott Fitzgerald- “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night”
- Maya Angelou- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” ❤
- Angela Makholwa- “Black Widow Society”
- Sylvia Plath- “The Bell Jar ❤
- Wole Sonyika- “Death and The King’s Horseman”
There are sooooo many more! I especially love African authors, I prefer them as compared to European or American authors.
Do you read? You enjoy it? Are there any authors you can recommend?
Let me know!
Happy reading!!! ❤
Live in Light and Love ❤