“There is no friend as loyal as a book “- Ernest Hemingway
You probably know by now I love reading. I love books – I have read a lot of books over the years and I have so many more on my never-ending To Read list. I love bookstores, I could spend all day browsing the shelves. And I would rather a guy buy me a book at a bookstore than a drink at a bar, just saying. So today, I’m going to share some of my favourite books by some of my favourite authors. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you think about them and please leave suggestions for me to check out.
Jane Austen – It might sound cliché but I love this woman’s books. I’ve read all her books and watched almost all the movies/tv serials based on her books (granted some are better than others). My favourite is Pride & Prejudice (of course) followed by Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion.
Alexander McCall Smith – I can’t quite remember when I discovered his books (either high school or college) but I’m a fan of his work especially the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (which has 2 women, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, solving mysteries in Botswana). With titles like Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, and Morality for Beautiful Girls, this series will keep you highly entertained.
Yaa Gyasi – Her debut novel, Homegoing, is hands down one of the best books I have read. Ever. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you really should. I’m eagerly looking forward to her next book.
Chimamanda Adichie – I couldn’t write this list without including her. I love her stories and her way of writing. She brings her characters to life. So many feels. Till today, I still remember clearly how frustrated I was with Ife in Americanah, how upset I was with the ending of Purple Hibiscus and don’t even get me started on Half of a Yellow Sun.
Lisa See – I’ve only read Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. You definitely want to read these two together. Dreams of Joy picks up from where Shanghai Girls left off and it brings some much needed closure. Warning: There are some pretty graphic scenes that are hard to read. She has other books that I’m looking forward to reading.
Amy Tan – Joy Luck Club. It explores the relationship between four Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. Well written and hard to put down. The next book of hers I plan on reading is The Valley of Amazement.
Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary. This book not only tells a story but is also social commentary by the author. I should read it again. This quote is one of my favourites:
“She hoped for a son; he would be strong and dark; she would call him George; and this idea of having a male child was like an expected revenge for all her impotence in the past. A man, at least, is free; he can explore all passions and all countries, overcome obstacles, taste of the most distant pleasures. But a woman is always hampered. Being inert as well as pliable, she has against her the weakness of the flesh and the inequity of the law. Like the veil held to her hat by a ribbon, her will flutters in every breeze; she is always drawn by some desire, restrained by some rule of conduct.”
Ama Ata Aidoo – Dilemma of a Ghost and Changes : A Love Story. Dilemma of a Ghost is a play that tells the story of a Ghanaian man who returns home from the U.S. with an African – American wife and all the challenges that follow. Changes is probably the first ‘Ghanaian love story’ I read. A divorced career-oriented woman enters into a polygamous marriage. It doesn’t end how you would expect it to or maybe it does.
Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart and No Longer At Ease. Two classic novels by one of the best authors ever. I think everyone needs to read these two books at least once in their lifetime.