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My 5 Favourite Books of 2017

My 5 Favourite Books of 2017

Yesterday I talked of making a list of my favourite things in 2017 HERE as we count down to the new year.

I’m starting with 5 of my Favourite books in 2017.

I didn’t read a lot this year, but in September I had a conversation with a friend where he showed me his reading list for the year. It spurred me to set a goal to read 25 books from different areas in literature.

In no order of importance, 5 favorite books of 2017:

1. Between friends by Debbie Macomber.

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber

I can’t stop raving about this book. It’s written in Epistolary form; a collection of letters and journal entries of two best friends. It spans through their birth, meeting,teenage years, heartbreaks, love, marriage, childbirth, loss and growth. Debbie’s characters are strong, it was so easy to identify with their pain and happy times. If you love So long a letter by Mariama Ba, then you will love this. I recommend it to anyone who loves books themed on the friendship and bond between women.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Khaled Hosseni's A thousand splendid suns

A thousand Splendid Suns

Someone mailed me this book after a Writing workshop in May when we discussed about Language and metaphors. The reviews were glowing but somehow I forgot it. On my bookclub last week, another mentioned it as their best book of the year and how much it affected her. I read it 3 days ago. I do not have the words to explain this book,but you need to know I’m still reeling from the after effects. Will write a detailed review soon.

3. Arrows of rain by Okey Ndibe.

Okey Ndibe; Arrows of Rain

I wrote a review of this book HERE. Fascinating read.

4. Everything good will come by Sefi Atta:

Sefi Atta writes beautifully and evokes emotions. She dealt on Feminism, family and society.

5. Naked by Ese Ark:

Naked by ESE Ark
Naked by Ese Ark.

I know I said this list is in no order of importance, but this is hands down the most inspiring of my year. I’ve read it twice and I’ve scheduled a re-read with my friend Ubong, in January. I was in a rough place when I read this and searching for answers. Everything I was going through suddenly made sense when I was through with it. My mindset changed, I felt a peace I can’t explain and for the first time in months I was able to look around me and face my issues head-on. I recommend this to anyone who is in a rough place; someone struggling with life, shame, religion. This will help.

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