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Some of my all time favourite reads….

I am in this really weird phase of my reading life where I pick up a book and go “oh wow you look interesting” three chapters in I find or rather I am suggested a new book and I go “oh wow you look interesting”. Ladies and gentlemen I am five books in and none completed. The book-worm in me is like my dear loyal readers are dying waiting for me to review a book (Uhm I checked the local news no such happening, false alarm folks).

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Seriously though I thought let me give you a review of some my favorite books that I have read, perhaps today’s post might save lives (doubt it) but will probably get me back into the habit of reading. Dear life: please give me some time in the naughty corner so I can read.

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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The alchemist -Paulo Coelho

This masterpiece of a book spoke to my soul right from the very first page, I am a believer in chasing my dreams whilst fully aware that in the process there is a cost but the end result is well worth it. That is why this simple story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who sells all he owns in search of travel and treasure piqued my interest. The story has a fable simplicity about it and easy to read and it’s a short read that you might be tempted to read over and over again.

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The Diary of Anne Frank

I have always been an avid reader, I didn’t have a preference of literature until this book. You see I have always been intrigued by how the human psyche works and books like this and many other genocide books have given me a window into the soul of some of the most evil people in my opinion ( Hitler, Khmer rouge/ Pol Pot). This real life diary of then 13-year-old Anne tells the story of her family and how they had to go into hiding due to the Nazi regime. I read this story as a teenager and couldn’t imagine myself in this situation and having some of her positivity and faith, the journal ends suddenly when they are betrayed and their hiding place stormed by security police. I then read any and  every article of people who had seen or encountered Anne after she was captured.

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Half of a yellow sun -Chimamanda Ngozi

This was my first African novel since high school and it was also a great history lesson as I had never known there was a state of Biafra before.  This novel centers around five people prior and during the Nigerian civil war, a war that was world-renowned as a war of starvation. Chimamanda is able to weave you into the story that you not only believe you are also part of if but you can relate to it as if it happened yesterday. I also enjoyed the strength of the women portrayed in the novel, reading any work of Chimamanda reminds me why representation matters and why we need to tell our stories.

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Coconut- Kopano Matlwa

This debut novel by our very own Kopano, tells a story I could definitely relate to. I saw parts of myself in Ofilwe, I know some Fikile’s and yet I was hoping the story would end differently. Coconut is a story of growing up black in white suburbia, where losing your identity is a norm pitted against the story of Fikile an ambitious girl who will stop at nothing to change her impoverished circumstances.

“You will find, Ofilwe, that the people you strive so hard to be like will one day reject you because as much as you may pretend, you are not one of their own. Then you will turn back, but there too you will find no acceptance, for those you once rejected will no longer recognize the thing you have become. So far, too far to return. So much, too much you have changed. Stuck between two worlds, shunned by both.” 
― Kopano Matlwa, Coconut

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The quiet violence of dreams -K. Sello Duiker

This book was referred to me by a good friend as I had never even heard of the author. It was my first book where the narration was mostly from a man’s perspective. The story is set in cosmopolitan Cape Town, where anything goes and everything is possible. It follows Tshepo a Rhodes student struggling with mental health who then is admitted into a mental institution, I enjoyed this part as not enough literature deals with this. Through some life decisions Tshepo starts working for a male massage parlor under the pseudonym Angelo, this is the beginning of his understanding or rather the awakening of understanding his sexuality. Dear reader this book is one for the decades it explores sexuality, mental health and so much more and I would recommend it for the avid reader it is great for discussions after having read it.

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Honestly I could write a review on each of these books, I always enjoy the discussions that I have with friends , after we have finished a book, and it’s always interesting to note the different lessons we pick up from the same book. What are some of the books you have read? how have they made you feel? as always thanks for your non refundable gift that is your time. Do not forget to subscribe to the blog to be the first to know when I post and host giveaways.



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