5.07.2017

Some of My All Time Favourite Books

Summer isn't so far away now and I know a lot of people like to read during that season so I thought it would be fitting to share some of my favourite books in case anyone is looking for a new book to read and for you guys to also share some of your favourite books with me as I'm always on the hunt for something new. I wish I could share all of my favourites but that'll be too long and I'm sure you'll be bored haha! It was so hard for me to pick just a few but I suppose I could do a part two later? Whenever I read a great book, I want the whole world to read it too lool. 



All of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's  books (Purple Hibiscus, Half Of  A Yellow Sun, Americanah and The Thing Around Your Neck) are in my book hall of fame. Half Of A Yellow Sun was made into a movie ( the movie's good but the book is way better) and I reviewed The Thing Around Your Neck here


I can't pick a favourite that's for sure but the most 'gripping' is Half Of A Yellow Sun. It's a book set during the Nigerian Civil War about a woman called Olanna and her life before and during the war. The war happened more than 32 years before I was born, reading the book gave me a lot of insight into the horrors of it all. It's honestly a book that can't be summarised. I wouldn't know where to start. I HIGHLY recommend it. I recommend any book written by Chimamanda, to be honest.

I reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns over a year ago. I remember being angry and sad at the same time while reading this.If you're looking for a feel good book then this is not for you. My friend Gulmineh and I read it around the same time and we had the same reaction to it. Women have been oppressed so much in history and it's really sickening and at infuriating to think about. This book left me 'in my feelings' for a while. 

Another book I can read over and over again is The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin. I got this as a gift from my dad and I remember counting down the days till my exams were over so I could read it. I have a proper review of it here if you're interested but in summary, it's about a young woman Bolanle who marries an older man with three wives.His wives dislike her as she is educated, her mother is totally against her marriage and her husband begins to nag when she doesn't fall pregnant. She goes through a lot in the book and there's a sad touch to the ending.Although the wives are the main antagonists in the story, you can't help but feel slightly sorry for them. There's a chapter ( I think ) dedicated to the background of each wife and it just reminded me of the fact that human beings are shaped by the things that happen to them. I'm not trying to say being a nasty person because something traumatic happened to you is justified but it does make it a bit more understandable.


The next three books are all books that I borrowed from my friend, Daniella. Shout out to her for always hooking me up with the best books!

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling): it's set in London and it's about a private investigator who at the request of her brother, begins to investigate the death of famous supermodel Lula Landry. She fell from the balcony of her high-rise apartment and the police wrote it off as a suicide but her brother thinks otherwise. I never read any of the Harry Potter books but with this book, I know for sure that JK Rowling is a gifted writer. The attention to detail is mind blowing and her style of writing painted such vivid images in my mind. And to top it all off, there's an epic plot twist at the end. It's important to let you know that I read this book about 4 years ago so the fact that I'm still in awe of it is probably a good sign. 

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton blew my mind. The plot twists in both books made my jaw drop especially the one in I Let You Go.  The Miniaturist actually had TWO plot twists. Seriously, they're both great books. I'm not going to summarise them because this post is getting too wordy but they're both worth the read. 

Finally, I'm going to talk about The Night of The Miraj by Zoe Ferraris. I read this in February and I really liked it. I'm really excited as I found out that there's a sequel. The book is set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is about a girl called Nouf who disappears the day before her wedding. Her body is found in the desert and everyone is convinced that she ran away and died by accident. However, her brother Othman isn't convinced and begs his friend Nayir to investigate. Nayir agrees and investigates with the help of Othman's fiance Katya. Finding out about the events leading to Nouf's death and the person who killed her will shock you. Plot twist aside, the whole 'forbidden love' vibe between Nayir and Katya adds to the allure of the book. 







I know this post is really wordy so thank you for taking your time out to read it.Hopefully, I've interested you in one of the books I mentioned and I would love it if you shared some of your favourite books with me. I can't read any books for now as I have exams soon but I'll check them out when I'm done.  Anyways, enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx 
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  1. I've never read these before, but a couple sound like some I might like. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you for reading Katherine! xx

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  2. My library is your library x
    I love most of those books too, I will make sure to give the ones I haven't read yet a chance asap.

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    1. Haha yass babe. Thanks for reading <3

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  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I love anything by Murakami

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    1. I've never heard of Murakami, I'll check the author out. Thanks for reading and for the recommendation! xx

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  4. My 2017 resolution was to start reading again but it is so difficult for me to find time. Maybe when I am on vacation xx

    Yiota
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    1. I know what you mean, it can be quite difficult to find time to read cos we're so busy all the time. I like to read during my commute since I don't have anything to do. Yeah, vacation is the best time to read.

      Thank you for reading Yiotou! xx

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  5. Awesome, makes me want to start reading again!

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    1. Haha, you should! And thanks for reading Jeanne :)

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  6. Chimamandas are great! I read the Baba Segi one and it's pretty funny but not too sure about it making it to my best reads. Hope you're good!

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    1. Kachee! I'm good and you? Aw I'm sad you don't feel the same way about Baba Segi but I get what you mean haha. Thanks for reading! :)

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  7. I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns, I love that author he writes so well. Have you read Kite Runner? I bawled my eyes out reading that it destroyed me, definitely want to read the others you mentioned. The Thing Around Your Neck and Night of the Miraj are on my list, thanks for sharing xxx

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    1. Glad you liked the post Kiran! I'm starting Kite Runner soon, you've made me very excited to read it haha! xx

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  8. A thousand splendid suns is definitely on my "to-read" list. I love Chimamanda's books too especially half of a yellow sun, I'm still waiting for kainene to come home...😢

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    1. OMG me too! I know it's just a book but her disappearance really made me sad. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an amazing book, so worth the read. Thanks for stopping by Ifunanya! xx

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  9. Americanah by Chimamanda is one of my favourite books! :)
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    1. Mine as well :)
      Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  10. I read Americanah a few years ago and loved it. Definitely need to read more of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's books. Thank you for these suggestions!! Can't wait to start reading another book. :)

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    Christina
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    1. Chimamanda is so gifted, she makes me proud to be a Nigerian haha. Thanks for stopping by Christina! xx

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  11. I'm a fan of Adichie's works but i definitely have to try the other books especially The Night Of The Miraj and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives.

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    1. You should check them out for sure, thanks for reading Favour! xx

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  12. I love Chimamamnda. I've read purple hibiscus and half of a yellow sun, but none others. Also, I love the summaries of some of the others. I love reading, so I'm glad I found this post!

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    1. Aww thanks for stopping by Nengi! Chimamanda is bae <3

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