In no particular order, here are five fiction books I have thoroughly enjoyed and probably read a million times.
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
I had heard the statement “things fall apart the center cannot hold…” many times before I was compelled to read this in senior high school, Literature class. The brave and wealthy Okonkwo who is most revered by his clansmen. He kills Ikemefuna, the boy who calls him father despite being adviced against it, is eventually exiled when his gun goes off and kills another clansman’s son and is finally unable to accept the changes introduced by colonialism upon his return from exile which eventually leads to him taking his life.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The innocence of childhood, a story of betrayal and a quest to atone for one’s past mistakes, Khaled takes us on a journey through the fall of the Afghanistan monastry to the rise of the Taliban regime using the story of Amir’s family. If you’ve ever seen me use the phrase, “For you, a thousand times over.“, I found it in this book.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
I have no idea why this book was mandatory for our Communication Skills class as a first year student in KNUST, but it turned out to be an interesting book on race and two young children Scout and Jem, on a quest to satisfy their curiousity about their mysterious neighbor, Arthur Radley aka Boo.
We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
NoViolet uses a lot of humor in this novel. Starting with the names she chooses for her characters and how they each see the world based on their narrations. The story is that of a young girl named Darling and how she perceives her world (in Zimbabwe) and the transition she goes through as an immigrant in USA. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s you could possibly relate to some of the activities of the children, likewise any immigrant. Be ready to receive stares if you read this book in public. It is for the most part, hilarious.
5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Purple Hibiscus, Americana and Half of a Yellow Sun
Because I couldn’t settle on a single one of her books.