Books you should be reading!!
My favourite books of all time.
by Abigail Adeoti
When I found Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus I did not put it down until I finished it. It was at that point that I realised the reason why Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner was such a hard read or why Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber (with all its feminist precepts) just did not resonate. I simply couldn’t see myself in that story. So I went on a hunt and read every Chimamanda book published, then I read the authors she liked, then I found other black female authors and now I’m sharing my findings with you!
Let me know in the comments what you read, what you like and what you love (or hate).
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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
You might be familiar with Chimamanda because of the Beyoncé Co-Sign but Chimamanda is in fact an incredible novelist. I was so offended that this book even ended! That is how great it was. Read read read.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
I’m ashamed to say that I, a human of Nigerian decent, with 8 middle names who grew up eating pounded yam and jollof with pepper in everything, did not know about the extent of the Nigerian civil war – shame on me. This book is a major history lesson. It was made into a film but the film is nowhere near as good as the book.
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selassie
The pace of this book is like what I imagine Ghana to be in my head, measured, sultry and rich the novel progresses through these three stages reaching a prodigious end.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
There is something so intelligent and gripping about Zadie’s writing. She deals with London life in the 80s with a colloquial rigour.
What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
This one is non-fiction but just words from Oprah: like if your mother wrote you a letter of advice about how to live a good life, this would be it. I am a huge fan of Oprah and if you are too you’ll enjoy this read.
— AB$ (@_abigadeo) January 24, 2017
Recommendations from FutureGirlCorp:
On Tuesday the FutureGirlCorp squad gathered to discuss idea validation and how four entrepreneurs got confident with their businesses ideas. Sharmadean, Phoebe Lovatt, Anisah Osman Britton and Cathy Cao all shared their faves written below.
- Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
- Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (“Quotes Hip-Hop lyrics as business analogies”- Sharmadean Reid)
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace (Author)
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
I haven’t ready any of the FGC recommendations as of yet so if you have feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!