#WinterABC 20: 5 books you should read

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This is tricky because I realise people tend to mention non-fiction or self-help books which ( honest to God) are very hard for me to read.

But these are books that I love for different reasons.

If you’re into fiction fantasy, you have to have read the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones set.

J.R.R.R Tolkien and R.R Martin are in a class of their own. As an aspiring author, it amazes me the scope of imagination and depth that it must take to write anything of the sort. I truly believe these books will forever be some of the best creative literature to ever come out of human mind.

If you’re looking for an existential outlook on life and what it’s purpose is, The Alchemist is right up there with the best of them. It’s a simple book with a big idea. That basically believes that the universe works out everything in your favour, eventually. It’s simple comforting thought and more often than not, I have found it to be true.

We’re Going To Need More Wine by actress Gabrielle Union was surprisingly a fun, relatable, deeply witty and honest look at the actresses life. The truth is some of her experiences as a black woman, or rather a dark-skin woman is still relatable to someone like me, who knows how colorism is deeply rooted in our culture in Ghana.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, which is really a memoire or rather a collection of her essays. I identify as a feminist and I believe, it is the ideology that truly sets us all, both men and women free. But it’s also a journey of self-discovery, unsheding, and relearning many things we’ve been told as women. It’s also learning to be honest with the things we might end up liking that aren’t always the most empowering things.

I’ve mentioned Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes as one of my favourite books growing up. I’m still not sure if it was age-appropriate at the time I read it but boy was it an eye-opener. It was the first time I’d read about marital rape. It was the first time I was reading such a realistic depiction of how complex adult love could be. The book left me with more questions than answers at the time. Ironically, I find the answers today in my own life now that I am older

bonus : I love a good political thriller. I love a good-who-dun-it. And anything from Brian Haig is pretty amazing. And that’s all I’m saying.