I am just a girl who loves reading and talking about books
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.
Today’s topic is ten books I really love but feel like I haven’t talked about in a while. I enjoyed working on this post because it made me think of some of my favorite books over the years.
I remember reading The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiongo while sitting at our old kitchen making tea. I was only 12 years old and very keen to learn how to cook. However, the only thing that I was allowed to make was tea and my mother insisted that I had to watch it very keenly to avoid letting it spill over. The book was a gift from my dad; it’s my earliest memory of reading a novel and being totally engrossed in it. It is what I think about when I think back to the moment that I fell in love with reading. I read Dreams in a Time of War almost twenty years later. Nobody writes about Kenya like Ng’ugi does. I learned more about my community and the pre-colonial and colonial eras from Ng’ugi’s books than I did sitting through History lessons in class.
A Long Way Gone: A memoir of a child soldier by Ishmael Baeh is one of those books will haunt you long after you turn the last page. I have watched a number of documentaries and movies based on the Sierra Leon child soldiers although this was my first memoir by a child soldier. Recently, I watched Beasts of No Nations which reminded me of this book. Heart wrenching but quite moving.
Nicholas Sparks always makes me cry. Sometimes I cry because of his beautiful stories (The Notebook), other times I cry because of the happy endings (Safe Haven) but other times I cry when a book breaks my heart like A Walk to Remember did. It’s a beautiful but quite sad story.
A Time to Kill and The Confession are two of my favorite books by John Grisham. Quite fast paced, emotionally engaging and riveting. I loved the fight for justice and the race against time had me at the edge of my seat.
I have read only three books by Jodi Picoult and I liked all three. My Sister’s Keeper is about a family struggling with their daughter’s terminal illness, Nineteen Minutes is about a school shooting and The Pact is about two teens that made a suicide pact.
Those are some of the books that I haven’t talked about in a while. What are yours? Share the links to your TTT posts, I look forward to reading them and stealing ideas for my next reads.