Tuesday, June 23, 2009


You know how it sometimes is that you read a blurb and everything sound so exciting. Then you take the book home, lovingly cradled in your arms only to have the pages morph before your very eyes into something ugly, and plain unreadable?

Thankfully, that doesn't happen too often. Most books that find their way into your hands, do so for a reasons. At least I'd like to believe that. And then there are those books. That elite little grouping that carry words so precious that they are seared into your mind. Words that border on actual physical nutrition. They are rare finds, these works of art. And they deserve some sort of homage. So here it is :

The Bestest, According to Afrocentric

1. The Book Thief by that legend, Marcus Zusak (so what if he's only written one book thus far?)
Now for the rest. Try as I might, I cannot place them in any particular order, since each of these titles have added something to my life
*The Wedding Officer, The Food of Love, The Various Flavours of Coffee - all by Anthony Capella
*The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
*Confessions of a Gambler by Rayda Jacobs
*The Kite Runner and A Thousand Slendid Suns by Khaled Husseini
* A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
* The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg
*The Translator by Leila Aboulela
*Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
*Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie

Two novels that have just recently been inbibed by yours truly are A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam and The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg.
Concerning the latter, the only criticism I have is that the title is a bit of a huge peanut- butter-stick- your- jaws- together kind of mouthful.

But the prose in both of these was an absolute delight. Truly stunning reads which fly in the face of my previous assertations concerning novels by male authors. I really could not have been more wrong.

Enough said. I have Adichie's latest offering at my bedside. It beckons. I am wont to respond.

Until we next meet... Hopefully with my list of The Most Unreadable Books according to Afrocentric.


p.s. Bloggers who may wander into my little space, I may not get to visit, or read what you have penned, but a similar lists by you on your blog would make for interesting reading. Turn it into a meme perhaps?? :P

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