Today’s post is actually supposed to be about non-fiction books but since I’m not such a big fan of that genre and I have read just one this year, I’ve decided to share my favorite fiction books written by non-Africans.
Although I love reading pieces by my fellow Africans, I must admit, I find novels by westerners easier to read. The story flows easier and most often skips the heavy descriptions and moves straight to the story; something I appreciate especially after a long day at work.
When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi
This touching piece is a non-fiction autobiographical book; a memoir about Paul’s life and long battle with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. When you think you have the whole life ahead of you and you’re ready to face the world and make a big impact, and out of the blue, fate hits you hard and humbles you to a level you never imagined possible.
Paul was a brilliant and diligent surgeon who was passionate about making his patients’ lives better. He sometimes endured great pain himself just so to help relieve someone else of his. Reading his strong fight against his condition until the very end was very inspiring despite the grim undertone. It made me appreciate life and good health in a whole new light. A must read.
It ends with us, Colleen Hoover
The author did an amazing job at making me fall in love with the main male character and then introduces the uncomfortable subject of violence tangled with romantic tenderness.
As quoted, ‘Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most.’ When I heard tales of domestic violence, I used to wonder what made them stay with their abusers. But then I found myself making excuses for the guy because I could feel he really loved the girl and that if she had done this or avoided that, the incident wouldn’t have happened.
But at the end, I realized that if you can’t be yourself with your imperfections without fear of your loved one, then it is a toxic space. And as painful as it must feel, one should step up and end it before it becomes a cycle. An amazing read by all standards.
The handmaid’s tale, Margaret Atwood
Being the inspiration behind the hit series with same name, Atwood transports you into a scary world where women are subjected to sexual servitude in the name of fulfilling their purpose here on earth. You would never appreciate freedom better than if you’ve ever lived without it. Freedom is life and bondage is hell.
Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend & Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan
I was inspired to read this trilogy after the Crazy Rich Asians movie came out with such amazing reviews. Everyone whom I knew had watched said it was a nice movie and I totally enjoyed the read. I never craved to see a place after reading a novel until I read this trilogy. I can’t wait to watch the movie to see Singapore in all its luxurious glory.
I picked up a couple of phrases that was said often by the characters and found myself saying ‘Alamak!’ (Which means ‘oh my goodness/oh dear) a few times. I must say I was proud of myself.
The lonely lady, Harold Robbins
This story was a shocker to me. It started off with a curious teenager almost getting raped and I thought it would develop into how she struggled with relationships after that incident. But no, the author proved not to be the predictable type. It delved into the hard life of Hollywood as a writer. I thought it was mostly actresses who had to deal with manipulative producers and whatnots in the industry to land a role but it apparently, every talent involved in the filmmaking business has his/her fair share of the trouble.
Coupled with her complex love life, the protagonist was just a ticking time bomb. I didn’t see the ending happening until it did and I was like what? Too daring for anyone to attempt in real life – that is, if you still want to be part of the Hollywood community. An eye-opening read.
These are my top 5 reads from non-African authors for 2018. What are yours? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2018