Happy New Year!
I hope everyone experienced a start to the new year full of happy memories, laughter and love. Let’s take a look back at 2018. In this year I rediscovered my love for books, I challenged myself to read a book per month. I only read ten books in the year 2018, I was so close to twelve! ten books was not my goal but I am content with that. I wanted to share my favourites, that I believe everyone should try and read at least once. I am going to try and be very vague so I do not include any spoilers.
If you’re looking for a twist on female empowerment read,
The Power by Naomi Alderman
I heard a lot about this book before I decide to read it and I was not disappointed. I would even go as far as saying I was shocked that I enjoyed it so much. While I was reading this I would never forget a girl on the train tapping me and saying “this book is amazing, so amazing!” btw, I ’m paraphrasing but she did say something very similar. What would happen if women had all the power? A question that I am very familiar with, this book explores some possible answers.
Power is set in a somewhat dystopian modern society, where when some women hit adolescence they experience physical power that outstretches all the males around them. It is collected in their collar bones and enables them to extracts a strong electric power. The novel centres around four points of views, Margot, a government official, Allie, a troubled runaway who becomes a God among men. Tunde, a Nigerian male journalist who documents the changes and Roxy, a London gangster’s daughter. Through the perspectives, we find out how these women decide to utilise their power. It delves into how far our imagination can go when it comes to gender, power and hierarchy. It sounds like an amazing idea, especially as a woman, but you soon come to realise a darker side of empowerment and how it can be misused.
If you are looking for a book to question what you would do for love read,
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
As a female being bought up in a Nigerian household, where I would reluctantly yet religiously watch a Nollywood movie every day at seven. This book is hilariously as dramatic as if you are watching a clear movie before your eyes. This book left me constantly entertained, there was always something happening. It was filled with so much drama that I couldn’t keep up and I loved every bit of it.
What if love wasn’t enough? Yejide is a married woman longing for a child. With her mother-in-law adding unwanted pressure, it is a problem that she cannot seem to get out of her mind. She goes through medical consultations and religious rituals but her beloved mother-in-law decides on gifting her husband with a new wife. This is a tale of marriage, family, love, jealousy and pain. It tests the reader's thoughts on how far you would go for love.
If you want to explore what human beings may become read,
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
This book helped me rediscover my love for learning. I believe everyone has heard about this book since it is a well-known bestseller. Every bookshop I walk into, it is happily sitting at the front ready to be taken. I was bombarded with so much information, questions and answers with this book, it really made me pause and think about life, science, knowledge and the world. How amazing human beings are, also how flawed and lethal we can be.
Homo Deus translates into Human God. Harari explores the idea that humankind will be replaced with some type of Superman that will have unspeakable abilities like eternal life. We are the only species that have changed and shaped mankind. Harari is a specialist in world history, medieval history and military history. He contemplated possible futures we may stumble across and examines issues that trouble us like the pursuit of happiness. As supermen what will do next? How will we continue to shape the planet?
Welcome 2019! Where I will be continuing to read more books, hopefully much more than the year before. I am excited to share my book journey with you all and learn how to write more lengthy book reviews. I highly recommend you to read at least one of my favourite reads from 2018 and tell me what you think.
Thank you for reading.