As it’s World Book Day and we’re kind of in the process of beginning to discuss the possibility of maybe one day when we have time starting a book club, we asked a few of our Readers to share their favourite/recommended reads.
26a by Diana Evans Its a beautifully written debut novel about two mixed race sisters growing up and coming of age. I read it when I was younger and it stands out in my memory as being one of the first books that spoke to some of my own experiences growing up in a voice I recognised and could identify with.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ohhhh gosh… Americanah Chimamanda, so bait but it is. Tamu @mxm_tam
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling
I have so many favourite books! But I think I’d have to say Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Why? The imaginative descriptions, the characters, the mixture of magic and morality. Lourita @madebylowie
Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins
It’s a page turner, fun, glamorous and shocking and an
uplifting read when adulthood gets too adult and stressful. Yvadney @yvadney
Lucky by Alice Sebold It’s a memoir. Having been the victim of rape, the author describes how it shaped her life. I can’t remember the minutiae of the story (I read it over 10 years ago), but whenever I see it in a shop it gives me a warm feeling. Alison
Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization by Anthony T. Browder It was the 1st book I read about ancient black history, it was very interesting and got me into reading and researching. His daughter was also an author, at the age of about 9 she wrote similar books for children, I named my first daughter Atlantis after her. Ali
The BFG by Roald Dahl This is the first book that I chose to read more than once. I found the language fascinating, I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. The combination of fantasy and reality being so closely linked really struck a chord with me, I can’t even remember how many times i’ve read this. Leah @purpleramblings
The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart
One of my favourite books is The Bridge and Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart. It was my first encounter with Francophone literature. The story is written from the perspective of French Caribbean women and uses rich, lyrical language to tell their story and is full of emotion. It felt like a rare find and unlike anything I had read before. For me, it’s one of those reads I will always remember. Monique
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
It changed my life and the perspective I have. I share this all I can! Nadu @n4dup
The Famished Road by Ben Okri and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
It’s a toss up between these two. I love books about traditional
Igbo Nigeria as I feel I’m learning more about my ancestors and I
also love books that detail the modern Nigerian diaspora.
I cannot choose x Cee @heyisthatme
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand This Book!! It’s just got everything and is always there at the back of my mind. Jenny
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite book, but it was a really good book I read last year. I found it very interesting, but it also raised feelings and a range of emotions at how she was exploited by Scientists. It’s amazing how her cells have contributed to science and medicine and paved the way for advances in medicine today including cancer treatments and stem cell science. Roxanne @roxyheart609
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My fave book is The Kite Runner! It’s a story about a young boy growing up, it stayed with me because it was such a powerful read. I could picture every word, it even made me cry!!! It was a brilliant read and really makes you thankful for the things you have and where you have come from! Collene
Have you read any of these? What’s one of your favourite reads? Which book(s) do you keep going back to?
Motherhood Reconstructed was set up in June 2016 as a positive online space to celebrate black British mothers. The website was established to address the lack of representation of black mothers in the mainstream media and inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk on the danger of a single story. Our aim is to share authentic narratives of black British motherhood.