10 Books I Want to Read and books you think I should read


I found out about the 2015 Africa Reading Challenge on Kinna Reads and decided to sign up for it. This will be my list!


I love African Literature. Maybe the bias comes from my being an African or having taken time in school to read some of the best African writers.

This is a post for all my reader friends who I believe have read all of the books in the list below. Would you be so kind as to lend me any of the books you have in the list below to be returned within a week? Yes, so I have heard a lot about them and having begun the new year with a classic from Ngugi, my appetite for African literature has been sufficiently whetted! So, you have? Please share!

There is a challenge on GoodReads and I see some very POWERFUL readers setting targets of upto 100 books this year! I… Eh! I…! Anyway, what was I saying. Some of us handle the little doses better. So for now, let there be 10 so I can enjoy each one without haste. And I am sure these are not the only books I will be reading.

1. Half of A Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngonzi

2. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngonzi

3. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngonzi

4. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe

5. We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

6. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born – Ayi Kwei Armah

7. God’s Bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembène

8. Tropical Fish – Doreen Baingana

9. The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna

10. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emma Orczy


There are three Chimanda books on this list! Why? Most of the good readers I know have read all of them and I none! I want to find out what they like so much about Ngonzi that I have not discovered yet!

Then there is Baroness Emma’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. You might be wondering, why is that book here? I remember while the British Council still had their library open to the public, it was one of the film tapes I borrowed and enjoyed immensely. However, I seem to have forgotten all the joys, so want to remind myself.

Most of the books up there are recommendations from some of the Literature review sites I have been reading. However I know some gems can be very hard to find. So, are there African books you think I would enjoy? Please share in the comments and let me know where I can find them. 🙂 (For buying or borrowing!) I have also found a neat way to get nice books is to go for flea markets, there are so many nice books that you can get at a good price.



  1. Good list of books. Glad to see Sembene Ousmane, plus a number of other favorites of mine. Enjoy your reading and thanks for participating in the Africa Reading Challenge.


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