Hello, how are you today?
It’s the final Saturday of 2017 and this year has been such a thrill for me because of all the books I’ve read. So, let’s get into this short list of the books that I enjoyed or books that I cannot get out of mind to date!
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.”
- Rain Falls on Everyone by Clar Ni Chonghaile : Theo, a young Rwandan boy fleeing his country’s genocide, arrives in Dublin, penniless, alone and afraid. Still haunted by a traumatic memory in which his father committed a murderous act of violence, he struggles to find his place in the foreign city. Plagued by his past, Theo is gradually drawn deeper into the world of Dublin’s feared criminal gangs. But a chance encounter in a restaurant with Deirdre offers him a lifeline. Theo and Deirdre’s tender friendship is however soon threatened by tragedy. Can they confront their addictions to carve a future out of the catastrophe that engulfs both their lives?
- Valdaar’s Fist (Best Epic Fantasy I’ve read this year and the author is amazing). Valdaar’s Fist. Forged by mortals. Enchanted by Drow. Wielded by a god. Lost by man. Or was it? A band of unlikely adventurers embark upon an epic quest in this first book in a four-part series, battling minotaurs, demons, orcs, and wraiths—and occasionally themselves. Surely they must prevail…because the very balance of power in the land requires it.
- Poetry: Helium by Rudy Francisco. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy’s work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.
That’s it for now. What are your memorable reads this year?