25 Really Great Novels I Couldn’t Put Down

26 books you should read before you die

Some people love movies, music, I love books.

I am not a fan of social media, from Facebook all the way to Whatsapp. Most people tell me I am weird, especially  since I have a blog and I am expected to be on social media like all the time.

I bet having a mum who is an English literature teacher cultivated in me the culture of reading when I was very young. And she has always supported me even when I started my blog to be writing my short stories and you will find her presence in the comment section.

Sometimes I think that my obsession with 5.5″ plus phones is mainly for my books. That’s where my heart lies and right now I have a collection of over 1,400 ebooks and another collection of hard copies at home.

And may I start by saying that I am the biggest fan of African Literature and they make up most of my collections, so don’t be suprised to find that they make up a majority of this list as well.

Some of the people I meet look at me funny when I declare my love for African literature, but I say I am a proud African and I believe that our literature is the one of richest in the world. There is just that rich connection to the beautiful African culture that most people don’t get or understand that I get when I’m reading a novel by an African writer.

Telling the African story the African way is what I hold dearest and that’s why the likes of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Grace Ogot, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie top the list of my favourite authors of all time. These are the people I look up to and I’m proud to say that if I ever achieved half the success they’ve achieved as African writers, I would count myself lucky.

My one goal in life is to publish a novel and I must say that I am determined to see this happen and I plan to start on that by June.

I could talk the whole day about my love for reading but that is not what this article is about.

Just like you have your favourite movies or songs, I have my favourite books that I grew to love with all my heart and that I would recommend you read at least in your lifetime even though you are not a fan of reading.

1. Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o Wizard of the Crow

2. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a yellow sun

3. The River Between – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o The River Between

4. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman A Man Called Ove

5. Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah Born a Crime

6. The Perl That Broke Its Shell – Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashmi The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

7. A Game of Thrones – George R.R Martin

George R.R Martin A Game of Thrones

8. City of Thorns –Ben Rawlence

City of Thorns Book

9. Dreams in a Time of War – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Dreams In A Time Of War

10. Season of Anomy – Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka Season of Anomy

11. A Man of the People – Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe A man of the people

12. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe Things fall apart

13. Dance of the Jacaranda – Peter Kimani

Peter Kimani Dance of the Jacaranda

14. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adachie Purple Hibiscus

15. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Things Around Your Neck Book

16. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


17. A House Without Windows – Nadia Hashimi

a house without windows

18. We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

We need new names book

19. Land Without Thunder – Grace Ogot

Grace Ogot land without thunder

20. Coming to Birth – Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

coming to birth

21. Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

everything_good_will_come novel

22. I Do Not Come To You By Chance – Adaobi Tricia

I-Do-Not-Come-To-You-By-Chance novel

23. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

americanah novel

24. Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selasi

ghana must go novel

25. The Shadow of Imana – Veronique Tadjo

The Shadow of Imana Novel

These are just some of the best books I’ve read so far that I believe you should find time for.



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