Books & Reading

BOOKS TO READ IN QUARANTINE

Yes. We are officially at that point of the lockdown where Netflix is boring and you have seen everything there is to see, including the documentaries. So, how about we take a trip to the days before streaming and bingeing series? Its time to look for Books to read in Quarantine.

I personally have such a deep connection to good books, maybe because I am a writer or maybe it’s because I am a dreamer, but there is just something about a good book that makes your toes curl and your stomach smile.
I remember when I was growing up, my mum had this drawer full of beautiful novels that I wasn’t allowed to touch but I somehow still got into and read them all till the covers came off and we had to tape them together.
The whole experience from the smell of the book, whether it was new and fresh or old and thick, to the way the writers could describe the same thing in such different ways that you could almost feel everything the characters were feeling.
I am a sucker for a good book and so, allow me to introduce you to my all-time favourite books which you should definitely check out while on lockdown.

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE – TOMI ADEYEMI

As a black female writer, anytime I read a book written by a fellow black woman, I am automatically biased! I just love to see my fellow black women thriving!
This book is so good though! I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I have sat down to discuss this book, which somehow leads us to reading it again because it is just that good! This is one of the must read books in quarantine
It is a book that takes you to the kingdom of Orisha, where the King, King Saran, has found a way to severe the ties of those who have magic, the magi, from the gods, mostly because he is a close minded weakling.

The main characters are Zelie, Amari, Tzain and Inan. I particularly hate Zelie, I feel she is one of those main characters that you just hate from the beginning.
The ones who have magic, or would have had magic if the King hadn’t severed their connection to the gods, have white hair and the ones who don’t have regular hair.

So this story has elements of the modern society police brutality and you see how the ones with white hair are treated by the police and made to live in the slums, which is kind of what happens in the modern society with racial profiling and the likes.
The story really begins when Amari, who is a princess, realises how bad her father is and steals a scroll from the palace. That scroll is apparently supposed to bring the powers of the magi back and Zelie helps the princess without knowing she is the princess.
They are taken on this adventure to restore magic to the land and they have to retrieve some items to perform a ritual.
I am trying my best not to ruin the story for you, so I am just going to say that if you liked Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, you’re going to love this one.
If you have read this book, leave a comment under this post and tell me how you enjoyed it. I will love to hear from you!

BLUE DAHLIA - NORA ROBERTS

Okay, first of all, I have to say that there is no author that feels like home more than Nora Roberts. Her books takes me back to daydreaming ten year old me who would sit in my room, reading the novel with my feet against the wall till it was dragged out of my hands.
I read this book some five or six years ago and it is still one of my favourite romance novels, not because it is particularly great or the story is particularly unique but it just has that comforting feeling of romance on a warm Wednesday afternoon.
The story is about a recently widowed Stella Rothchild, whose spouse dies in a plane crash and she is left as a single parent to two boys. She moves two years after the accident to Tennessee, partly to be closer to the boy’s paternal grandparents and partly to begin work in Rosalind Harper’s gardening centre.

There she meets Logan Kitridge, who is a rough divorcee who hates how stiff and “Yankee” she is. It is your average Mills and Boon romance novel except there is a generational ghost in the house?
It has love, paranormal activity, comedy, a little angst and a beautiful friendship between three women.
I refuse to say more than that because the plot is so straightforward that if I say more, I may tell you the whole story!

It is for those easy evenings where you need a bit of cliché romance and it is the first book of the Garden trilogy.
I honestly loved it then and will definitely be rereading it this lockdown. If you have read BLUE DAHLIA before, leave a comment below and tell me how you enjoyed the book.

PURPLE HIBISCUS- CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE
Yes. Another black female writer. I feel like if you’re an avid reader like myself, you have heard of Chimamanda. She has had hit after hit and is just an amazing writer. From the author that gave us Half of a Yellow Sun and Americana, this is Purple Hibiscus.

This book is for my readers that like a bit of drama and tragedy. This story will make you cry, make you angry and make you fall in love.

In this story, we have Kambili, who has been raised by an abusive father and a beaten down mother. At first, you sort of see Jaja, her brother, display the average “boy becomes man” rebellion, which seems normal but it is the father’s reaction that starts to show you what kind of family this is.
Chimamanda shows us this experience through Kambili’s eyes and how children are really affected by abuse. At some point, they go and stay with their aunty, who doesn’t have as much as they do but shows them what it means to be free and teenagers.

This experience is what changes everything for them and eventually allows them to be more human.
This story is sad in the way that you really see how Jaja and Kambili’s childhood is stolen because their father is struggling with his own internal demons. You also see how domestic violence can really break someone and turn them insane.

I have read this book a million times and will never get tired of this story. It is a great read and I can assure you that if you get into it, you won’t put it down till it is finished. It is definetely one of the books to read in quarantine.

Those are my three favourite books and if you liked this, please leave a like, share and comment and I will maybe do a part two.

Leave me a comment with some of your favourite books as well, I would really like to add new books to my library. Visit this website for more in few weeks!

If you’re not into big books but you still want to read some great stories, I can recommend Wattpad, which is great for all sorts of stories, including fan fictions and supernatural stories.
Till next time, I promised to recommend books to read in quarantine, there here it is, fans, stay positive and keep reading books till this quarantine is over.

ZHAY

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