We asked Na’ima to give us her favorite books of all time and a few recommendations on what she thinks you should read.
It’s a great pleasure to be posting on this great blog – thanks for the invitation!
Me in a bookstore is like a kid in a candy store – I simply cannot leave empty-handed!
I do however feel out of step with current trends as I am not a romance reader and I am so not into paranormal – so my list will seem really school teacherish!
Growing up as a teenager in Zimbabwe, I didn’t have access to the limited number of YA titles that were available at the time so I read the books from my father’s library (as well as a few of my mum’s ‘bodice rippers’!) As a result, even today, my favourite books are best classified as world literature – I am a fan of African and Asian writing, as well as minority or multicultural books for teens and adults.
My recommended reads for young people include:
- The Garbage King – Elizabeth Laird
- Out of the Dust – Karen Hesse
- Copper Sun – Sharon Draper
- Guantanamo Boy – Anna Perreira
My guilty pleasure is the no holds barred – Skulduggery Pleasant books – phew, what a ride!
My all-time favourite adult novels include:
- Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie
- The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
- Minaret – Leila Aboulela
- Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
- Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
- A Thousand Pplendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini
- Of Mice and Men & Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
- Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
I’d like to invite you to explore some of these books as they will really open your eyes to a new world out there – I know that they did that for me!
Thanks again for this great opportunity.
Na’ima B. Robert