There are so many diverse genres of literature that push the boundaries of creative writing and hold us spellbound. As it is with music, film and art, it’s the same with books. They transport us.
Here are recommendations for some summer reading from The Sunshine Book Club based on what we’ve read this year from January to May 2017:
A Conspiracy Of Ravens – Othuke Ominiabohs
Ominiabohs has sprung a delightful surprise upon us chock full of explosions, action and suspense. In A Conspiracy Of Ravens, he positions his characters in significant events in Nigeria and dares to paint a canvas of issues and struggles we tiptoe around.
Unlike his straightforward debut book Odufa, Ominiabohs switches things around with a thriller that will leave you immersed in its pages.
The Carnivorous City – Toni Kan
This book is written by the author of Nights of the Creaking Bed, Toni Kan. The Carnivorous City follows the moral transformation of an honest school teacher, Abel Dike, as he gets drawn into the chaos of Lagos searching for his missing brother, Soni Dike who happens to be a Lagos big boy.
Abel encounters many interesting characters in the story including area boys, corrupt policemen, and crooked bank managers. Not only does he have to deal with them, he also has to battle his growing attraction for his brother's wife.
Under The Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
Under The Udala Trees is a story of love, heartbreak and a journey to self-realization. In this book, Chinelo Okparanta opens our eyes to the sort of love and relationship we are yet to come to terms with in present day Nigeria. The story which begins during the Nigerian civil war follows the journey of a girl, Ijeoma, who fall in love with another young girl.
When her secret comes out, she is forced to hide her true self and become the woman society expects her to be. The only problem is she can hide from society but she can’t hide from herself.
Blackass – A. Igoni Barrett
Igoni Barrett births a humorous tale of a young Nigerian man who wakes up one morning to find he’s no longer a black but rather a Caucasian man.
With his new skin colour, Furo Wariboko finds he has to navigate through the world as a different person. Despite his new condition, the only thing that hasn’t changed is his voice. The new Furo finds that life as a white man in Lagos does have its advantages. With these advantages, Furo’s personality evolves into a new, more selfish being.
A Platter Of Gold – Olasupo Shasore
How much do you really know about Nigeria? Contrary to what you think, there’s so much that’s been left unsaid. Olasupo Shasore schools us on the history of Nigeria in his book, A Platter Of Gold. Shasore reveals the events of the past that have affected the activities of present-day Nigeria. This book is a must read for every Nigerian.
Guardian Of The Fall - Umari Ayim
The Guardian of The Fall is a beautiful blend of African myth and fantasy colliding with the modern world.
Erom is to embrace an appointment she doesn't want as the mouthpiece of the Guardian. Ken's life has already been decided for him by his father. The two cross paths, embrace their purpose and go to war to save a sanctuary and their love for each other.
Umari Ayim awakens our five senses in the pages of his book; his words make you see, smell, hear, taste and touch the elements he describes. He paints a beautiful image of nature encompassed by mystery and takes us an extraordinary adventure through the forests of Cross River.
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