Apparently, there’s a community of people out there who don’t enjoy reading. There are actual people out there who don’t love being immersed into the imaginations created by themselves but spurred by the words of talented authors. I’d hate to be a member of that community because why the deprivation of the beauty that comes with a well written book? For those of you non-readers that are considering picking up reading as a skill and hobby, here are four books you should most definitely try out.
Nights of The Creaking Bed by Toni Kan
This is an easy read for those who aren’t avid readers yet. It’s a compilation of short stories about peculiar situations an characters in Lagos.From a Lagos JJC who barely survives his first day in Lagos to the young men who were victims to jungle (un)justice; this book will keep you invested in these short lived characters through the book.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Come on, imagine a book recommendation without CNA, especially if you’re just new to reading. There are thousands of other talented Nigerian authors out there, but CNA is part of your induction into the reading community. The Thing Around Your Neck is also a compilation of 12 short stories set in Nigeria and America. It’s a great read that gets you invested but not confined.
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Another lovely book that transports you into the lives of other ordinary Nigerians. This book follows the lives of Yejide and Akin, a not-so-newlywed couple that are yet to conceive. This story is one we’re not exactly unfamiliar with, but the writing takes us right into the heat of the struggles Yejide endures to make her new family fully accept her. It’s also a short read, only a few two hundred pages or so. For non reader that shouldn’t be too much right? I promise you won’t regret reading it.
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile
An emotional novel about a tragedy-struck family in Port Harcourt. It’s 1995 and rainy in Port Harcourt when something goes amiss in the Utu household. The book follows the painful journey the members of the household go through in recovering from their sudden loss. It’s a heartfelt story for many, including myself because I almost shed a tear or two while reading. The book is also two hundred and something pages, which again isn’t really lengthy even for non-readers.
There you have it, four books start your journey into the exciting transformative world of Nigerian literature. Luckily for you, there are four months left in 2021, so you could dedicate a month to a book and before you know it, you’ll be looking for newer reads to start the year 2022.