I have yet another themed recommendations post today, which was inspired by recent books I read and loved. Its about books that deals with people moving away from their countries to seek better places because of war, political issues, economic state of the country etc. Without any further ado lets get to it.
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban By Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
This book came out a few years ago and its an autobiography of Malala, a young girl who grew up in Pakistan. We follow her story during the time when the Talibans take over Pakistan and women are no longer access to education. However, her father is a teacher and feels strongly about women and education. He raises his daughter to feel passionate about education and she follows this path to a point where she ends up being shot by the Talibans; but survives. This book is so amazing, its so inspirational and I think this book is worth a read (review).
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. This book is beautifully written and Chimamanda’s writing is just amazing, so if you have not yet read this I highly recommend you give it a try (review).
Small Country by Gaël Faye
It follows a ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister Ana. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful existence will shatter when Burundi, and neighboring Rwanda, are brutally hit by civil war and genocide. A novel of extraordinary power and beauty, Small Country describes an end of innocence as seen through the eyes of a child caught in the maelstrom of history. Shot through with shadows and light, tragedy and humor, it is a stirring tribute not only to a dark chapter in Africa’s past, but also to the bright days that preceded it. This book is just amazing and its short, so if you are looking for a quick read, then check it out (my review).
The Gold Diggers by Sue Nyathi
This book follows a group (man, woman and children) who are trying to get to the city of Gold (Johannesburg) from Zimbabwe. We get to follow their journey as they are still planning to travel and the things they had to endure whilst trying to cross the border to South Africa. We follow them even when they reach Johannesburg and we get to see how the make ends meet in order to live a better life and take care of their loved ones left behind in Zimbabwe. Its such an emotional book and I highly recommend it (full review here).
Butterfly By Yusra Mardini
I recently finished Butterfly which inspired me to write this blog post. Its an autobiography of Yusra, a girl from Syria with a dream of swimming in the Olympics. With the challenges of war at that time, Yusra realised that her dream was not going to be accomplished if she remained in Syria. Thus, Yusra and her sister Sara, decided to move to Europe in search for a better future. I really liked this book, its an inspiration. Reading about Yusra and how people along the way were open to assist in the journey and considering how difficult the journey was for them but they never gave up (full review).
That is it for this recommendation, if you have read any of these, please comment your thoughts on the. Any recommendations of books from the same category are welcomed.
Until next time, lets keep reading.