Hello Ebi! Hello Fam!
Have you ever come across a book that was so good that you had to reread it? Are you looking for a new book or you know someone that wants to discover something outside their usual genre? Well, the below books are some of my favorites and fall under the categories of sci-fi, fantasy, and magical realism.
Octavia E. Butler: Wild Seed
Anyanwu is an immortal, shape-shifting, healer of African descent who finds her world turned upside down when she meets Doro. Another African immortal (a spirit that inhabits the bodies of humans against their will) Doro’s only goal is to breed a new race of people with special abilities – no matter what the cost. This book is close to my heart – it placed me firmly on the path to becoming a published author.
Octavia E. Butler – Mind of My Mind
In this continuation from Wild Seed, we are hundreds of years in the future. Anyanwu continues to exist but not necessarily live, and Doro has “created” his master race. But he continues to hunger for more, mentally, and physically. His comeuppance for countless, lifetimes of blasphemy and evil await him – but it will come from an unlikely source.
C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia
This story begins in London during the WWII bombings. For their safety, four siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) are sent to the countryside to stay with a Professor. Left to their own devices, the children entertain themselves in a large home and on the grounds of the estate. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest, Lucy stumbles upon a wardrobe, and within it, the entrance to a magical world called Narnia. When she returns with her siblings, they begin the journey of a lifetime. (FYI, the above siblings are from the story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – which is Book 1 of the series.)
Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart
This story occurs during the late 1800s. Okonkwo, a wealthy and cold Igbo warrior, faces internal and external conflicts when an accidental murder takes place, and he is forced to adopt a young man (Ikemefuna) from another village. Bitter at first for the inconvenience, Okonkwo starts to care for the young man and sees him as a son. Sadly, after three years, his tribe tells him that Ikemefuna must die. His conscience and spiritual forces begin to take hold.
Nnedi Okorafor – Binti
I read this book for the first time this year and inhaled it in two days. It is book one of a trilogy that I’ve also read and thoroughly enjoyed! (Binti, Binti: Home, Binti: The Night Masquerade). Leaving Earth and all she knows behind, sixteen-year-old Binti boards a spaceship, and embarks on the cosmic odyssey of her dreams, until fate redirects her path and illuminates the risks that impact much more than her own future.
These are all great reads. Especially if you have the time during the holiday season! If you have read these books before, I would love to hear your thoughts! If you haven’t, I hope you’ll consider picking one up!
Ibukun! (Blessings) and Happy Holidays!
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