This year as the summer slowly changed into fall I started thinking about books that have had an impact on me. Fall is my primary reading and tea drinking season as it generally rains more in the evenings and starts getting dark earlier. This year I have fallen for Clippers organic white tea with raspberry, it is very subtle in flavour but so good. Any tips on other teas to try this season are more than welcome. I hope you enjoy these five book tips!
Half of a yellow sun – Chimamanda Adichie
The emotion I feel when thinking about this book, maybe specifically it’s ending, is so strong. I was completely floored when reading it, and I am still in need of digesting this book years later. Half of a yellow sun is a powerful novel about the Biafran war, depicted through the perspective of its main characters Ugwu, Richard and twin sisters Olanna and Kainene. Adichie skillfully tackles themes like colonialism, Nigerian politics and culture as well as racism and love. A bonus for me personally is that I have met the author in person.
Tigers Wife – Téa Obreht
Set in an unnamed Balkan country, Tea Obreht’s debut novel combines folklore and magical realism. Natalia, a young doctor, learns that her grandfather has died when she is on her way to work at an orphanage in enemy territory. The novel comprises an array of widely different tales held together by Natalias recalling of the adventures her late grandfather has shared with her. A couple of the most capturing tales being the stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger’s Wife. At times superstition and tradition take president over truth and rationality. But the truth of the stories may be less important than the symbolism they provide.
Love, life and Elephants – Dame Daphne Sheldrick
In this deeply heartfelt memoir, Dame Daphne Sheldrick offers a rare insight into her relationship with husband David Sheldrick and his tragic early death that inspired her to start the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust. Intimately, she describes her upbringing, passion for animals and her forty-year long friendship with the elephant Eleanor. Daphne Sheldrick was the first person in history to bring up a newborn elephant. Her memoir takes us on the journey of her spectacular life and takes us through her tireless efforts to end poaching and preserve Kenya’s rich wildlife. This is a memoir that both teaches and changes the reader.
From my Land to the planet – Sebastião Salgado.
From my Land to the Planet is photographer Sebastião Salgados love letter to the planet. Salgados photographs have been shown all over the world. In this book he focuses his writing on his portraits of workers and refugees as well as his famous genesis project where he brings to light the importance of preserving nature and rebuilding biodiversity, thus combining activism and art. It is a beautiful story of the state our world told with compassion and wisdom.
To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee
This classical masterpiece centres on lawyer Atticus Finch’s attempt to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. The novel is set in Alabama during the ’30s. Atticus has two children, Jem and Scout; the story is narrated by Atticus daughter Scout who is six years old when the book begins. I read the novel at a formative age and instantly felt a kindred spirit in Scout and her rebellion. As I think this is a book that is familiar to everyone, whether they have read it or not, I won’t go into more detail. This book is a must-read!