World Book Day – Recommended Reading List by JJ Bola (2015)

In celebration of World Book Day, I am writing my twenty most recommendable books among my favourite and sharing them so that you may be inspired, uplifted, enthused, challenged, and provoked by them as I was. Many of these are classics that you would have probably read or at least heard of before. Many of them are also the more obscure, perhaps unheard of, would be classics, were it not for the constraints of the mainstream.

Books are fantastic for they are satisfy a multitude of desires of the human mind and spirit. Often, acting as both a portal to another world, an escape, a companion, a teacher or a friend. They ignite something that exists deep within us. Something that we may not consciously be aware of, but somehow we know it’s there.

So, here  are my recommended books – in no particular order –  to quench your reading desires:

– Wretched Of The Earth by Frantz Fanon

– The Myth Of Sisyphus and/or The Stranger by Albert Camus

– 2000 Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah

– Nile Valley Contributions to Civilisation by Anthony Browder

– 1984 by George Orwell

– Of Water and Spirit by Patrice Malidoma Some

– Brave New World by Alduous Huxley

– Devil on the Cross by Ngungi Wa’Thiongo

– Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Feirrera

– The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

– An Afrocentric Guide to a Spiritual Union by Ra Un Nefer Amen

– Will To Change and/or Communion by bell hooks

– Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

– African Cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo by Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau

– When We Ruled by Robin Walker

– Civilisation or Barbarism by Cheik Anta Diop

– The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

– On Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires by Al – Ghazali

– Dancing In The Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns

– Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

This is such a diverse collection of books that range from the historical and political, to the personal and poetic. Each of these books have a had a profound influence on my perception of the world and understanding of reality. I would highly recommend all of these books to anyone and everyone to read.

What I hope to do is start a video blog reviewing books. I will definitely review this list for anyone interested. These are just recommendations. I know there some books that I have left out, however, this list is not definitive. Feel free to suggest me any books that you would recommend.

Oh, and happy world book day!