13 Books People Love To Read | Book Lovers Day

Hey lovelies, today is book lover’s day! We all know what that means. After surrounding their gates at nightfall, we’ll attack all non-book lovers a minute before the clock strikes midnight! Before our siege, let’s prepare to lay waste to the kingdoms of non-readets by celebrating some of your favourite books.

I recently asked folks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (and WhatsApp) (also, follow me!) what their favourite reads are and why they love them. Now, here we are – 13 people on their most beloved book and why they recommend it. Be sure to check out the social media pages under each entry to connect with the contributors if this post.

*NOTE: Responses were edited slightly for clarity but we’re otherwise left unaltered*

1. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler

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I love it ’cause it was the first time I was shown the possibilities of science fiction and how it allows authors to suggest different realities (I was coming from a place where I just thought sci-fi was odd), as well as possible benefits and drawbacks of those realities. In this instance, Butler was able to convince me how a hive mind could be pretty appealing. Also, I really liked how she played with the concept of us going out to learn things and then sharing it with our family. Whole thing really blew my mind. Not sure I’d really recommend the rest of the trilogy although I enjoyed them, but that first book really blew my mind. – Akulu

2. Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and a Quest for a Fantastic Future by Elon Musk

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A fun-tabulous ride through a tech genius’ life and mind, filled with ups and downs that MUST inspire you through your adventurous lifestyle.- Jess

3. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

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I’ve never read any other book that made me scream yesses so many times! It helps oppressed people understand how messed up the system is and teaches ways to fight back – Zuleka

4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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It’s intricate, beautifully so. African literature at its finest. It takes you on different journeys and you’ll feel you’ve lived through different generations. It all comes together so well that you’ll be content with the ending. – Amy

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Firstly, any book whose narrator is Death himself is worth reading. It’s such a beautifully ugly story about humanity and our ability to go on even when the world is falling apart around us. I think everybody should read it ’cause I’m clearly biased and believe I have excellent taste. But aside that, it’s beautifully written and it tells such a compelling story about love and loss in all their forms – Tamanda

6. Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

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I love it because I feel that I can relate to each of the women in the stories in different ways. It’s such an interesting book that everything should read – Mwayi

7. We Are Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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I love it because she covered a lot of topics in the same book. I mean, as people, we are so diverse in that we face different issues at the same time, and so she talked about rape, being black, racism, etc. I kinda related to that. It’s is one of those books that I didn’t want to end. Also, the author is very authentic in her book as well as on social media. – Eunice

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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I love this book – it is the  best teacher of the time. I recommend it ’cause it teaches why it is important to be humble and wise no matter how high the position we can acquire, be it in an organisation, in a community or in a family…we should never be carried away with the comfort. – Alinane

9. The Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

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I love this book because of the series of questions and answers it contains. They tap into themes of love, beauty, life, faith, and everything in between. I would recommend it because it offers advice, ignites hope, dares you to dream, and invites you to always take a chance on yourself. – Monica

10. The Desire of Ages by Ellen G White

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Who can take a life span of 33 years and make an impact on history and supposedly eternity? Yep, talking about Jesus. The Desire of Ages takes a fresh look at a figure who has changed many lives. Creatures from out of this world sing. Demons are sent running. Blind people see. The devil himself makes recurring appearances. Stormy seas are told to keep quiet… And they listen. Dead people come back to life… And not a zombie in sight. All this, and you can still find out what real love looks like. While other books have made an impression on me, this is one of the few books that actually shaped my view of life. From thinking I had two options, play it safe or recklessly. To realizing there is an option to live free. I recommend this book for anyone who would dare to see this world through the eyes of one who saw all its faults and still was able to love shamelessly – Dumisani

11. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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It’s a very interesting play on what I would consider an African type of sci-fi. The book deeply connects with the true history of Africa before colonialism that just gets your imagination wowed. An emotional roller coaster from start to finish and it really grips you because the writer wanted us to feel the despair felt by the characters and how that emotion connects us to the world we live in now. I honestly cried and cheered the whole time. – Sheila

12. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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Bound by loneliness, the sailor Robinson Crusoe must go against all odds for him to survive life on the island. When he first arrives on the island, Robinson Crusoe is an inexperienced young man. However, as the story unfolds we see Cruisoe developing into a responsible man, and the way Defoe reveals the growth of this young boy into a hero is fascinating.  His principle now is “never say die”, so we see Crusoe becoming a hunter, a farmer, a fighter and even a Preacher, things that were never present in his previous life. His relationship with God is so close that he begins reading the Bible constantly, he even believes that all the troubles that have befallen him are a punishment from God for his sins. So personally I feel that the book is a great work of fiction as it focuses on the battle of man against nature, civilisation and even slavery. – Sangwani

13. The Da Vinci Code/ Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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Available on Amazon

(Editor’s note: I know it’s technically two books but one of them is a prequel so I made an exception)

I love the way secrets were revealed, as well as the tension and suspense as you’re reading. They make you feel like you are watching a movie and you can’t stop reading once you start. Like demons, they make you feel possessed. They open up your mind and make you think in a different way than before. – Bright

There we have it, folks. Was your favourite book included? If not, what is it and why do you love it? Let me know in the comments.

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