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message 1: by Masuka (last edited Nov 28, 2015 04:13AM) (new)

Masuka (masukamutenda) | 3 comments Mod
Masuka’s Book Club Top Ten:

0. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
4. Fiela’s Child by Dalene Mathee
5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
6. A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul
7. The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
8. Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku
9. Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

We have been meeting for ten years, so that means ten books. But since we began life as The Jane Austen Book Club, I had to include what started it all, so P&P is book zero. An honourable mention goes to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. That would have been number 11.

My top ten are a mix of books that rocked my world and exposed me to issues, themes, characters, countries or concepts that were new to me. Or else they just hugely impacted me in some way or another and I am still haunted by them. Lastly, some of these books led to some of the most amazing and vigorous discussions we have ever had. Also, one of these books is the type of book that I would like to write one day.

As a reminder, below is the list of books we have read from 2009. The records for 2005 to 2008 were lost, but The God of Small Things was one of them and so that is why it is on my list.
2009:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Children of the Revolution by Dinaw Mengestu
The Book Thief by Markus Zukas
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
2010:
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Fiela's Child by Dalene Matthee
2011:
The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams
The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Spud by John van de Ruit
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
2012:
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Mornings In Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Wild Meat And The Bully Burgers by Lois Ann Yamanaka
Bombay's Republic by Rotimi Babatunde (a short story)
2013:
Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Heart So White by Javier Marias
In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Glass Palace by Amitav Gosh
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Scent of Rain and Lightening by Nancy Pickard
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
Blindness by Jose Saramago
2014:
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Aesop’s Fables translated by George Fyler Townsend
Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok
The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers
Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Yellow Birds by Kevin Power
2015:
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Devil That Danced on the Water: A daughter’s quest by Aminatta Forna
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Get a Life by Nadine Gordimer
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
Wonder by RJ Palacio
2016:
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
We Have Always Lived in This Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo


message 2: by GRACE (new)

GRACE KUBIKISHA | 1 comments Hello Masuka,
Grace here. I trust all is well. I have just stumbled upon your post and the Lusaka Book Club page. I am really impressed by the reading list! I would like to discuss further the details of the club and whether it is still active or not.
Kindly e-mail me at kubigra6@gmail.com
Thank you.


message 3: by Masuka (new)

Masuka (masukamutenda) | 3 comments Mod
Hi Grace, the club is very active. You can find details on the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lusak.... Next meeting is at 10am on 18th June at The Roan & Sable Grill in Kabulonga (No.1 Chila Road).


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