The 5 books I would gladly read again!

Earlier this year I created a reading challenge for myself which included reading one book I've read before. This was so difficult to choose. Mainly because a lot of the books I've actually finished reading, I would read over and over again. I've never finished a book I didn't like. I've never been able to force myself to read a book (except when I was in school and had no choice lol). However there are some books, which I didn't even give high stars on Goodreads, that I'd gladly read again and again and again:

1. Purple Hibiscus 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Of course, I'd have Aunty Chima on this list. I read this book back in 2009. It reinvigorated my penchant for reading. When I was younger, my mom and I would often go to the library, and I'd check out over 5 books. I loved reading. But in the midst of being a teenager and moving to Nigeria, I lost interest. I don't remember how I even got Purple Hibiscus but I enjoyed it so much. It made me realize at 17 that the Nigerian experience was dynamic, relatable, and sharable.
p.s. this is the book I plan on rereading this year. 

2. Everything Good Will Come

Sefi Atta

There's something so dear to me about this book. It effortlessly felt read like reading an older sister's story. One of my favorite aspects of the book, among it's placement within Nigerian history and politics, is the contrast between Enitan and Sheri. One playing and using the traditional and cultural systems, while the other questions it and ultimately defies it with confidence. Atta introduced me into what feminism might look like as a Yoruba woman. I'm definitely considering reading it again before the end of the year.

3. Questions for Ada 

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Questions for Ada I wouldn't necessarily read again from beginning to end like a novel (like I did the first time). The poems had a flow. At times it felt like I was reading a short story collection. It felt like I was reading the thoughts of women at a gathering, a healing space/circle. But one woman is speaking life into them all. I held my chest so many times wile reading it. I think of it like a reference/motivation/inspiration/feel-good book. Since finishing it, I've gone back to it many times, and I am so sure I will continue to for years. 
Here's my favorite poem from the book:
the happiness when it comes,
when it stays,
my goodness it makes you look so beautiful

come closer. 

4. A Disobedient Girl

Ru Freeman

During a meeting with my favorite professor in college, she randomly brought up this book in conversation and I decided to look it up and bought it. It was such a page turner and probably the fastest I've ever read 300+ page book. It stir up so many emotions and truly took me to a new place- Sri Lanka. Coincidentally, I was living in Staten Island at the time (which reportedly the highest population of Sri Lankans out of Sri Lanka) and had a phase where I would eat and cook a lot of Sri Lankan food (which was described so tastefully in the book). I even created a pinterest board and looked at flights for Sri Lanka. Which is what a book should do. Many people read for this very reason-- to experience a new place without leaving their homes. The story line was also heartbreaking. I just loved this book and as I type I'm considering re-reading this, this year, instead of Purple Hibiscus. Decisions...

5. I Almost Forgot About You

Terry McMillian 

This was a good book. It felt very realistic. Though it wasn't as intense or gripping or transporting as you may like a novel to be, it was comforting and easy to read. It was like learning from an older sister about her past marriages and mistakes. I learned so much, I actually highlighted parts of the book! It's a book I'd love to read again, maybe on a long flight, at the beach or just because.

Have you read any of these? Which books would YOU re-read?
Let me know below! 

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