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Must Reads This Summer: Views From Zambian Blogger Bryan Manda

A book is definitely one of the best gifts one can get you, remember reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well, thats why these four books are must read for all!

Upile Chisala – Nectar

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- Purple Hibiscus

•Dan Brown – Angels & Demons

•Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We should all be feminists.

Upile Chisala is a Malawian poet, author of two novels, Soft Magic & Nectar. Recently have taken time to read ‘Nectar’ & am already addicted to the poems! Upile connects lucidly with her readers addressing issues of love, blackness, healing, women etc.

Some of my favourite poems from the book include;

‘There is a danger in letting people misname you. If you are a fire, do not answer when they call you a spark’ “Healing will come for us too.”

“Darling please don’t let anger sleep in your bones the body is too holy the body is too kind.”

“If depression comes back, tell it I won’t go even if it asks for me by name”

“I hope our very black parents realize that these too are very black problems -mental illness, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, etc etc etc

“I am Black Woman and African in a world that undervalues all three”

“My mother is the backbone is the backbone is the back is the bone and this is her poem”

“I saw a piece of heaven in you, isn’t that love?”

“That day, over 700 slept at the bottom of the sea. Too black to remember. Too black to make the news.”

Nectar is truly a work of Art. Personally the book reminds me am worthy, deserving & that i will go through heartbreaks but healing will certainly come for me. Don’t forget to purchase this book, its a must read!


Chimamanda gives us another reason to love her more than we do, ‘We should all be feminists’ is a short but very powerful book. It creates conversations, advocates for equality & prompts us to change our mindset on issues to do with women/gender

“ Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have,

“ We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”

“ The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”

“ My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better. I highly recommend this book on your must reads this summer!

We all know or heard about the famous Dan Brown right?..his the bestselling author of ‘The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress & my recommended must read Angels & Demons’

The novel(Angels & Demons) introduces the character Robert Langdon, who recurs as the protagonist of Brown’s subsequent novels. Angels & Demons shares many stylistic literary elements with its sequel, such as conspiracies of secret societies, a single-day time frame, and the Catholic Church. These quotes should prompt you to add this book to your must reads this summer;

“ Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.”

“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.”

“ Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.”

“Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.”

I hope you will consider these breathtaking novels & be sure to let me know on these must reads!

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