1. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi.
‘Loss’ is a notion. No more than a thought. Which one forms or one doesn’t. With words. Such that one cannot lose, nor ever say he has lost, what he does not permit to exist in his mind.
2. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John.
Sometimes the people we call wicked are just foolish and while it is easy to repent being wicked, it is hard to stop being foolish.
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?
5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.
6. Still Me by Jojo Moyes.
It’s been a long time since I believed love solved everything.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
8. One Day by David Nicholls.
9. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthasar Gracian.
Never sin against your own happiness in order to please the person who counsels you and has nothing at stake in the matter.
10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
11. Reread Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.
12. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis.
To have any say in humanity’s future, you cannot afford to roll your eyes and switch off the moment words like ‘economy’ or ‘market’ are mentioned.
13. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
14. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo.
We see everything through the filter of our own desires and regrets, hopes and fears.
15. On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe.
16. Reread: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
There should be no room in your life for regret. If in the moment of doing you felt clarity, you felt certainty, then why feel regret later?
16. Reread: Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò.
17. Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
18. Under the Udala Trees Chinelo Okparanta.
19. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson.
20. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.
21. Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo.
22. Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
23. Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.
24. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
25. On Writing by Charles Bukowski.
26. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
27. Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.
28. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
29. Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski.
And if you have the ability to love,
love yourself first.
30. Another Country by James Baldwin.
31. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.
31. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
32. Yes! 50 Secrets From the Science of Persuasion by Noah J. Goldstein, Robert Cialdini, and Steve J. Martin.
33. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
Life is full of things we cannot control so we must adapt. We have to survive.
34. Just Above My Head by James Baldwin.
I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach.
35. Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe.
36. Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid.
37. The Third Wave by Steve Case.
38. SuperFreakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt.
39. Reread Sula by Toni Morrison.
Lonely, ain’t it?
Yes, but my lonely is mine. Now your lonely is somebody else’s. Made by somebody else and handed to you. Ain’t that something? A secondhand lonely.
40. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk.
41. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.
42. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Don’t let the bastards grind you down.
43. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon.
There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.
44. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler.
45. Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan.
46. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is a great deal of difference.
47. Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin.
Throw everything out of your mind, eat your supper, read a little, sleep. The world will still be here when you wake up, and there’ll still be everything left to do.