July has begun, which means that 2018 is halfway done. To celebrate the things that has happened so far, I am going to list and recommend five of the best books I read in the past six months because reading has always been a very important thing for me and I hope these five will inspire someone to pick up a book and learn more about life and the world through pages and words.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I don’t think one of the most popular female authors and her most popular book need any introduction, but just in case you don’t know Jane Austen and you’ve never read her books, I suggest start with Pride and Prejudice because it’s interesting and funny and romantic and even educational!
- Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
If you’re not interested in reading fiction books but still want to learn about Jane Austen then this book is recommended. Since she’s so popular, there have been a lot of biographies written about her so you can read any; but this talked about Jane Austen in relation to the homes she’s had and how that has affected her writing, and it was very enlightening. I learned a lot about the situation of women in England during that time because of this book.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I think this is the first book I’ve read by an African author and I really liked it because I learned so much about the Nigerian Civil War, which I didn’t know anything about. I liked it even more because I have Nigerian friends and I got to ask them about Biafra, which lead to an interesting conversation.
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
I prefer fiction to non-fiction, but one of my favorite authors is Bill Bryson, who writes mostly non-fiction, because he writes really interesting and funny books that are easy to read. This is probably his most famous book so I recommend it.
- The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner
I’ve written about this book 19 times already so I don’t think it needs any explanation.
I read fiction books more than non-fiction, but this list has more non-fiction, which probably means that the fiction books I’ve read in the past six months weren’t that good. The non-fiction books listed above were good though so if you ever want to challenge reading a non-fiction book in English, consider the three above. You might like them too and we can talk about them!