February is that month everyone looks forward to because it signifies the end of the longest month of the New Year – January and ushers us into a month that we are hopeful.
We are excited because it is short and more importantly because love will be celebrated.
These books are not randomly selected; they are thought about, and intentionally recommended for your absolute reading pleasure.
The A Small Silence by Jumoke Verissimo
There have been a lot of books about people’s lives after a traumatic event but this is told in a unique style.
“A Small Silence is an intimate and evocative debut charges us to look again at the alienating effects of trauma and the power of solitude and darkness to ignite the imagination.”
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Everyone is a creative one way or the other, this book is that aunt that will constantly encourage you to savour being a creative in this fast-paced world.
“Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.”
Efo Riro and Other Stories by Iquo Dianaabasi – Book of the Month
This was our selected pick for the month of February at Mainland Book Café. We have started making our favourite swallow to enjoy this big bowl of Efo Riro.
“This collection is set primarily within Nigeria, and the stories here cover varied social themes including spousal abuse, religious dogma, love, bravery, betrayal and vengeance….”
Love by Toni Morrison
Will recommending a book titled Love in February be cheesy? Well, who can say no to a good-ole Toni Morrison’s book that is not a typical love story but still capable of pulling your heartstrings?
“In life, Bill Cosey enjoyed the affections of many women, who would do almost anything to gain his favor. In death his hold on them may be even stronger. Wife, daughter, granddaughter, employee, mistress: As Morrison’s protagonists stake their furious claim on Cosey’s memory and estate, using everything from intrigue to outright violence, she creates a work that is shrewd, funny, erotic, and heart wrenching”