Yesterday was World boyfriend day and like many assume, a sophisticated, intelligent, classy, pretty and well-groomed lady could be in a relationship. Most guys will feel intimidated by these qualities. Personally, I find it a laughable issue. I mean why assume? I was however caught up in a heated debate some time ago on this issue. I concluded, “We can’t really change what people think”. Today, I want to tell you about my story and how it never ended. This relationship started 16 years ago. My dad made me develop a sudden interest and till date, I am still in this relationship. The chemistry we both have is indescribable. Not a day goes by without a phone call or a text message from this significant other. Ours is a kind of addiction I wouldn’t mind having for a very long time. We all need to have that special someone who would be there for us when needed and who would understand us without being judgemental.
Books can be our best friends for life, for all the right reasons. Good books enrich our mind and broaden our perspective towards life. What’s more, one can never feel lonely in the company of books. This is the Love of my life and my love story. You see the thing about this love is, I find solace and comfort in it. Just like our friends, they cheer up our mood, soothe the soul and make us laugh out loud.
For this reason I have decided to stay faithful in this marital Journey. The just ended Book Exchange Affair programme which was dubbed “Promoting a Good Reading Culture” made me realize how much books mean to people. So here is a list of books I will read in 2021.
Kenkey For Ewes and other very short stories was first published as an eBook by Flash Fiction Ghana in July, 2017. The flash fiction anthology, edited by A. A. Asiedu, D. H. Dzah and J. J. Johnson, features stories by young Ghanaian writers from across the country. This is an anthology of hope. Never have so young people captured the stories of our time the way this army of writers have immortalised. But beyond the greatness in the stories, Kenkey for Ewes guarantees one exhilarating fact: it is a great time to be a global citizen.
The second book is one that comes with a lot of drama and suspenseful juice.
Saturday’s Shadows is set in a West African country at the end of a 17 year military dictatorship era. It weaves and craves with the stories of four members of the Avoka household, where everybody is lurching toward self destruction. The father, Theo, is recruited to write the memoirs of the dictator who is now a turned president. Theo as a main character in this book loathes the president. According to the writer of this book, this story talks about sanity and madness.
After a sneak peek of the blurb, I must say, this “the Hairdresser of Harare” will be a ravishing one. This is a comic novel about the daily realities of life of a Zimbabwe hairdresser. The protagonist was the fussiest customer to ever grace a salon and she will not let any ordinary person touch her hair. The author narrates learning to be a jack of all trades and one of the main character depicts this.
The next book, Carmen, an author said, “it just increases my heartbeat as if I am prey, melts my insides and leaves me in anticipation for my first kiss” (sobs). I have met the author before, at the 2017 Women’s Right Write held at University of Ghana, Legon. I’m yet to read Unforgettable by Nesta Jojoe Erskine.
A bird just whispered to me and said;
“I’m surprised you haven’t read Padiki by Selassie Mensah yet.
Selassie takes us on a journey of how sweet this marriage is going to be.”Padiki has been keeping a secret for years. This secret has slowly eaten away her joy and her chance for a real and true human connection.” After seeing Selassie Mensah at a Book Date organized by A lady who loves to read and Readers Truss, I could sense this is a real story she told from within. But who am I to make assumptions just like some guys who think most classy ladies are already in a relationship and they can’t propose love to them.
Padiki’s secret has turned her into a young woman full of regret and bitterness. When the cause of her bitterness arrives in town for his wedding, she makes it her goal to take revenge for all the times he hurt her. Will Padiki be able to overcome the bitterness that fills her heart? This is suspenseful and a delimma readers are to discover.
So guys you see, I might be one of those ladies, but this significant other called “BOOKS” keep me busy all the time. It has now become my boyfriend. Unless of course, you want to be a usurper. I wouldn’t mind…