So you want to take a break from the chaos and get a good laugh, feel inspired, or a find moments of stillness. We’ve got you covered.

South African author and comedian Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime where he pens down captivating tales from his childhood at the tail end of apartheid is good for when you are hankering for heartwarming storytelling filled with laughs.

Romance fiction can be emotionally fulfilling, so our list features two very different but equally satisfying reads. If you like your love stories fun, feel-good, and cosmopolitan but also slightly unconventional, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn’s Yinka, Where is Your Huzband is a good place to start. Witty, sharp writing with a heroine you can get behind and root for.

Central African Republic author Adrienne Yabouza’s polygamy story Co-wives, Co-widows is another delightful book filled with surprises. Get ready to laugh out loud and fall in love with two co-widows who join forces to bring down thieving and conniving relatives. In the midst of all the drama, one of them find love.

Yrsa Daley Ward’s The How – Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself is all about finding those moments of stillness that help you center and reconnected with yourself. There are poems, short essays, and activities to move to inspire you and help you find your voice.

For those days when you a little reminder that you are enough and have all it takes to face the world, check out Tiwalola Ogunlesi’s Confident and Killing It, an honest and stirring guide on how to find confidence and dispel fear and doubt.

P.S. – All five books have a happy ending. Enjoy!



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