Reader Recommendations with Bill / by Madeleine Riley

It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another round of Reader Recommendations! I'm happy to introduce you today to Bill, whom you may already know on Instagram as @kenyan_library. Bill takes the most beautiful photos and is currently hosting a read along of East African literature on his blog, Kenyan Library. Bill is here today to share five of his favorite titles.

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I'm Kenyan native with a passion for all things literature, photography and creativity who is mildly obsessed with animals and nature.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Experimental narrative that might be a bit intimidating but the story and the themes will haunt you, shape you and play with your emotions like no other book can.


A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

A heartbreaking tale of endurance even after all hope seem shattered. Redefining the term family whilst exploring Indian culture with strong characters and beautiful prose.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

A book written for book lovers with beautiful quotes, following one character as he finds himself through a favorite book what more can you ask for. Plus, it's a page turner.


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

I was intoxicated by this book, the use of smell as a narrative was a whole new experience and the main character is one I will never forget.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Yes it 700 pages but my god did I enjoy every second trying to piece the puzzle together and by the end it was so worth it. The huge cast of characters interwoven into this big mystery written in a very Victorian style, this was a sure win for me.

Thank you Bill for sharing your recommendations with us!

I can attest to the greatness of The Name of the Wind, and after reading Bill's testimonial, I think I'll have to put The Luminaries on my own TBR!

Do you have recommendations for Bill, or thoughts to share on his picks? Leave a comment below!