In 2018 I decided to start BookOfCinz Book Club to meet and engage with Readers. I read a lot, but getting to sit and discuss one book with a group of persons, that experience in and of itself is unmatched. The BookOfCinz Book Club is part of the overall mission of getting persons to read, read more, read widely and read Caribbean.
For the last two years we have been meeting both offline and online to facilitate everyone outside of Trinidad and Tobago. Since the start of the Book Club we have seen over 100 unique Book Clubbers. We have had Book Clubbers from all over the Caribbean, the US, UK and as far as India. It’s been such a joy to see people reading books written by Women of Caribbean Heritage, Black Women and Women of Colour.
For 2021 we will continue to meet and read books that moves us, that gets under our skins and stay there, books we cannot shut up about. I do not take it for granted that you decided to join BookOfCinz Book Club and I do hope you will read with me for 2021. Sign up for BookOfCinz Book Club. Meet our 2021 BookOfCinz Book Club Picks
January | HIS ONLY WIFE BY PEACE MEDIE
I first read Peace Mede’s debut novel seven months ago and as soon as I started reading it my first thought was, “this needs more eyes!” Set in Ghana and marketed as “the Crazy Rich Asians of Ghana” it is much more than that. Mede puts forward feminism in contemporary Ghana and I could not get enough of it. For 2021, we are kicking off book club in Ghana.
February | THE MERMAID OF BLACH CONCH BY MONIQUE ROFFEY
Aren’t we a little too old to be reading and discussing Mermaids? NO! This is a story about a man falling in love with a Mermaid but it is a lot more than that. Roffey inserted themes of sexuality, how indigenous persons are treated and remnants of slavery. So much is happening on this fictional island and I cannot wait for you to experience it.
March | HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE BY CHERIE JONES
Cherie Jones’ debut novel is set in a sea-side town in Barbados and it is atmospheric. How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House examines poverty, tourism and comes as a form of warning. The plot is truly engaging and this is a book we will discuss for hours.