BookOfCinz Book Club is turning four years old in 2022! 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 three 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 150 unique Book Clubbers. We have had Book Clubbers from all over the Caribbean, the US, UK, Europe 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 2022 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 2022.
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The Bread The Devil Knead is a book you will inhale in one go. Set in Trinidad, we meet forty-year-old Alethea Lopez who is the manager of a fashion boutique in Downtown, Port of Spain. Alethea does not get too close to anyone, and she does not have many friends. She is very independent and spends majority of her time and effort hiding her bruises she receives from her common-law husband. I did enjoy how Allen-Agostini write female friendship, it was truly a beauty to experience. A book you won’t soon forget.
February | LEST WE FIND GOLD by Melaine Scwhapp
Lest We Find Gold is Melanie Schwapp’s sophomore novel. The book follows the life of Milly from her early years to her present life with her husband. Milly has a lot going for her, well educated, a practicing nurse with a big future ahead of her. She meets her husband when he comes into the hospital for heart palpitations and since then Milly finds herself dying a little daily. As a Jamaican, I particularly loved how Jamaican the book felt, from the descriptions, to the various cultural nuances-it was great!
March | LUSTER by Raven Leilani
Honestly, I got secondhand embarrassment the entire time I was reading this book, I cannot even lie. There were some moments where I literally laughed out loud- the writing can be very hilarious at times. Other times it becomes dark and very lonely, I felt the humanity of the characters coming through. I love that this is a book about a black young woman not giving any f*cks, it is not often I read a book like this.