BookOfCinz Book Club is going into its sixth year in 2024. For the last five years we have been meeting in person in Trinidad and Tobago and online so we can have people from all over the world joining. In 2023 we started reading Caribbean and African male authors. We do continue to read and celebrate Women- Caribbean Women, Women of Caribbean heritage, Black Women and Women of Colour.
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. For the last five 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 700 unique Book Clubbers. We have had Book Clubbers from all over the Caribbean, the US, UK, Europe, Africa and as far as India.
For 2024 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 hope you make the time to Read, read More, read Widely and READ CARIBBEAN in 2024. Come join book club and read with us!
If you missed the previous book clubs, here’s what we read in 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. You can purchase the book club pick in Trinidad at Uppercrust, in the UK or the US. Want to join the book club? Go here to sign up!
Come and read and find your community with us in 2024! Join the community here!
January | HOW TO SAY BABYLON by SAFIYA SINCLAIR
I have read a lot of memoirs and this one shines the brightest and I think it is because Sinclair was able to lay bare all the things that happened to her and how she dealt with it. I learned so much about Jamaica’s history with Rastafarianism and I thank Sinclair for putting in the work and research and shining light on the massacre that happened to Rastafarians living in Jamaica. This was also the first time I read a book that details what it is like being raised with a devout Rastafarian parent. I am excited for more people to read this book!
February | THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES by LOLA SHONEYIN
Shoneyin is a great storyteller and she gripped me with this story. I loved that she told it from the different POVs and how we are given tidbits along the way to keep you interested. I loved how you get the history of the wives before they end up with Baba Segi and what lead them to that fate. Yes! The book is hilarious in certain areas and sobering in others and I think the author did an exceptional job of toeing that line. If you are looking for a fast paced, interesting read, this is it.
March | DRINKING FROM GRAVEYARD WELLS by YVETTE LISA NDLOVU
I love a collection of short stories and this may be the best one I read for 2023 and I think is the best collection to add to our reading list. Yvette Lisa Ndlovu can write and it shows this in the collection. I loved every single story, but especially the one on immigration and what you lose when you give up your citizenship.