Today, I got a chance to go through my big list of books suggested to me by Twitter’s Writing Community and pick out a few to buy. It’s always a happy day for me when I get to buy books, because I love, love, love books. I’m one of those people who never gets rid of a book, no matter whether I liked it or not.

These were three that struck my fancy when they were recommended to me. I wanted to take the time to give them a shout-out because I like supporting indie and self-published authors. Of course, I haven’t read the books yet, so these aren’t reviews. But all of these books are excellently reviewed on Amazon, so I recommend that you check them out. I’ve also made an effort to select books from three different genres.

The links I include to the books are affiliate links, which means that I will make a small commission if you choose to use them to purchase the books. If you don’t want to use my affiliate links, you can always enter the title of the book and its author into the search bar on Amazon instead.

Without further ado, here are the three books I bought today.

Oyibo by Ada Ihenachor

o·yi·bo (ōˈyiˈbō) – noun or adjective – Nigerian slang for a person who is fair skinned, mixed race, a foreigner, or white.

That’s the first line of the description of this book on Amazon. And it really got me, because I’m a mixed race individual. Moreover, the description is so compelling! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

If you’re interested in a “mythic coming of age story” with a “haunting protagonist,” check out Ada Ihenachor’s Oyibo.

Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad by Nicole Weisensee Egan

This is the story of Bill Cosby’s rise and fall, told by a veteran reporter. After my investigation into the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Michael Jackson and his legacy, this type of investigative nonfiction work is right on my radar. I’m also deeply interested in the American justice system and hope that this work will contain some new insights.

If you share my love of journalistic nonfiction, check out Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad by Nicole Weisensee Egan.

When It’s Over by Barbara Ridley

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and this book sounded right up my alley. It’s set in the 1930s and 40s and chronicles the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. Thematically, it’s about love, family, and hope. I felt like I could use some more hopeful historical fiction after watching the truly depressing Cold War — which I nevertheless recommend.

If you’re a historical fiction fan and love the WWII era, give When It’s Over by Barbara Ridley a try.

And that’s all!

If you have a novel, work of nonfiction, or collection (or anything else, for that matter) that you’d like me to consider for my reading pleasure, please let me know! You can email recommendations to, or you can shoot recommendations @VoyageoftheMind on Twitter. Or drop recommendations in the comments of this post. Get in touch!

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