In Summary
  • I read an average of three to four books in a month, most of which are read while commuting because it distracts me from traffic jam.

  • Although I am not particularly choosy when it comes to books, my least favourite genre is motivational books; I think I am motivated enough.
  • One of my most memorable books is Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak--I still feel Shams of Tabriz breathe the forty rules into my system.
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Verah Omwocha, 25, is a writer, book editor and reviewer at Writers Guild Kenya. Although she trained as a teacher, she discovered upon graduating that her passion for literature was outside the classroom.

In 2015, she plunged blindly into the world of editing books and writing short stories with a strong determination to learn. Later in the same year, she won the Tito Livio Award for Historical Fiction for her short story, “The Crescent Moon”.

TRAINED AS A TEACHER

Her background as a trained teacher has given her an opportunity to co-author books for the new curriculum for primary and secondary levels at Longhorn publishers. She has also published a children’s book titled Maria and her Tomatoes and is currently working on two novellas that are set to be released soon. She runs a blog called "Books and Life" that features reviews on various books as well as musings about life. She spoke to Nation.co.ke.

 

What are the three most memorable books you have read so far?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The narrator in this book, Death, is so sarcastic and lyrical at times adopting a sympathetic tone towards humans. I almost liked him.

Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. The characters are so vivid. I still feel Shams of Tabriz breathe the forty rules into my system. I see myself in him too, roaming the world, looking for the God in me.

Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo. That book simply speaks to the depths of my soul.

How many books on average do you read in a year?

I always lose the count somewhere along the year but I read about three to four books in a month. Most of these books I have read while commuting; it is a great distraction from the unnerving traffic jam. I loved bedtime reading but I recently got married so I have not been able to do much of it.

Which is your least favourite genre of books?

I’m not particularly choosy but I read few motivational books. I guess I’m already motivated enough (laughs).

Which are your two most treasured books and why? Would you lend them out?

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