I recently finished The Fear - Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe; like many else, I’m only vaguely aware of the issues on the African continent and this story shed a good bit of light on the situation up until recently. It’s probably one of the saddest stories I’ve read and sheds some light on a brutal dictatorship. It puts into perspective the fact that most of us have an ability to consider our position and freely vote without fear of retribution. What’s described in this novel is truly horrifying; at times I couldn’t believe that what I was reading was reality, some of it seemed so fantastic that it read like fiction.

I highly recommend this read; I believe I originally had read about it in an issue of GQ (from around 2012, I believe) but is one of those books that is simultaneously an enticing read, greatly informative and emotionally draining.

Having now recovered, I’m going to attempt War and Peace - it was a free download. It’s supposedly intimidating size is negated by the fact that it’s on my Kindle, which (having just started the book) says I have over 24+ hours of reading to reach the end.

I’m really having trouble finding other books that pique my interest but I figure War and Peace will take up a great deal of time.

So, what books are you guys reading, or what books have you recently finished?