I started this journey of reading more books earlier this year but I did not want to read just any book. That is easy, I read frivolous e-books anyway. I wanted ‘real’ books that carry meanings other than entertainment. There is something about the physicality of a book, lifting each page like a leaf in your hands. Well, I have not exactly succeeded but I have three books that I have fallen in looovveee with.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
This book was given to me by Ben who is my mentor. I have got a confession, I finished reading two other books whilst reading Outliers. Although it is an absolutely fascinating book, the approach which examines the life of different great individuals made it a bit difficult to sustain my interest. But I have never felt more pride in myself than when I finished the book. I actually wanted more. The last chapters were exceptionally powerful! I found revelations in the book but most of it was what I heard before but backed up and well analysed. If you have to read one book this year, this is my recommendation. I think it is important to explore what makes people successful or geniuses. Thank you Ben!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
This is a book that I started reading when I was in university but I remember struggling to get into it. I absolutely adore the works of Adiche. I have given out the Half of a Yellow Sun as gifts to many friends. What is more interesting is the debates that I have with my friends on how Adiche portrays her characters. I think more than ever, the issue of immigration is more prominent and this is one of the themes in her book. Other themes include race, social class, politics. For me, the relatability of her characters as a Nigerian is why I enjoy her works. I was not expecting a romantic story and one part of me expected her to end it on a sad note (like Kainene in Half of a Yellow Sun) but it ended well (or perhaps I should let you read it first). I remember reading Purple Hibiscus which was the first time I read Adiches work, I hid in a corner so my mom would not find me just to finish the book. I know a book is good when I do not want it to end and have a smile on my face when I read the last sentence. This book did that.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
This book has got so much power. If you are female and you have never read it, please do. It is one of the best investments that you can make. You can never go wrong with a bit of inspiration through very realistic themes.It is good to know that the feelings such as doubt is felt by even the most powerful women. I think the best thing that I took away from the book (and there are lots) was the quote which said ‘what would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ It had lots of absolutely powerful revelations about myself and the effects of societal values on our expectations as females. An absolute must read!
If there are any books that you think I should read, add them in the comments section. My friend recommended Dr Omalu’s Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports which I will make sure to get my hands on.
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