I noticed with reading this year that How I read, What I read and Why I read has changed. I didn’t exactly have words to capture this shift in reading until I watched an interview and heard Chimamanda say this. It resonated for me. Reading for me is a goal oriented exercise. I am after knowledge, I read to ventilate my mind, I read to get answers to some of life’s questions and very rarely I read out of boredom. I am a reader. I love books. Actually what I have for books is more than love, it is a commitment, we are in a relationship.
I have a fetish for books. The fastest way to get me is to initiate a conversation on books. I can be lazy when it comes to talking at times, bring up a conversation about books and I am hooked.
I almost always read because my life depends on it. I love words, I am intrigued by words. I love seeing, writing and de constructing words. I don’t know how it happens but I also find that I almost always meet readers like me. I think it is a consequence, an unintended consequence. You love books and then the God of the universe just aligns you with people who are crazy about books like you.
I love people that read. I find that there is something refreshing about their way of thinking. The quality of their thoughts is just beautiful. Not all, but most.
If you look closely, like really closely at the people in positions of power and authority, corporate heads of organizations, conglomerates, C.E.O’s and basically anyone with a plan to do something that will outlive him. They have a thriving library. I might be wrong, but I doubt it. They might not necessarily be reading a book, but they are reading something.
Readers are leaders.
This quote might be cliché but the truth it holds is still relevant.
In recent times, I have been doing more of reading my old journals, interview transcriptions, the word and newsletters. I can’t remember the last time I sat down and actually read a book. Probably May or April. It’s been a while. I read as each season of my life permits and for this season, it is on the move. Most of my books are on my phone.
I plan to finally read an autobiography this year. I tried Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Hilary Clinton’s Hard Choices. I stopped midway and ditched themfor something more familiar. This season though I plan to read at least one autobiography. Perharps, Bill Clinton’s This is My Life.
Below are curated list of books I have read, REread, read snippets of, not finished reading, edited in 2017.
Ladder Holders by Samuel Chand
Chayil by Mildred Kingsley Okonkwo
Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
The Stars Shines Down by Sidney Sheldon
Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon
The FAB Sworded Chick Devotional by Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo
The Market Place Apostle Devotional by Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo
Lost and Found by Sarah Jakes Roberts
The Daniel Generation by Teniola Fasoro Joseph
Instincts by T.D Jakes
The Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu
A Feminist Manifesto in 15 suggestions by Chimamanda Adichie
Don’t Settle For Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Colliding With Destiny
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
Americannah by Chimamanda Adichie