This year I’m committed to finishing a book so instead of having this unrealistic goal of a book a month, I’ve decided to t read a book a season (four books this year is very doable).
I always prefer a good old-fashioned paperback book if I have the choice, I like to underline sentences that really stand out to me. My dad has an extensive collection of books in his office and this makes me paralyzed when it comes to deciding what book to read.
I toiled over whether I should have a theme to the books I’m choosing to read this year and ultimately, I decided that I wanted to be an all-round reader so I’m planning on reading one novel, one career/business related, one autobiography and one classic. So, here’s what I’m reading now and what I will be reading over the coming months:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda has been around for several years but for those who aren’t avid readers, I’m sure you would know her from her feature in Beyoncé’s song Flawless (this is my hype song)
“Americanah” is ostensibly a love story – the tale of childhood sweethearts whose lives take different paths when they leave Nigeria to seek their fortunes in America and England – but it is also a brilliant dissection of modern attitudes to race. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.
To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink
Selling is not limited to call centres or shops, it’s something we all do every day The premise of this book, To Sell is Human, is that human beings spend a lot of time “selling” whether they know it or not. He broadens the topic of selling to include teaching, coaching, instructing, persuading and convincing.
Building my brand is one of my biggest aims of 2018, and in order for me to sow positively into other people’s lives, I have to be able to convince them to buy into the content I produce and for them to believe that taking the 5-10mins to peruse my content will leave them with life tips that can cause positive changes.
Interventions- A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan was the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations—serving two terms from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. I personally believe this is one of the world’s most challenging and thankless jobs.
Interventions tell the story of Annan’s remarkable time at the center of the world stage. He shares his unique experiences during the terrorist attacks of September 11; the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the war between Israel, Hezbollah, and Lebanon; the brutal conflicts of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia; and the geopolitical transformations following the end of the Cold War.
I’m interested to read this part autobiography and part history lesson which includes his first-hand accounts of the efforts to solve some of the world’s ills and some of his private encounters with world leaders.
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Now regarded as a masterpiece of American literature, to kill a Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behaviour – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred.
Primarily a novel about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in the 1930s in the Southern United States
One of the central lessons of Lee’s novel, according to the book’s moral driving force, lawyer Atticus Finch, is to put yourself in other people’s skin and walk around in it.
I can’t wait to get stuck into this all-time classic.
I also have a reserve team just in case I get through each book before the season is over.
1 Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Buy it here)
2 Live, Love, Lead by Brian Houston (Buy it here)
3 The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell (Buy it here)
4 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Buy it here)
What are you reading? I would love to know what’s on your to read list, I might just add it to my list. Let’s talk xx