Reading has been an eye-opener for me in so many ways. It is a great way to declutter my mind. I find it extremely therapeutic in addition to being knowledgeable. Reading has not always come easy because between being a busy mum trying to balance family and running a business, very little time is spared for me to grab a book. I have, however, created a routine that helps me read a few chapters or pages every night before I sleep. It is a great day to wind down my day and also helps with my sleep as I have suffered from insomnia before. I have read a myriad of books over the years and here are my top 5 recommendations so far.
- The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
This book is authored by an American named Mark Manson. It is a great straight up book that teaches why it is important to mind your own business and work on yourself. In the end, people will always talk and be in your business anyway so you have no reason to be giving them more gist. This book is an easy read, very practical and with tons of lessons. I would highly recommend it.
This is Michelle Obama’s masterpiece. She tells her story – her childhood, college years, how she met Barrack, her time at the White House and her role as a mother among other things. Her memoir is eye-opening, intriguing and a page-turner. It was published in 2018 and a documentary on the same was released by Netflix in 2020. Becoming is a good read.
- My First Time
This book is written by Kenyan media personality, Janet Mbugua Ndichu. It is a culmination of 50 first time stories of regular girls and women. There are also tales of clergy men. She talks about the period shame and how policy makers can make a difference in the life of a girl-child. This book is so relatable given that they are Kenyan stories but also breaks my heart to see that there are still girls in some remote areas of this country that cannot have access to or afford sanitary towels and have to use barbaric and unhygienic methods.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This is a book on leadership that I read ages ago but it has stuck with me through the years. I love how well put together it is. I found myself nodding through all the seven of them, agreeing to the very last bit. This book by Stephen R. Covey has stood the test of time because it ignores trends and pop psychology and focuses on timeless principles such as fairness, integrity, human dignity and honesty.
- The Alchemist
This book was authored by Paulo Coelho and it is a story of a young boy who sets out to find his Personal Legend. He sells all his sheep, travels to Africa (Egypt) but gets robbed on his way to the pyramids. He now has to work as a crystal merchant, save up money and go back to the pyramids to find the treasure. I understood the book as a story of resilience, hard work, following your heart and never giving up. Also, no one is ever too old or too young to start again.
What books have you read that you would recommend? How is your reading culture like? These are just my 5 recommendations of books you should read.