10 Favourite Reads of 2017
"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." - Atwood H. Townsend, editor of Good Reading.
Some of my earliest memories involve books. I've always loved reading and have found books to be one of my greatest teachers and comforts over the years. To help survive a world of constant change, books are one of the best ways to update knowledge, spark inspiration, provide entertainment and calm the nerves. Just look at the habits of successful people like Oprah Winfrey or Warren Buffet, who are a reading a book a week! While I didn't manage to read 52 books last year, I did digest a whole bunch of books - some fab, some not so fab - and featured my favourites below.
THE SELF-HELP STUFF...
The Artist's Way works like a personal 12-week course that guides you through the process of rediscovering your creative side. You go through a chapter weekly, testing out thought-provoking exercises aimed at unblocking your creativity. Ideal for those who are feeling stuck, lost or unsure of themselves or their creative work.
A wonderful book that encourages you to focus on the present instead of obsessing over the past or worrying about the future, with clear explanations and examples why there is no need to stress about such things. Really helped me get a handle on my anxiety issues.
I grew up watching Grey's Anatomy and am now gaga for How to Get Away with Murder so I was super excited to read this. Year of Yes came into my life just at the right moment, as I was putting immense pressure on myself to work every minute of my waking life. I was highly anxious and falling sick all the time but it reminded me to have fun and be open to opportunities outside of work.
Angel Duckworth actually changed my life with this book! For anyone looking to understand the secret of success (or feeling like they are underachieving and not sure why), this book is for you. Written with plenty of insightful, scientific examples, Duckworth explains how winning at life is linked to perseverance and not necessarily talent.
A Sunday Times Best Seller, Little Black Book is a tiny resource guide for the working woman, whether giving advice on negotiating pay or getting over writer's block. Described as the essential career handbook for the creative female.
THE INTERESTING READS...
A collection of interesting, short stories, Okojie kept me on my toes with this book. I was captivated by each tale (pun intended - you'll see) and her assessment of some of the darkest corners of the human mind. Sidenote: there's a character with my name - I've never had that happen to me before - and Irenosen is one of the Nigerian-British creatives I named to watch last year.
Making an effort to read more Nigerian writers, I was recommended this short and sweet book over the summer. I fell in it love with it immediately and, regardless of the fact that it was written in the 90s, was reminded of my own experiences growing up in a British boarding school after spending my formative years in Nigeria.
Yet another Nigerian writer. While I wasn't too invested in the romantic story of the book, I was so fascinated by her analysis of social issues in both America and Nigeria (as I'm both American and Nigerian). Made me feel very nostalgic about home.
A interesting analysis of race issues in America told from 3 different perspectives: a white supremacist father, a black nurse and a white female lawyer. Some of the characters felt a little like caricatures but it was a noble attempt at looking at life from another's perspective. Plus the story is gripping as hell - I challenge anyone to put it down once they've started reading.
I've had this book for years and love to dust it off from time to time for a re-read. Ronson is such an impressive writer - witty, intelligent, emotive! He takes a detailed look at the making of psychopaths and tries to understand if there is a relation to successful business leaders. A hilarious yet insightful read that will have you analysing the people in your life in your quest to become the ultimate psychopath spotter lol.
What books have you been reading lately? Have you read any of the ones above and if so, what did you think? Let me know below x