“Reading can really damage your ignorance.”
Have any of you ever seen someone read a book you love and you think to yourself, ‘we could totally be friends.’ Well, I have. This thought occurs to me when I am visiting someone (with family or friends) and I get to see their private libraries, while using public transport and I see someone reading, and mostly when watching some of my favourite vloggers and bloggers talk about their current reads.
Easter holiday is upon us and I know most people if not all are on school or work break for a couple of days. We all unwind in various forms and personally, I enjoy to read. One of my plans this Easter as we celebrate has been to take some time away from all the shenanigans and devour the book I have currently been reading page by page. I have not always been an avid reader though. I remember when I used to be such a poor reader in my highschool and pre- university days. No exaggerations at all but believe it or not, I would read a book for an entire year and not even finishing it at the end. Now, that I enjoy reading, I take mostly a month if I am too busy. Which is a good improvement if you ask me(pats shoulder) .Some of the things that attributed to this improvement is understanding that:
- Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.
- A little reading is all the therapy one needs sometimes.
- Reading is cool.
- Reading a good book is like taking a journey.
- “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”- Sir Richard Steele
Personally, I enjoy reading when riding the bus and right before bed time. I get to tune off the world and just delve into the lives of the characters, expand my horizons, find solutions for troubling matters, laugh and connect with the author,find out other people’s views, experiences, opinions and so much more. Currently, I am reading ‘The Goldfinch’ by an author named Donna Tartt. It is a touching and thrilling story of a teenage boy who losses his devoted mother and over the years he clings on to the one thing that most reminds him of her, ultimately drawing him into the criminal underworld. I have read many books ( I will mention the few that I can recall below) but none have been this dazzling and gripping.
This particular book was borrowed from my cousin through my sister who also enjoys reading as well, but interesingly enough this was not her cup of tea, so I get to enjoy it by myself for now. I get my books through swapping with friends and family, from street vendors, gifts, and also from various local book stores. Some of the books I have enjoyed over time are:
- Inferno by Dan Brown
- A child called it by David Pelzer
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- A lost wife’s tale by Marion McGilvary
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N. Adichie
- White Oleander by Janet Fitch
- The Piano teacher by Janice Y. K Lee
- Help my Chocolate is melting by Wale Akinyemi
- Who moved my cheese
- Marrying the mistress by Jonna Trollope
Denim Jacket – Toi (thrifted)
Black jeans – Here
Black Tank Top – Thrifted
Bracelet and Necklace – Here
Shoes – Nikes
Cornrows by Lucy (0705-477-355)
A few nights ago I was honoured to be invited (via extension) to a book launch by the lovely and inspiring Lanji Ouko of Crevit Mulier at the Brook House International School. At only 25, she has managed to write a briliant book, which I believe is extra-ordinary and truly remarkable for a young person in this society. To say the least,I was very impressed by the milestone she has achieved and the wonderful book launch and gala awards she and Couture Africa magazine managed to organize together.
From a short intro and trailer (linked below), Lanji’s book talks about the struggles and experiences of being a young adult and from the little that I know about the book it is extremely relatable on all levels. I can not wait to get my hands on it and if anyone is interested in getting a copy, I should be able to assist you with details by the end of this weekend.
Do you read books? If yes, what are you currently reading and what books have been your favourite? And if no, this quote is food for thought.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”
George R. R. Martin
Have a blessed Sunday and Good Monday!!!!