As a kid and teen I read a lot but lately that habit has been fading away. I realized today that it’s been quite a while since I last read a book- really read, with full concentration. Instead I’ve spent my free time tweeting, sleeping and roaming around the web.
So I decided to give myself a challenge: To read at least a book every week and then blog about the book and give an amateurish review and rating here. I will also say what I learnt from the book if applicable.
Concerning the kind of books I will read I have to say I will read anything I get my hands on, from novels to history, from philosophy to religion and everything in between.
I will try to read many self-development books though, since I have been involved in many arguments in real life and on social media concerning their effectiveness. I realize that I was being unfair when I said the advice is trash without reading most of the books.
That means I will read the financial advice of Napoleon Hill, George Clason, Wallace Wattles, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Milton Kamwendo and others. Who knows, I may end up wealthy.
The books I really look forward to reading are those that contain lessons for life, philosophy and the ones on Africa, particularly African development, ideologies and Pan-Africanism.
In the philosophy and wisdom category I hope to read Marcus Aurelius’ The Emperor’s Handbook, The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthazar Gracian, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Prophet, Confucius etc.
The Africa part promises to be the most educating, as i will immerse myself in Biko, Nkrumah, Achebe, Soyinga and other works especially autobiographies and biographies of people of African origin such as Mandela, Malcolm X and Obama.
I will also read and reread any novels i get my hands on. Below are some of the books I already have which I’ll read or reread and review here:
1. Dreams from My Father- Barack Obama
2. I Write What I Like- Steve Biko
3. The Prophet – Kahlil Gabrin
4. As A Man Thinketh- James Allen
5. Beyond Religion – The Dalai Lama
6. Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
7. Man’s Search for Meaning- Victor Frankl
8. The Road Less Travelled- M. Scott Peck
9. The Emperor’s Handbook- Marcus Aurelius
10. The Art of War- Sun Tzu
11. The 48 Laws of Power- Robert Greene
12. The Prince- Nicolo Machiavelli
13. A Brief History of Time- Stephen Hawking
14. Animal Farm – George Orwell
15. The Richest Man in Babylon- George Clason
I also got quite a number of others and I hope to get more.
Any suggestions of great books is welcome, as is where to get them especially in Zimbabwe.
I hope I will be able to keep to my plans and hopefully all the books I read will improve me in innumerable ways.
Here’s to me rediscovering my love for books again and becoming the child I used to be- before Twitter, Facebook and Smartphones.