Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.
Lately, I’ve been telling myself that I need to make more time to do the things I love to do. Sometimes we get so caught up in chasing after different things and getting things out of the way. You know, paying bills, fixing your car (if you have one), paying the rent (if you’ve moved out), spending time with friends and family (so they don’t complain that you’re being distant lol). In other words, ADULTING. Always trying to get things done, trying to hustle hard and make that money that you forget to just LIVE.
For me, I’ve made it a point to make an effort to do the things I love, and lately, it’s been blogging and reading books. Can we please congratulate my
consistency frequent blogging lately? Thanks guys. Haha. I’ve also been making it a point to read at least a chapter of any book I’m reading everyday. Not bad right? It helps to de-stress and relax after a long day’s work, moreso for someone like me who works a full-time job and only get home after 6.30pm most days.
I thought to share a few books I’ve read over the past few months, just to give you a snippet of stuff that I like to read. If you don’t already know, I mentioned in a blog post about 2 years back that I’m more into reading books by African authors – both diasporan and local. I’ve found myself mostly inclined to reading books by Nigerian authors, however, since I went to South Africa (sharing the highlights of my trip soon btw!), I’ve been searching for books by South African authors. I think it’s because I feel like reading such books opens my mind up to discovering more about other African countries, in the hopes that when I one day visit those countries (this is on my travel bucket list by the way), that I am able to sort of experience the place in a better way, as opposed to blind visiting. Do you also feel like you get to know the history of a country just by reading a book written by someone from that country? I do.
What I’ve read the past few months has definitely helped me relax, and contributes to my mini self-care sessions. What you do like to incorporate into your self-care routines?
I started by reading the book on the left: Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko- such a traditional but girl power book. I’d definitely recommend it. I got it from Book Stop at Yaya Centre. I then moved on to Coconut by Kopano Matlwa, a book I bought in Cape Town. Such an eye opening book talking about post-apartheid South Africa from two different perspectives. I’m currently reading A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta. It’s a great book albeit written in the third person but also quite interesting, also bought from Cape Town. I already have another book on my list, but my personal book policy is to only buy a book once I’m done reading all the ones I have. I’m also thinking of buying a Kindle, but I’m torn ’cause I really love holding and feeling books! Anyone else feel the same way? All the same, sending those thoughts out into the universe, maybe someone somewhere might get me one for my birthdays, 8 months away.
What are you currently reading?