OK, let me be frank, I never liked reading.
During my school days, I was among the set of people who don’t read all through the semester but can read 24 hours a day before the exams.
But now, you can call me a book junk, even though I’m a slow reader.
What happened? How did I go from someone who didn’t like reading to becoming a book junk?
My journey to becoming a reader started when I had just finished a two-year course on marketing. I returned to Lagos my hood, sleeping on my sister’s couch and thinking of what next to do. I picked up this book “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe, and I read the book from cover to cover. It was actually the first time I remember reading a book like that.
What amazes me the most about reading that book, was the knowledge I got about events that happened years ago, when I was not even born. It was because of this I decided to drown myself in books. But the challenge then was, I didn’t have money to buy books, and I didn’t know how to find good books either.
About 6 months down the line, an incident happened that really guided me on the path to becoming a reader.
I had just relocated to Abuja and was working for this estate firm; one of our projects then was managing a business complex. One faithful day, a business in one of the office spaces in the complex was moving out, and as the estate assistant, I had to be present to supervise the operation.
On accessing the office I found a sack filled with books that were about to be disposed of. l saw books like the Bible; books by John Maxwell, Joel Ostein, Spencer Johnson. It was like God and the universe was pointing me to the part of knowledge and wisdom seeking.
Since then books have been on the top list of my likes.
The amazing thing about reading books is that you get to learn from people’s mistake, experience, wisdom and skills.
People have tried things and they have failed. Some have figured out ways to overcome and they have taken their God-given time to share their knowledge and wisdom in the form of books.
There are millions of books out there but here are the ones on my top list. Perhaps, you can start with them on your journey to becoming a book junk.
1. The Alchemist
This book is about self-discovery. I loved the way a story of adventure was entwined with lessons on self-discovery. A lot of people are struggling with isolation right now because the only understanding they have about life is on the outside.
Life happens inside of us. Everything we see on the outside world is the reflection of what goes on inside – out of your heart flows issues of life.
That is the message this book tries to convey with such an amazing story.
2. Who Moved My Cheese
An interesting book about changing times. The right book to read in this critical time
‘Change is constant,’ everybody seems to understand this, and also try to build an optimistic and positive attitude when it’s happening in lower aspects of life. But when change happens at a level beyond our reach, people freak out and some people go as far as projecting their fears on other people.
Changes will happen, but how you deal with them determines everything. We are already experiencing a change in our world today. So, how are you dealing with the change?
This book can give you an idea of how to deal with change.
3. As A Man Thinketh
If you really want to understand how your thoughts affect your life, this is the book I recommend; short concise and life-changing.
4. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
The name might give you a tip of what the book is all about.
It’s about not getting lost in chasing fame and money to the extent that you lose important things in life like the peace of mind.
It’s about finding a balance to life.
5. The Richest Man In Babylon
The name sounds weird, right?
The ancient city of Babylon was known to be the wealthiest city during its days. What was the secret?
The world we live in today is governed by laws. Understanding these laws in every aspect of our dealings is critical for a heartfelt success in anything we do.
If you wish to build wealth that gives you fulfilment, you need to learn the laws that govern wealth building.
This book contains a bunch of laws for building wealth.
6. The Bible
This book has been part of my compass to the stage I’m in life now. I’m not intending to leave it behind.
I have come to the discovery that the bible can serve both spiritually and physically.
You will always find guidance on how to live with the world around you, and you will also find guidance on how to connect with your spirituality.
I know Interpretation will always be the biggest challenge with the Bible. People will always project their own perspective of the Bible. But I believe our spirituality should be more personal but revealing in every aspect of our life and the world around us.
The Bible is a great book for building your spiritual and physical life.
These are not all the books on my list, but for now let’s work with is.
If we are to do a book reading challenge which 2 books are you going to pick from my list?
Share in the comments section, feel free to add your own list.