Back in primary school, I used to be an avid reader of novels. I remember wanting to read about absolutely anything and everything. Then somewhere along the way, I lost that drive. I blame puberty and DStv. Both of these caused a whole lot of distractions. Fast-forward to now and it seems like this long lost motivation has resurfaced. Whoop! Whoop! I ended 2017 reading a lot more than I had in the past years. You’d think that being so close to completing my third year in law school, I’d be a bit averse to reading anything that wouldn’t help me in increasing my grade average.
Actually, after thinking about it, it’s as if now that I’m nearing the end of my university experience, I’m yearning for what awaits “out there”. The more I read, the more the world in general excites me. And as I can’t help but feed this excitement, I’ve decided to embark on a 50 book challenge. It’s pretty straight forward: read 50 books in this year of 2018. This list isn’t particular. It can be poetry, classics, fiction, biographies, self-help…pretty much any genre (i’ve tried to be this varied in my first ten choices listed below).
The challenge idea came from a friend and former classmate of mine, Sophia, who’s been doing a version of it for the past couple of years and for it I thank her! ❤
My list starts off with a number of books I’ve been meaning to read since last year, as well as suggestions I’ve received from a few trusted bibliophiles. Here you go:
- Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
- Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
- No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
- Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Montezuma’s Daughter by H. R. Haggard
I’m going to work with these for now and update the list as the challenge goes on. I’d really love it if you joined me on this. It would help you cultivate a reading habit AND be more knowledgeable, who doesn’t want that? Also, please feel free to leave me any suggestions! They will be highly appreciated. I’ll leave you with a quote that will hopefully inspire you.
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the page and feel as if you’ve lost a friend.
~ Paul Sweeney
Thanks for reading (haha ?) and have a Happy New Year! ?
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— Ivy xx