Truth be told, most people do not like reading…the reason, I do not know…probably because it was not a skill cultivated whilst growing up thus they just did not fancy it. For some people, even though it was part of them when they were growing up, after a while, they just did not find it interesting anymore..
Whatever category you may fall into, I doubt reading should not be something that should be considered an option or up for debate. As a human being, it is paramount that you gain knowledge and one of the ways to do so is to read and NEVER stop reading!
When I was in secondary school. we were given books to read every time we were on vacation. Sometimes, we were tested to see whether we actually read the books or not, other times too we were not. In the beginning, I struggled to keep up because I found some of the books boring and as such did not see the point of reading them at all. However as time went on, I decided to let go of that notion and just read to learn something new, a new word and if I am fortunate, be entertained that is if the book is interesting. This really helped as I have grown to become a person who is always seeking knowledge from various journals, articles (online or print) among others to expand my knowledge base. Consequently, I have learned new things, challenged my thought process in many ways because I CHOSE to read.
Fast forward to the present, I find myself buying books to read and even recommending it to others to grab a copy too. I also download a couple online sometimes, though I prefer hard copies in the end, it boils down to gaining knowledge.
This year, in particular, one of my goals was to read a book per month and so far, I have done that so well through discipline (because at most times I was lazy). The books I have read so far which I will recommend include; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Soar by T.D. Jakes, The Hollywood Commandments by Devon Franklin, The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, Silent Seasons by Heather Lindsey, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. I am in the process of finishing The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. For the next 6 months, I will be reading books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, We Should All Be Feminists, Dear Ijeawale/a Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions, The Thing Around Your Neck, among others), Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k and any other books I find interesting.
If you are wondering how you could get books to read for free online, below are some websites I shared with my mentees a few weeks ago which I believe you might find useful too;
I hope you find them useful! Never stop reading. Seek knowledge for Knowledge is Power. Have an awesome Reading Time (You have to cultivate it or else it will look like a Herculean task).
Thanks for reading. If you have any website in mind for free downloadable books, please share in the comment section. If you have any interesting book you are currently reading or have read, please feel free to share and I will check it out.
Enjoy the rest of the week!