Happy Friday Friends!
Despite all the troubles that this world is facing at the moment (read: war, Ebola, terrorism, Lamu land wrangles… you get the picture), I am grateful to be alive and the chance to make a difference. I am also hoping to share with you some exciting life-changing news in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
My GoodReads challenge has me on my toes. I know that I am 10+ books behind my 50 books in 2014 target but reading is not something to be rushed. I decided to give myself permission not to finish the books that I do not enjoy even if they are on the New York Times Bestsellers’ List. Audiobooks, for me do not really count as reading. I guess that’s why I am yet to make full use of my Kindle app. There is always something about browsing through a bookstore looking for your favourite titles and authors while making a mental note: been there, done that, (almost) watched the movie. And the smell of books… Nothing like it.
For Nairobians, Westlands Sundries at the Village Market is a book-lover’s’ haven. When I dropped in last week, I felt like a kid in a candy store. The decor is out of this world and has a great selection of books. I picked up this book and the title did raise a couple of eyebrows as I read most of it while commuting. Going past the title, the books revolves around the experiences of Heidi, Ken and Andrew in conflict zones of Cambodia, Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia and Bosnia during 1990s to early 2000s. If you have ever thought of humanitarian work or being employed by the UN, this book is should be on your reading list.
This year, I am determined to read a couple of classics and my binge began with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I liked the movie (Leo does a good job playing Jay Gatsby) and the book, though I found the story line rather morbid. I think that I will have to give the book another read because it is heavy with symbolism. My biggest takeaway from the book is to invest in people who truly deserve you. Needless to say, I could relate to Nick Carraway and he won my heart for being one of the loyal(-est) friend ever. (I feel a potential blog post here…hmmm).
Everyone knows Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre but not many know her first novel , The Professor. The book is written from the perspective William Crimsworth who sets to Belgium to find his fortune after being ill-treated by his brother and disowned by his extended family. He eventually become a professor (read: teacher) at two elite schools. The drama begins when he falls in love with one of his poor pupils and the directress (this word does exist in old English) of the all-girls school.Though I loved Jane Eyre, I found The Professor a difficult read. Bronte uses French in some of the conversations without translating hence I did not enough the dialogues as much. If you enjoy classics, this book is worth a try.
I am still looking for The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde so that I can check it off my reading bucket-list. So please let a sister know by leaving a note in the comments section down below. I would also love to read your thoughts on the books that I have mentioned.
Enough about me and my books. Let’s ease into the weekend with this round of links:
- The absolute best way to figure out your personal brand (The Muse). To go straight to the PWC workbook, click here
- Precastinating vs Procrastinating (Fast Company)
- Networking for introverts (Cupcakes and Cashmere)
- How to work with people who are smarter than you (The Muse)
- Finding your faith post-college (Levo League)
- How to stay awake without caffeine (Freckled Fox)
- What stops women from pursuing meaningful careers (Levo League)
- Brighten up someone’s day, send a package ( Free People)
- Find the thing you’re most passionate about, then do it on nights and weekends for the rest of your life (The Onion)
- 5 ways Japanese culture made me a better person (The Nectar Collective)
- How to be a grown ass woman series (Yes and Yes)
- Love this! 6 things a Nairobi Matatu tout can teach you about business (iHub)