Magazines and Newspapers
The fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine industry has come of age in Kenya with the increased number of publications and even the quality has grown. I am not an active buyer of these magazines unless they have a must-read story or interview. However, I like buying past issues of both local and international magazines because they are way cheaper and provide great fodder for inspiration and for scrap-booking.
The Edition is currently the only contemporary magazine that I subscribe to. As I once told someone, ‘I feel that I represents who I am as a young and upwardly mobile professional in Kenya’. The magazine presents various quotes depending on the theme of the issue in creative, pin-worthy ways. I love the whole outlook and the content is quite relevant to the East African Market . I hope to be reading it for many years to come.
Reading Harvard Business Review (HBR), Business Daily and other business publications is a habit that I picked up from my dad who is a very personal-development-oriented. Growing up, we also had copies of The Economist, Time, Newsweek, Management and HBR laying around the house. Back then, I used to flip through and
admire covet the luxurious watches and handbags advertised with the hope that one day I will own one ( I still do). Now that I am in the world of Finance, I have learned to look beyond the glossy covers and read the actual fascinating content.
This is difficult to say since I have I am currently using Bloglovin‘ as my blog reader. Please check out my A-List for the websites that I normally refer to, for any various hacks and my curated list of favourite things. I have to give special mention to Clare Herbert whose blog inspired me to start my own. Sadly, she stopped blogging at clareherbet.com to focus on other exciting projects. Nonetheless, she curates random and interesting stuff on Pocket Reads and still writes on Writings and Chats. Jenny Blake, author of Life After College also has great curated posts
Goodreads has become one of my favourite apps for updating my reading list. Though nothing beats browsing in a brick and mortar store and flipping through a paperback. The streets of Nairobi are teeming with lots of hidden gems. Growing up. I devoured Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley series, Pacesetters series and I can’t forget The Baby Sitters Club. ( How will you know that I grew up in the 90s ?). So when I discovered the Dear America series, I become hooked and I am in the process of collecting them. You can read about my love affair with books here. Just for the record, I do read African publications. I am slowly warming to Chimamanda especially after Americanah. Though, I am yet to read Yvonne A Owour’s Dust, that is resting on my shelf.
Currently, I am an WWII binge and reading The Forgotten Voices of the Second World War. I am looking for books or novels that shed some light on the British gulags in Kenya during the independence years. If you have any recommendations, please share with me and fellow readers in the comments below or on my twitter handle: @lillianyamongo