On My Nightstand Lately…

Never Eat Alone…and  Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Author (s): Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

Why I Picked it: It’s a New York Times Bestseller and every  career/business/productivity coach  has been raving about it.

 My  Thoughts: This  book has been on my TBR ( to be read)  list for the last  couple of years and I was excited to finally get a  hold of  it.  This edition of the book incorporates advice  on  how to navigate professional  relationships in the  era of  social  media.  When I first  began  reading  the  book, I thought  that it sounded  like  your  typical  networking advice  guide.  But I am  glad that I stuck with it and  got to remind myself on the importance of  building  my personal  brand  and  having relationships with people from all  sorts of  backgrounds before you  need that  important  favour.  My personal favourite  nugget from the  book was  Ferrazzi’s advice on  hosting dinner parties  which to be  quite  honest, I  find  a bit intimidating.

You should  read it… if you want to pick a successful marketer’s  brain.

The  Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

Author: Nina Munk

Why I Picked it: My father has  a copy of  Sachs’  The End of Poverty  and  he  has always encouraged to me to go Columbia’s SIPA.   Plus, I am always to keen know the people behind the big names and fancy titles.

My Thoughts: At last, I got to know the origins of the term “Shock Therapy”! The book  begins  with a  peek into Jeffrey Sachs’ early  life and  how he got to  develop the  Millennium Villages Project.  Munk also  profiles  other men  who worked in the  project in  Kenya and Uganda.  I felt that the book should have been titled  Millennium Villages Project  because it  focused more on the on goings of the  project rather than Jeffrey Sachs himself. I  am glad that the  author  painted a vivid picture of  the situations  in developing countries and  tried to show  the  importance of partnering with the local people in order to  bring about  change. At the same time, she was able to show that the  shortcomings of foreign aid and the efforts made by Sachs to eradicate poverty.

You should  read it if…you are interested in working in aid and development and want to make a “difference”

The  Thing Around Your Neck

Author: Chimamanda  Ngozi Adichie

Why I Picked it: My sister and best friend  love Chimamanda’s work and I enjoyed  Americanah

My Thoughts: I resonated at  different levels with the  characters  in the various stories featured in this book; just like them, I am grappling with westernisation  while  trying to maintain my Kenyan (read: Kisii) roots. One of my  favourite stories was ‘The Arrangers of Marriage’. Chinaza agrees to an arranged marriage to Ofodile, a  Nigerian doctor residing in USA and has to adapt to the  new lifestyle when  they move immediately after their wedding. Her  husband  Ofodile, Dave is  so keen on fitting  into the  new culture and shunning what  his roots by always correcting  her , “Pitcher” not  “Jug” or  giving her a  massive cookbook on Western cuisine  when she makes him a typical Nigerian dinner. Well, no more spoilers…

You should  read it if… you are African millennial.

Mere Christianity and Christian Behaviour

Author: C.S. Lewis

Why I Picked it: C’mon. It’s  a Classic.

My thoughts: Most  people know Clive Staples Lewis  from watching the  movie  adaptations of  The Chronicles of Narnia but  few have taken time to get to know the his back story and  other  pieces of his literature. Christian Behaviour is an excerpt of  Mere Christianity (as I came to discover much later) so I would advise that you read you the latter.   Lewis breaks down  the basic issues that  define a Christian as person with beautiful anecdotes that make you want to stop. sit. meditate. apply. and then continue reading.  I think he  was able to address this  issue because he was once an atheist and  having  had a personal encounter with God who was able to  explain  this misunderstood  religion in way that he hoped that others would grasp.

You should  read it if… you want a simple yet profound look  into the Christianity. Every Christian should read this classic regardless of denomination.

 Love Languages for Singles

Author: Dr. Gary Chapman

Why I picked it? I have heard about the  concepts  for a number of  years but I have not had the chance to delve into them.

My thoughts: Please do not let the title fool you. Dr. Gary Chapman  deals with the  way that  human  beings express their  affection towards each other   and  his advice is applicable to ALL  relationships. He argues that  every person has a primary way  in which  he or she expresses and  receives  love and  appreciation. In case you have been  living under a  rock, the  5 love  languages: physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, gifts and acts of service.  In the book, he  generously gives  examples of single people in  different settings  which was a definite plus.

You should read it if… you want to have better understanding of human relationships.

 

 

 

Please  let me  know what you are reading lately and let’s compare  bookshelves over on Goodreads.

Note: I have not  included affiliate links and I am not being compensated for reviewing any of these books.   

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About Lillian

I am a proud student of the human experience which provides me with the perfect excuse for being a bibliophile (read: book hoarder) and the unofficial patron of Nairobi Inama bookshops. But in my past life, I was a recorder player. You can also find me on Medium (@lillianyamongo) where I discuss sustainable finance.
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One Response to On My Nightstand Lately…

  1. I’ll be sure to add Chidimanda’s and Lewis’ book to my list!

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