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.
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”
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.
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.
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