#faves: Things To Read

#faves: Things To Read

fave; a thing or person loved, preferred and adored

I’m introducing a new segment on this blog called #faves. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite things so if there’s anything you’d like me to do a #faves post on, let me know. 

I like to think I’m an avid reader. I really do enjoy a good book. But I lack one thing- consistency. It could take me a whole year to finish a book. My sisters always make fun of me for this actually. They love to read and find it funny that when they see me 5 months later, I’m still reading the same book.

But when you do find me reading, I’m very particular about what I read and how I read. I don’t like to borrow books I prefer my own copy. Books are so personal and I like to highlight and be able to refer to it over and over again, and sharing books makes that difficult.

I’m not much of a fiction person. In fact, there’s only one fiction book I read that I truly loved- Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (obvs). She writes so vividly and deliberately. As much as I appreciated the historical and political importance of the context of the book, I reveled in the love journey of Richard and Kainene. I love that Richard seemed to never truly understand Kainene. He was always trying to figure her out yet that somehow made their relationship all the more mysterious and intense.

Another one of my favourite books is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I didn’t enjoy it for the first couple of chapters because it relied too much on examples I felt I couldn’t relate to. But after a while, I was hooked (my reading rate even became faster than usual). It had some really important lessons about patience with challenges, waking up early and the ten thousand hour rule.

He teaches about patience in the book through an example of a woman who was given a problem to work out that she had never learnt before. She tried and tried and after approx. 20 minutes she got the answer. The reason she was able to figure it out was because she took time with the problem. Many times in life we encounter problems and take a couple of minutes trying to find the solution and if we can’t find it instantly we throw our hands in the air and give up. This example taught me the importance of sticking it out when it gets tough.

Gladwell also uses Chinese farmers as an example of why we should endeavor to wake up early. He explains that due to the nature of farming, farmers needed to be awake early in the mornings to sow the seeds that would later allow them to reap a bountiful harvest. He uses a powerful quote to sum it up- “No-one who rises before dawn 360 days a year fails to make their family rich”. Literally, this would apply to few of us. But it’s an important lesson in various contexts. Waking up early can really transform your day and in the long run, your life.

My other favourite lesson in Outliers is the ten thousand hour rule. It’s simple- on average it takes ten thousand hours to become a master in a field. He gives examples of the long hours of practice people like The Beatles and Bill Gates put in to be where they are. It really puts ‘microwave success’ into perspective.

 

I don’t usually read Forbes magazine. But this month’s edition featured the indefeasible Tabitha Karanja, a woman I adore and admire. She is fearless and a pioneer. It’s always amazing to read about people so passionate about building Kenya and Africa. She’s definitely my kind of person.

 

Would love to hear if you’ve read any of the above! Or share any of your #faves below in the comment section.

 

T

© Tessy Maritim

3 Comments

  • The African-Italian Project

    November 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Like this is so funny!! As I am writing, I have Half of a Yellow Sun right next to me and yes it’s amazing. I definitely like Americanah more because I feel like I can relate to it in a way I’ve never felt before, but I think HOAYS is great because of the way love is constructed in such a difficult situation. Richard and Kainene’s love is something I cannot even express with words, is beautiful like the sun on a Sunday morning.
    I have lots of notes here on HOAYS’ review, and I have to say you just gave me the ultimate input to actually finish it.
    I understand you so much when you say it takes you long time to read a book, same here but I think mine is more lack of focus.

    Great post 🙂 love it!!

    • Tessy Maritim

      November 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm Reply

      Americanah is definitely next on my reading list! 🙂 Thanks for reading, glad you like it!

  • Otema

    June 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Hey Tessy…this was an interesting read. I am eager to read ‘Outliers’ hope it’s a good read as suggested. Right now I am about to start on a book called ‘What They Don’t Teach at Harvard Business School’ will give you feedback on how that goes…

    What are you currently reading or rather what’s new that is worth a mention???

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