I’m a book lover, I’ve been reading books since Primary school. I didn’t have any influence at home and I don’t remember seeing my older siblings reading books other than school books. So I didn’t have a stash of books to read from, I created my own stash.
I started with Enid Blyton and Goosebumps books in Primary school and I remember making my Mum buy me books at a book fair. The colours attracted me at the time. I had so many Enid Blyton books by the time I graduated Primaryschool.
However, when I got to Secondary school, I stopped reading any other book other than my school books. I recognized competition and I was aiming to be top of the class which I didn’t even achieve all through Junior Secondary school.
In Senior Secondary school, I took Literature as a subject (It was compulsory to choose one between Geography and Literature). We had to read some books (Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Macbeth, Anthills of Savannah, A Play of Giants e.t.c) as part of the WAEC(West African Examination Council) syllabus and it was always a struggle for me. I’m not sure if it had to do with my literature teacher or I wasn’t just interested at the time.
I read the books but I wasn’t really reading them. I read them to be able to answer questions that were asked on them. Now that I look back, I can’t help but think that the reading spirit in me had not been awakened. Let me just put it here that I have read all the books now even the ones that were popular and not in the syllabus.
I started appreciating books in my last year in Secondary school. We had the great opportunity of having a world class library. We had all sorts of books from adventure to romance even the Harry Potter and Twilight books. However, the first book I thoroughly enjoyed was a romance novel and this was in SS3. I remember reading it day and night and even during prep. I was hooked till I finished it.
It even got better when I got to the University. One of my closest friends was a book lover so we would buy a bunch of separate books and exchange after reading. I started collecting books!!!! I read alot of romance novels during this period and there was a moment I only read Danielle Steel books. I like that everything isn’t always rosy in her novels.
With the invention of e-books, life got much easier. I would download a book and read it in a day on my ipad or my phone. I’ve read over 100 Sidney Sheldon books online and I even read 50 shades of Grey on the computer (God bless the people that put books on the postpaid and corporatecare user accounts in glo). It took reading the The Art of War – Sun Tzu to break me out of my love for only romance novels.
When I’m packing for a holiday, I always add a book or two. I can’t help it. I started reading one of my favourite books by a Nigerian author “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin” on the plane.
Now, I read all types of books and I recently started reading more inspirational books. I am currently reading Small Business, Big Money – Akin Alabi and I’m thinking of writing about the book soon. I rarely sit in front of the tv these days but I can spend a whole day reading a book. Most people don’t even know that majority of movies nowadays are adaptations from books.
This year, I have read 7 books so far and I hope to have read over 30 books by the end of the year. Here are the books I have read;
- Smart Money Woman – Arese Ugwu
- The Principles and Power of Vision – Dr Myles Munroe
- The Panther – Nelson DeMille
- Making Faces – Amy Harmon
- A Geeko’s Farewell – Malik Nwosu
- The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey
- As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
The book lovers will get me, reading a book is more empowering, it’s everything.
*quote from google