Mid-Year Reading Challenge 

Aside from doing the compulsory readings required at university, I don’t think I’ve picked up a book to read leisurely in years. This is such a disappointment because reading is one of my favourite things to do. There have been times where I even forgo lunch and dinner just to continue reading!

So for the month of July, I’ve decided to set myself a challenge of reading for 30 minutes a day, on a book that I want to read. This is part of an overall greater challenge for the remaining part of 2017 where I will be learning to do things that I want to do instead of what I have to do (e.g. uni readings). Often our lives can get very busy and we believe that we don’t have enough time to do the things that we want to do.

That is not true at all! The secret is in making time rather than finding time. I once read that even Bill Gates, on top of al the work he is doing to change the world, is able to read a book a week. For now, I’m just a student and I want to prove to myself that I can make the time to do the things that I want!

Here are the books that I’ll be reaching for over the next few months:

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  4. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  5. East of Eden by John Steinback
  6. The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lame, Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

I’ve made sure that the books are a good balance of fiction and non-fiction to keep me interested. Some are more difficult reads (e.g. The Intelligent Investor), while others are shorter (e.g. We Should All Be Feminists).

Hopefully you can reignite your love for reading again like I did! Let me know what you think of the selection of books I have chosen and if you have any recommendations.


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