I am a Super Woman, not like a fictional character but a real Super Woman. I can do a couple of things that you can do but don’t want to do. I travel through continents, eat different foods, have a feel of diverse cultures and live in the most unimaginable moments sitting in one position. No! I do not practise witchcraft neither do I engage in telepathy. Are you surprised? But how do I do all these activities sitting in one position?
It’s simple! I read. Books are the most educative tools you can ever haven access to. Little wonder why that adage says readers are leaders. You might not be the next Magret Thatcher, Winnie Mandela or even Ellen Sir-Leaf Johnson but you are a leader.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
In contrast to how some people think reading is hectic, reading for leisure-especially when you are not under pressure is a pleasant thing to do. It eases your mind, helps with stronger analytical thinking skills, vocabulary expansion, mental stimulation and stress reduction.
If you are certain about what to read, here are a list of some very recent published books that might interest you;
Children of Blood and Bone -Tomi Adeyemi
If you love fiction, this is certainly for you.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. Everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.
In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon
Tamara Mellon, a successful British fashion designer reveals how she was able to transition from her career as a British Vogue editor into launching one of the world’s most successful ready-to-wear shoe companies. In her memoir, Mellon breaks down how she was able to convince Mr Jimmy Choo to start the business with her.
Jimmy Choo is now a household name, and Mellon is worth a whopping GBP220 million.
So you want to talk about race -Ijeoma Oluo
The author explores the complex of being a black woman raised by a white mother, she shows how race is so interwoven into America’s social, political, and economic systems that it is hard for most people, even Oluo’s well-intentioned mother, to see when they are being oblivious to racism. Oluo gives readers general advice for better dialogue, such as not getting defensive, stating their intentions, and staying on topic. She addresses a range of tough issues—police brutality, the n word, affirmative action, microaggressions—and offers ways to discuss them while acknowledging that they’re a problem.
Stained glass heart- Patsy Clairmont
Discover how life’s broken pieces become the prism through which God’s grace shines most brightly and beautifully! Likening people to stained glass, Clairmont offers help, hope, and a new perspective for women struggling in life’s dark places. Includes character studies of biblical women, modern-day stories, memorable quotes, recommended music, Scripture, and prayers.
Betty before X - Ilyasah Shabazz
Activist and award-winning author Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, joins with novelist Renée Watson to give middle grade readers a glimpse into the early life of Shabazz’s mother. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.
Keeping sight of graciousness amid hostility helps Betty become an outspoken advocate for human rights, women’s rights, racial tolerance, and the goal of self-determination and self-reliance.
This engaging coming-of-age tale shines a light on one young girl’s hope for happiness and equality in the midst of apparent hopelessness and despair.
Have you read any of the above books? Share some of your thoughts with us in the comments section below.