Towards the end of last year, I shared a list of books I had read on my social media accounts and I got a number of questions. In this article, I will try to answer every question with honesty.
1. Why do I read a lot?
I’d say for knowledge, but that’d come second. I read for fun. Reading is fun. Think about your favorite movie, the details. Now think about a novel, how much power you have to create your own images and motion based on a few descriptions. The power to choose a voice to your characters.
Knowledge is power and everyone wants some little power. Reading just happens to be my little way of acquiring power.
2. How do I do my reading?
There’s no specific way. No specific order. (Although, I may want to mention that I like to ensure that I don’t read other books more than I read my Bible. We all have a special book, or so I think.)
3. When do I do my reading?
During any free time. I like to alternate between watching and reading. Based on the subject of the book, I might go a little extra on creating time just to finish the book. This year, I have read 3 out of 4 books on traffic. I just happen to be spending a lot of time on traffic lately…hehe.
4. How do I choose what to read?
Like I said, I read for fun and knowledge. I believe it’s all about interests. I read ‘Born a crime’ because I like Trevor Noah. If you know him, you definitely like him too. I am a practicing Christian, so I do a lot of Christian literature. For obvious reasons. Bishop Dag Heward-Mills is my favorite author, but that’s only because I read a lot of his books a few years ago when I was experiencing leadership crisis. He has a lot of books on leadership. You should try one someday.
I’m currently reading ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins because my atheist friend (he says he’s a humanist but I don’t see the difference) wants me to read it.
I also like politics and history and so I tend to read on the same. Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs are my all-time favorites. When it comes to political drama, I prefer watching than reading.
I also realized I’m not good at reading recommended books; so I choose my readings by myself.
5. Do I have favorite authors and/or books?
Like I said, Dag Heward-Mills is my favorite author so far. ‘Loyalty and Disloyalty’ is my favorite book of his. ‘The Mist’ by Stephen King is my favorite novel so far. It’s a thriller. I don’t like thrillers but there’s just something about that book that awaken my spirit.
6. Do I have reading goals and/or schedules?
Goals? Absolutely. My target for this year is 52 books which would translate into a book a week. However, I appreciate the fact that we all have busy (or lazy) days, weeks or even months sometimes. And so, I don’t limit myself to a book a week. So far, I have read 4 books in less than 2 weeks.
7. Do I finish every book I start?
Honestly, I don’t. I don’t think it’s necessary. Although I happen to finish 90% of the books I start. ‘destined to Reign’ by Joseph Prince was among the first books I ever read (I like to think it was the first though, it wasn’t.) I never finished it. I tried several times. But I have read several other books to completion ever since.
8. Where do I get my books?
I have a friend who doesn’t read PDFs. She says it’s an insult to the author. I agree. If you can buy hardcopy books, then do it. I prefer reading softcopy books. I have a virtual library with more than 500 books; but that’s mainly Christian literature and maybe a few of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nowadays, I get most of what I read from Anybooks App; available on google play store. That’s where I get other genres. Without them, I’d be an aspiring reader.
9. Have people made assumptions about my reading?
All the time. Among many other popular books within my Christian circles are ‘A Hunger for God’ by John Piper and ‘God’s generals’. A lot of my friends have read these books. I hate to say it, but I haven’t read them. The most I’ve done is skim through the table of contents. Based on their popularity, most people tend to assume that I have read them. If you asked me for a book on fasting, I’d send you A hunger for God. I just know that’s what people send to you when you ask for a book on fasting. I’m yet to read it.
10. Would I talk someone into reading?
Absolutely, Yes. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be responding to your questions. Read Fam! Read! You never know when you’ll need that knowledge so badly, I’d say it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. And so, I charge you today; give thyself unto reading.