Here are 5 books you must have read by now

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “if you encounter a man of rare intellect, ask him what books he reads.” Quite powerful right? You will agree with me that reading books contribute immensely to the overall intelligence of a person. The more you read, the more you gain and are exposed to a wide spectrum of hidden treasures.

If for anything else, always remember what you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

BecomingMichelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir is a work of deep reflection. It is a deeply personal reckoning to a woman of substance and soul who has defied expectations and continues to inspire many people not only in the U.S. but around the world. From her childhood to her professional career to the demand of motherhood and work and finally to the most important office in the world, she shares her candid journey with us.

As Oprah explains, the revelatory book is being touted as “the book of the season”—and for good reason.

“I loved it so much I’ve already read it twice,” Oprah says. “This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. It’s a tour de force. I laughed and I cried. It is exquisitely written. She just opens up herself. It’s so vulnerable, and I’d say that even if I didn’t know her.”

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FuckMark Manson 

When you find something that is meaningful in your life, then you enter a stage of productivity that will help you maximize your time and energy. Life has its ups and downs but finding meaning in your life will help you sustain the effort needed to overcome the problems you face. To survive it all, the key to living a good life is not giving a fuck about more things, but rather, giving a fuck only about the things that align with your personal values.

This book opens your mind. Head of content and writer, Sam Thomas Davies explains in summary; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a book that challenges the conventions of self-help by inviting the reader to NOT try, say no often and embrace negative thinking. Not giving a f*ck is about being comfortable with being different and caring about something more important than adversity. You must give a f*ck about something.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Lola Shoneyin

A story of four wives. A story of betrayal, deception, love, and friendship. Baba Segi is the ultimate patriarch … but he needs to solve the mystery of his fourth wife’s infertility. It’s full of gloriously unsavoury characters caught in a terrible web of deceit. We are promised ‘four women, one husband and a devastating secret’ and it delivers on all three counts.

Writer and Poet Abigael Arunga describes Lola Shoneyin as one of those prolific authors who has only blessed us, yet, with one book – much like Uganda’s Doreen Baingana with Tropical Fish.

But sometimes one book is all it takes. Baba Segi is a manly man’s man, an African patriarch with the huge compound and numerous children to boot.

Redemption, David Baldacci

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in this compelling Memory Man thriller. Decker’s determined to uncover the truth, no matter the personal cost. But solving a case this cold may be impossible, especially when it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the old case reopened. Someone who is willing to kill to keep the truth buried, and hide a decades-old secret that may have devastating repercussions.

‘One of the world’s biggest-selling thriller writers, Baldacci needs no introduction . . . Brilliant plotting, heart-grabbing action and characters to die for’ Daily Mail.

Dance of the JakarandA, Peter Kimani

This is a historical novel that re-imagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Kenya at the turn of the last century. But this could well be a story of globalization—not just for its riveting multiracial, multicultural cast—but also due to its diverse literary allusions, from Chekhovian comedy to Kafkasque caricatures, or magical realism popularised by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

“This funny, perceptive and ambitious work of historical fiction by a Kenyan poet and novelist explores his country’s colonial past and its legacy through the stories of three men involved with the building of a railroad linking Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean — what the Kikuyu called the ‘Iron Snake’ and the British called the ‘Lunatic Express.’” —New York Times Book Review, (Editors’ Choice)

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