One of my 2019 goals was to read more! It’s something I love but never take enough time to do. It often, unfortunately, falls to the bottom of my list but I’ve been trying to get better at making time for it this year. Forcing myself to turn my phone off, shut down my laptop, play no music and just simply read.
I’ve really been loving starting to read different kinds of books, and I think that, considering we’ve just started the 3rd month of the year, I’m not doing too badly keeping up with my aim to read at least 12 by the end of the year.
So here’s what I’ve read, (or am still reading) so far in 2019!
Stacey Dooley: Women on the Front Line
This was the first book I read of 2019 and a Christmas present to me from my parents. I’d wanted to read this book since it came out and I found it very interesting. In some ways, I was disappointed as it seemed to just consolidate many of Dooley’s documentaries, but in other ways did remind me of all the varied work she’s done and prompt me to think about some topics I hadn’t considered for a long time. If you’re not familiar with her journalistic work or want to read something which consists of lots of different varied parts then this book is definitely worth a read!
Otegha Uwagba: Little Black Book- A toolkit for working women
I’ve just begun a very windy path working for myself and I’m lucky to have some really great people with very impressive business minds around me but I am trying to teach myself ever more as I’m starting up. And this is undoubtedly the perfect book to pick up and pop down every now and then. It’s accessible, bite size and female-focused. I’ve found it makes me feel great and gives me amazing gems knowledge that are easy to digest and impossible to forget.
Christina Patterson: The Art of Not Falling Apart
This book is really honest and fascinated me right from the outset. It’s based on a journalist (you’re starting to see a common theme haha!) who loses her job and explores the lows and highs that follow. It’s a self-help book with a difference and the narrative is something very uplifting and relatable. This is probably my favourite book I’ve been reading so far this year- It’s a must for anyone in any situation and will make you delve into yourself and then smile.
Theodor Fontane: Wie man in Berlin so lebt
Although I’m currently on the Dutch part of my Year Abroad, I’m still trying to keep up with my German. This book is a lot slower for me to get through because of it being in my second language but now and then I enjoy the test. It’s also important to attempt to read classics in my view, and so this is my effort to continue doing just that. I’m still more near the beginning than near to the end but I’ll get there!
Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel: The Elements of Journalism
A wonderful friend gave me this book as he thought it was exactly the kind of thing I’d like. And they were absolutely 100% right. This is the perfect book to give you an introduction to journalism, both written and online press. I’m thoroughly enjoying it and honestly it’s probably not the kind of book that I’d usually go out and buy by myself but now I definitely would consider more like this.
Sarah Knight: The Life-Changing Maic of Not Giving a F**k
Exactly what you need on a Wednesday evening when you need a boost of energy and patience to get through the rest of the week! One of the great things about this book is that you can read a couple of pages at a time or 50 in one go. With so many little sections and mini-chapters and sub-headings, this is the perfect book for someone who wants something uplifting, funny, witty and easy to pick up and put down. This is what you should read if you don’t have much time but don’t want to give up on reading completely! It’s rude (obviously) and hilarious.
Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus: Inside Hotel Rwanda- The surprising true story…and why it matters today
I read this book as part of a University course I’m doing at the moment. I have to submit a book review soon relating to Genocide and Mass Atrocities and I decided to focus on the Rwandan genocide. I could talk more about what I do academically another time but I found this book really captivating and raised some really interesting debates concerning the aftermath of violence around the world. I think it’s a must read for anyone, it definitely makes you think about the narrative of history you’re fed in the media and why we should be more questioning of it. The last few chapters are the most thought-prevoking parts.
I’m still going!
I’ve not finished all of these books but for the first time in a long while, I feel like I’m on a roll with reading and am loving having several on the go at the same time. There’s a real mix of books here and I think that’s why I’ve been able to get through so many so far. If anyone has any suggestions for books that you think I have to read next please let me know! I look forward to taking on some new reads!😊