Tag - books

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The books of July & August
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Books in January
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G.L.i.B-bed: Persuasion
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G.L.i.B
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2016: My book list
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Living, reading and setting goals
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Booking a place in the world

The books of July & August

But it is a vicious cycle, this reading and writing. In order to write well, one must read regularly, vigorously, voraciously, widely. Most times, like in the last couple of weeks, I ask myself: how do I combine both when I have daily writing targets and a day job? Where do I find the space to steal a few hours (or in my case, minutes) of reading time to boost my brain power and give fuel to an unfolding plot? Because, more often than not, inspiration lies between the pages of any good read and can take my current plot (and future works) in delicious directions.

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G.L.i.B-bed: Persuasion

This would be the first of James Borg’s works to feature in my reading list. And I had no expectations about it. Just a blank expression on my mind as I began to leaf through the red – covered volume. Time and again, British authors reiterate my conviction of my preference for their writing technique (and choice of words) over any of their other counterparts. Reading content created by a Briton elevates and educates me. I’m also left with a feeling of my time well – spent, my mind more exposed, my diction improved and increased, and my writing duly challenged. Strange though. Like most people around the world, I grew up under the weighted influence of American entertainment – cartoons, books, films, speech. And after almost four decades of conscious (and sometimes, unconscious) orientation, the British writers still hold taut my heartstrings to their style of penmanship. James Borg’s Persuasion is, like its title signals, all about the art of influencing people over to your point of view. Divided into 10 chapters, it delves into such topics geared towards making an influence of the reader – being a good listener, keeping attention, body language, good recall, telephone telepathy, negotiating skills, personality types, etc. It was an entertaining and educative read, staying true to my expectations of British authors. An apt end to my reading diet for the month of November. Here are some interesting excerpts: Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively, skillfully and with understanding to another person. Attention is held only when interest is rising. Research shows continually that people take in only about 40 percent of what they hear. (And that’s without interruptions) Recognize that most decisions of acceptance – for anything – are made on an emotional level. It is important to get acceptance when feeling is running high. Lack of eye contact gives the impression that you are talking at people instead of to them. A poor memory can destroy relationships. People prefer to deal with others who speak in an open communication fashion; it leads to less”more

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G.L.i.B

The title of this post flashed, as though impatient to join the blog, while I read my first book of the year. Nora Robert’s Whiskey Beach, kicked off my reading this month. It has been a loooooooong while since I held a book authored by her. As I turned the pages of perhaps my first novel in six months, I realized I wanted to talk (or rather, write) about the books I’d be reading in 2017 as I did, and not just list all of them in one post at the end of the year like I’ve done in the past two years. To do that, I needed a title for the book category I’d be introducing on the blog; it was going to be a constant like the others before it – the institution, just the two of them, etc. Books I’m currently reading and my reading list were two possible headings that didn’t quite fit. Too pedestrian, I thought. Bookshelf also made a feeble appearance; it was the name of an online book reading club I belonged to. Nah, wasn’t that pilfering? Half – way through Whiskey Beach and pondering on the culprit of the main unsolved crime, g.l.i.b flashed and…kind of stuck. The more I thought about it, the apt it seemed. In name and purpose and…swag. Allow me present the latest addition to the blog – G.L.i.B (Getting Lost in a Book). This category will feature the books I’m currently reading (or have just finished reading) as well as my thoughts on them. It would be a review and recommendation of sorts. You will notice that the category’s title is dynamic and will be used not only to name the category but to describe some of its contents: G.L.i.B: Getting Lost in a Book G.L.i.B – bing: a book I’m currently reading G.L.i.B- bed: a book I have read Going to G.L.i.B: this is easy to understand, isn’t it? Now you see why it is as appropriate in name as it is in function? And to distinguish it from the same dictionary word (in spelling and”more

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2016: My book list

When I did this last year – write about the books I read – I was quite disappointed, appalled even, to discover my magic number was 16. Just 16! In a full year of 12 months, I could boast of only 16 books; one per month, and I just managed to squeeze in four more for good measure. It didn’t help that my goal was a book every fortnight. My count ought to have been 24 if I had followed that rule rigidly. But here I was thinking in terms of 36 books since I would have surpassed my target. Obviously, right? The reality was rudely shocking. The same rule applied this year; and while 24 books was the target, I had to remind myself that the number wasn’t quite as important as the amount of knowledge and understand garnered from each; the continuous improvement of my writing and speaking skills, the honing of my reading habit; the inspiration it sparked towards my creative writings; the constant mental trips I embarked upon or the other benefits that came with engaging the mind in a packed volume of well structured, interesting words. Truth be told though, it would have still been something to attain the 24 book mark (or more). Now that would be the target to beat in 2017, and I’d just keep improving on it year after year. How cool will that be? Back to the present. Here are the books that arrested my attention this year: Home Sweat Home – Lynn Johnston Mastery – Robert Greene Life’s a Pitch – Stephen Bayley & Roger Mavity Positioning – Al Ries & Jack Trout Rework – Jason Fried, David Heinemier Hansson The 46 Rules of Genius – Marty Neumeier Becoming a Person of Influence – John C. Maxwell, Jim Dornan Damn Good Advice – George Lois Mom & Me & Me – Maya Angelou 365 Things Every Mum Should Know Can I Change Your Mind? – Lindsay Camp The Untethered Soul The Appearing -Kristen Wisen

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Living, reading and setting goals

                Two weeks ago, I joined an online book club. I’m hoping this move would help me read more books this year and improve on that achievement as I go on. We are a 21-member, all – female group called the bookshelf and I feel really good about it. A few days ago, I posted the article below on the group’s page: What is your reading target? 10 minutes a day? 30 minutes? An hour? A book a week? A month? Quarterly? Annually? One of my 2014 resolutions was to read two (or more) books a month. For someone who claimed to be a voracious reader, this , I admit, was way below my reading standards. But while I played with the idea of increasing my monthly book count, I also considered other areas of my life. I had to be realistic; that’s what the R in the popular S.M.A.R.T goals setting acronym stands for. Because setting the goals are easy. Achieving them…not so much. 2014 started off brilliantly. By the end of February, I had six books under my belt – Mastery, The Art of Speaking Well, Life’s a Pitch, Dreams from my Father, Secret of the Ages & Creative Confidence.               I                 I was on fire! My next book in March was Footprints of an Iconic Diplomat. It took me four months ( shame, shame and more shame) to finish a book that had the word ‘pictorial’ as part of its subtitle! They say it’s the middle months , March – August, that truly tests your determination to stick to your resolutions. I just got proof of that statement.                 My reading went downhill from there and almost crashed into a valley. It was June already. I fell ill in July and just became strong enough in August to travel for my brother’s wedding. All the while I tried ( I really did) to get back on my reading track”more

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Booking a place in the world

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.’ – St. Augustine I didn’t introduce T to the world of books early but when I did, we more than made up for whatever lost time. I added her brother into that world last year. Fortunately both children love books, reading, writing and all that jazz. Every opportunity to indulge in these activities means quiet and peace in my world, and I’m their biggest cheerleader. ‘No entertainment is so cheap as reading nor any pleasure so lasting.’ – Lady M.W. Montagu I must mention here that T loves, loves books ( a tad more than her brother) and takes every chance she gets to attempt to read and sound out familiar and new words, and sentences. It is only natural that one of her favourite moments is bedtime reading. She chooses the book, the story and reads what she can, displaying her reading prowess, learning new words and testing her memory. She also points out corresponding photos and asks questions when something is unclear. Before now, I’d read the story for her brother and her while they both listened attentively. Not anymore. In the last year, they have both grown and insist on being fully involved in this nighttime activity. This means two books, three voices, extended bedtime reading period, and a lifetime of benefits for both of them. Since starting school and recognizing the alphabets, Chairman literarily hijacks his bedtime book and reads it himself, complete with gestures and animal sounds. T is no different. Her reading confidence and repertoire of words have both increased proportionally to her height and, mummy is only remembered at word roadblocks. Books, like humans, entertain us, comfort us, challenge us and inspire us.They are also fantastic! Not only do they contain rich and varied language that fires the imagination but the children are required to work their memory to follow the plot … and take them to other exotic places. Bedtime reading also means: I get to spend time bonding with them. They develop stronger reading skills. New”more

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