If you are a reader or hoping to be a good one, then you understand the extensive benefits of reading bestows on its participants. Aside from the fact that it broadens your knowledge on some issues, it creates cognitive engagement, improves vocabulary, thinking and concentration capabilities.
If you haven’t read vastly, aside from your courses in school and your career/business journey doesn’t give you much time to explore different books on different subjects, you can read these eight suggested books that will help you gain empathy, social perception, emotional intelligence and wisdom to tackle the issues of life.
Here we go…
1. Smart money woman
A book by Nigerian, Arese Ugwu. The author’s style was merging an enticing story about a young Nigerian girl, Zuri and her journey to attaining financial independence. The book appeals to African women, teaching them how to manage their money and live within their means.
2. The richest man in Babylon
A 1926 book by George S. Clason. Almost a century later, this book has helped lots of people with their personal finance. The book gives financial advice through a collection of parables set 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. If you are looking to have control over your finances, this is one of the books you should read.
3. Men are from mars, women are from venus
Written by American, John Gray, this book from a psychologist’s point of view, talks about the essential differences between a man and a woman. It answers the deep questions of why women behave the way they do and why men are wired as such. The author is also a relationship counsellor and has a degree in meditation. The book could help you understand your male/female counterparts.
4. How to win friends and influence people
It is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie and published in 1936. According to Wikipedia, in 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books. The book still holds water even to this day. As the name implies, the book teaches you how to network and be influential around people.
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5. 5 love languages
Life isn’t just all about business and finances, and Gary Chapman tried to prove that in his book by listing and expounding on the five love languages. Which are words of affirmation, quality time, giving gifts, acts of service and physical touch? Read this book and understand yours and your partner’s love language.
6. The 4 temperaments
A book by Randy Rolfe. It gives a deep insight into the four temperaments, namely melancholic, choleric, sanguine, and phlegmatic. This book will help you understand your personality and that of others, teaching you how to relate with other people.
7. The Bible/Quran/Other religious books
For a peaceful state of mind and the need to believe in someone or something, delving into your religion and reading it’s holy books can help you keep hope alive and stay spiritual.
Select one good novel from any genre like thriller, suspense, gospel, mystery, science fiction, historical and the like. You can check the review online first, so as not to waste your time reading uninteresting ones. We have good novelists in Nigeria, the likes of Chimamanda Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun. Novels would help you broaden your ability to imagine and be creative.
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