The First Half of the Year in Six Books

January, Book 1:

The best start to the year. An indispensable resource to draw reference from during the course of the year for South Africans with little financial knowledge. Warren Ingram also hosts podcasts titled Personal Finance which are a great supplement to his books.

February, Book 2:

“Everything we have learnt in outliers says that success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed…Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given the opportunities – and who have hd the strength and presence of mind to seize them” Malcolm Gladwell.

March, Book 3:

When breath becomes air leads the reader to confront their mortality. Kenyan Journalist Maurice Oniang’o, remarks that he’s come to appreciate through this book that “eventually we all die and what matters is how you choose to live your life and how you choose to face your challenges. Are you going to brood and live in despair about it or will you try and find meaning about the challenges you are facing.” Click to read full interview.

April, Book 4:

An arresting story about race, slavery, and inheritance set in two distinct cities in different times in history. The novel follows the life of Josephine, a house girl and artist in Virginia in the 1800’s and of Lina a lawyer in New York. These two women meet meet in Josephine’s descendant, a potential plaintiff for a case on slave reparation.

May, Book 5:

A compilation of South African voices speaking on feminism from the differences of race, class, sexual orientation, age and life experiences. A much needed read for a society plagued by many social ills which would ideally be fixed, if everyone was feminist.

June, Book 6:

An academic exposition of business administrative concepts in bite sized chapters.

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