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Easy Reads: 9 Light Reads to Pick Up When Life Gets Hard

Ever feel like some days, the world is stressful enough that you only want “fluffy” entertainment? After the last list of books about families and generational sagas and this about thrillers, we’re ready for some light reading. If you’re only looking for the movers and shakers of literature, this may not be the post for you.

Still, I’m a firm believer in the fact that there’s a place for lighter books in everyone’s life. While some of these books may be predictable, you’re sure to blast through them and get the warm fuzzies right (or at least a satisfied feeling) after. A few of these books are young adult novels—it doesn’t get lighter than that.

13 Novels & Generational Sagas About Family Drama, Secrets, and Dysfunction

Family can be a tricky thing, and as someone with a small nuclear family, I’ve always been fascinated by sprawling families. Of course, being a reader, where else can one find a window into lives they’ll never live? Books of course! It goes then that I enjoy reading books about large families, winding generations, and all the dysfunction that can happen in a family.

These 13 books are some of my favourite books about families. I’ve LOVED all but one, which I thought was OK. Whether you’re looking for stories about African families, Middle Eastern families, American families, or Asian(-American) families, there’s a book for you on this list.

5 Lessons from Michelle Obama's "Becoming"

It would seem that the entire world read Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. You may even be one of the many (like me) who followed her tour outfits and enjoyed all the fun things, from her interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Barack Obama dropping during her stop in Washington D.C.

I read Becoming in November. I remember because I was visiting friends for a week, and I kept sneaking away to read. Her memoir achieves many of the things you’d want from the genre; it’s the right degree of revealing while being inspiring and as candid as possible. Best of all, despite not being particularly preachy, there are many lessons to be learned from Becoming.

Here are five things I learned from reading Michelle Obama’s memoir:

10 Bookstagram Mums to Follow for Some Serious Inspiration

Are you on #Bookstagram? If you’re unsure what the term means, then you’re probably yet to step into the world of books on Instagram. Bookstagram is Instagram’s book community teeming with #shelfies, #bookaddicts, and fans of #amreading (that is, reading in the AM). Also on Bookstagram, however, are another group of favourites - mums!

In this post, I’m shining a spotlight on some of my favourite mamas on Instagram. These women somehow manage to runs homes, care for their kids, read A LOT, and then do us the favour of sharing their reading lives (and sometimes those of their kids too!).

Here are ten of my favourite Bookstagram mums.

10 Excellent Self-help Books to Become a Better Person

Self-help books get a bad rap - some people think they’re too preachy, unrealistic, and clichéd. While many of them are, you can find some gems in the rough if you look hard enough.

In 2018, I dipped my toes into the world of non-fiction, and now I’m kinda hooked. So, I’ve made a list of ten non-fiction reads to inspire you!

These books are either memoirs, self-help, or essay collections that will make you want to become a better person, chase your dreams, or just feed your body better.

5 Thrillers to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

Over the past few weeks “Birdbox” the movie has been trending! Have you seen it yet? Did you know that it’s actually an adaptation of a book?

Well, off the back of this rave, it’ seems a good idea and time to talk about fiction thrillers! Especially if you’ve been caught in a reading slump and find yourself unable to continue after a few pages because of some combination of boredom and tiredness. Reading slumps happen from time to time, and the best way to pull yourself out is to get sucked into an addictive thriller!

Thrillers are hard to choose because everyone is different. Veteran thriller readers may be tougher to please because they find most of them predictable. See, I don’t have that problem. It doesn’t take much to get me sweating over a character’s bad choices, especially when it involves a murder.

But I’ve worked hard to select the best of the best. Here are five thrillers (plus a cheeky extra I’ve mentioned before) to keep you on the edge of your seat and firmly back into your reading habit.

Six Tips To Enjoy "Reading" Audio Books

Do you wonder how people actually experience books on audio? Do they actually understand everything? Is it enjoyable to “read” a book without actually seeing the words? Does that even count as reading?

I'm here to help you answer all those questions and more. I hope that by the end of this post, you'll at least be willing to try out ONE audiobook. Audiobooks are truly a wonderful addition to the world of reading because life gets so busy and humans get tired. On days when I'm too tired to read, but still want a story, audiobooks are my perfect companion. Depending on my choice, I could be listening to a person's memoir, laughing aloud to a ridiculous children's book or shaking my head at character's bad decisions while making dinner.

There are some things though that will improve your audiobook experience and help you add more reading to your busy schedule.

Here are six things to know about using audiobooks:

10+ Female African Fiction Writers to Read (other than Chimamanda Adichie)

I was reading an American Middle-Grade (junior secondary) textbook when I saw Purple Hibiscus listed as a Middle-Grade novel.

No surprises really as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is undoubtedly the most famous female African author right now. But it feels especially good to have Nigerian stories read by a wider public because Nigerians are voracious readers even reading many books by non-African authors.

Still, many people would like to and should have a broader view of the African continent asides Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. So, I decided to introduce you to, or remind you of about seventeen other female African authors of fiction whose works are worth reading.

This is not at all an exhaustive list, rather, consider it a starting point!

So here we go, in no particular order:

6 (+1) Ways to Read More Books

One of the questions I get asked all the time is “How you do you read so much?!”

The general answer to the question is that I prioritize reading. I certainly understand that a flexible schedule and the fact that I have very few responsibilities are a huge reason for my freedom to read as much as I do. Still, like anything else, I believe that to read more, we need to be intentional about making time for reading.

Here are six ways (+1) you can make time in your schedule to read more! 

10(+1) Great Picture Books to Read with Your Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

So, we already talked about how important it is to help children enjoy reading. One of the best ways to do this is by allowing children of all ages enjoy picture books. Don’t tell your children that “picture books are for babies” because if those are the books they enjoy, you’ll simply put them off reading.

Picture books are highly visual, but the best ones to read (aloud or not) also feature great language. There may be rhymes, but overall, you want a story that will delight, teach (but not seem like a textbook) and be unforgettable. 

I'll share a great list of ten picture books to start your kids off on. These picture books are short and simple enough that your toddlers (ages 1-3) and preschoolers (ages 3-5) can follow. However, they also have sparse enough text that your beginning reader (ages 5-7) can read and delightful plots that your older kids will at least crack a smile at!