#StudentSA – 31 Books you really must read!
Books transport us to places we have never been, open our eyes to things we have never seen and inspire us to be people we never thought that we would be. I have been a child detective in an Enid Blyton Novel, walked down Fifth Avenue, Manhattan in a Nora Roberts Novel, got serenaded in a gondola in Venice in a Romance Novel, was chased by gorillas in the tropical rainforest in the Congo Novel by Michael Crichton and got inspired to be an investor by Benjamin Graham in his book, The Intelligent Investor. Aah! The great adventures I have been on! How I miss them.
Having decided that books are a favourite subject for so many of us, we decided to chat with students and made it a topic of discussion on our Wednesday night chat. We got a lot of responses and we therefore compiled a Recommended book list and here it is.
Recommended Book List
- Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
- Turning Thirty, My Legendary Girlfriend, Dinner for Two, Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle
- Wuthering Heights by EmilyBronte
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- Summer’s Child, The Midwife’s Confession, Breaking the Silence, The Escape Artist, Secret lives by Diane Chamberlain
- The Cat and The Baboon by David Sedaris
- Lady No 1 Detective Agency Series byAlexander McCall Smith
- Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
- Capital by John Lancaster
- Chickens, Mules and 2 old Fools by Victoria Twead
- Drugmuled by Joanne Joseph
- The Loveliest chocolate shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
- The Street Lawyer, The Firm, The Runaway Jury, The Testament by John Grisham
- The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon
- Thinner by Stephen King
- The Kashmir Shawl and Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas.
- The Elephant Whisperer, Graham Spence and Anthony Lawrence
- The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
- The Best A Man Can Get by John O’Farell
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
- Remember Me by Lesley Pearse
- But Can You Drink the Water by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
- Sister by Rosamund Lupton
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
- Red Tape and White Knuckles and Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
- Paradise by Judith McNaught
This list could go on and on but hey, we don’t want to exhaust you. We are bookworms and we are proud of it. We are always saddened when we hear someone boasting that they haven’t read a book in years. It’s nothing to be proud of because you grow by learning new things and the day that you stop learning, you slowly begin to die inside. Anthony Robbins, a great author says, people should always be in CANI (Constant And Never-ending Improvement) and you can only achieve that through reading and being inquisitive.
A word of advice: Read more
We have recently started a book club in our office (in Pretoria) and anybody interested is very welcome to join us. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and please join us for our Wednesday night Twitter Chat on #StudentSA.
See you again at 2100hrs (GMT+2) on Wednesday