Whenever you change jobs expect your reading choices to change along with it.
Reading has not always been my second nature, but when your mother buys Ladybird books (from Penguin Publishers) then forces you to read aloud every evening and unmoved by a young sulking face (and sometimes teary eyes); then before long, it becomes a habit. Now reading is part of my soul and no day ends without having read a sentence, paragraph, page or chapters.
After the Ladybird phase, I went through Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Catherine Keene’s Nancy Drew, Franklin W. Dixon’s Hardy Boys, R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps, Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams before moving to best sellers like John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and historical romance in university. All read to escape the dreary academic studies.
Joining a business paper newsroom, fiction took a back seat and non-fiction become my preference. My favourite was behavioural economics. I wanted to understand why people act they do – it seems chaotic. Yet with the books, I was able to see beyond the disorder to patterns that explains human behaviour.
Currently as a civil servant, my reading choices have changed again with breaks of African literature.
Through all these changes, I have come to realise that the underlying reasons for the hopscotch subject interests are all the same.
The obvious – Seeking answers
Sorry, guys. Google does not hold all the answers. Books will always have all the in-depth answers. From reading books, like Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, I get to understand how the pestilent bureaucracy of government and politics fail a country’s economic growth.
Self-improvement and advancement
The requirement to be a multifaceted communication expert – write, edit and photography – I find myself having to read books on these subjects. I’m always looking to improve the secondary skills, thrust upon me by work.
Building a clairvoyant side
As humans we always worry about tomorrow, so our fear of regret about today’s actions drive us to as much as possible make decisions that will have the desired future outcome. By reading to seek answers and for self-improvement gives me the future-predicting powers; what I would think is making informed decisions.