I walked into walls as a child because I couldn’t put a book down.

I missed the school bus at the bus stop because I was obsessed with getting to the novel’s climax/anti-climax, much to my working mother’s dismay.

I’d sniff the pages of a new novel without a shred of shame. The kind of kid that would pass up television for a good ‘ole book. The kind of kid that would make use of everyone’s library card at home, and relish at the thought of going to the library instead of a party.

I’ve the tell tale traits of a bookworm, so do imagine my excitement in the midst of National Book Week.

About National Book Week:

National Book Week is a reading promotion campaign implemented by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture in 2010.

Studies, when compared, showed a disturbing increase in the number of households in South Africa that do not own a single leisure reading book. Fifty-one per cent in 2006 to Fifty-eight per cent in 2016. Only fourteen percent of the population are committed readers.

However, the findings also show that there are 1.1 million new book readers in 2016 compared to 2006 and that there are 3.8 million potential book readers.

TYI’s leaders’ would like to see more people reading and buying books, hence we’ve compiled a list of exciting books that will aid your aspiring self on your journey towards fulfillment and self actualization.



Healer, Farai Mubaiwa

“It is empowering reading a novel created by a fellow young African feminist. Panashe explores the complexities of young womxn as we navigate in a society that is constructed for our downfall.”

Book: Sweet Medicine
Author: Panashe Chigumadzi

Summary: Sweet Medicine takes place in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic woes in 2008. Tsitsi, a young woman, raised by her strict, devout Catholic mother, believes that hard work, prayer and an education will ensure a prosperous and happy future. She does well at her mission boarding school, and goes on to obtain a scholarship to attend university, but the change in the economic situation in Zimbabwe destroys the old system where hard work and a degree guaranteed a good life.

Disruptor, Jacques van Embden: “Its where you have to start.”

Book: Starts with Why
Author: Simon Sinek

Summary: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

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Healer, Kirtanya Lutchminarayan: “Because we need to to move away from herd instinct and think & question more.”

Book: The Fall of the Human Intellect
Author: A. Parthasarathy

Summary: The first title in an ordered series of nine written works by A. Parthasarathy, and recommended as a “first read” introduction to Vedanta philosophy. Stress, depression, disease in individuals and militancy, vandalism, terrorism in societies is threatening humanity with extinction.

Disruptor, Aimee Barrett-Theron

Book: Roger Federer: The Greatest
Author: Chris Bowers

Summary: Biography & Autobiography – For several years, tennis aficionados wondered whether they could really call Roger Federer the greatest ever tennis player. In 2009, Federer ended that debate by completing his collection of career Grand Slams and overtaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 major titles. With his olympic gold medal from 2008, Federer is now recognised as the greatest tennis player and has achieved legendary status in the wider sporting world…

Book #2: Half Time
Author: Nigel Owens

Summary: Nigel Owens is one of the best referees in world rugby. But before reaching the highest echelons of the game, he went through a personal crisis and “”came out”” as gay – the first to do so in the macho world of professional rugby.

TYI Editor, Saajida Francis: “These books altered the lens I looked through. These books taught my heart how to articulate the language of love and pain. These books heightened the colours of life and its possibilities.”

Book #1: The Alchemist
Author: Paulho Coelho

Summary: An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. The story is a modern retelling of the old classic, The Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again Through a Dream. Over the years there have been film and theatrical adaptations of the work and musical interpretations of it.

Book #2: City of Glass
Author: Paul Auster

Summary: City of Glass, features a detective-fiction writer become private investigator who descends into madness as he becomes embroiled in a case. It explores layers of identity and reality, from Paul Auster the writer of the novel to the unnamed “author” who reports the events as reality to “Paul Auster the writer”, a character in the story, to “Paul Auster the detective”, who may or may not exist in the novel, to Peter Stillman the younger, to Peter Stillman the elder and, finally, to Daniel Quinn, protagonist.

Book #3: Americanah

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Summary: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Book #4: salt.
Author: Nayyirah Waheed

Summary: salt. is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

Happy reading!

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