May is for Social Awareness

The theme for May is Awareness. I can almost hear you say awareness about what? We’ll get to that in a minute.

But before we do, how did your reading plan go for April? Did you complete any of the two suggested titles; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens? If you did, you would have seen that both authors constructed stories focusing on truths about prejudice in society. Incidentally, the 60th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart was celebrated this year in March and April. We didn’t know this when we picked it as our suggested reading but what a wonderful coincidence! Additionally, Things Fall Apart made the list of 12 “Greatest Books Ever Written” compiled by Encyclopaedia Britannica.

In May, we are focusing on awareness about social issues. If you are on social media, you would have seen debates about different social issues like domestic and gender violence, police brutality which in recent times is being campaigned against using the viral #EndSARS campaign etc.  In complete contrast to April’s books, the recommended reading in May are both nonfiction.

Here is the list we put together:

  1. Dear Ijewale or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As the title suggests, this book, written as a letter to a friend, gives practical advice on how to raise children as feminists.
  1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. This book gives twelve principles on how to live a meaningful life.


We hope you enjoy reading these books.


Do share your May reading list with us in the comments section.

May 1, 2018

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