Promoting Tolerance with the November Books to Read

It’s the penultimate month of the year and soon we will be bombarded with Christmas preparations. Welcome to November on Grill and Read. How has your reading fared so far this year? How many books have you read? If you have been following the GrillandRead Reading plan you would have read at least 24 books so far. Here is to hoping that you have. If not, you still have two months to add a book or four to your bucket list.

Remembering October

How did your reading plan go for October? Did you complete any of the two suggested titles; The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes? If you read these books we hope you were able to learn the secrets to happiness from these authors.

Remain Tolerant with Books you Read this November

Advancements in communication technology mean that people in different parts of the world can communicate in real time. People are also migrating on a larger scale than happened in the past with the advancements in modes of transportation. This means that we get to interact more with people who are not like us, who may be from a different race, religion or class. This can be daunting as we usually do not know much about the cultures of other people.

With reading, things can be approached differently. We can learn so much about different cultures and be able to better relate with other people whether we encounter them on the internet or face to face. This November, GrillandRead is running with the theme “Tolerance”. We are encouraging everyone to read books that will make them better relate with others and downplay the divisions that are brought about by differences amplified by prejudice. We can do it with books.

November, the Month of Tolerance

November 16 is set aside by the United Nations to be observed as the International Day for Tolerance.

“Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.” – Timothy Keller

To this end, we encourage you to join us for our November Reading Challenge. Come November 16, we shall be posting excerpts from our November reading Hashtags: Social Media, Politics and Ethnicity in Nigeria by Nwachukwu Egbunike. The book discusses polarising political discourse on social media in Nigeria and unique methods used to tackle this in order to encourage tolerance and conversations. If you can purchase the book, please do so here. If not, enjoy excerpts from others and comment on how social media has affected your level of tolerance. Are you more or less tolerant because of its use? You can also participate in our Poll of the Day to make your voice heard.

Our second suggested reading is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book needs no introduction. This classic has as one of its central themes, tolerance – putting yourself in other people’s skins and walking around in it. This book explores issues of race and class. We shall also post excerpts on our social media pages as we read. Join us and tag us if you decide to read and share with us.

We hope you enjoy our November reads. If you have other books on your reading list with thematic issues on tolerance, don’t forget to share with us in the comments section.

November 8, 2018

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