I can confidently say that I read great books in 2018. Books that kept me awake at night, books that made me cry, books that opened my heart, books that made me feel connected and books that made me a better human being.
Below are my top ten reads for 2018.
“Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God.”
“Mr Wilkerson asked me to read a section, which ended with the words ‘God loves me.’ I read the piece and closed the book. The teacher said, ‘Read it again.’ I pointedly opened the book, and a bit sarcastically read, ‘God loves me.’ Mr Wilkerson said, ‘Again.’ I wondered if I was being set up to be laughed at by the professional, older, all-white company? After about the seventh repetition I became nervous and thought that there might be a little truth in the statement. There was a possibility that God really did love me, me Maya Angelou. I suddenly began to cry at the gravity and grandeur of it all. I knew that if God loved me, then I could do wonderful things, I could try great things, learn anything, achieve anything. For what could stand against me, since one person, with God, constitutes the majority?”
“See obstacles as an opportunity to practice some virtue: patience, courage, humility, resourcefulness, reason, justice and creativity.”
“When we remove ego, we’re left with what is real. What replaces ego is humility, yes—but rock-hard humility and confidence. Whereas ego is artificial, this type of confidence can hold weight. Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned. Ego is self-anointed, its swagger is artifice. One is girding yourself, the other gaslighting. It’s the difference between potent and poisonous.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
“Mati en sheva yelu. This action will have no echo. It means we won’t repeat the same mistakes, that we won’t continue to do harm.”
“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (what can the world offer me?) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (what can I offer the world?)”
“Your will, in other words, is not a manifestation of your character that you can deploy without limit; it’s instead like a muscle that tires.”
“If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love.”
That morning I made a decision: I would push myself to return to the OR. Why? Because I could. Because that’s who I was. Because I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living.
- Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
- The Work by Wes Moore
- Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties And How To Make The Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
- Reverencing The Womb That Broke Us by Umm Zakiyyah
- Between The World And Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
- Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The FisherMen by Chigozie Obioma
- Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
- The Wait by Devon Franklin and Megan Good
- A Burst of Light and Other Essays by Audre Lorde
- Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou
- Why I Write By George Orwell
- Rise Strong by Brene Brown
- Love In Cancun by Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi
I pray that you benefited from this post and I would love to hear your thoughts! Join the conversation below by sharing the best books that you read in 2018.