Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Abis Book Blog and Reviews : Ghana Must GoGhana must go was recommended based on my past purchasing history on Amazon. I do have a number of books from Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie so I was excited to read a book similar in nature to their books. I read the reviews and a number of them indicated that the story was good but a bit complicated to follow. I would definitely agree with that assessment. I started this book a few weeks ago and it requires a bit of concentration to follow the details of the story. The authors writing and thought patterns are very deep, intricate and lovely in one sense. But they are also quite confusing and difficult to follow.

When I saw the title, I assumed this book would be about the travails of folks having to leave Nigeria after the infamous Ghana must go ordeal (Click here for more details), but it had nothing to do with that.

The book starts out with a family tree which proves useful as you read the book as there are so many names/characters to follow. You would have to refer back to this chart several times to remember who is who.

Here are a few details about major characters in the book

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Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud

Abis Book Blog and Reviews : Necessary EndingsEndings can be very difficult for all involved. Depending on how you were raised, you may have a negative view of endings. But endings are certainly not all bad,  they go hand in hand in dealing with change. See this post for a few snippets on handling change. In this book, Dr. Henry Cloud helps sort through your thinking processes so that you can decide about an ending and execute it well.

 I picked up this book because I felt conflicted about a particular situation and needed to get things moving. I needed something to end but change is so difficult and I was not sure how to navigate the situation. My opinion was that this book would perhaps lead me to some form of clarity and give some advice on how to handle the situation in a positive way. Although change is difficult, not all change is bad. In fact some times, its very much needed for growth.

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, ChangeAn A-mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

I recently joined a mentoring program within my company. I signed up to be a mentor and soon realized that I also need to be mentored. During one of our sessions, my mentor recommended “Who Moved My Cheese”. I heard about this book a few years back but was probably too overwhelmed with college courses to stop and read anything. I checked my local library catalog and placed the book on hold. I picked it up from the library today and the first thing I noticed was how light it was and then I looked inside and was greeted by huge fonts. This should be an interesting read. I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its font although it does make me wonder.

Who Moved My Cheese is a book about change and how to handle it. The author uses a simple story to illustrate his point. In this story, there are two mice Sniff and Scurry and two little human beings, Hem and Haw looking for cheese in a maze. The book follows their thought patterns and actions as they search for their cheese. Cheese is an analogy for things we want in life; job,  career, relationships, house, money etc.

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Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

Abis Book Blog: Book Review: Eat That Frog Brian TracyEat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Eat that frog was recommended to me by two different people. At first I was going to get the audible version but decided against it when I realized it was only 2 hours long. I wasn’t going to waste my 1 credit = $14 on a two hour book. I decided to check my local library catalog and alas, the kindle version was available. I downloaded the kindle version and started reading during my lunch break.

Eat that frog is a simple book with very practical tips on how to prioritize and manage your time. The main premise is that you should work on your most important and most relevant tasks first. The author outlines actionable items to ensure that you get your most important tasks done. I think this would make a great read for a small group. It would be even better if you can answer the questions and discuss them in a trusted group setting.

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Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella

I was looking for a light read when I picked up this book from a used bookstore. With all the intense and deep analysis I work on all day, I need something that is very easy and relaxing to read. I recently stumbled upon the Shopaholic series and really enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing. I pick up a few of her books at a time to give me a few months of light reading material.

As with most of Kinsella’s writings, there is a ditzy but lovable heroine, Emma. She tells all her secrets to a stranger she meets on a plane. Only to find that he isn’t a stranger after all. Kinsella weaves an interesting story where you always want the heroine to come out on top and of course she does.  This is a great light read for the beach or vacation or just to clear your mind. Its quite humorous and entertaining and will keep you smiling.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy Mary Kay Andrews writings and other chick lit books. If you enjoyed watching Bridget Jones Diary or Love Actually, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I usually buy paperback copies of my chick-lit and save my audible listenings for the self help and inspirational material.

This book was first published in 2003, the paperback version has about 300 pages. You can order a copy from here.