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Books are the eyes through which we visualize our world; the lenses through which we travel around the world, while never leaving the comfort of our bedrooms. There are books that worth reading over and over again – timeless books that retain their charm and grip on you year and after year. These are books that are incredibly fresh; always conveying an incisive message no matter how many times you read them. Here is a list worth exploring. This collection is by no means exhaustive; instead, it is a selection of a few from very many!

1.      Who moved my cheese? By Dr. Spencer Johnson – Let’s face it, we don’t like change in our personal lives and in the work environment. Often, even when we know deep within us that the change in question is good for the system in which we operate long term, we kick against it with ebullient passion, because we want things to stay the same way – we are not willing to make the adjustments required of us on the lane of change. In who moved my cheese? Dr. Johnson takes the reader on a journey that explores the essence of change and how to adapt to it. This book urges us to embrace change as an ally and not an enemy, and most of all to allow our attitudes to the things we don’t and may never fully control to be flexible enough so we are not constantly fighting against change. Who moved my cheese? Has sold over 26 million copies in 37 different languages. This book is a real classic

2.      The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – The late Steven Covey shares in this powerful book incisive habits that will allow you to focus your strength on the things you can control. The book espouses the essence of preparedness to the challenges that life is bound to hurl your way, sooner or later. Most of all, 7 habits of highly effective people advocates control over one’s mindset – to expunge limiting mentalities and take on empowering ones that allow to grow, learn and enrich our world. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold over 25 million copies worldwide in 40 different languages.

3.      Attitude 101 by John C. Maxwell – This little book perfectly fits the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. What this book lacks in size, it certainly makes up in quality. Attitude 101 allows you to view your perceptions, values, limitations and fears like a spectator and then inspires you to go to work shedding them.

4.      Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – A book ahead of its time! A tale of the advent of the British to Nigeria and the effect of colonization on African values, norms and beliefs. A portrayal of human strength and flaws at war with each other in the same person. Over 10 million copies sold in several languages.

5.      See You at the Top – This book by the great Zig Ziglar shows you how to overcome your fears, conquer your limiting perception of success, accept yourself and go after what you really want in life.

6.      Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer – This bestseller is indeed an ageless book. In a world that bustles with life and zest, it is very easy to be lost amid cascading human activity. According to Wayne Dyer in this book, rather than allow your inadequacies to run and often ruin your life, this book takes you on a journey rediscovering the positive you and soaring like eagles.

7.      The Devil’s alternative by Frederick Forsyth – An incredibly pulsating story that takes you on the trail of the cold war between the US and Russia. This is a real thriller; simply ‘unputdownable’ and staggeringly exciting.

8.      The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum – This is another thriller for story/espionage lovers, that gets your heart going. I can guarantee that you would find it hard stop once you start reading this story which reflects the workings of the cold war CIA and the KGB. A riveting tale!!!

9.      The Day of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth – This book is a classic!!! Gripping, exciting, captivating and refreshingly entertaining. A hired killer and a detective race against each other to kill the French president and to save his life respectively. A masterpiece.

10.  The African Child By Camara Laye – Originally written in French, Laye gives an insight into his life growing up in Guinea, West Africa. A gripping story richly embellished with African scenery and rural African family life. A tale of family love and beliefs in a rural African setting. A reflection of hard work, determination and resilient pursuit of one’s dreams!

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