Reading Maketh A Jamaican Suburban Girl 📚

Bloganuary Day 18.

Dear World,

I’m not going to lie, as an adult, I am one of those people who will buy books or receive books as gifts and place them on my bookshelf to sit and look pretty. All intentions are to eventually read them and instead I buy more books or get more books only to put them in display. Haha!

Horrible, I know.

I promise to do much better this season. This promise isn’t to you, by the way. It is to me. I hate broken promises. So, there’s no way I can let myself down, right?

As a child, I would read 📚 books a dime a dozen. Some for fun and others because they were part of the curriculum at school. As a matter of fact, I had more books than toys as a child. As such, reading became my favourite hobby.

Not sure if you’ve ever heard the saying, “Reading maketh a man.” It’s quite profound, actually – but many are not aware that it says much more. Look.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.

Francis Bacon (by way of Forbes Quotes)

If you have an issue with understanding what Bacon means with that quote, I found a decent interpretation here.

Here’s an excerpt from the interpretation:

Reading maketh a full (wo)man means a person develops [their] knowledge base and becomes learned. This leads to a fuller and well informed individual.

So, because I want to improve myself as an individual and also as a professional, I have set a goal of 20 books for the calendar year. That’s manageable, right? I think so. I know as well that the more I read, the greater the chances of improved vocabulary, writing style and imaginative creativity. Those are all wins in my book! Get it? 😉

To start off, I’ll be reading a book someone gifted to me, ‘Make the Impossible Possible‘ by Bill Strickland with Vince Rause. Believe it or not, that’s the book my hands first touched when I went to my bookshelf. Its quite appropriate as 2022 has been claimed my year of doing the unimaginable. After a doubtful 2021, I thinks it’s time to knock the socks off all limitations.

Let’s see how well reading can maketh this Jamaican Suburban Girl!

So, yeah! It’s the perfect book!

I’ve linked the book’s GoodReads rating page for you to determine if you’d like to read it as well! Speaking of GoodReads, I will also re-download the app and track my progress for my self-applied reading challenge.

Whew! I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

What books do you have on your 2022 reading list? Let’s talk about them!

Signed with love,

The Suburban Girl JA


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