Even though we are all chose to pursue a career in STEM, we still have plenty of other interests that make us very unique. This week, we decided to talk about one of our non-STEM related hobbies and I chose to talk about reading.
Ever since I was little, I always loved to read. In my early childhood days, I had a little library and I would read books all the time like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunately, as I grew older and was forced to read specific books for school/didn’t have time to read anything else but my textbooks, my love for reading to a back seat. Even though I wasn’t reading books, I would still read articles trying to stay knowledgeable on a variety of different topics that my curious mind wanted to know about. Now, that I’ve started working, I have time to do more things that I actually enjoy doing. That being said, my love for reading is back in full effect!
The two main reasons why I love reading so much are: 1. Getting lost in a captivating story and 2. The knowledge and perspective gained. I love reading fiction novels because you truly never know what’s going to happen next and which direction it can go (unless you go online to look at the synopsis). Additionally, I love reading non-fiction novels because it shapes how I think about things and how it relates to me. My favorite genre may have to be historical-fiction because you almost get the best of both worlds; a new perspective and a great story.
Reading books helps me balance the humanities with the science. It allows me to discuss more than the latest technical gadget or how to solve a technical problem. It broadens my scope. In a world that’s moving rapidly around you, while you’re reading that book, you are focused on ONE particular time period and can compare and contrast from where you’re at in life now. I usually read one book a month and this year, one of my new year’s resolutions is to read 15 (So far, I’ve read 4).
Here are some of my favorite books that I’ve read. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Changes in Modern Africa by Dayo Olopade
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Why not me? by Mindy Kialing