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Food for Thought: Good Reads and Good Vibes

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

I have always been quite a bookworm, where I would turn to the pages of my current favorite novel lounging in a cosy spot under the sun in a cafe or in the comforts of my room. I could spend hours on end immersed in the world that the story transported to and followed each character’s journey, anticipating the next plot twist or adventure they would embark on in the next chapter. 

Now I am at a point in time, where YA novels are not as much as a past time for me as they used to be, however the new character who’s journey i’m intrigued on following is none-other than myself. The older you get and the more you realise how real the responsibilities of being a functioning full-fledged adult, earning income, paying bills and taxes, supporting yourself. As the list grows, the reality of adulthood becomes more overwhelming to think about.

With  exams finally  over, I can finally put away all the text books and swap them for pleasure reading, I have started to notice that I am turning to many inspirational non-fiction books for guidance. The most recent books which I have read/ am currently reading include The Secret, Rejection Proof, and Outliers. 

The Secret- Rhonda Byrne

This is an oldie but a goodie of a book which revolves around the law of attraction, emphasising that a positive mental energy will attract what you think about whether it be positive or negative. I recall reading this book back in sixth form as recommended by my mum, however recently picked it up again after going through some turbulent events that left me feeling quite down and disheartened. This was actually instigated with the recommendation of a friend who said she herself had recently come across the book again and it had turned her perspective around on the events happening in her life. 

Outliers- Malcom Gladwell

This is another well written book, which highlights the routes for success. This book  provides various short stories of how people differentiate themselves from others, to become successful and stand out as “outliers”, as the title suggests. I actually won a pocket book edition of this title during secondary school at a small competition which I recal the question prompt was “If time and money were not an obstacle, what would you do?”  I read a while back before coming to Warwick and I have definitely found value in the idea of seizing opportunities which I kept constantly throughout my mindset whilst studying at Warwick, which I can attribute majority of my enriched experience here on campus to. This book is a bit lengthier to read compared to the other two, but it is still definitely on of my recommendations. 

Rejection Proof- Jia Jiang 

My most recent read which I decided to pick up after numerous recommendations by friends and also watching Jiang’s Ted Talk on this journey through the 100 days of rejection project he embarked on in order to desensitise himself to rejection. I have been able to connect to this book in particular, especially in this point in time where I have been actively applying for jobs and have been met with rejection emails. This book is quite light hearted and the way Jiang recounts his journey and stories of his experiments of which you can also find the actual video clips of the rejection insitagting tasks that he mentions in the book, on his YouTube channel. This is a light hearted read and the way he narrates his journey through this project and the emotions he felt after meeting rejections in the business field, and makes you really take a different perspective on how situations of potential rejection can be handled. 

I hope that some of these books may be of interest to some of you and leave a comment if you have read or intend to read any of them! I would love to hear your opinions on these books.

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

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