10 Books I’ve Read More Than Once

“There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.”
― Gail Carson Levine

These are books I loved so much I just had to start again from the beginning and read like it’s my first time. Some of them I read at a young age when I didn’t fully understand and got to enjoy them even more as I got older. Others I consult, I carry them around for a while and when in need of help, I go through specific chapters or start from the beginning and read through to the end.

10. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This is a masterpiece. One of the greatest gems in African literature. I’ve probably read it five times or more. It is the only book by Achebe I’ve read and I recently got two others which I look forward to reading.

9. Manuscript Found in Accra and Brida by Paulo Coelho

I read it twice and that was probably the last time I read any of his work. I’ve read a few others and I started finding a lot of repetition in his work. His work is phenomenal but once you’ve read six or more of them, it’s okay to explore other authors.

8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. I keep going back to it because some of the poems are so therapeutic and I can use some of them as a form of counseling.

‘do not look for healing
at the feet of those
who broke you”
― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

7. Animal Farm by George Orwell

I must have read this five times. It’s an excellent book, it teaches a lot and it’s so real, in that what it talks about still exists. It’s also short and very easy to read.

6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I was moved by her story and also enjoyed her style of writing. I read it three times. It was so raw, honest and not self-piteous at all. She was truly a phenomenal woman.

5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

I have read it three times. I don’t agree with a few things in it but most of it has a way of getting me back on track and helping me find a sense of direction.

4. Maru by Bessie Head

I’ve probably read this one more than ten times. It was the prescribed reading in my eleventh and twelfth grade so I had to read and master it. I got a copy, years after high school and read it four times. Give me a copy now and I will devour it like it’s my first time.  

3. Mhudi by Sol Plaatje

I borrowed this book from my friend in 2013 and I still have it. I know, I’ve committed a crime in the bibliophile community constitution. I will return it. I just love the book because it’s so close to home – South African book and my people, Batswana, are in it. The writing, as well as the story, is exceptional. I read it twice.

2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

1. Marabi Dance by Modikwe Dikobe

My absolute favourite. One of the books that made me fall in love with reading and start thinking of writing. I must have read six or seven times, and that was at a young age. I’d love to read it again now and see how I understand it, and how I enjoy it.

Download This Worksheet For Your 28 Days of Gratitude

If you read our previous post, The Magic of ‘Thank You’ and are interested in challenging yourself to follow the 28-Day formula, then we have a treat for you.

To make it easier to write down all that it instructs you to do, we’re giving you a worksheet to help you through the journey.

Download it here or go to Resources, and enjoy this journey. We hope you benefit from it – learn and grow.

Thank you.

The Magic of ‘Thank You’

Title: The Magic

Author Rhonda Byrne

After I read The Secret (see previous review) I straight away went for The Magic.

This one is a 28-day journey of using gratitude to make significant changes in your life. It’s evidently born from the ideas and concepts of The Secret so if you enjoyed The Secret you’ll find it easy to use this. In order to prep you or introduce you to the journey, it first reminds you of the magic you once believed in when you were a child. It briefly takes you back to when you could see life as an adventure and a joy, and then encourages you to see through that same childhood lens.

The main focus of this book is GRATITUDE. This is not a story but a formula. It lays out twenty-eight daily practices. For example, the first day instructs you to count your blessings by writing down a list of things you’re grateful for, saying ‘thank you’ after each one and actually feeling that gratitude. Some of the practices in the book include being grateful for your health, for the people in your life, for money and others.

I tried it and did all 28 days and some of the things I learned brought personal changes to my life. I learned a great deal about the negatives of complaining and how going about my life constantly complaining was blinding me from seeing the many other positive things I have. So I practiced how to shift from bitching to appreciating. I learned how to value important relationships I have with people, by making room to understand them, forgive and remember the good things they’ve done or do for me. This can really help fix other things about yourself and how you treat others. I also learned how to start the day on a positive note just by thinking of things to be grateful for and going through the day looking for and focusing on things that are positive – even if it’s just one thing.

The thing about The Magic is that it’s not really hocus-pocus stuff, there’s no wand or potion – it’s all in your thinking and in your actions. Something as simple as saying thank you with a smile to everyone you meet who does something for you, puts you in a good mood and even the ones who are not nice (that rude cashier) don’t disturb your peace in any way.

This can be a great way to challenge yourself to making changes to your attitude and the way you see the world. If you keep at it, going through all 28 days with commitment, fun and an open mind, toward the end you’ll feel the change and later on you’ll see the changes.

Thank you!

Psst! Look out for our 28 Days of Gratitude Worksheet coming up today.