Hey people, Toolsman here. So those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I did an experiment last year. Well, basically, after realising the continuous decline in the number of Nigerians who have an active reading culture, I went out to do some research to find out what the exact problem was. From the feedback I got, there were quite a lot of reasons actually, from distractions to time to lack of interest in stuff people were putting in books nowadays. However, one thing stood out for me – a lot of young people wished there was a way they could push themselves to read more books.
With that in mind, I decided to conduct an experiment by starting some sort of special book club. Special because it wasn’t quite like your regular book club. The objective was simple. Bring together twenty people who were interested in reading at least one book every month all through 2015. I know it sounds pretty easy but if you consider the fact that so many people went through 2014 without actually reading just one book, you’d understand where I was coming from.
Anyways, instead of 20, I ended up with 40 participants and we kicked off the club. Just like it is with life, we quickly noticed those who were struggling and those who kept pushing themselves to do even better then the one book per month. At the end of the year, I think only about half of us made it to the end. I guess you can say that’s not so much of a bad performance for a pilot. After that experiment, I got more encouraged and thought, well, no reason why we can’t bring this on to the TNC site and try to even reach out to more people.
Sometime last year, I got to know about the Lagos Mainland Club and the awesome lady who started the initiative. We got talking and selling the idea of my experiment to her was easy. That conversation is what has now given birth to the One month, One Book Challenge. The young lady is Ibukun and together with TNC, she will be hosting the challenge here so let me hand y’all over to her so she can further explain how this will work.
As Toolsman has already said, the reading culture in Nigeria (maybe the world?) is rapidly declining but there are still many, many book lovers out there. If you, like me, are better able to achieve your goals/resolutions when you team up with someone then this challenge is for you.
We’ll be reading one book every month this year and doing a review here at the end of each month. I’ll be recommending a handful of books each month you can choose from (I said can because I understand how difficult it would be if we all had to read the exact same book). I will then do a review and you in turn, will post a comment with a short review of whatever you read that month.
For January I’ll be recommending 3 books on my reading list:
- Toni Kan’s Nights of the Creaking Bed (because LMBC is reading that this month)
- Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen (because Chigozie is hot right now)
- Philip Yancey’s Disappointment with God (because I can)
You can pick one of the books I’m reading or something else you’ve been meaning to read so we can discuss at the end of the month! My review post will go up here every first Monday of the month. The 1M1B Club link has also been added to the site’s menu so it will be easy for you to locate all the reviews from the previous months.
On a final note, I’d like to encourage everyone who decides to join this challenge to take the little poster above and put it up on any of your favourite social media platforms along with your commitment so it goes out there and friends, family and colleagues can also help you stick to your commitment. On that note, there’s really only one more thing to ask:
What will you be reading?