Q. How do you acquire books? Do you have a budget?

I’ve bought half of my books. The other half I get as gifts, borrowing from libraries and friends.

Q. How do you select which books to buy?

I read anything that revolves around people.

I have a soft spot for books on spirituality, women, poetry, African stories and short stories. Lately, I have been eyeing children stories.


Q. Do you lend out books? Which one(s) would you never give out?

I give out my books indiscriminately as long as I have read them and made notes though I’m keen on getting them back once the borrower is done reading.

Q. What is your reading like?

I have a weird reading culture. I could read a book in two days and another in two months. But I make sure I finish what I start regardless of how long it takes.  Many times, I read a couple of books within the same duration. Taking notes really helps me in understanding the concept and keeping its memory.

(Part of Zainab’s book collection)

Q. How has being a reader impacted you?

I have travelled a lot through reading; experiencing different cultures and experimenting the various ways writers pen their thoughts.

My vocabulary has grown so has my urge to write more. To read is to travel!

Q. Which book(s) will you never forget?

Goat Matata by , Kaburi Bila Msalaba by P.M Kareithi , The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Community and Growth by Jean Vanier,

I’ve got to talk to somebody by Marjorie Holmes, (God,I carry it wherever I go)

and my current read; Keeping it Real in the Real World by Becky De Oliveira.

Zainab blogs at Zain in Travel. Check out her blog.

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