By Michelle Matswayi
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those dead spots in life.” Stephen King
I find books are the most entertaining and fun places to be engrossed in. Just like Stephen King stated, ‘reading a book has no commercials or batteries,’ to worry about. In any environment, you can pick up your book and continue from where you left off.
Have you ever had that one book you just cannot seem to put down, you just have to reach the ending but at the same time it is so good you do not want it to end. Recently I read the trio Blood Sisters, The Durable Fire and Borrowed Light by Barbara and Stephanie Keating. These books are based on 3 girls who grew up in Kenya and through a pact make themselves blood sisters. As someone who once lived in Kenya for a short period of time, this book is quite captivating with its vivid descriptions. It gives so much detail that at some point I thought Langani farm was a fictitious place of Sweet Waters. If you are to travel to Kenya, please take this book with you and see what I’m talking about.
Reading has not only proven to be my best entertainment, but it has given me a platform to learn more. In as much as these books might be fictitious, the trio gives a great deal of knowledge on Kenya, the political nature of the Mau Mau who hold a historical part of the country and the way during that period living in Africa was for the brave-hearted, with how bloody it was becoming. It also gives knowledge and historical components of Zimbabwe.
The trio is not only historical but, gives edutainment on animal conservancy as one of the characters researches on Cheetahs and Elephants. The way in which the character is so much attached to these animals, she studies and captures them, giving the books more soul to them.
A reading culture is important as it gives more innovation. Through the flipping of pages, one can learn so much in a short period of time. Believe me, the right setting and that one book can change your perception in a whole lot of aspects.
As one author said a book is timeless and one that you can open again and again. Grab a book and start your reading journey and you will see what I’m talking about.