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Motivation Mondays: A Passion For BOOKS

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“Books and all forms of writing are a terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Wole Soyinka

Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. Marcel Proust
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. Confucius

Happy World Book Day! Happy Belated Earth Day! Have books played a big role in your life? They have in mine. I’ve shared this simple fact on this blog, over the years, that because I was a painfully shy child, I found a rich, inner world in books. Through books, I was able to live out fantasies, personalities and claim my version of a superwoman status… all from the comfort of my armchair in my Dad’s study. I am still drawn to the world of books because I simply love the feel of a book; hard or soft cover; with or without a jacket. Audible or visual. To loose oneself in a good book is to feel time stop and watch all our fears and worries slip away; albeit temporarily.

Reading is to the mind what water is to the body; it refreshes and rejuvenates. I remember the first time I read one of my most favorite books; Things Fall Apart, I had to put it down several times as the painful scenes were quite overwhelming.  When the protagonist, Okonkwo, participated in the murder of a key character, Ikemefuna, I wept. I have reacted in a similar way to other characters in books I’ve read. Books with well developed, believable, three dimensional characters can leave a deep impression on our psyche, remind us of our frailties, and even embolden us to stand up for a great cause.  The power of the pen demands that those who enjoy her favor must use it wisely… to whom such a gift is given, much is expected. I have been moved by many books and continue to discover new works and voices from all genres and walks of life. Instead of rehashing a laundry list of books I’ve read, I’ve added several of my older posts on books below. I encourage you to read any of the books mentioned and share your favorite books list in the comments.

READ: Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs To Whet Your Appetite…
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Inspiration: Books That Brought Us To Tears…
Dr Seuss: Books For Obsolete Children…


“Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul. Marcus Tullius Cicero
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.  Victor Hugo
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. Dr. Christiane Northrup

What books are you reading lately? When I pick up a book to read, everything falls away, and I am completely immersed in the world of the characters in the book. Book lovers tend to lose themselves in a good book, make connections with characters they like, and empathize with them. This makes for an emotionally charged reading experience. I read widely but, I do love non-fiction and some autobiographies have such harrowing stories that make you feel compelled to put the book down, pause and bawl.  Of course, not everything I read is weepy; the last three books I read were We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union,  The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, and Happiness Is a Choice You Make by John Leland. I  am currently reading Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes (TD Jakes daughter). I’ve read quite a wide range of books in the last 6 months, from Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God, to Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, to Rabbit by Jeannine Amber and more.

Frankly, reading is sexy. Learning is sexy… We no longer should make excuses for why we can’t read. While time is still a factor in all of our lives, we choose what we make time for. Get off social media for an hour and read. The best part is that there are some many options available to us now. We can try Audible for audio books, Kindle and its equivalent for a visual read or we can pick up a hard copy or download a book and keep our minds facile and fresh. When we read, we set an example for our kids to read too and no matter what path they decide to follow in life, reading can serve an important role. The creative arts offers so much to the reader including the fact that we are able to find and incorporate new ideas into our work. So, go ahead and Read a book!

READ: 100 Top Inspirational & Motivational Books by Women
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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR 2018/APR 2018 are:


03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
03/25 – Palm Sunday, 29 Holy Thursday, 30 Good Friday, 31 Passover


04/01   –   01, April Fool’s Day, 02, Autism Awareness, 06, International Day Sport Development Peace, 07,  World Health Day,
04/08   –   10, National Siblings Day, 10, Equal Pay Day,  12, Holocaust Remembrance Day
04/15  –   17 Tax Day,  NationalVolunteerWeek
04/22  –    22, Earth Day,  23, World Book Day, 27, Arbor Day
01/29  –   29, International Jazz Day


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab



“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: A Passion For BOOKS
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For BOOKS
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For Books

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. Madeleine L’Engle
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. Virginia Woolf


Why do YOU read motivational, Selfhelp books? I’ve thought about this question for a while and I read them for inspiration and motivation. That said, we still have to get out of bed and LIVE. Do we need more Dr. Feel-betters’ telling us to “Seize the Moment Now,” “Change Forever!” and “Go for It”? Maybe/Maybe not. If it’s not your cup of tea, move on and enrich your mind with books that interest you. What makes this world such a beautiful place is the diversity around us. It was Murakami who, to paraphrase, said that if we all read the same books, original thinking would be stymied. So follow your path. If a good motivational book helps us get off the couch to make one simple change in our lives, then the book has served as a powerful catalyst for positive change.
Sooner or later, we must move our feet and take concrete action to test all those wonderful seminars, workshops, and readings we’ve attended. It would be a shame to read a book and then let that brainpower go to waste while we search for the next elixir of youth or next great marketing, money making, and motivational scheme – all fodder for the delusional. We need to just read more books, and read widely because books offer us powerful stories that leave us with much to contemplate, and even more to be grateful for in life. I will do a post on sharing our books in the coming weeks. What about you and your reading preferences? What books have brought you to tears or emboldened you? Do you know why? Would you recommend them?

READ: Top Motivational and Mirthful Books to Help Welcome the New Decade
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Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Reading and learning are sexy. Expand your mind and read a book!

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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    1. Reading is to the mind what water is to the body; it refreshes and rejuvenates
    2. Reading is sexy

    Girl, yessss! Reading should be a natural part of our day like drinking water is or should be.

    There is nothing sexier than developing yourself! *high five* I’m with you. Great read.

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  • Reading is a huge part of my life which is why I love sharing it with my kids as well. It’s one of the things that I turn to as well whenever I needed an escape or some time to myself. There’s nothing quite like reading books!

  • Happy World Book day, as for my favorites the author of “Dear John”, Harry Potter, of course Nicholas Sparks, JK Rowling and another author that I love is Marc Levy. I would love to write my own book in the future that’s pretty interesting too. Happy Monday!

  • I had no idea it was book day! thank you for the reminder. Books have been a very important thing in my life. I was a reading kid, everyone playing outside, and I was reading inside. When my mom asked me to go take fresh air outside, I would read on a park bench, lol. Nowadays I am much more in the action, and the books have taken a temporary retreat. But they probably return when my children grow older.

  • Happy World Book Day! Books are indelibly part of who I am. Among modern and motivating books my favorite are always the classics: Hemingway, Tolstoy, Shakespeare. Books enable me to learn, grow, and deepen my understanding. 📚

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  • It’s definitely nice to just pick up a book and read for a whole day. It’s relaxing!
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  • I’m a big fan of books and reading. The pictures are beautiful and the post is excellent. 🙂

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  • We enjoy reading all kinds of different books. Will have to check out some of these to read

  • Wonderful read. A mind without books is like a body with no soul was my favorite qoute from this blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’m with you on this one! I LOVE books. My mom taught me to ‘see it like a movie playing in your head’ from a young age and I’ve always done that! I’ve always struggled to put down a good book because it’s like food for my soul. Since I’ve had a baby I haven’t had reading as a priority. Finding books I like and then time to read them is just a struggle! I am trying to pass my love of reading on to my son though! So far so good!

  • I’m one of those crazy people that reads multiple books at one time. I’m reading Warmth of Other Suns, another book about women’s rights, another one about leadership, and one on social justice. Too much going on right now. LOL!

  • I actually don’t read self-help books at all. I read historical fiction almost exclusively.

  • I haven’t read a good book lately and I am embarrassed to say. I feel like I really want to dive in something juicy but I can never stay committed to it. I actually love self help books especially ones that offer quizzes or tasks to do. It makes me more interested and worth reading.

  • While these photos are really neat. I love when you can do with books.


  • Not much into books but I really got to appreciate people who read and take time to read books. Definitely so much to learn in books

  • Your article is everything that I feel. You have wrote everything so perfectly. Seriously books are life and if every person start reading this world would be a much better place <3


  • I love books and it is now changing to e-books for convenience. I rarely read self-help books unless I’m looking at a particular topic~

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  • I love the quote about those trying to suppress people won’t want people reading books. So much knowledge comes by way of reading. Up until the internet it was the most available way of learning anything. They are still very important.

  • I have been really getting into reading lately I totally agree reading is very attractive and I think it helps to keep the mind young.

  • I love reading books! My mom influenced me to read books. When I am reading, my worries and problems are washed away. Reading can take you to many places.

  • I am a reader as well. Till date it’s my escape from real world. You are right reading is sexy. For me it helps me to relax.

  • I have loved reading books for a long time now and when you say that they have played a big part in your life, then they have done the same for me. Reading more and more books rejuvenates the mind, sparks imaginations and creativity too.

  • I love reading. They make me feel good. Thank you so much for sharing this great post..

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  • I love books and you’re right there’s no excuse nowadays not to read. My neighbors even leave old books at the entrance of the building for book swap!

  • I love reading, but unfortunately have been so busy I haven’t had much time to read for pleasure lately. You’ve inspired me to get a good book for fun in the next couple weeks.

  • I like your perspective on motivatinal books. Nobody is forcing anybody so if they are not for you find something else.

  • what I really like on your blog are the catchy captions! They always invite me to read everything. 🙂

  • you’ve written this so beautifully! I love reading too, I always try and make sure I have a good book to read on my break at work 😊

  • I desperately need to get back into reading! I say this so much but I am officially bored of binge watching tv series now aha

  • since last time I visited your blog I tried to get a hang of these motivation Monday and I have to say it does work miracles

  • Wow! I wish I have more time in reading books. Being so busy in life with work it’s like I don’t even have time for myself. Makes me sad but I need to work hard to pay bills. Thanks for sharing

  • I have to agree that motivational books have the power to bring simple positive changes in our lives. I usually pick up a book if I am feeling a little low, it is one of the best ways to relax and divert my mind towards something positive.

  • very nice blog…really intresting what you have write here…your every word is so precious..

  • Books are our best friends and they give us a complete new view to everything present in this universe and it is a necessity for a healthy mind

  • We used to read books ever so often as a kid. Have been craving for a good read and considering getting a kindle

  • I love the way this article is written! I barely find myself reading books anymore. I spend most of my time reading blog articles.

  • I love reading. It’s how I learn about myself and how I learn about the world.

  • So many great, motivating and inspiring quotes to read. Reading is so important because you learn a lot from it. Like what Confucius said we must find time to read a book no matter how busy we are.

  • Agree with you. Reading or listening to audio books both are good. We learn lot many which are unknown.

  • I love reading. I really enjoy reading motivational books that inspire me to be a better person daily. There are so many books. It is quite unfortunate that so many people are glued to their computers and or phones that they forget the power of book!

  • Reading is to the mind what water is to the body. That makes me depressed. I need more water and need to read more apparently, LOL.

  • I agree that books and reading a so important. I love doing book reviews and having my kids read books because it helps them learn so much.

  • Happy World Book Day! Reading book is one of my favorite hobby and reading books make s you feel inspire, calm and gives you learning every time.

  • Ever since I was a little girl, I have been reading as many books as possible. I’m so grateful that my parents nurtured that love of reading in me, as it led me to grow up and end up writing for a living.

  • Nice blog, I love how you described your love for reading books. It’s so relatable.

  • Unfortunately I don’t have the same passion for books. Thank God for the bible which is the only book I am still reading right now.

  • I am obsessed with books 🙂 Have been since my grandma first gave me a harry potter book to read. What was the first book you remember being obsessed with?

  • Books are my best partner. reading is one of my favorite things to do and with the help of books it changes my lifes perspective. I am so happy learning new thing while reading,

  • I love books and reading is one of my favorite things. New book for me is like a new friend x


  • I have always loved reading books. There is nothing to beat a good book in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other and a comfy chair in a quite corner.

  • I have been passionate about reading right since my school days. It has definitely been a big part of what I am today. Unfortunately kids are so far away from reading today.

  • This reignite my lost passion to reading books. I can’t remember the last time I read though I still remember the author. It’s time to go back reading on my free time, it seems Oprah’s book is interesting will take a look of it.

  • This is a really nice post. I’ve started passion for books in my warly 20s and I always feel like I’ve wasted so much time.

  • So with regards to your question, “Why do you read self help or motivational books?” my answer is honestly to find answers rather than energy. Let me explain. I am pretty self motivated so the idea of a rah rah, lets find your inner something, dig deeper into your pain type book never interests me. Not that I mind it but as you said above, Sooner or later, we must move our feet and take concrete action. So I think I prefer more motivational books with details on how to tackle a problem.

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