Tara reads…

An ongoing list of the books I’ve found useful along the way..

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I started reading this book earlier this week. Already in the first pages of ‘history’ I’m hooked. This is such an important telling of histories and perspectives that have been erased in British society. What Reni talks about in this is so refreshing to hear, I’ve found myself laughing and saying “exactly; thank you” out loud on the train a lot.
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This is a new book for me that was recommended by an ex-colleague. It features some really interesting theories around stereotyping in society. Updates to follow đŸ™‚
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Never before have I heard so many voices explaining feelings that I myself have felt in one book. At the same time, the range of perspectives has allowed me to challenge myself and question other aspects and views of race and culture.
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I bought this book after watching Luvvie Ajayi on Ted Talks and falling in love with her energy and famous ‘side-eye’. This book throws so much shade but in the best and funniest way.
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I wish everyone; man and woman, adult and child would read this book. Chimamanda clarifies why feminism matters to everyone in such a beautiful way.
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If you’re looking for a mixture of theory and practical solutions to tackling diversity in a workplace this book is what you need. It strikes the perfect balance of thinking and taking action.
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I have always been fascinated by Maya Angelou and many of her quotes so beginning her  series of autobiographies made sense. Reading this book took me through so many emotions and having just begun the 2nd book, I can’t wait to find out more about this amazing woman’s life.
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During my time with the Extend Cultural Leadership programme, my research group decided to take the Myers Briggs Test to learn more about our personality types and how this would play out as a group. I’ve since made anyone I can take the test… my boyfriend, my family members, other colleagues. This is the single best thing I have done in terms of self-development. It allows you to consider yourself and your actions in a pragmatic and reasonable way. This book is one I found about my type ‘ENFJ’ – you can find further reading for all types.
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Whilst at a conference about personal resilience in the arts, I had a conversation with a facilitator who also happens to be a neurology student and life coach. After 2 minutes of me unloading my chaotic brain of 100 thoughts per minute, he stopped me and recommended I give this a read. He reminded me that I don’t have to do everything right this second and suggested some mindfulness exercises could be useful. To this day I carry some of what I learnt in this book; to not feel guilty at doing NOTHING.

 

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Reading this was a defining moment for me. The point I understood that in order to be fulfilled I had to return to working with people & culture. I have since bought the children’s book of Malala’s story for children in my family. Her story is an inspiration on so many levels.