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Exclusive: Inside Janet Mbugua’s library

You might be wondering why the majority of celebrated people have a good grasp of language and are able to express themselves eloquently.

The secret to their prowess is the extensive reading of books.

This is what I discovered while interviewing media personality Janet Mbugua.

As she expresses herself during the interview, it is clear that she is someone who has read several books.

The media personality told Nairobi News she is currently reading books that contain heavy content (empowerment books) such as The Power of Women by Dr. Denis Mukwege.

To her, the book is fascinating because she relates to it.

“This is one book that I would recommend people to read. It’s fascinating and contains heavy content,” Janet said.

She says that although she is yet to finish interacting with the book, she has learnt extensively.

“One lesson I have picked so far from the book is that social justice is lifelong. I know I am not an expert in social justice but I am a participant. I am a global speaker of social issues. So I relate so much with his book.”

“I have also learnt that you have to wake up every day to fight for the right thing no matter how hard it is. Keep fighting for the rights of women.

In the book, Dr Mukwege is an inspiring clarion who call-to-action to confront the scourge of sexual violence and encourages people to better learn from women’s resilience, strength, and power.

The book illuminates the enduring strength of women in the face of violence and trauma, and gives hope for the potential of individuals to turn the tide.

He is also an advocate of social justice who over the years have worked with survivors of sexual violence.

On the other hand, she explains that she loves the book Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown.

In the book, the former television journalist says she has learnt to be vulnerable and listen to her emotions.

“We are all emotional beings. We should therefore not ignore our emotions,” she explains.

In the book, Brown, using science-backed facts and research, thoughtfully explores over 87 human emotions and offers tools for expressing and understanding them — both for ourselves and for others. If you want to understand emotions and how to improve your connection with yourself and others, this book is worth checking out.

However, she notes that her reading plan constantly changes depending on the information she wants to gain.

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