Rhoda Talks Books
Rhoda Wilson started The Rhoda Wilson show in 2005 on OBE TV and she is making enormous moves in the world of Television and The Media in the UK. Her 30 minute show is mainly consists of interviews based on the lives of inspirational and growing talent across the UK. High Profile guests who have appeared on the Rhoda Wilson Show include: Evangelist Tony Allen; Reality TV star Robert Alleyne; Celebrity hair stylist Des Murray, Interior Design Expert Vanessa Brady and Model agent impresario Sola Oyebade.
Learn more about The Rhoda Wilson Book Club and get inspired by her reading habits in her Q&A with AfroElle.
Rhoda talks to us about her book club and reading habits.
When did you start The Rhoda Wilson Show Book Club?
November 6, 2011
How many members do you have in your book club and do you meet-ups?
7 members of our newly established Linked In group, but we’ve had countless responses and comments from readers via our social media portals. It’s an open book club with no restrictions on numbers thanks to our use of social media.
Why is reading important to you and is it a culture you developed from a young age?
It is escapism for me and gives me time to relax. I have to thank my father for this because as a child, I can remember my father lining up my siblings and me and asking each of us to read to him.
Who are some of your favourite female authors and why?
I have too many to name them all but here are some of my favourites:
Jasvinder Sanghera – She wrote a book called Shame. The book is about struggle and survival.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I fell in love with Purple Hibiscus. Intelligent book and well written you can tell she has done her research.
Zadie Smith – I was introduced to Zadie when her first novel: White Teeth was published and since then I have tried to get her on my show. I love this book because it brought to light culture, race, families, war and love.
Which book in your opinion is a ‘A MUST READ’ book?
Too many to count! For inspiration I would recommend The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
What book is currently on your night stand?
I actually have 3 books by my bed: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez– I have read this so many times but love to read extracts once a while. A friend gave me a book by Lisa See called Peony in Love which I only just started reading and the other is the best seller “the Bible” for divine inspiration.
And what is your group currently reading?
We are reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to cultivate a lifetime reading habit?
- There is nothing like reading! It is an enjoyable pastime. The book you read should give you some level of joy whether it is inspirational or autobiographies. If you don’t like a book or it is a chore to read, abandon it and find something that you really enjoying. Make it pleasurable. Have a glass of wine, tea or whatever you prefer whilst you read and truly make it a “me time”
- Whist is it good to find a quiet place to read, for me who is always on the move, I have develop a technique which allows me to read on a crowded train or in a busy airport cause I want to escape and more importantly relax.
- Even though I have the Amazon Kindle, believe it or not, I always carry a book. So carry a book.
- Be a member of your local library, if you have one.
- I have kept all my books that I have read and if you don’t have space make a list of books you have read and those you would like to read.