My Top Recommended Books of 2016

Sorry for staying away for so long, I have been resting my NERVES. My thanksgiving break was so busy, I went from Minneapolis to Illinois to visit my grandparents, then to Detroit to attend the funeral of my boyfriend’s grandmother. It was a long and exhausting travel week for me but so worth it! I enjoyed both of our families, and was able to catch up with my mom, brother and nieces.

Anyways, if you know me then you know I ALWAYS have a book in these hands of mine. Reading takes me places and it grants me peace of mind. Not only does it put me on fantasy island but it enriches me with the knowledge that I need as a young woman. I’ve went through so many phases in my life, and I have a book that represents each phase. I also feel like reading is kind of like “church” for me, in the sense that it gives me hope. My mom is a natural born reader and writer, she has a degree in journalism. SO naturally here I am reading and writing (this is NOT a drill).

People ask me all the time for recommendations, so I decided to make a post of my top 10 books that I read this year.

  1. “I’m Judging You” by Luvvie Ajayi- I JUST got done reading this book over thanksgiving break and it is already at the TOP of my list. I found out about Luvvie from my favorite podcast called “My Taught You” by Myleik Teele (get into this ya’ll) and pre-ordered it before it even hit the Amazon shelves (I use my Amazon Prime like a drug). Luvvie keeps it breath-takingly real while adding SO MUCH humor along the way. I cracked up laughing the whole time. She made me check myself and my behavior (thank you Luvvie!!). I have put all of my girlfriends on to this book!
  2. “Be You, Live Civil” by Karen Civil- I love Karen Civil SO MUCH!! She is the true definition of a boss babe! This book is a very short read, I believe I read it in one day but it was all I needed to feed my soul. She talks about where she got her start, her suicide attempt, as well as how she found her calling. Another great but short read!
  3. “The Girlprint” by Valeisha Butterfield Jones- I have recently discovered Valeisha this year, and I am so mad I did not know of her before (why didn’t ya’ll tell me???). She is the head of black community engagement at GOOGLE, and CEO of WEEN (Women In Entertainment Empowerment Network). This book was SO GOOD. She also discusses how she got her start, different career paths, learning her identity, and MORE!
  4. “She Believes” by Krystle Barrington- I do not even remember how I found out about this book but I know when I did I stalked Krystle on Instagram and we have been cyber friends ever since!! This book consists of 75 devotionals that she uses to encourage motivate and inspire women. I still carry this book with me everyday, so many positive affirmations.
  5. “Nobody” by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill- YES, Marc is the first guy on my list, don’t kill me! This book took me 2 MONTHS to actually read and digest. He talks about everything from Mike Brown, to the flint water crisis IN DETAIL. Ready for some history? Then this is a MUST READ. I’ve always admired Marc Lamont Hill and his writings, he is definitely my black brother! I try to incorporate these readings not only to get my history lesson, but to stay “woke” (love this word).
  6. “What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey- Do I even need to say much more? I’m a huge fan of Oprah for more reasons than one, and I can absolutely tell you she hands you life on a platter with this book! She gives you some of her toughest life lessons, and how she corrected herself and pulled through! Another great read!
  7. “The Alchemist” by Paul Coelho- I have to be honest, I read this book last year but I HAD to include it. This book teaches us about how important it is to listen to your heart you know those gut feelings that you get sometimes!! One of my favorite quotes is, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” It teaches you life lessons while taking you on a journey in search for treasure.
  8. “Never Eat Alone” by Kieth Ferrazzi- This book is the alpha omega book of networking skills. When I first started interviewing after college I read this book down to the bone. It talks about networking etiquette, interviewing skills, and more importantly how to stay socially healthy.
  9. “Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht- Even though this book is mainly geared towards people who aspire to work in public relations I found some true gems during this story line. She talked about everything from landing your dream job, killing your current career, and stepping your social media cookies UP.
  10. “Soul Detox” by Craig Groechel- This book is so DEEP. I recommend this to anyone who has a broken spirit, anger or bitterness in their heart. I recommend this to everyone who is trying to rid themselves of toxic people and toxic behaviors as well. This book will really help you to move forward, learn forgiveness, and open your heart. It helped me through a tough time in my life.

As you notice most of these books are written by and about women. I am all about #girlbosses.

That’s all for now ya’ll. REMEMBER, be strong and courageous because I am rooting FOR YOU! Oh, and do me another favor PLEASE READ!!! -B