A new season means a new reading list. For the first time in years, I have a bunch of free time for the fall season. So I’m challenging myself to read a book a week. Between my part-time job, self-marketing, blogging, and binge-watching TV I believe this is a doable goal. Between all of this, I’ll be cranking out book reviews from my Summer Reading List, in case you all were curious of my final thoughts. I’ve already written one for Broke Millennial, which I loved. So without further ado, here is my Autumn 2017 Reading List.
My Autumn Bookshelf
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. As soon as I read Gabrielle Union was dropping a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Praised as a “ moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame” Union book is everything I’m searching for to end my year off right when it comes to literature.
In my group chat titled “The Blog That Could Be,” we’ve been discussing how impressed we are with Union’s persona overhaul, as she’s transformed from a Hollywood mean girl to a black America national treasure. Plus, who wouldn’t want to read a book from the woman who had one of the most iconic lines in the original Bring it On film.
I was on the waitlist all summer for the book, and finally, I’m number 12! I expect to have the digital copy in my possession in two weeks. I cannot wait to compare all of the book to show changes.
I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
Much like Year of Yes, this is one of those books I’m reading so I can see what all the hype is about. I’m Judging You is penned by the hilarious blogger of Awesomely Luvvie. Seeing as this book is described as “ a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective… the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some “act right” into our lives, social media, and popular culture”, I can’t be a self proclaimed pop culture junkie and not read this.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This book I’ve been hesitant to read because I did not want to find myself in a state of rage. The story starts in in 18th century Ghana and brings us to 20th century Harlem, derailing the effects of slavery in America and colonisation on the African continent. This history is shared through the stories of the two sisters Effie and Essie aa and then their descendants. Given the currently political climate of this country, I’ve been trying to stay away from books like this, but my number was finally up on the library waitlist, so that was my sign.
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane By Gucci Mane with Neil Martinez-Belkin
I simply adore Gucci Mane. Since he was released from prison early last year, his life has been nothing but a story of redemption. This autobiography has been all over my Twitter timeline. When I read the tweet below, I knew I had to find a way to get this book in my possession.
im currently finishing gucci mane’s bio…im outraged and inspired all at the same time 😂
— Darth Jones (@iAmDarthJones) October 26, 2017
This is a read I’ve been putting off since my sophomore year of undergrad. Said to be a book that “will make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool,” I think it is perfect for twenty-something like me looking to refine her closet and take a peek at something non-American.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Much like Big Little Lies, Crazy Rich Asians is a pop culture-inspired read. My interest in the book was piqued when I discovered Constance Wu would be starring in the film adaptation of it. When I hopped on Goodreads to add it to my to-read shelf, I noticed Alix of A Pint Sized Life rated it five stars. It throws readers into the world of three uber rich Chinese families, when Nick Young brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend of two years ,Rachel Chu, home for his best friend’s wedding, of course, this is when Rachel learns Nick’s family is filthy rich. I’m a quarter of the way done with this book, and it reminds me of soaps I used to watch with my grandmother. Nothing but drama and comedy. Thanks to my kindle app and my local library, I didn’t even have to leave home to get this funny in my hands.
Since I enjoyed Sincero’s first book, You Are a Badass; I decided to give this book a chance. It’s not on the theme of reading for fun, but one should never stop learning. Since I’m in a transitionary period in life, it’s never too early to get one’s finances in order.
I just checked out 8 library books. This isn’t counting my ebooks
— Aitza B (@petiteaitza) October 31, 2017
The Fringe Hours : Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
This is one of the last books that made my reading list for this season. It came as a recommendation from Joblogues which is one of my favourite podcasts. Turner encourages readers to take back pockets of time that aren’t fully utilised. The reviews on Goodreads are a mixed bag, but I’m still ready to see what I can take away from it.
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
This book has been on my list for a while. It’s another podcast inspired to read as it is written and foreword by the creators of 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson, and Jessica Williams. I was waiting for my local library to purchase it, which they haven’t, so I asked my bestie Tati to get it for my birthday. This is a collection of essays about race, gender, and pop culture. Robinson does what Black Americans do best, use humour to dissect the harsh realities of racism and sexism in this country. What I’ve read so far its nothing but relateable.
My goal is to have all of these books completed by the new year. Even though I’m not even halfway done with this list, I already have twice as many books on my winter reading list. I’d love to know what you all are planning to read as the weather cools down, so find me on Goodreads, tweet meet, or drop a comment below.
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