What’s on My Bookshelf | Autumn 2017 Reading List

Everything on my bookshelf for autumn 2017. With picks like Gabrielle Union's autobiography, Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, and comedian Phoebe Robinson's collection of essay you're sure to laugh. #books

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

The most anticipated book on my autumn 2017 reading list. Who doesn’t want to read what th mean girl from Bring it One has to say 20 years later #books















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.

Who wouldn’t want to read a book from the mean of the original Bring it On film. Click To Tweet

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.

Gabrielle Union in bring it on movie











Big Little Lies

Big little Lies, a carryover book from my summer 2017 reading list














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

I’m Judging You, the self help guide penned by famous blogger Luvvie Ajayi. All pop culture junkies should pick up this read for fall 2017 reading













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


A poignant read that carries is through 250 years of history, using narratives to examine the effects of slavery and colonisation in America and Ghana. Check out my blog to see what else is on my autumn reading list for 2017














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.


If you love trap music, you must get lost in the sauce and read Gucci Mane’s autobiography Click To Tweet


The Autobiography of Gucci Mane By Gucci Mane with Neil Martinez-Belkin

If you’re a hip hop fan this is.a must read as the Godfather of trap music shares is life story. Be sure the check out other reads from my fall 2017 reading list #books















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.


How to be Parisian wherever you are : love, style, and bad habits by Anne Berest



How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, one of the must reads from my autumn 2017 reading list #books














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


I’m calling it the novela version of Dynasty we never got. stars. It throws readers into the world of three uber rich Chinese families living in Singapore. Set to be a film starring Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu, this is a must read for nay humour loving readings. Head over to the blog for more #books from my autumn reading list 2017














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.

You Are a Badass at Making Money : Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero


The finance book very badass needs to read. For more picks from my bookshelf, check out my autumn 2017 reading list #books












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.



The Fringe Hours : Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

One of the self improvement books on my autumn 2017 reading list












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


You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson, one of the must reads from my autumn 2017 reading list #books















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.


Happy Reading,

Aitza B



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A new season means a new reading list. Everything on my bookshelf for autumn 2017. With picks like Gabrielle Union's autobiography, Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, and comedian Phoebe Robinson's collection of essay you're sure to laugh. #books







  • Max

    This is a great list! I love the mix of intersectionality and fiction and lifestyle, and I’m gonna have to grab some of these for myself. All on Kindle, of course… Korea doesn’t have this kind of spread. Looking forward to your winter reading list! Maybe a good cooking memoir, or something more introspective, like Tuesdays With Morrie? Oh, and the butterfly garden is a great read. It’s been stuck in my mind for over a year, and I’d always highly recommend it. Love your posts! ^^

    • Aitza B

      Highkey, I get most of my reading done of Kindle,because I can switch between devices. Reading on a paperback felt so odd to me. I’m defintely going to check out The Butterfly Garden. It might me a winter/2018 read! Thanks so much for comments. I miss your face!!!!

  • Ooo I’m going to have to check k this book out! I loved her role in being it on too!!

  • Shannon

    Great list! I have read a few of these . I have not heard of the first one…sounds like it could be a fun read.

  • What a great list, I love reading and collecting books. I am going to check out Crazy Rich Asians.

    • Aitza B

      It is so good. I spent the weekend reading the entire series and I regret nothing! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Preet

  • I love to read what a great list! I read Big Little Lies and it was sooo good. Make sure you watch the series on HBO too, it was great as well!

    • Aitza B

      I loved the series. That’ s actually why I’m reading the book. Apparently they’re thinking about making a second mini season. Hopefully it won’t ruin the magic.

  • your book list is great and it covers variety like fiction ,lifestyle etc.. best way to start with new season. Let me also plan something like.

  • I have read a few of these but I am definitely going to check the rest out! Great list!

  • I just finished reading The Fringe Hours and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone struggling to find time for themselves!

    • Aitza B

      Glad to know it comes highly rated. I definitely feel like I don’t have enough time for myself these days. Thanks so much for commenting, LeeAnn.

  • That is an impressive reading list you have there. To be honest most of your picks I have not heard of before! Thank you for introducing them to me.

    • Aitza B

      It makes me so happy to know you havne’t heard of these before. Makes me feel like I’m doing the lord’s work by introducing them to you. Thanks so much for commenting, Dalba.

  • Wonderful list of books. I really want to read Gabrielle Union and Gucci Mane book. I have to finish the other books on my reading list first though.

    • Aitza B

      Once you finally get to Gabrielle Union and Gucci Mane’s books I’d love to hear your final thoughts, Tasheena. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  • Danielle Thomson

    I’ve read Big Little Lies but none of the others – I think I’m going to have to add at least a few of these to my reading list!

  • Ah I wish I could read all. This is definitely a good list. Hope to have the time in the world to read and read and read.

  • I will have to check these books out soon. I’ve been looking for a good read.

    • Aitza B

      I’d love to know what you end up choosing, Luci!

  • Fantastic list of books! Most of my reading right now are text books as I am a doctoral student but we get a break in December so I will be checking out some of these.

    • Aitza B

      I’m trying to get all my reading in before I return to school. Best of luck in your doctoral progam, Mardene!

  • These look like great books! I added a few to my Goodreads “Want to read” list!

    • Aitza B

      I’d love to hear your final thoughts once you get to your picks. Thanks so much for commenting, Leah.

  • Mateja

    Such a great lineup. Gabrielle Union’s book seems quite interesting and might check it out. So great that you are making the time during the fall for so much of them, it’s inspirational to me, as I have so many from my wishlist sitting on my shelve. 😉🔆

    • Aitza B

      I keep adding books to my wishlist like I don’t have 200+ that I want to read, so I know the feeling. If you do check out Gabrielle’s book, I’d love to know what you think, Mateja. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  • I’ll have to check some of these out. Looks like you found some good ones!

    • Aitza B

      I’m already chomping away at them. Thanks so much for commenting, Lauren.

  • The only one I’ve read on your list is Big Little Lies. I love Liane Moriarty! I’d love to read Gabrielle Union’s book, I need to add that one to my reading list.

  • What an awesome list! I’m always looking for another good book to read!

    • Aitza B

      Thanks, Stephanie! I’d love to hear back from you if you do wind up selecting one of these.

  • I am an avid read. I LOVE seeing recommendations from others. Can’t wait to dig into some of these!

    • Aitza B

      Happy reading Dorothy. Thanks so much for commenting.

  • Awesome reading list. I’m going to check out a few of these for winter break.

  • I’ve heard of the Gabrielle Union book, but I haven’t heard of any of the others. Interesting choices.

  • Great list! I just watched the Big Little Lies dvd! I really want to read Gabrielle Union’s book. I found out she has had so many miscarriages, after suffering on this year, knowing that celebrities go through the same things as “normal” people is humbling.

  • I am an avid reader and want to read every book on this list! I loved Big Little Lies and have heard such good things about Crazy Rich Asians. My reading list just keeps growing longer!

    • Aitza B

      I swear I’m never going to get to the bottom of my reading list. I’d love to know your thoughts on CRA if you ever get around to reading it. Thanks so much for commenting, Lois!

  • Great list! A couple of yours are on mine too like Big Little Lies and the Gabrielle Union book. I can’t wait to read them.

    • Aitza B

      We must chat once you finish Big Little Lies and Gabrielle Unions book. I’d love to know what else is on your list. Thanks so much for commenting, Vanessa.

  • Oh, how I love books. I should be sharing my reading lists. I actually have the book “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica N. Turner. It’s in my huge to-be-read pile. I’d like to read the book about making money, too.

  • I am definitely going to pick up I’m Judging You. You can’t touch my hair also sounds like a good read!

    • Aitza B

      I’d love to know your final thoughts on I’m Judging You once you ever get around to reading it. Thanks so much for commenting, Angela.

  • So many great titles to research! I love this list and I love finding new books to add to my reading list. Big LIttle Lies is SOOO GOOD! I love that book and would totally read it again.

  • These are awesome book recommendations. I honestly didn’t know that Gabrielle Union published a books. That’s so nice and it would be great to read it.

  • Firstly, I love Gabrielle Union! I didn’t know she had a book out! Also, the one about being a Parisian sounds really good…I think I might actually get that one the next time I’m at the bookstore!

    • Aitza B

      Gabrielle Union has truly become a favourite of mine over the years. I’d love to know what you end up reading.

  • Thank you for thfor se reccomendations! I need to add some new books to my reading list!

    • Aitza B

      I’d love to know what you wind up reading. Thanks so much for commenting, Lynsey

  • Wow! That’s a large collection! You definitely do a lot of reading! I think The Crazy Rich Asians is at the top of my list to read. I loved the Big Little Lies show but now I feel like I’m going to have to grab this book to find out just how different it is, if it’s different at all.

    • Aitza B

      Crazy Rich Asians was so good. I read the entire series over the weekend. Now I’m even more excited about the movie. I would love to hear what you think about the BLL book once you’ve read it. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Karlyn.

  • Great list. I actually purchased How to be Parisian wherever you are a few months ago. I started reading it and so far love it. Homecoming sounds interesting too. Maybe that will be next.

    • Aitza B

      Glad to hear some good feedback aboout How to be Parisian. I think I’m going to be starting that one this week. Thanks for much for taking the time to comment, Allison!

  • I really want to read Gabrielle union’s book! You’ve got a nice list here! Thanks for sharing

    • Aitza B

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Ife. I’m really looking forward to reading Gabrielle’s book too. Would love to know your thoughts once you read it.

  • Great List♥ I’m going to put some of this on my To Read list.

    • Aitza B

      Happy reading and thanks for taking the time to comment, Lieanha!

  • This is a pretty great list! It makes me remember that I need to get mine set up soon.

    • Aitza B

      My your list treat you as well is mine is treating me, Marci.

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  • This is a great autumn reading list! I’ve read half of these and will have to check out the others. I’m waiting for my credits to drop on the 15th so I can grab Gabrielle’s new one on audio. I also listened to Luvvie’s on audio when it first came out and it was a really entertaining read. I still love my paper books but audio is such a fun experience it’s turning into my favorite way to get in 1-2 books a week.

  • Big Little Lies is a really good book! I read it last year and really enjoyed it. I really like the HBO show too, they stuck pretty close to the book.

  • Girl, I’m loving this book list. I’ll definitely have to bookmark this for later.
    xx Tatyanna

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