What’s On My Bookshelf – Winter Reading List 2018

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A new year and new reads on my bookshelf. I’ve been slacking on book reviews from my autumn reading list, but that’s something I’m hoping to change with this new posting schedule. Also, I’ve mapped out a more strategic TV schedule, so I intend to get more books in during 2018. My goal is 104, making that approximately two books per week. I’m a little behind, but if I give up fanfic for a week or two, I think I’ll be back on track. Instead of rambling more,  give you my winter reading list 2018!

My Winter Bookshelf


We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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This book was technically on my autumn reading list, but I didn’t get to it before the end of 2017. For some reason, I was never able to make it to the library before I was kicked off the waitlist. If you’d like to know why this is must read, check out my previous list.


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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

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Much like last few reading lists, I had to include something along the lines of autobiographies and personal essays. Haddish became an overnight sensation after her role in Girls’ Trip, but her grind began 20 years ago. If you’re looking for a hilarious read with a dose of authentic inspiration and the not so pretty parts of life, this is the book for you.





The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage

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Last year I became a follower of The Financial Diet via blog and Youtube, so I was thrilled when I discovered Chelsea and Lauren were putting out a book. If you’re looking for a  personal finance book that also helps you with adulting, this is the book for you, especially if you enjoyed Broke Millennial. 

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John C. Bogle

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I have been told if you want to get into investing, you need to read this book.  You see Bogle is the founder and former CEO of Vanguard, so he might know a thing or two about investments. Despite being described as repetitive, everything I’ve read about dipping my toes into investing has led me to this book. If you’re looking to get involved in investing and need some meaningful examples, pick this book up.

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst



I was scrolling through Myleik’s Instagram account and found this book. It’s been sitting on my to-read list for quite some time, and there’s no time like to present. Since I’m still on a journey of listening to God and riding myself of that stubbornness, I feel this would be a good book in aiding me to do that.

Is Marriage for Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone by Ralph Richard Banks

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One of my many interests is looking at marriage and dating patterns. The first person to pique my curiosity was Kim Love aka Kimmaytube, back when I was in high school. Since then I’ve taken classes that discuss the benefits of marriage, dating patterns, and the gender roles involved. Calling myself a lifelong learner, this book is another way for me to continue to learn.

It’s been described as abundant in statistics, backing lived experiences with data, to explore why black women in America are three times as likely as white women to never marry. The book explains the social and economic forces that have undermined marriage for African Americans and that shape everyone’s lives. If you have the tiniest interest in looking at marriage patterns, interracial relationships, or black American culture this book might be for you.

Halsey Street by Naima Coster

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Sometimes were are books with covers that draw you in and this was one of those books. I have no profound reason for wanting to read this.

Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable.

Given the recent talks about afro-latinx life in American and who gets to occupy that space, I this a timely read.


Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State by Kumarini Silva 

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I’m reading this book because Kumi was my favourite professor in undergrad. I took every class she taught. If you have an interest in exploring browness in America and how it has transformed post 9/11. Given the political climate in America, I implore everyone who isn’t white, straight, Christian, or middle class to read something exploring how identities impact someone’s lived experience. For those with interests in race studies, media studies, or cultural studies this is the read for you.  If this isn’t something you’d typically read, still give it a chance, because if you like me, you’ll like Silva.

The Wedding Date by  Jasmine Guillory 

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I was introduced to Jasmine Guillory and her work my dear friend Alice. The Wedding Date explores the romance between two high powered professionals, who found themselves trapped in an elevator.  One review describes this look as sipping hot chocolate. If that isn’t a reason to pick it up, I don’t know what is. This is Guillory’s debut novel, and I’m always here for support black women in romance, so give it a try.

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

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I adore Olivia. I truly do. If you haven’t figured that out already, check out my previous reading lists. She penned my favourite series, Panther in the Hive, and tells the most hilarious stories on Twitter. I have been waiting for this book for well over a year. It might be two at this point. If you’re looking for a young adult, science fiction novel with immersive world-building, strong friendships,  people of colour, and mystery, this is something you MUST read.  Need to be hooked in, check out this blurb.

Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

Give it a chance; it won’t disappoint you. I promise. Also, follow Olivia on Twitter.

These aren’t all the books I’ll be getting to before springtime, but I don’t want to bore you all. If you’re curious to see what else I’ll be reading should another snow day come my way, friend me on Goodreads and follow me on Twitter.

Are any of these books on our winter reading list? Do you have any suggestions for me? Did you read any of my other suggestions? Drop me a line and let me know.


Happy Reading,

Aitza B










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  • Emily Michelle Fata

    These all look like really great books to get to in 2018! A few of them are on my reading list, as well. I’ve read “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns” and it was well worth the read. 🙂

    • Glad to know it’s worth the read. Ready to make the lead from IRA and acorns and get comfortable with investing

  • Yesss The Wedding Date is on my kindle for review to read soon! It look so good! Def checking out A Conspiracy of Stars!

    • Started A Conspiracy of Stars earlier today and loving it so far, even if it is a little bit slow.

  • Yesss The Wedding Date is on my kindle for review to read soon! It look so good! Def checking out A Conspiracy of Stars!

  • Jakub Husek

    This is a great list! I’ve seen the Bogle book before and will now give it a go!

    • Hope it is helpful. Thanks for stopping by, Jakub

  • Daisha Green

    Oh those financial books are screaming my name! One of my hopes for this new year is to become better with saving and investing. I know exactly what’s being added to my reading list.

    • Yes, get those finances together. There is no better time to start than the present. Hope these are helpful, Daisha!

  • Marjie Mar

    You have a great selection for your winter read. I am getting the last black unicorn.

    • I would to know your thoughts once you’ve read it!

  • Oh I will have to check all of these out. They sound great.

    • Hope you find something you fancy, Christina!

  • After checking all of them out I am still drawn to the first one, We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. I like essay type books. It allows me to feel like I finished something in one setting and yet still have more to read! I also like the topics.

    • I never thought about essay type books that way, but I think they’ll be my new approach to tackling them. Thanks Joely!


    Wow this a great list of books! I added three of them to my list including the financial diet, we could all save a little coin.

    • Yes girl, it’s never to late to get those finances together and save some coins.

  • Cherri Littleton Megasko

    I am definitely going to check out “The Financial Diet.” I’m past those years – thank goodness – but I have a niece I think who could really use it. I’ll check out their blog and YouTube channel as well. Thanks for the heads up!

    • They are such a great resource. Even if the book isn’t for your nieceI would definitely recommend the site. Thanks for stopping by, Cherri

  • There looks like some really great books on your shelf, I hope you manage to get through them all. I am going to check out “The Financial Diet” and add a few of your suggestions to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing.

    • Glad this list was helpful. TFD is a small but resourceful book.

  • I love to read, so I’ll have to check some of these out! Some have interesting titles that have intrigued me.

    • Hope you find something you fancy, Amber

  • valmg

    I’m not familiar with any of these. i do love to read and have a stack of books waiting for me, if I remember to make the time to enjoy them.

    • That’s why I like checking out other’s tbr lists. You know know what you may find.

  • I haven’t heard of any of these books before, but I am always looking for my next book so I will have to check some of these out!

    • I hope you find something you fancy, Stephanie. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list. The Best Yes looks like a book I need to pick up today! Thank you for the great suggestions.

    • I’m really stocked about The Best Yes. When I picked it up from the library the librarian couldn’t stop raving about it. Glad you found this list useful

  • Kamrin Brown

    I really need to get back into my reading, and these books sound really great! I wanna check out Gabby Union’s and Tiff Haddish’s books, and I definitely need that wedding date one! Thanks for holding me accountable, and for sharing!

    • I’ll definitely be checking later this year to see if you’ve picked them up. I’m glad we have more black women sharing their stories.

  • These all sound like great picks. I read one book so far this year, and it wasn’t intended. I was only reading bits and pieces, because it was informational, but I kinda got caught up in it!

    • Sometimes reading like that.My motto is to never stop learning, so that doesn’t require you to read the entire book. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna

  • I am a book fanatic. I usually have 6-7 books going at the same time. I am intrigued by the Brown Threat. Do you think this white, middle class, Christian woman would learn something from it?

    • Samesies, I think I’m reading 8 books right now between my ebooks and physical copies.. You could definitely learn something. Just flipping through the press release of Brown Thread I learnt some things. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you pick it up, Terri

  • I love the A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole cover, it is so beautiful!! Is Marriage for Is Marriage for White People sounds so interesting and I definitely am going to pick it up. I won’t have gotten married if it weren’t for us moving to a new country. I love my partner but a wedding was a huge expense I would have rather not have done, but new country kinda required it.

    • You head head over to her Twitter, she had art made for the characters too. It is so gorgeous and vibrant….In terms of citizenship and moving, I’m sure marriage made it easier. Far too often people only think of marriage in terms of love, but you can love your domestic partner without marriage. Once you read, Is Marriage for White People I’d love to hear your thoughts, Angela

  • I have been wanting to read “The Best Yes” for a while now. I need to buy a copy right away. I see a few other titles that look interesting.

    • I swear I’ve heard nothing but good things. The librarian raved about it. Hope you enjoy, Tami!

  • I think the financial diet would be a good read. I will always listen to advice on ways to save money or invest it better.

    • You should get out their youtube account and blog, they have such great advice

  • Marvina Musser

    I have never heard of any of these books. They all look interesting. I love to read and I’ve been reading a lot of motivational, inspirational books. I just got done with the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and now I’m going through the book The Wisdom of Sundays-life changing insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey. I love the podcast and I’m loving the book so far. Great post.

    • I just added both of those books to my want to read list on Goodreads. I definitely need some motivational and inspirational books right now. Thanks so much for passing them along, Marvina.

  • Tomi_C

    OMG, I’m reading The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. She is hilarious and well deserving of the success she’s amassed with all of her hard work. She’s got a show coming soon and I would have loved to go but the tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. *kicks rocks*

    • I hate when the tickets get sold out like that,but kudos for her for making that money. I cannot wait to dig into that book. Glad you’re enjoying it, Tomi

  • thesophiadiaries

    never heard of some of these books before but some of them sound really interesting! i probably need to read the financial diet haha

  • Debra Hawkins

    I added a few of these to my list! I mostly read YA because I am actually a reader for a subscription box, but I love to sneak a few others in.

  • What an awesome list! I so want to read The Financial Diet, and Gabby and Tiffany’s books also look intriguing!

  • Pam W

    I want to read The Financial Diet! I actually heard one of my friend’s kids talking about how they wanted to read A Conspiracy of Stars.

  • Great list! I’ve heard good things about The Last Black Unicorn, and Halsey Street, Brown Threat, and The Wedding Date all sound very interesting!

  • Great list! I loved Halsey Street! I love Tiffany Haddish so I’d love to read her book, and Is Marriage For White People? sounds really interesting too!

  • Heather

    These all look like great books! I need to make more time in my day to read. I miss it!

  • The Tiffany Haddish book and Gab Union were already on my radar but I’m definitely interested in a few more here, especially that Halsey Street. Glad I stopped by. I definitely need to make time to read more or get an audible subscription.

  • Vyom Kapoor

    The financial diet sounds like an interesting book. Would love to add it to my list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Damilola Adeleye Daisy

    This is a nice books collection . Will check out that book by Gabrielle Union this week

  • Farrah Less Gomez

    Its been a while since I sit down and read a book. Its been a busy weeks for me , the work and family life. I hope I could go back to a good habit again

  • the Financial Dieet has been on my list too! I need to lock myself in a room and get some reading done!

  • Rose Mont

    I haven’t read any of those books. The Lysa Terusk book and the Hasley Street look like a good choice.

  • Jazmin Williams

    Not heard of these but I like the sound of A Conspiracy of Stars! They all sound interesting, actually. I’ve got Cara Delevingne’s debut novel which I had for Christmas, which is what I want to take for my 20 hour there-and-back flight in March.

  • I got Gabrielle Union’s book for Christmas! Right now I am listening to Tiffany Haddish’s audio book. I love hearing her tell her story!

  • I LOVE the Financial Diet – their advice is always so great! I have their new book on my TBR list too!

  • Samantha Jean

    Added The Financial Diet to my Amazon cart, thanks for the recommendation!!

  • Different Frame Of Mind

    I need to add some of these to my list. The Gabrielle Union book and the wedding date have been on my radar for awhile! I need to look for them once I am done with my latest and newest read. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Great choices!! I want to read the Gabrielle Union book! I adore her!

  • Seeking Neverland

    I can’t believe you read two books a week. I am trying to get through one a month haha. Overall, I think you did a great job in listing books of different interests. The financial diet looks like a goo done.

  • Rebekah Osprey-Ellis

    These books all sound great! One of my goals for 2018 is to read more, so I’ll definitely be adding some of these books to my list to read.

    • Glad you were able to find something you might enjoy

  • David E

    I do love all of your reading list here. I am interested to hear what the conclusions are for the book called Is Marriage Only For White People. And the reasons behind their conclusions. The other one I would really want to read is The Last Black Unicorn. This is true not only because I love biographies but I love things done with a sense of humor involved. I am sure it would be a great read.

  • I love that you have such a wide list of book picks! My goal is to read at least one book per month, I may have to add 1 or 2 of these to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Christine Foster

    I LOVE gabrielle union! That is my girl! She could be talking about paint drying and I would be all about it! LOL!

  • Audrey Knizek

    All of your book recommendations look great! I’m reading To Capture What We Cannot Keep but I’ll be adding some of these to my list!

  • What a great list! I want to read Gabrielle Union’s book so badly!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Wow! I’ve definitely got to check these books out!

  • Dana Lauren

    Oh great recommendations! Thank you! I’m always looking for honest reviews 🙂

  • I have to read some of these. I haven’t read a book in a very long time.

  • Laila

    OMG all of these books look so good! I want to read them all, if only I had the time…

  • Consider this list bookmarked and saved! I am determined to get back to reading this year and this list is the perfect place to start!

  • I’ve been wanting to read Gabrielle’s book. I heard it was pretty good

  • I need to pick up Gabby’s book

  • Tiffany Hadish is easily the funniest breakout star in a long time! I cannot wait to read her book.

  • Michele Berger

    Hey Aitza! I hope you are well. This a great list! I’ve heard of several of these books and I adore Tiffany Haddish!