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A Reading List for the New Year

Happy New Year Friends I loved sharing the books that I am reading with you all last year and figured that I would continue to share. Maybe I’ll even start a book club sometime this year…



Here are the 5 books I’m going to try to get through this month. 


1.How to Love a Jamaican By Alexia Arthurs


 This book was named one of the top 15 books of the year by O: The Oprah Magazine.    It’s a collection of eleven short stories about  Jamaican immigrants and their families back home.  

2. If Beale Street Could Talk y James Baldwin


Unless you have been living under a rock, then you know this book has come to the big screen. I read this long ago. Like in Jr high I think. So I can’t quite remember all of the characters and the storyline. I do remember it’s a love story. Typical of many in the African American community. I have a plan this year to revisit James Baldwin and his work. I’ll start with this one. 

3. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think By Laura Vanderkam


I have had this book on my to read list for about 2 years. I’ve owned the book for just as long. But I have not completed it!! My goal this month is to finally finish because I need to find all the time I can. The premise behind this book is that instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff,   she found that successful people start by making sure there’s time for the important stuff. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most in our lives. 

4. My Soul Looks Back A Memoir Jessica B Harris


This book has been on my to-read list for about a year. When I paid my library fines ( side eye), it was the first book I requested. Its a memoir from the writer about her fascinating life in the 70s and her friends like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. Can’t wait to dive in. 

5. Big Idea Food: A Weekly Devotional for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers and Dreamers By Marlena Banks


I’m always looking for a good devotional. I saw this book on someone’s Instagram Stories and ordered it immediately. It’s 52 weeks of short devotionals for entrepreneurs. Week 1 ‘s devotional is called “Behold My Gansta.” Nuff said. 


That’s it. That’s what I will be reading this month. Hopefully, I get through them all. I’ve carved out specific times every day for reading, so I hope that helps me to be more strategic about my reading and get more books in! 

What are you reading this month?


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Monday 14th of January 2019

Great list! I have some of the same on my list. I'm currently listening to "My Soul Looks Back" as I type. I think I need to read it though to fully get into it. My library only had the audio book though. Ugh. Still pretty good.


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Those all sound like great books! I'm looking forward to your reviews of them. I pick what I'm reading one book at a time. I'm fickle that way. First up is Climb Your Own Ladder by Dana Malstaff.