I’ve been doing an annual book list for years now. It started a few years back when I realized that I had only read 1 or 2 books that year. I was so disappointed in myself. I mean, I could have blamed new mom life and the constant fog that was sleep deprivation but really?
I couldn’t invest 10 minutes a day to dive into a book? For YEARS?
I’m a writer but before I was a writer, I was a reader. Being an avid reader it what gave me the confidence to put my own words out there for public consumption. I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing and in order to become a better writer, I must, I have, I NEED to be a voracious reader.
This may not be the case for everyone. I don’t think everyone cares to read. And that’s fine. As for me and my brain, I am far more creative and just happier when I’m regularly reading.
That said, here is my list. I’ve really been wanting to dive into more biographies and more fiction this year. Self-help continues to be one of my favorite genres. I want to focus more on the lives of others (instead of obsessing over my own) and being taken away into the worlds the fictitious characters who make me ponder, laugh, cry and question myself.
Also, I have no number goal of how many books I want to read. Some months will be easy to consume 3-4 books and there may be times where I go months without touching a book. So what. This isn’t high school. I’m not going to force myself to read. It will be organic or nothing at all. Still, having a list, I feel at least makes it easy for me to slide through to my library, Amazon or Audible accounts to quickly grab something of interest.
Many of my books are written by women and especially women of color.
I’m cool with that.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Books I’ve Read So Far
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir – Jenifer Lewis
Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (my 4th time reading this)
Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More – Janet Mock
Hunger – Roxane Gay
Anonymous Acts – Christina C. Jones
Everybody’s Got Something – Robin Roberts
Books I Want To Read
Around the Way Girl – Taraji P. Henson
The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams
Book – Tererai Trent
Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Growing the Queen Within – Latham Thomas
Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union
Touch – Courtney Maum
Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness – Rebecca Walker, Gates, Jr., Henry Louis
Queer Africa – Karen Martin, Makhosazana Xaba
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) – Hal Elrod, Robert Kiyosaki
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Steven C. Hayes
How to Love a Jamaican: Stories – Alexia Arthurs
Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir – wa Thiong’o, Ngugi
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Beauty That Remains – Ashley Woodfolk
Period Pain – Kopano Matlwa
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” – Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain – Phoebe Robinson
Ali: A Life – Jonathan Eig
The Ways of White Folks: Stories (Vintage Classics) – Langston Hughes
Homegoing: A Novel – Yaa Gyasi
Piercing Me Together – Renee Watson
Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair – William Evans
The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir – Yrsa Daley-Ward
Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America – Tamara Winfrey Harris
Ghosts Of The Tsunami: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone
– Richard Lloyd Parry
To Sell Is Human – Daniel H. Pink
You’re A Bad Ass At Making Money – Jen Sincero