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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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