What’s On My Bookshelf: Summer 2017 Reading List

Check out books you need to read summer 2017 then head to your favourite reading spot.
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Hi all,

Whether you’re backpacking across a continent, starting a new job, or still doing your normal 9-5, it is my hope summer is treating you well. Since graduation has come and gone, I’ve picked up an internship and worked a couple of freelance gigs. Between all of that and binge-watching the most recent Netflix series, I’ve found time to pick up some of the books on my Goodreads list. Similar to my Summer 16 Reading List, there’s a mix of reading for fun and reading for personal growth. Without further ado, here is what’s on my bookshelf.

Summer 2017 Reading List


The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now

This book is the it book to read in your twenties. This book comes highly recommended by friends, professors, and other bloggers. Written by clinical psychologist Meg Jay who has focused her career on the development of twenty-somethings. This book acts as a guide to make the most out of the last monumental developmental stage people have.  I would recommend this to anyone who is in their twenties and still trying to make sense of this thing we call life.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together

Full disclaimer, I won this book in a Twitter contest sponsored by Capital One and the lovely author Erin Lowry. Broke Millennial, which is also the name of Erin’s blog,  delves into one of the taboo topics in America culture. MONEY! Described as a “step-by-step how to go from flat-broke to financial badass” this book offers real-life scenario to demystify financial literacy and help you get on the right track.  I would recommend this to anyone in their twenties or thirties a good introductory book or even refresher when it comes to personal finance. We all have to start somewhere, and that is what I am reminded of as I read this book. Honestly, I’m looking to forward to maxing out my Roth IRA as soon as I get a full-time job.

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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

This is a book I have put off reading for the last few years. It has been on everyone’s reading list for self-help and living a better life. But so has Year of Yes, and remember what I thought of that little gem. I have an issue with books that ignore the systemic and historical factors that may be oppressing people. All of that said, I read a preview of Sincero’s book and I found myself intrigued. Said to help “identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want” am curious to see if it will do just that for me.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by y Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By now, I hope you are catching on to the theme this list has. The title alone tells me this is the type of reading I need in my life, so I am eagerly waiting to be removed from my library’s waitlist. One reviewer on Goodreads ( I promise they didn’t sponsor this post) has described it as the anti-self-help book as it contains a good deal of philosophy. Self-help or anti-self-help, I was all in as soon as I read the synopsis.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

If you have met me offline, you know I tell it like it is. I cannot wait to see how much I identify with Manson’s tone of writing and approach to life.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I added this book after listening to Myleik Teele’s podcast. This book explores and explains the science of habits. There is a great deal of referencing studies and science. The information given can be helpful in regards to kicking a bad habit or creating habits that will positively impact your businesses and other endeavours. As I’m looking to expand my photography business and get more serious about my blogging for myself and you all, I hope this will aid me creating the habits I need to do so.

Haven (Beards & Bondage) (Volume 1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Haven (Beards & Bondage #1), woc in romance

I discovered Rebekah’s work after following her on Tumblr and Twitter – see the power of branding people – and one I read the first book, I couldn’t stop. Haven is a romance novel with a heroine of colour, who encounters a mountain man during a weeklong getaway in Northern California. Unfortunately, they find themselves linked by tragedy and soon become each other’s haven.

I have yet to sink my teeth into this one yet, but from previous work and reviews on Goodreads, I am sure it will not disappoint.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies, hbo, Big Little Lies book

Being the pop culture junkie I am, when this book turned into a mini-series, I faithfully tuned in on HBO. Many of the people in my live tweeting crew told me it was a good adaption and to read the book. Fearful I’d ruin the show for myself; I put it off until the summer. If you have been living under a rock and had no clue what this book is about, I’ll share the synopsis from Goodreads.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


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That is all I have to share for now good people. If you would like to see what else is on my reading list, chat about these books, or share your own Summer 2017 reading lists, please find me on Goodreads, follow me on Twitter, or comment below. I promise to pull my nose out of the book to respond!



Until Next Time,

Aitza B

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