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

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 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 the 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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