Because between my back being out for almost a month and then having my fibroid removal surgery, I’ve been reading A LOT…
I’ve been working on this blog post for what seems like forever; I actually can’t believe that I haven’t done a book roundup since this post in 2017 (which, btw, was really popular). Like I said, between my back being really shitty for a few weeks and then having fibroid removal surgery in early January, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, which has been amazing and reminded me how much I really do love to read.
These are a few of my lates favorites but please comment below and let me know what you’ve been reading/loved. I need more suggestions!
I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies: I started following @Betches awhile ago (along with the other millions of people) but I was officially hooked when I started listening to their U Up? podcast; it’s amazing, hilarious and 100% relatable. Naturally, when I found out about their dating book, I had to read it. It’s written satirically, of course, but I always enjoy all three Betches’ brutal honesty and it will definitely make you laugh out loud.
Refinery29 Money Diaries: I actually go quite a bit into this book on my new soon-to-be-released podcast but, in the meantime, I want to tell you how much I LOVE this book. Personally, I wish I had read it 15 years ago but, honestly, I probably wouldn’t have taken it that seriously back then, ha. That said, it’s a must-read for anyone who wants to grow their bank account and get their financial life in order. The book also has Refinery29’s infamous “Money Diaries” series sprinkled in which, if you’re like me, you’ll get hooked because it’s so f*cking fascinating to read about how other people spend their money.
Awaken the Giant Within: This one was recommended by Lauryn Evarts Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential and it’s another winner for sure. I usually shy away from anything cult-like and even though I really respect Tony Robbins and all that he’s built, I’m just not one to stand in some overcrowded arena chanting things like “I WILL BE A WINNER!” or whatever. Maybe I’m pre-judging, lol. That said, he IS a genius and I got some great takeaways from this book as far as discovering my purpose and taking control of my life. I highly recommend it for anyone feeling a little bit lost or feeling the need to shake things up.
The Thousandth Floor: This review is loooong overdue. I was lucky enough to have Katharine McGee, the book’s author, reach out to me to see if I wanted to review a copy but then I procrastinated my life away and am only getting to it now. As for the book, I was instantly intrigued by the premise being Manhattan 2118. I mean. I can’t even imagine what that will be like so reading this novel was a true delight. I couldn’t quite pin point it but the Amazon summary notes that fans of Big Little Lies (hello, me!) will love this book and I 100% see the association. It’s a high-tech, luxurious, futuristic and really just takes you to a place where I really want to BE.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America: My friend Gaby recommended this book and, yes, it’s super intense but also super intriguing and interesting…especially if you loved the TV show Southland as much as I did. I won’t spoil the plot for you but Ghettoside is definitely a modern reflection on the current state of how black Americans are murdered all the time, and the murders often go “unsolved.”
How to Pack: As someone who LOVES to pack light (carry-on only, please), this book was a total game-changer for me. I’ve been internet friends with the author Hitha Palepu for years (follow her btw cause she’s awesome) and her packing tips will legit change your life. Hitha’s flown more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world and so, of course, she’s an expert packer. I want you to buy the book to get all her tips, but I will tell you that her packing timeline alone made this purchase worth it.