I set a goal to read 25 books this year, so I downloaded the Goodreads app and set up my 2019 reading challenge. Here we are mid-year, at the end of June, and overzealous me has read 22! As I officially bump my goal up to 50 books, I want to share some of my favorite reads this year. I enjoy many genres but tend to gravitate towards memoirs, self-help & contemporary romance fiction novels. Here are a few recommendations to add to your summer reading list.
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Inspirational Memoirs to Read
Becoming by Michelle Obama
A beautifully written memoir by our beloved First Lady as she gives an inside peek into her life journey pre and post White House. The refreshingly candid reflections will leave you with a newfound admiration and respect for Michelle Obama.
More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Elaine’s career journey is simply inspiring, I couldn’t put this book down! As one of Conde Nast’s first black (and the youngest) editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, she takes us behind the headlines by uncovering her struggles with identity & finding her voice, navigating the corporate world in a social climate and creating spaces for women of color.
Let Love Have the Last Word by Common
I enjoy male perspective on love and Common did an amazing job of that in the most honest, vulnerable and heartfelt way. He shares his outlook on the peaks and pits of love & relationships as he uses his own life’s lessons to encourage others to love authentically. (Listen to the audiobook!)
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Listen, Gabrielle held nothing back. This is less of a book about her career and more of transparent personal anecdotes that connect with many issues that affect the modern day woman like sexual assault, racism, infertility, divorce and more.
Self-Help Books to Read
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
In the era where technology is integrated in every aspect of our lives, Newport introduces the idea of practicing digital minimalism. He brings the detrimental effects of digital use (mainly social media) to light, while providing practical ways to use technology to your benefit while still minimizing digital clutter ultimately making room for higher quality interactions.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
On the premise that happiness fuels success, Achor introduces seven principles that predict success & achievement. A must-read for anyone wanting to conquer goals & thrive in a negative & stressful environment.
Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
A spiritual guide for peeling back the layers to uncover your soul’s calling, how to answer it & working your light to share with the world. A true gem.
It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn
I was extremely intrigued by this topic! This is a well-researched book that underlines studies that show how family trauma can be inherited throughout generations. Mark Wolynn is a trauma expert who navigates stories of people who sought the root of their trauma and their path to healing.
Contemporary Romance Novels to Read
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
An amazing love story about two soulmates that met on September 11th, 2001. You’ll become emotionally connected to the characters as you’re taken through a dual narration expanding over a decade filled with fate, heartbreak & regret. Grab your tissues!
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
A great romantic comedy. Jasmine Guillory is one of my favorite new authors, she tells a cute story of an unlikely duo who meet in an unlikely way. The two try to figure out the dynamic of their relationship while navigating their demanding careers, their willingness to commit to each other and other emotional baggage.
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
This book was so captivating, unexpected and special. A unique story about three people who try to live life with the hand life’s dealt them: cancer, depression and (a sci-fi twist) a girl that has fallen from the stars whose mission is to witness five miracles on Earth.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
This gave me all the feels, I’m a firm believer in love at first sight. Laurie falls head over heels in love with a stranger from the window of a bus in London and spends nearly a year searching for him. A beautiful yet gut-wrenching story about missed chances at love.
What books have you read this year? Share some of your favorites below!