Happy New Year! Is it too late to still say that? Anyway! A new year means a new me and I am so ready for 2022! I plan on traveling more with my boys (like we don’t do that already), starting new ventures, stepping out on faith with my writing career, strengthening my connection with my friends, and being a better version of myself!
Just like everyone out there (or almost everyone), I made a list of goals and New Year’s Resolutions that I am determined to accomplish in the next 12 months; one of which so happens to be getting back into my reading habit!
It seems with the raise of social media and the decline of talks around good books, I’ve caught myself slipping into reading short news articles and CliffsNotes of stories. I am not proud of the number of books I read last year or rather the lack of. It just isn’t like me at all. My love for writing (treat yourself to a copy of my book KATRINA: When God Closed His Eyes on New Orleans) links right back to my love for reading. So maybe it’s about time for me to get back to what I enjoy!
I read not too long ago, yes that too was a short article, that big CEOs and well-known leaders read about four or five books a month. While we all want to be boss babies, I just don’t have time for 48 to 60 books a year. Not yet anyway. So, I’ve come up with a list of 12 books for 2022 to start me on my path for a more extensive list next year. Come take the 2021 Black Girls Must Die Educated journey with me by clicking on the links and getting your very own paperback, Kindle or Audible version of each book!
I want to start the year off right! Paris dropped us a gem with this one. She took out all the garble and gave us a clear path to financial freedom. Her years of reasearch are tucked between the covers of this book with advice I know we all will be able to benefit from.
This book is for sure a great example of why I love to read! The 13-year-old boy Jojo is attempting to figure out how to become a man while dealing with the release of his absentee white father. I don’t normally pick up a book like this but the reviews convince me that this may be a good read. Jojo is facing the world with a lot on his plate to deal with.
Who doesn‘t love Tabitha Brown! In “Feeding The Soul” Tabitha gives us an inside look to her life and all of the things she learning on her journey while facing undiagnosed chronic autoimmune pain. Her words tell her fans that life can be glorious if we make sure we remain humble, loving and nonjudgmental. I suggest trying this one on Audible with me!
Zakiya Dalila Harris
I cannot wait for this book as I have faced this same issue in my own life. The editorial assistant Nella Rogers, 26, like most of us, is sick of being the only black person at her job. She gets a bit of racial relief when another melanated face moves into the work cube right next to hers. When some office events escalate Nella’s new office friend Hazel to corporate stardom, Nella feels the stress of being left behind.
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is a cover to cover read of Scaachi’s wit and humor involving some very questionable moments in her life. I’ve heard about the bikini waxer convo and am looking forward to reading it first hand. This book I feel will give us a inside look on someone else‘s paths in life but lessons we all can use in our journeys.
It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t drop at least one book like this! Single mom and erotica writer Eva who is feeling the stresses of life, runs into a familiar face Shane while in New York. Now they have seven days… seven days for what? Well, we are just going to have to read the book now aren’t aren’t we?
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
I love my memoirs. It is a great way to peep into the lives of those we label as our heroes. Priyanka deep dives on marrying the famous Nick Jonas of the Jonas brothers and other topics that can inspire generations. If this book doesn‘t help you commit to your dreams I don’t know what will.
I’m not sure about everyone everyone else, but I get tired of hearing the world telling me I am not enough! One thing I hate the most is people saying you need to be with someone. All lies! This book can help us learn that being alone is okay! I sometimes forget this but I bet Chidera has her ways to show me how to remember
Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
Lena and Campbell, two different lives and not friends at all, end up at a football game one Friday night. Their paths may be different but neither expected to fall into the chaos that stems from hate and surely never expected to be pushed together. It’s like that suspenseful movie you want but even better; its a book!
There are three books in this series and we should read them all! The book centers around a woman has to depend on love, courage and her friend’s support to get pass a life altering setback that may effect something no she considers precious and that she has always wanted. I selected this title to keep the motovation going! How much do you want that special something in your life?
Christena Cleveland, PhD
Christena Cleveland gives us an inside look at her journey to proving the following of a God that is not only male but white. She struggled to accept a god that only saw value in empowering those who look like him rather than everyone as the Good Book leads us to believe. I want to see what she discovers.
I saved this one for last! This book is a forced conversation between the black community and White American Christians who are being called out on their sad ability to avoid their commitment to keep the peace. This book is written to help White Christians take the steps to use their voice for good!
BONUS: Finished all 12 already or want something extra to read? Maybe you've read one of them before? Just wanna sub one of them out? Try reading Becoming by Michelle Obama or try these other three choices!
Red Lip Theology: For Church Girls Who've Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn't Enough
Black Girl, Call Home
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Know any good books you would add to the list or switch out with one already here? Drop me a note!