No matter how late it gets into the year, I still love to lose myself in a good book before getting ready for school. In the time between the end of an internship and the beginning of class is the opportunity to dive into the long list of books that I promise to myself I will read at the beginning of every year. Like many of you, I find that the lat days of summer provides ample opportunity for me, and my imagination, to take a little vacation within the depths of someone else’s words. It’s absolutely thrilling. Even though I read these books for my own personal enjoyment, I often find that there are a few that I cannot keep to myself. Even though we’re in the midst of summer, there’s still time to dive into a good book. Check out these picks from my personal summer reading list.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenborough
Some of you know by now that I am an admitted, hopeless romantic. So this book shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It’s set in Depression-era Seattle where wealthy Henry and ambitious Flora meet and try to deal with their feelings for one another. The problem: he’s white, and she’s black. Unfortunately, there’s more at stake then young romance as both have been chosen as players in a game that has gone on for centuries.
The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Success by La La Anthony
Raw, Real, and Right on target. LA La Anthony has another hit on her hands with The Power Playbook. More than just an advice book, Anthony uses her own life as an example for what can go wrong with power, and how to use it properly. Her philosophy is simple; You already have the power, you just have to know how to use it properly in the right situation. The Power Playbook is a guide to doing just that.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is one of those unique authors who has managed to prove, through her writing, that the writings of Tolstoy and Austen are no longer universal. Americanah is one such work. Americanah is a coming-of-age tale about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who comes to the United States to build a better life for herself. She attempts to find success despite the ignorance and racism he faces in the supposed “land of opportunity”.
This one is for all of the twenty-somethings who, like myself, may be feeling a little lost. The book Things I Should Have Told My Daughter is filled with life lessons from Cleage’s own journals. She’s taken all of her life experiences, including the naughty bits, and dusted them off for our benefit. We should all be grateful. From her exciting days as a sucy youth to her days on the frontier of feminism, Cleage has done and seen it all. P.S. I just got my copy signed.
God Help The Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison
Prior to God Help the Child, Toni Morrison hadn’t written a book is years. This novel, her 11th published work, was the talk of everyone in my social media circle. With God Help The Child, Morrison continues on her tradition of raw storytelling that challenges the societal status quo. In this instance, colorism is explored as a young woman defines what beauty is for herself.
The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg
She has built a fashion empire and her name is synonymous with cutting edge style and innovation. Diane von Furstenberg did not always know what she wanted to do, but she knew the kind of woman that she wanted to be. She starts from the beginning, chronicling her mother’s story of survival to the moment of her birth and the point where she realized she had what it took to take the fashion world by storm.
The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers
Most of us remember Joan River as a hilarious, take-no-prisoners comic and sometimes fashion commentator. Beyond that, she was a mom to her daughter Melissa; her sometimes partner-in-crime. The book of Joan is a collection of life-lessons delivered with an authentic flair that only the late and great comedienne could pull off. Even if you don’t take all of her advice, you’ll at least know the secret to scoring extra peanuts the next time you take a flight.
It’s pretty well-known that hard work is the key to success. But more than this is a balance. Arianna Huffington would know, failure to balance her life put more than just her company’s success on the line. She discovered the third metric and took the steps necessary to keep herself on top, and nt run herself into the ground. Thrive is guide to help you do the same.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The “F” word has gained traction over the past few years. Most notably when Beyoncé decided to include it, and the author of this essay, in her hit song “#Flawless”. LAtely, the word feminist seems to get thrown around with the reaction being either clear support or revulsion. In her essay, Adiche describes gives her take on what feminism is and how it will look as we begin to move forward into the 21st century.