If you ask me how many books I’ve read this year thus far, I’d hang my head in shame. I can literally count on two hands how many I’ve completed and I’ll still have some fingers left. Usually by this time of the year, I would be able to boast about having read about 30 books. But life has been beyond busy for me which has caused me to distribute all the energy that I have left into turning my mind completely off.


Since there’s still a few weeks left in 2016 for me to at least proclaim that I’ve read about 1 book per month, I’m taking the time to dive into some literary pieces filled with that #BlackGirlMagic.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl — Issa Rae

I’ve started reading this book around October, and then work really just took over my life. The firs two chapters had me in tears from laughing so hard. Then my brother came through in the clutch with login credentials to HBO Go and I was hooked on finishing the season. Now since this season is over and I’m mourning the absence of the Insecure characters terribly, I feel it’s appropriate to revisit the book and finish it. Oh, and although I love, love, love Issa and resonated with her situation well, I’m on Lawrence’s side. #DebateMe Anyway, get the book here.


I’m Judging You – The Do-Better Manual — Luvvie Ajayi

Ok, so who doesn’t know or love the infamous blogger, Luvvie? The girl is the most comedic wordsmith that I stalk all over the web. I’ve heard so many good things about this book of essays which contain thoughts on the ratchet as well as the real. This collection creates a much needed conversation about the society that we live in and how we each need to be accountable for our actions. I feel it is absolutely necessary to finish this book before the year is out. Pick up your copy here.

Seasons – Musings on Life for the 20-Something Woman in Bloom — Lucy Dazilma

Lucy Dazilma is the creator of the blog Lucy’s Pearls. Even though it isn’t currently being updated, the archives are still available to read. And from the content that I’ve read, I could only assume that this book is just as enjoyable to read. Seasons is a collection of life changing lessons and the experience attained from those lessons. It is a guide for the woman whose goal is to be her most authentic self while still discovering who she truly is. Well, that sounds like me soo.. yea.


She’s Your Daughter Too — T Lloyd

T Lloyd, or as I personally call her, Tassika or Tee, has been one of the beautiful souls that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with on a daily through Instagram. Since I first discovered her, I’ve been drawn to her energy and her words. It’s amazing how friendships can be established through social networks. When my family and I had lost everything that we owned in the flood, Tassika reached out to me and asked me if there was anything that we needed and sent some supplies for my family. I am forever grateful for her compassion and in turn, I can’t wait to get lost within her words and let the world know how beautiful her mind is.

She’s Your Daughter Too is a story about a young girl navigating throughout life, clinging on the words of wisdom given to her by her father. She uses this wisdom to cope with betrayal, relationships, assault, loss, and love while finding herself in the depths of it all.

Two Words: Been. There.

What are you guys currently reading? I need to get a head start on 2017.

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  1. Law_Fal

    December 15, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I haven’t read any of these yet but I’m 25/30
    Now for finishing my reading challenge. I’m about to go pick up some children’s books from the library just so I can finish in two weeks though. #Petty I’m currently reading the Lost Girls of Kabul now though. And Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey.

    1. Rae

      December 15, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Kmmmmmsssssssssllllllllllll!!!! I hate every single part of you! Lmao! But, I guess children’s books count too? Maybe. Lol!

    2. Daenel T.

      December 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Children’s books. Just too real.

      I haven’t read any of these books and I’m no where near goal… Thanks for the suggestions. There’s still time, right? Right? Right.

  2. Amanda Nicole

    December 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I haven’t read in months because all these psychology text books are controlling my mind at the moment. But I definitely will get some reading done in a few days since I’ll have a mini break before the new year. Issa’s book is $1.99 on the Kindle app! SOLD! (although I love hardcover books)

  3. Vaneese

    January 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I have not read any of these books, but I was blessed to be in the audience at Blogalicious when Luvvie “interviewed” Issa Rae and it was everything and then some. It was more like two homegirls chatting it up than an interview. LOL Their energy was magnetic and they were so inspiring! I definitely need to pick up their books because I’m sure they’re fantastic. And She’s Your Daughter Too sounds like something I would like as well. Thanks for the recommendations!

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