Whether you’re taking a staycation or an out-of-town vacation, Summer is when the world slows down just enough for busy people to find some time to relax. Can you imagine anything more wonderful than lying in the warm sun with a good book and cocktail in hand? As you head to the pool, the cottage, the beach, or just sitting in the park this summer, here are a few books from my 2016 summer reading list to keep you entertained:
I watched the TED Talk by Shonda Rhimes and was completely blown away! Of course, we all know Shonda Rhimes as the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder. But in this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, the mega-talented creator and executive producer reveals how saying YES changed her life — and how it can change yours too.
Far from new, but at the top of my reading list since the prospect of reigning in the chaos that is life stuff, always excites me. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.
You Are A Badass
by Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero is favoured by many female entrepreneurs for her real and honest advice in creating a confident mindset towards money, lifestyle and business. What begins as a quest for the 40-year-old and broke Jen to become more informed and educated about money, turns into an empowering journey and revelation that money beliefs are intrinsically intertwined with our own personal limiting beliefs. The book is lighthearted, easy to read and filled with so many valuable takeaways.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae
Whenever I go to the Starbucks, I always see this book starring at me from the corner of my eye. Once I even went so far as to pick it up and read the back cover. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool. Written in the author’s witty and self-deprecating voice, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl covers everything from cybersexing to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, and from navigating the perils of eating out alone to public displays of affection. A reflection on Issa Rae’s own experiences as a cyber pioneer, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is officially front and centre on my summer reading list.
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