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I LOVE books! I mean, I REALLY LOVE books! They make me happy. I enjoy getting lost in other people’s stories. Books became my friends as a child. I was pretty reserved, some say shy, and stayed to myself mostly. I hated playing with dolls…. HATED playing with them. The best part of a doll for me was chopping her hair off into what I thought was an edgy bob at the time. (I know that went left real quick). But put me in a room by myself with a book and I was in HEAVEN. I am a daydreamer…I can daydream all day long if you let me. It’s just a love affair that I have with my imagination and words. Words have POWER. I vow to never teach my kids that words don’t mean a thing because they do. Words can change your life. I know they have mine.

I thought it’d be great to share some of my favorite books with you all from last year as well as let you know what is on my reading list for this year. My goal is to read a book a month and I have my list below for the first 6 months. Feel free to join me! You don’t have to read the same books I am reading; the goal is to read MORE this year. I enjoy audiobooks but I know some of you like to read an actual book or on your iPad/Kindle so do whatever works for you. Let’s have discussions and challenge our thinking this year. If you want to join my 1 book a month challenge, post a picture of the book on Instagram, and tag me with the hashtag #Sistanomicsbookchallenge.  If you are not following me on IG, do that now! My handle is here. Comment below or send me an email at miss.sistanomics@gmail.com so we can chat about the books each month! Maybe I will start a FB group specifically for the book club. If you like that idea, let me know. Also, let me know what books you are planning on reading this year…I need new books for the second half of 2018. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE misssistanomics.com.

Top 5 books of 2017:

 Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God: If you listen to The Breakfast Club, you know how crazy Charlamagne is lol! I loved this book because it raw and he keeps it real. Setbacks happen to all of us and he details out how he never let his setbacks define who he is. This was my favorite book of last year.

 Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: This is one of those books that force you to check yourself. We all let our ego get in the way of our success at some point. This book basically says, humble yourself girl.

The Tanning of America by Steve Stoute: If you are a hip-hop head and love business…this book is for you. (I listened to the audiobook and Kerry Washington narrates it which makes it even better!)

You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero: Jen is very honest about the struggles of being a successful woman trying to navigate the world of money and wealth. I like her straight forward attitude. I am reading her first book this year AGAIN. That should tell you something.

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union: This has to be my 2nd favorite book of the year. Gabrielle Union says a lot of things in this book that a lot of people simply don’t have the courage to say. She is unapologetic about her experiences, both good and bad. I admire her for being so transparent.

2018 Reading List: 

February – The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

March – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson

April – The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

May – I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart

June – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Happy Reading!