Curious Finds, Curious Reads

Spring Into Reading: A Curation of Book Lists for Your Spring Reading From Around the Web

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Spring marks the season of new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to begin a fresh new set of reads. I must confess that I often have a hard time choosing what to read next. Sometimes after reading a series of books on a particular subject, my brain demands that I take a break and read something fun and refreshing. Something that gets me thinking in a different direction. But how does one select something to read? While there are many ways to select your next read, one of my favorite ways is to find a good book list with some recommendations. If I am looking for books that are funny, books for writers, books for people that love to travel, or books that are similar to your favorite book series you can surely find it. I did some digging around the web and found some good lists and am sharing my finds with you. Check them out below:

38 Books to read when you need a dose of Happiness via Bookbub

10 Great British Books That I Wish Were Available in the States via Book Riot

23 Books You Need to Read Before You Get Married via BuzzFeed

50 Books That Every African American Should Read via The Huffington Post

100 Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs of Remarkable Women via Book Riot

Books for Foodies via This Vivacious Life or this one 14 Books Every Food Lover Should Read via Buzz Feed

Books to Base Your Life On via Ryan Holiday

18 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust via Popsugar

37 Books Every Creative Person Should be Reading via BuzzFeed

30 Must-Read Books for 2017 via Dear Crissy

25 Books Every Man Must Read via The Huffington Post

16 Books That Every Introvert Needs to Read via Popsugar

If you want more, I have assembled a board of book lists on Pinterest. So check that out too. Do you have a good book list to recommend? Leave me a comment below with your favorite recommendations.

 

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She’s Got Grace and Grit: Nine Black Women You Should Read About

Have you seen the movie Hidden Figures? If you haven’t you most certainly should. This movie made me smile, laugh, and cry. These ladies were overflowing with black girl magic and for that I was incredibly proud. Before I hit the movie theater to see this gem, I hit the book.  After I saw the movie it got me thinking about what other black women’s stories are out there. What other books could I get my hands on. So I started to do a little digging. To my surprise and maybe not that surprising, I could not find a whole lot of autobiographies or biographies on dynamic black women. Compared with the amount of autobiographies or biographies you find on black men. My point in saying this is that we definitely need more stories on black women written. In honor of women’s history month, I want to share some of the titles I found. It’s good to read stories about successful others that have gone before us.  Here is a small list I came up with. I hope you are able to find something that you can dive into.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Life In Motion

For years I have heard about the great disruption Misty Copeland is making in the world of ballet. I was captivated with her when I watched her documentary A Ballerina’s Tale on Netflix. I have no doubt that I will be captivated by her when I read her story. She is just an awesome all around person. She is a trailblazer for ballerina’s everywhere, she gives back, and she is an entrepreneur. Now she is motivating us to rock awesome bods with her brand new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Immortal Life of Heniretta Lacks

Before this hits the small-screen definitely read this incredible story. I find it incredible that this woman has helped so many people without her permission and without her knowledge. Odd right? Apparently that can happen. I think it will leave you questioning the ethics of how things are done but grateful for the strides made in human medicine as it might have helped someone you know or you personally.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes

If you’re addicted to the show Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy, then you should read about the woman behind those shows. Why did Shonda spend a year saying yes? What incredible things happened for her as a result? I know we all can get hesitant about saying yes to things so it’s nice to know that someone can encourage us in that direction.

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker by A’leila Bundles

On Her Own Ground

The world’s first African-American woman millionaire despite the times, the woman who is responsible for many of the hair practices we have on today. Definitely worth the read.

Around the Way Girl A Memoir by Taraji P Henson

Around the Way Girl

I’ve always enjoyed the various roles Ms. Henson has played throughout the years. She’s just a wonderful actress. She moved me in her role as Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. Now with her personal memoir, you get to read about her journey to stardom and the experiences that she has had being a black single mother in Hollywood.

Michelle Obama a Life by Peter Slevin

Michelle Obama A Life

Everyone’s favorite First Lady. With grace and grit, as her husband Barack Obama so eloquently put it when describing how she handled her role as America’s First Lady. This is probably the best origin story you will read all year.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

Condoleeza Rice

I have always liked Condoleezza Rice. I always thought she was such an intelligent woman and so accomplished who had unique background that I don’t hear from typical black women. In this particular book she talks about her family life and what is was like growing up. If you want to read more about Condoleezza and her account of what is was like to serve as the Secretary of State, I also recommend her book No Higher Honor.

I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina is the real deal ya’ll. Gorgeous inside and out. Full of spunk. A game-changer. Talented songstress. Read her story. There’s also a wonderful documentary on her on Netflix. Be sure to check it out.

Life is not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia

Fantasia

Fantasia Barrino this girl can sang. I remember watching her on American Idol and to see where she is now in life is just a wonderful thing. To read her story should be equally wonderful.
I do hope that you get to avail yourself to one of these incredible reads. Do you have some favorite autobiographies or biographies that are about a black woman that you’ve read? I would love to hear about it. Did you like this list? What’s missing from my list? Drop a comment below.
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5 Books I’m Reading this Fall

Ahhh! Fall is among us. Although the official date isn’t until September 22, the start of school is always the start of fall for me. And with this season comes the time to revamp my To Be Read List. Thus far, I’ve read at little over 20 books. I am super proud of this because I haven’t read this many books in a really long time. And I’m determined to keep  going.

My mentor Dr. Stacia Pierce always says to read in the direction of your goals and right now I am focused on a few areas. They include:

  • Career
  • Personal Growth
  • Love and Relationships
  • Finance

Additionally, I do believe you should read for fun too. A good story always does an imagination good, so throw some fun reads on your list.

Here are a FEW tips for constructing your fall reading list:

  1. What are your current goals? Evaluate your goals and then determine the subjects you need to be reading about.
  2. For ideas on what to read check out reading suggestions on Amazon, Good Reads, or Pinterest on your selected subjects.
  3. Select your reads.
  4. Start reading and record your takeaways in a journal.

I’ve created a document where you can record your reading list for the fall. Download it here. fall-reading-list

Here are 5 of the books that I will be reading this fall. I plan on reading more but I wanted to share my top 5.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Skip the Party Start a Business by Ariana Pierce

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The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

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The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

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What’s on your reading list? Have a great book you’d like to recommend? Please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.

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Curious Roundup

Highly recommended reads from around the web and social media. I hope you find something good for yourself. Make sure you share with a friend because sharing is caring.

For my Curly girls out there: This is Why Your Curls Won’t Stay

Ladies who Travel: Lady Bloggers who will inspire you to go and travel the world

*My favorite Travel Lady from the list: Brown Girls Fly

15 Kitchen Skills you Should Master in your 20’s

Because Productivity Matters: 44 Ways to Be More Productive Each Day—at Least One Will Work for You

For your Reading List

The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond-and what to do about it– by Dr. Henry Cloud

 

 

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5 Things I Learned from Mika Brzezinski

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In a world where women are being paid significantly lower than men, women are starting to push back and get the pay they deserve. But how do you do it? Great question. Mika Brzezinski discusses this in great detail in her book Knowing Your Value. She discusses her own personal story on how she struggled to get paid what she was worth at MSNBC and she interview other prominent women throughout the book on the subject as well. This was a great read and an easy one too. So if you are woman who is looking to increase your pay and don’t know how, do yourself a favor and read this book. Below are some takeaways I got from the book. Enjoy!

  1. At some point in your life, you’ve got to know your value and it’s your job to feel it and communicate it effectively
  2. A strong sense of self-worth will serve you well
  3. Your desire to be liked must not outweigh your wish to be valued
  4. Compliments don’t pay the bills
  5. Fear of failure comes when you haven’t properly prepared

 

 

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A Curious Roundup

Here are my recent highly recommended reads from around the web and social media, I hope you find something good for yourself. Make sure you share with a friend because sharing is caring.

On Being Organized, because we all need to be-http://theglitterguide.com/2016/05/19/10-habits-of-highly-organized-people/

Equal Pay for Women-http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/arts/television/how-robin-wright-negotiated-equal-pay-on-house-of-cards.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Bonus! Hear Robin Wright discuss the challenges with being paid fairly as a woman https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FHuffPostWomen%2Fposts%2F1057552610979458&width=500.

Push Through-https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-sciencebacked-brainstorming-method-proves-you-always-have-more-ideas-than-you-think

Outdoor Reading Nooks-I’m in Love!!http://bookriot.com/2016/05/20/10-gorgeous-outdoor-reading-nooks/

Goo Ru Style– I just love her style and you will too. Much to my delight I discovered that WeTV gave her a web series that is exclusively on Youtube.com

For your reading list-My to be read list is never ending I promise you. Check out these awesome book titles I discovered on this week

 The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 

Capture Your Style: How to Transform Your Instagram Images, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform by Aimee Song