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New Year’s Day has come and gone and National Book Month is actually in October…but I have my reasons for this post. For those who know me, it’s no secret that I love books. This hunger for stories was born at a young age. Growing up, at least 2 out of 7 days a week were spent at my mom’s bookstore, and thankfully, there was never a lack of books in our home. A bookstore was where seeing and understanding the world began for me, and where it remains in part.

Most successful people I know are avid, voracious readers, they don’t just read anything. They are very selective about what they read, opting to be educated over being entertained. For me, books are a gateway to knowledge and self-enhancement, and I choose what I read based on whether they are inspiring, enlightening or relevant to the season I am in.

Below are some books that I can’t wait to get my hands on this year! If these books aren't already on your radar, they absolutely should be. After skimming through this list, be sure to tell me what books you're looking forward to for the rest of 2018!


1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

I’m a big believer that your daily personal habits are one of the biggest indicators for whether or not you will achieve your definition of success. As I hone in on my own personal habits, I thought this book would help break down the entire science behind them. The book explains how habits are formed, and argues that the key to truly making positive change is to simply understand how habits work.

2. The Thing Around Your Neck: Short Stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hopefully, you already know this author; I doubt she needs introduction. If you’re interested in African Literature you’ve likely read Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, or Half of a Yellow Sun. This one is a quick read.

3. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Though I am not even close to being good at it, one value I cherish more than almost any other is vulnerability. In this book, Brene talks about how vulnerability transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Check out Adriana’s blog post on vulnerability here.

4. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

From this short, knowledge-packed gem, I look forward to unlocking my creativity and applying these tips to my everyday life.

5. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

The public health nerd in me just couldn’t get too far in the year without adding a book about the effects of disease. This story, set in Hawaii, is about a lively seven-year-old girl who develops leprosy, and is banished from her home to live in a secluded 'leprosy settlement' on the island of Moloka’i. But as she stares death in the face, the adventures that shape her life begin.

That’s it y’all! I hope you lose yourself in a good book this week.

“The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

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