Help Yourself through Summer Reading!

I know spring has just begun but I am looking forward to the summer. Summer is the time when I usually take my best vacation of the year and right not I am in dire need of a vacation. I cannot wait to lay out on the beach listening to music and reading a good book. It is the most relaxing time of the year. Seriously, there is nothing better than having the time to read a good book.

To help you prepare for summer, I’ve provided brief reviews of three books that you must to read.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae:

The first time I learned of Issa Rae she was being interviewed on The Breakfast Club (the most entertaining morning show in the country, ever!). I had no idea who she was but I was bored and decided to watch her interview anyway. Issa Rae was so funny during the interview that I decided to check out her show, “Insecure.” And once again, Issa Rae did not disappoint! Insecure is an awesome show! It was hilarious and I knew I needed to know more about the woman who created a show that embodies the complexities of friendship, relationships, and career satisfaction from the perspective of African American women. So, I decided to read her book as part of the book club that I host. I should say I didn’t actually read this book; I listened to it (audiobook) because as I mentioned earlier, Issa Rae is hilarious! As the saying goes, third times the charm (This probably really doesn’t apply here because I’ve loved everything Issa Rae “touched” but you understand…) I’m convinced Issa Rae is a comedic genius!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is an autobiography that discusses how Issa Rae, an awkward black girl, learned to navigate the world. She discusses her struggles with “fitting in as a kid,” the effect her parents’ relationship had on her, and she even gives tips for other “awkwards” on how to deal with people. So in addition to being rib-tickling, this book is informative. It really helps you understand the comedy in her show “Insecure” even better and is a must read this Summer.

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The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms. by Claire Sulmers:

You cannot call yourself a “fashionista” or use any of these hashtags, #fashionista #fashion #fashionblogger #style #stylist #fashionjunkie #fashionaddict #ootd if you do not follow @Fashionbombdaily on Instagram. You definitely cannot be a user of any of those hashtags if your deepest desire is not to be featured as the #fasionbombshelloftheday. Why? Because Fashion Bomb Daily is the best place to find the latest fashions on Instagram and on their website! Unlike other blogs (if I can even still call it a blog), if you go to Fashion Bomb Daily you will actually get the details about the designer threads that celebrities are wearing and other beauty tips. Additionally, you will find some of the most fashionable “regular” people featured there, including myself.

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So let’s talk about the book. Of course as you read above, Fashion Bomb Daily is life and there was no way I was going to miss out on learning about the creator, Claire Sulmers and how she created it. The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms is a how-to-manual for all inspiring bloggers and/or influencers. Claire discusses her journey from starting the blog to making it a lucrative business in which she now has a number of employees and ambassadorships. She discusses her pitfalls and gives concrete tips for how you can build your audience and make money from your blog. It is both insightful and easy to read.

I read this book in 24 hours and was immediately able to apply the principles that she shared in this book to improving my blog. By doing so, I increased the traffic on my blog and earned my first press pass. Trust me, this is a book that you must have in your library.  It’s a toolkit for getting your blog off the ground.

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Black Privilege: Opportunity comes to those who create it by Charlamagne Tha God:

For those of you who do not know, Charlamagne Tha God is one of the most polarizing radio host on the best morning show in the country, The Breakfast Club. If you do know Charlamagne and you think he is an asshole, this book will not change your mind. He’s an even bigger asshole in his real life but he’s honest. His honesty is why I love him as a host and I guess, as an author too.

Black Privilege: Opportunity comes to those who create it is a self-help book for people who either love raw no nonsense advice or for those who need to hear it. In this book, Charlamagne shares eight principles that he lives by and stories about how these principles played out in his life. These stories are not your typical anecdotal accounts either, such as, if you tell the truth than God will bless you. No, his stories are about how telling the truth almost got him killed and fired literally but why he still thinks it’s the best policy. He discusses sex, drugs, advice he received from his mentors (Wendy Williams), his friendships, and even his relationship with his wife and kids (who my nosey behind would love to see a picture of just to see what type of women could handle such a brashly brilliant idiot). Best of all, Charlamagne’s stories are evidence that you do not have to be perfect or come from a big city to be successful in any career. Furthermore, what I love about this book is that both men and women can enjoy it, so it is great for couples to read (except the part when he discusses the couple’s trip after prom. Insert major side-eye).

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(Retrieved from Barnesandnobles.com)

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