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7 books to take into 2018 with you [+ your peeps]

writingangela winter reading list

Baby it’s cold outside, which means my reading stock is about to skyrocket! I don’t know about you but there’s something so lovely about stretching across the couch with a cozy throw across your legs and a warm drink or a glass of wine within reach as you dive into a good book.

My love of reading stems from my love of writing. Good writers read good writing, ya know? Not only that, but reading can be inspiring, entertaining, educating – even uniting. When my children were babies and toddlers, I read to them all the time. My husband and I even went through a stint when we would read together in bed once the kids were sleep. Through reading, we not only bonded but it also helped us discover new things to talk about.

As my babies get older and my marriage gets more “mature” (in other words, we’ve been together a loooong time), I’m focused on having more quality interactions and shared experiences in 2018. One way I want to do that is through reading.

So in 2018, I’m committing to reading at least five books – one with my husband, one with my son, one with my daughter, one with a girlfriend (or two), and one on my own. Here’s the starting lineup:

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield (reading with my daughter) My mom read this to us ALL the time when I was younger. I still have some of the poems memorized. I'd like to share this special book with my daughter.

Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper (reading with my son) I read Letters to a Young Sister as an adult and wished someone had put it in my hand when I was 14 years old. Hoping the ‘Young Brother’ version is just as powerful.

The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (reading with a friend) I’m an awkward black girl so this one was a no-brainer lol. In all seriousness, Issa Rae has an interesting story and I’m always intrigued by people’s professional journey.

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (reading with a friend) An interview Gabrielle Union did while on her book tour sparked my interest in this book. She talked about the arbitrary limitations that we put on each other as women (i.e. the ‘acceptable’ number of sexual partners).

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson (reading on my own) I read Mark Manson’s blog and he’s hilarious. He presents his views in a very authentic, unfiltered way, which I’m interested to read more of.

The Conversation by Hill Harper (reading with my husband) Yes, two Hill Harper books made the list. This one I’ve had for a few years and have read off and on. It presents perspectives from both men and women about common controversial topics in relationships ... all with the goal of understanding each other a little bit better.

His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley (reading with my husband) Being pretty or handsome is all well and good, but it’s not enough to make a marriage work. You have to put in the work to understand what your partner needs. This book tells you how.

Tell me in the comments what you’ve read in 2017 that made an impact or are planning to read in 2018.

writing angela xo, Angela

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