In 2017, I made a vow to read more – starting with one book per month. I stayed on track (most months), but some books were just too good to leave in 2017. There are 8 books that I will definitely re-read (and probably re-read again) that were total game changers in 2017.
This novel shares Issa’s account of her own awkwardness in the funniest ways. I literally LOL’d several times while reading this. I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?
There’s something cool about being able to relate to another Awkward Black Girl, and finally, someone made being awkward hella cool. Thanks Issa.
The title of the book explains everything. Not only did Dale Carnegie change my thinking about success, he also influenced behavioral changes to improve my corporate likability. If you think this book isn’t for you, you’re wrong. There’s something for everyone in this masterpiece.
With racial appropriateness at its most sensitive state, You Can’t Touch My Hair is a perfect blend of comedy and culture with essays addressing the NFL, “uppity” labels, and yes, touching a black woman’s hair. While the current racial climate in America is no laughing matter, cousin Phoebe took her witty humor from her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, and made a masterpiece with this book.
If you ever worked with me, or have witnessed my lack of patience in any public setting, you know that one of my favorite phrases is, “….because I don’t have time.” I love this book so much because it shows me how to reclaim the time that I swear I don’t have. Even if you don’t manage people in the workplace, Blanchard and Johnson’s methodology for praise, redirection, and goal setting can be applied to relationships of all kind.
Last year, I began writing down positive affirmations because my mentor told me to. Did I think they were going to work? NOPE. Did I do it anyway? Of course. It wasn’t until I read The Power of Positive Thinking that I understood why a positive mindset was so important.
To me, Dave Ramsey is my financial genius. Since I’m planning my wedding and preparing to be a wife, I had to really change the way I thought about money. I wasn’t buying or saving or charging up a credit card for just me anymore and my financial decisions (be it good or bad) impacted two people now. In this book, Dave gives a very simple road map to financial freedom and debt free living. Trust me, if I can follow it, anyone can.
As if the title doesn’t give me reason enough to carry this book into 2018, it also gives an amazing perspective on how to become successful in a network marketing business. Take it from me, one of the hardest parts of joining a network marketing company is becoming so engulfed in the thoughts of others – to the point where your hesitations cause you to miss out on growing your business. Network marketing isn’t for everyone but for those who are striving for financial freedom through direct sales, this book is a must-read.
Eat the Frog is one of my favorite books because it channels my inner “I’ll get to this later.” The book offers several ways to overcome procrastination. The new edition added 2 chapters that specifically address distractions in a digitally driven space and technology to help with getting sh.t done. I still reference it from time to time, to share tips with others and hit the reset button on my own procrastination.
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