2017 was a strange year for me. While it was terrific because I launched my publishing company and published my very first book, Janjay there were also many other disappointing moments. Leading up to 2018, I started feeling extremely optimistic about the upcoming year. I like to make resolutions on my birthday, rather than making goals at the beginning of the annual calendar. My birthday is in May, so I am about eight months into my "resolution year." When it comes to reading lists-- I like to set them at the top of the year. Last year I posted twice about books on my reading list: 7 Books in 2017 and 4 Must-Read Celebrity Memoirs. Although I did not get through all 11 books, I am happy to report I read more than half (Stay tuned for upcoming recommendations). This year I am going switch up my list to include genres of health and wellness, literary classics, a few memoirs--some of which are spillovers from the previous year's list, and one personal book, that is not listed below and will not be posted publicly (yet). Here we go!
2018 Reading List
- Own Your Glow: : A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within by Latham Thomas
In her inspirational, actionable, and wildly enriching companion for change, celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru Latham Thomas provides soulful principles that offer an illuminated path for examining life's challenges, helping you curate your own path to greatness, while embracing your uniquely feminine attributes. Thomas's rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips provide a clear framework for harnessing your passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide is for anyone who wants to witness her own life transform and contribute to the positive change of the world around her. Combining spiritual, psychological, and self-reflective tools, this antidote to the hustle-hard, make-it-happen mainstream culture fosters slowing down, intentionality, and self-care as a pathway to empowerment.
How much more potent and powerful would we all be if we embraced our inherent talents, strengths, and feminine edge rather than dwelling in patterns of self-criticism, doubt, and catty competition? Thomas invites you to step into a soulful, fulfilling life of freedom, transcending self-destructive habits and creating a blueprint for a more gratifying, centered, and bountiful way of living. Own Your Glow is an awakening roar for women to mobilize, become the masters of their lives, hold their crowned heads up high, and let their unwavering light from within shine bright for the world.
2. The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms. by Claire Sulmers
Claire Sulmers is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of FashionBombDaily.com, one of the top 50 most influential style blogs in the world. With millions of followers on Instagram, tons of traffic, and loads of likes on Facebook, she has forged her own stylish path in the notoriously cut throat fashion industry. You'll see her twirling at celebrity parties and sitting front row at fashion week--but life wasn't always so glamorous. It took 10 years of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice to get to where she is. In this stunning memoir and self-help book, she tells what she had to do to get to the top, and offers aspiring bloggers and digital influencers tips on how to monetize their sites, build an audience, and ultimately live the Bomb Life.
3. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. With sharp, probing insight, James Baldwin's classic narrative delves into the mystery of love and tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
Spill Overs from 2017 list